If you love the Mekong River - stay at that hotel. The setting is really beautiful and you will surely always enjoy the boat trip across the river when you arrive there. But there are also some disadvantages to that striking location: If you want to leave your hotel room just to go for a short stroll around the beautiful town of Luang Prabang you must plan it. Although the people from the hotel are quite willing to give you a boat- and minivan shuttle trip to the city center and back (which lasts about 20-30 minutes) there are still some limitations: it is almost impossible to stay downtown after 10 p.m. and during the day you must sometimes wait quite some time at the meeting point downtown (Salt & Pepper Restaurant).
Don't go there in winter! We stayed there in late December and early January and with temperatures as low as 6 degrees at night (which admittedly might not always be the case) our "DE LUXE room" was extremely cold and uncomfortable with a light but chilly breeze blowing from the Mekong through all the leaks and holes of the building which has not been built for such weather conditions. There is no possibility to heat the rooms and an additional light blanket is the only help that you are offered (if you stay in bed). Forget the swimming pool at that time of the year and don't look for any Spa comforts. Although the hotel still is called a Resort & Spa hotel on the internet there is no Spa any more, Has it ever existed?
The hotel staff are quite friendly but they do not speak English (with one exception) and there is really a lack of professionalism (waiting time for the meals, cold bacon for breakfast, no changing of the bed sheets,cleaning of the mouldy shower curtain etc.).
The prices for accomodation and especially meals are quite high in comparison to the other Luang Prabang hotels and restaurants.
So the rating could have been even lower, were it not for the beautiful Mekong scenery...
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