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Mekong Riverview Hotel
Ranked #3 of 69 Hotels in Luang Prabang
Certificate of Excellence
Heswall, United Kingdom
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44 reviews
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“Lovely setting.”
Reviewed 7 March 2014 via mobile

The location of the hotel is fantastic. It's worth it to get a river view room. The hotel has the restaurant across the street and the view from there is fantastic. Best place to have breakfast. The staff is very helpful and give you a map of the town and lots of information when you reach.

Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Bangkok, Krung Thep, Thailand
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Reviewed 6 March 2014

When visiting Luang Prabang, I have basically been staying at the Mekong Riverview Hotel ever since it opened. I have seen it grow and develop into what it is today. It never fails to please. This hotel is the place to stay when in Luang Prabang! None of the others offer the sort of services and friendly and pleasant personal attention that you get here. Yes, some might think it's a bit on the expensive side, at least in high season, but here you really get what you pay for - and much more besides. The staff at both the hotel and its restaurant are always friendly, service-minded, attentive and accommodating. The food and the cleaning are of an excellent standard. The breakfast can keep you going into the afternoon - and should you feel slightly peckish, then the hotel offers free beverages and cake available during the day. The rooms are the tell-tale results of the Scandinavian design and planning by its Swedish owner, Mr Urban Paulsson, and typify the attention to detail he has put into the hotel. And he never lets up. There's no resting on any laurels here! Amongst the most endearing aspects of the hotel is its location. Situated on the banks of the mighty Mekong River and the views and the state of well-being all this imbibes is made for the true connoisseur and seeker of natural beauty who wants, at the same time, to enjoy all the home comforts. There is almost a family atmosphere about the Mekong Riverview Hotel, which really comes through when the owner, in his quest to bring all his guests together to get to know each other, organizes periodic early evening cocktails. A lovely touch which adds so much to the stay. Luang Prabang is not such a big place and the hotel is close enough to most things. Transport by means of a golf buggy is, however, provided for those who've done enough walking for one day or who just want to be spoilt. Free bikes are also made available for guests. If I try to find something negative about this hotel it would be the stairs up to my room this last time. In going down you have to be observant and careful, especially, I can imagine, in the rainy season, because the individual stairs are relatively small and the stairs feel a bit steep (only) when walking down. There was, however, no accident during the time that I was there! The "feel-good factor" is unmistakeable in Luang Prabang very much because of its location and beauty but the standard and quality of the Mekong Riverview Hotel and the service provided by all those working hard there enhances that factor severalfold. I just keep longing to go back - and when I do I am never disappointed.....

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled with friends
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Bali, Indonesia
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Reviewed 5 March 2014

This was my second time to Luang Prabang. The first time was around 10 years ago and the Mekong River Hotel was not around then, nor for that matter most of the other hotels in Luang Prabang.

This hotel is a bit on the expensive side for those on a budget, but in this bracket of hotels very good value for the money. The rooms are elegantly decorated, the staff charming, knowledgeable and very helpful. The owner (whose name Urban stands in total contradiction to the serenity of Luang Prabang) is a charming Swede who sold his hotel there to set up shop here.

yes, I really enjoyed this hotel and will be booking a room in May for my dad and his wife who I am pushing to visit this lovely little city.

one tip; Their restaurant is very good, especially the location. Located across the road above the Mekong River, the restaurant is very charming (in the dry season; not sure what they do in the rainy season). Anyway, I enjoyed a good dinner there, excellent breakfasts, as well as an afternoon glass of wine just hanging out there in paradise.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with friends
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Stockholm, Sweden
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Reviewed 4 March 2014

This is the hotel that I chose while surfing the internet for my trip with friends. The Mekong Riverview hotel’s rates are a bit pricy than what I expected but I still pushed through with the booking in the hopes of getting to be blown away when we get to Luang Prabang. Good sleep quality. The hotel is easy to spot because it is just along the road.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Hong Kong, China
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Reviewed 26 February 2014

The Mekong Riverview is a small but perfectly formed. The hotelier background of the Swedish owner shines through in his attention to the tiniest detail. The property is immaculate, the staff are delightful and the hotel restaurant sitting above the rivers offers a panoramic view unequalled in any hotel in the town.

Breakfast is included in the admittedly quite high roomrate and is abundant. It includes not only home baked perfect baguettes and croissants, a lovely legacy of French colonial times, jams and conserves, fresh fruit and juice, stunning Lao coffee or local tea but also the option of an extensive cooked repast. I tended to go for the Lao brekkie complete with chillies as I'm a bit of a chili addict.

I highly recommend busting your budget to enjoy being spoiled by this gorgeous, tranquil property and it's superb and helpful staff who are only too happy to drop what they are doing to ferry guests around the town in their Eco friendly electric buggies. A complementary car meets guests at the airport upon request.
Worth it.

Room Tip: ask for a first floor (second floor for Americans) room with balcony. Beautiful, tranquil view of th...
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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled with friends
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Bangkok, Thailand
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Reviewed 26 February 2014

With a friend's strong recommendation, we splurged and booked a room overlooking the Mekong for 4 nights in February. I don't think our stay could have been much better.

The only negatives were a relatively weak wi-fi signal in our room and a confusing arrangement of light switches.

The positive features are numerous. The hotel is relatively new (2007), both tastefully designed and well-appointed. Our room had a king bed with an unusually comfortable mattress with dual controls to adjust the elevation of the head and feet. The room safe is big enough to hold several laptop computers and purses; items in the mini-refrigerator were free The toilet was in a separate room from the shower and vanity.

The restaurant is located across the street from the hotel and overlooks the convergence of the Kan Khan and Mekong rivers, probably the best view in all of Luang Prabang. Breakfast, included in our room fee, was simple but satisfying. The pancakes (crepes) with fruit and honey were delicious as was the Lao coffee and hotel-made, ginger tea. A leisurely breakfast while watching the mist rise off the rivers is a wonderful way to start the day.

The owner, Urban Paulsson, greets all guests individually and does his utmost to insure his guests feel welcome. Friday evening, he invited all of the guests to the restaurant for a free wine tasting which we thoroughly enjoyed.

The staff is friendly and helpful, the location is quiet, the ambiance is wonderful. They also have a well-designed web site.

Room Tip: Rooms on the street face the river and provide a very nice view. The second floor rooms have a nice...
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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 17 February 2014

There is a reason that this hotel rates so highly on Trip Advisor. From the fantastic location overlooking the rivers and the beautifully furnished rooms to the friendly staff and lovely breakfast setting, it is very hard to fault this hotel. We stayed in a second floor side view suite and found it perfect for a family of three. Plenty of space including a generous verandah. The hotel is also excellent value for money: the room charge includes airport transfers, a great breakfast, daily bottled water and soft drinks and buggy rides into town as required. The friendly reception staff will also organise boat trips and help with tour bookings etc. The cafe where breakfast is served (overlooking the rivers) also serves delicious meals at lunch and dinner. Highly recommended.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with family
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Property: Mekong Riverview Hotel
Address: Mekong Riverside Road, Xieng Thong Village, Luang Prabang, Laos
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Region: Laos > Luang Prabang Province > Luang Prabang
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#2 Romantic Hotel in Luang Prabang
#2 Family Hotel in Luang Prabang
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Mekong Riverview Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 22
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We are a beautiful boutique hotel with a personal touch, located on the tip of the peninsula, at the very end of the old town, on the UNESCOs World Heritage Area. The view you have from the rooms and Café/Restaurant is the meeting of great Mekong River and Nam Khan River. The Hotel is quiet and peaceful with the beautiful former Royal temple Wat Xienthong as your neighbor. ... more   less 
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