We stayed here for 3 nights and had a very nice stay.
The services offered by this hotel are great. They offer free airport transfers in their Tuk-Tuk and will also let you use this, free of charge, to see the sights in the city (although we did tip the driver). There were certain other nice touches. The welcome drink is always nice, and although we didn't use it, guests have a discount in the restaurant. The staff are fantastically friendly and ask you about what you are doing for the day out of genuine friendliness/interest rather than trying to sell you something. We also met the Australian owner whilst we were here who is a nice man and appears to have an interest in running a good guest house rather than simply having a business.
The property itself is good, although the room holds some disappointments. The finishing was poor, in that we had a hole in our wall where a picture once was and also no shelf in the bathroom (although there was the remains of what was once a shelf). In general, there was little space to put things down in the bathroom (including no toilet roll holder) and the bedroom was very restricted for space. Our double room was in fact 2-single beds put together and this wasted a lot of space. Finally, the room was very dark and devoid of decent lighting. It is also worth mentioning that the villa is not the best for privacy (you can hear every noise in the other rooms at night) but this is not the fault of the hotel but the building and I guess is the same in many of the hotels in LP that are all similar, wooden villas, so it is perhaps a little harsh to make this a criticism.
Whilst we were quite disappointed with the room, there is an excellent balcony area and the villa in general is beautiful. This went some way to making the experience worthwhile and value for money, as did the service and location.
It also needs mentioning that the breakfast is pretty poor here. The scrambled egg and omlettes hugely overcooked/dry. My poached eggs on day had clearly been cooked in vinegar to stop them from seperating... but just tasted of vinegar.
It sounds from this review that the hotel is not worthy of 4/5 but I genuinely believe that it is. The place is truly very nice and in a wonderful location. Staff are perfect, as are the services the hotel offers. It is just the room that lets it down and all our criticisms are things that are easily rectified so we don't want to beat down on the hotel too much because of this. The breakfast, for us, is not a deal breaker and seeing as its included in the price we cannot complain.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Villa Ban Lakkham is a sleepy little slice of paradise on the banks of the Nam Khan River, the quieter of the two rivers that converge and frame the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Luang Prabang. It has only ten rooms, and is housed in two buildings that are more than 150 years old. ... more less
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