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Villa Saykham
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Reviewed 4 January 2013

I stayed in this hotel for three nights. It's location is superb. Just off the main street that runs through Luang Prabang, a few minutes stroll down to the Mekong River and the many restaurants that line its banks, and a short walk to all of the main sights that Luang Prabang has to offer, including many temples, the night markets and the Royal Museum. The UNESCO World Heritage city of Luang Prabang is just a delight to visit, and having all so easily accessible from this hotel was fantastic. The hotel is next door to a temple complex,so be prepared for the daily sounds of temple life, even if they start around 5 am. It was not a problem. I was in a room at the rear of the hotel, upstairs. The room was clean, functional, and restful. All seemed to function - the hot water, the air conditioning and the wifi (which was included in the price!) Yes, the TV was small, but there is so much to see and do in LP that I did not eve turn it on at any time.
Hotel staff were friendly, helpful and willing to do all. Breakfast was included. This was outside in the open courtyard area. It was very pleasant. Breakfast was simple, fresh and there did not seem to be a lot of choices: a small platter of fresh fruit, eggs / bacon any style, and a crusty baguette. There are quite a number of wonderful French bakeries in the city, and loads of lovely restaurants. We also participated in the daily alms giving for the monks - this was wonderful to witness and just a few minutes from the hotel (at 6.30 am). I would certainly stay here again on a return visit to Luang Prabang.

Room Tip: Go sit on the bed!
  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled with friends
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1  Thank WorldTraveller08901
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Reviewed 23 December 2012

In the end we were pleased with our stay at the Villa Saykham, but there were a few aspects that we found disappointing considering the price. As noted by many, the location is fantastic, the rooms are quite nice, kept very clean and in a generally pretty quiet location.

The disappointments were:
- wifi was awful and basically did not work the entire time, especially on our phones and tablets. Even loading simple webpages was a challenge and often timed out.
- the 'hot' shower was not hot at all, only getting Luke warm. Not nearly as good as many other cheaper hotels in laos and Thailand that provided hot showers
- breakfast was decent, but there did not appear to be much choice. However on our last day we asked for something other than eggs and got a delicious noodle soup! We recommend asking for it. In fact, if you have a choice.. Don't even get the breakfast included as there are many other wonderful cafes in Luang Prabang
- final thing was that the tv was the smallest one I have ever seen. Really nice to get a good number of channels, but the tv was tiny. Not a big deal, but worth noting for the price.

The front desk staff did end up being very kind and helpful and led to us being overall satisfied with our stay in the end.

  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 12 December 2012

We stayed 3 nights in Luang Prabang in this hotel and it coudn't be better. Our entire schedule was thrown off by 1 day due to internal flight cancellation and we had to call to ensure our booking via Agoda was not affected. It was not a problem at all and the person who answered the call had no problems in English.

Location of the hotel was great - just off the main street and one can see the Alms giving procession each morning just outside the hotel. Bathroom was kept clean although we had problems controlling the hot water from the shower. Nice firm beds and very clean sheets. The room we had was a triple room facing Sisavang Watthana street and there was ample space. Only complain was that the TV was a little small for such a big room. We were woken up about 4 - 5am on our first night stay due to the hotel being next to a Wat. There was some special occasion hence the gongs going off early but the hotel did place a sign to apologise for the inconvenience. It's all part & parcel of a unique experience!

Hotel staff were very friendly although limited English. They could recognise us each time we got back to the hotel and didn't have to ask to be given the right room key! We could walk easily to the daily night market, the river and one can simply walk to the pier to get onto daily tour boats to Pak Ou caves (65,000Kip per pax). There are also many tuk tuks you can hire to bring you to the Kuang Si waterfalls (around 200,000Kip for a half day tour). We were astounded by the colours and number of levels of the falls and mind you, we have seen quite a few!

Breakfast was basic - simple western food or Laos noodles. The waiters & waitresses were excellent in their service and very alert to customer needs without being asked - we asked for hot water so that we could have our own instant coffee (not used to Laos coffee!) and they brought it to us without fuss.

I would highly recommend this hotel to anyone visiting Luang Prabang. Good value for money!

  • Stayed: November 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 1 December 2012

Ideal for the river or the town. Next to a lovely temple. Good standard of most things for Laos. close to the 'Alms collection' by the Monks. Can walk all of the town and river from here. Great resturants close by.

Room Tip: Larger rooms better
  • Stayed: November 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 15 April 2012

Good location in Luang Prabang, but at the same time quiet, with a delightful little garden where breakfast is served. The standard rooms are rather small, but on a second stay we had a larger room, probably superior. Prices for accomodation are high in Luang Prabang, but I would consider this good value for money.

  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled as a couple
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