Well, when you first look at some suitable accommodation in Luang Prabang, you will notice that everything which is located in the eastern part of the peninsula of the city, is a bit pricier than the rest. You simply have to pay for the location or let's say the short ways to the center. Villa Chitdara is relatively centrally located, the night market is not far, so is the morning market and the monks procession is literally going on under your balcony. This is convenient, but you have to pay for this: A higher price for a night, than elsewhere. Plus, be aware that the guesthouse is not located on the riverfront, but some hundred meters away from the riverfront.
When i first arrived at the hotel, i had arranged an airport transfer through the hotel, which is quite pricey and can be had much cheaper at the airport itself (though, still very pricey). While i had taken an earlier flight, i arrived at the guesthouse with a regular taxi. I then tried to make clear that i won't need the booked airport transfer anymore and nobody could understand me. It took some minutes until someone realized that i might be talking about the pickup and showed me a sign with my name on it. This was done in total absence of the english language and a good indication, how fluent the staff is in that language. While i had no problems with them (guess i was lucky i had no problems at all, which required help) and everybody was nice and friendly, i never had the feeling that somebody would really be able to help me in case of a serious problem, apart from the young owner, who i always spoke to when i had a small problem or questions and who was not only fluent in english but also seemed to be a very nice person.
Interestingly nobody at the guesthouse wanted to sell me bus tickets, which was fine with me, but nobody seemed to be interested to much in helping me to buy some, when i asked for it.
The rooms are adequate, with a lot of wood, a nice balcony from where you can watch the monks procession (if you have room facing the street and not the garden), a bed, a minibar and an oldschool like tv (i think they also had dvd player, but i'm not sure anymore, as i don't watch dvds in my holiday). I also think, that if i remember correctly, that the rooms had complementary water, coffee and tee. The bathroom was also only adequate, with a heater for hot water, but to be honest i have seen bathrooms i felt more comfortable to be in. But, everything was sparkling clean. No complaints here. Rooms are equipped with aircon and a fan, which is nice if you are no to keen on using the usually very cold aircon.
The breakfast is served on a terrace in the garden, which means it can be a bit cold in the morning (this is laos after all and not cambodia, so it gets cold in the winter months at night), which itself was good to have, but not really the nicest looking example of a garden that i have seen in my life. The breakfast itself was really dull, so was the omelette i was served. Selection on bread and so on is really limited, so i guess you will grow tired on the breakfast soon.
All in all the guesthouse is adequate, but bear in mind that you have a premium for the location. I guess you will get the same quality for less money in other places, but you will have to walk a bit farther to the main sights ;)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Villa CHITDARA is a new refined family guesthouse located in the heart of the old district Luang Prabang. You will not find a more central place to enjoy your stay here.All the staff will be very glad to welcome you at VILLA CHITDARA. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Villa Chitdara Hotel Luang Prabang