We loved everything about the Mekong Riverview. The owner was overseas so we did not meet him. For that reason, I am writing this review. I would like him to know that from our arrival to our departure we were impressed with the proactive helpfulness and friendliness of ALL the staff.
We also stayed in another 'equivalent' hotel in Luang Prabang so have something to which we can compare the Mekong Riverview and I would say that on all counts the Mekong Riverview is superior.
Why? Well firstly the location is unbeatable. The view from the restaurant/breakfast area is of the confluence of the rivers and you could easily sit and watch the activities on the river all day. The highlight was watching the monks walking across the bamboo bridge each evening at sunset.
We chose an upstairs river facing room in the new building so that we could enjoy that view of the river over drinks at night from our very comfortable, and reasonably private balcony. The room was lovely, decorated with flair. The fresh long stemmed roses on the table added to to the warm homely feel.
The bed is worth a mention...supremely comfortable. Legs tired after walking around..just lie down and adjust the bottom of the bed to raise your legs up. Or raise up the back so you can sit up in bed. Just flat was fine for me though.
Walking into the night markets or to the many close by restaurants is easy and pleasant and takes maybe 10 minutes. But a few times we took advantage of the free golf cart to take us to the night market and then walked back. Just being lazy really :-) Everything is included, breakfast (excellent choices and great coffee), airport transfers, bikes if you want them, wifi, afternoon cake, soft drinks in the minibar...it feels generous.
If you like your holiday experience hermetically sealed from the local sights and sounds, stay at one of the more 'resort style' places. At the Mekong Riverview, with the balcony doors shut it's pretty quiet but if you open them up you may hear roosters in the morning, you will hear laughter and bicycle bells as people go by (we watched a wedding parade one morning), and you will hear the scooters when you have the balcony doors open during the day (but it gets really quiet at night), and you might hear distant chanting of the monks at certain hours. We loved all that. I only wish we could have stayed longer than 3 nights. We will next time.
To the owner, I'm sorry we did not meet you to say this in person but congratulations on your excellent staff who made our last 3 days in Laos an absolute pleasure.
- 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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- Hotel Mekong Riverview