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The View Pavilion - Boutique Hotel
Ranked #45 of 70 Hotels in Luang Prabang
Reviewed 13 January 2013

Quiet location however in walking distance to the little center of LP. We stayed on 2nd floor, room is nice but nothing special. The bathtub in the room is ridiculous, would be better to have more space or even better 2 more chairs and a small table. Only one reading lamp on bedside table which is definitely a big minus.
The shower is Asian style, has no tub and the drainage didn't work properly, after 3 minutes, the whole bathroom was under water. Hand-shower wasn't working, only the rain-shower. Breakfast was poor, right next door is one of the best cafes in LP, better go there. No bicycles on offer.
Nevertheless with all the downsides, I liked the balcony with the comfy chairs, great view over the mountain range, could sit there for hours and relax. One day before we left, the hotel below re-opened and their ACs are noisy and can be disturbing if sleeping with open windows.

Room Tip: 2nd floor - to enjoy the mountain view
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  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 3 January 2013

We stayed here for 4 days over New Year - and overall, really enjoyed it.

The location is convenient, down at the quieter end of the main tourist street, opposite two beautiful wats.

The room: came here directly from the Santi Resort and although it's definitely a couple of notches below the Santi in terms of comfort it's more than adequate. The layout of the room is a bit silly though with an enormous bath tub in the bedroom - wonder how many people really use it? Beds are very hard too. We were downstairs and had a nice little terrace outside the room.

The young staff were friendly and although they don't all have great English they were definitely trying hard to please. Nice little touches like evening snacks and water refills and the cute towel arranging thing that others have mentioned here.

Breakfast is on the balcony of the front building overlooking the street - no big buffet here but you can choose from a simple menu - chicken noodle soup and banana pancakes both good, the coffee and orange 'juice' less so!

For $90 a night (in high season) we thought it was pretty good.

  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 20 December 2012

The View Pavilion is at the far end of the peninsula on Sakkarine Road, within easy walking distance of the main shopping and eating areas, but far enough removed to be quiet and relaxing. We loved walking back to hotel at the end of the evening, knowing that we would find peace and quiet. The rooms are very clean and well maintained, with firm beds and adequate storage for clothes. The young staff were very friendly and engaging, although it was a struggle for some to express themselves clearly in english. It took patience to have a long conversation. The breakfast choice was somewhat limited, but it was so enjoyable eating on the balcony overlooking the street and the temples. The balcony is also a good place to watch the almsgiving ceremony that takes place every morning just across the street. The wi-fi was generally good although inconsistent (as in other parts of Laos). As others have noted, the bathroom floor does get wet when you use the shower, but - to us- this was a minor factor and no great inconvenience. Overall, we were very happy that we stayed in the View Pavilion - even though we were on the lower level so did not have the mountain view.

Room Tip: The four rooms on the upper level have the mountain view.
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  • Stayed: November 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 10 September 2012

The hotel on a main but essentially quiet street, pleasant staff on duty at reception, sited at the rear; their English was limited but they were very willing. I did have the feeling that school leavers were ‘playing’ at running a hotel.

The garden is small but well kept with attractive flower arrangements, small trees and plants.

Our ground floor was approached by six fairly steep steps. Access is via a small verandah there are two heavy chairs (with cushions) and a coffee table, these were heavy to move and I had a bad foot so need to put it up a lot!
The only real ‘view’ from this floor is of the neighbouring Chang Guesthouse roofs, which was being renovated at the time so they started before 7am and finished later sometimes evening, so trying to relax after a busy day out was out of the question.

Our bedrooom was clean and was arranged but a little impractical. The fairly large space is dominated by a very large Jacuzzi-style bath,
Each morning, these are artistically folded and presented on the large twin beds, which are firm but very comfortable and with good quality linen, duvet and pillows. As we find so often in Asia, although there are several pieces of new teak furniture, storage and wardrobe space is limited, and there are no drawers. There is a coat stand (most useful), chair, fridge, kettle and complimentary beverages, and hunting for a convenient electric point can be amusing. After some time the staff was able to establish the complimentary and sometimes reluctant wifi connection.

Unbelievably, the toilet contains a modern rain and hand-held shower; there is no cubicle — just a plastic curtain to prevent water splashing the WC! Which soaks everywhere and using if afterwards was a mean feet, Inside the bedroom there is a modern and attractive basin on teak base, with good plumbing — the hot water supply needs much patience and waste of a precious resource, and the pressure is limited.

The hotel is quiet, although at around 4 in the morning, discreet temple bells and drums can be heard. Some afternoons at around 5, there is also a small ‘school’ for Laotian folk music and dancing just above the reception, but we were not warned so was quite noisy at times!

  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 26 July 2012

I stayed here last time I came to Luang Prabang and was happy to return on my latest trip. The rooms are clean, modern and serviceable. The beds are however, very firm and so are the pillows. I find that after a week or so, I'm looking forward to my own not-so-firm bed! The view in the name is across roofs and tree tops towards the Nam Khan, but the outlook to the mountains is delightful – ask for one of the Mountain View Rooms, which are on the upper floor and have private balconies. There's free WiFi which is quite reliable and reasonably fast. Located in a quiet spot in the old part of town, along the ‘main’ road (Sisavangvong/Sakkaline) it's only a modest walk to where all the shops and restaurants are and, of course, the night markets. We stayed once before down by the river and, especially in peak season, it can be very noisy there at night.

There are only eight rooms and the staff are great, always happy to go the extra mile to make sure your stay is comfortable. Every morning, the housekeeping staff fold the fresh towels into clever arrangements – lotus flowers, swans, elephants – it’s fun to return to the room each day and discover the latest surprise! Every evening, at turndown, a snack (usually local sweet food) was left for me and this was a much appreciated gesture (and delicious too!) Breakfast is usually included in the tariff and while it’s basic it’s perfectly adequate and taken on the balcony, looking over to the temples across the road. We have found it to be good value and we’ll stay there again when we return to Luang Prabang.

Room Tip: Ask for a mountain view room - the tariff is marginally higher but it's worth it for the balcony...
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  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled solo
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Reviewed 12 April 2012

Well-located at the main street, in a walking distance to the main attractions. Its location is very convenient to see the almsgiving ceremony at 6AM. It happens just across the street. We've got a nice, large, clean room on the second floor with a balcony facing backwards. The bathtub inside the room was a plus. The breakfast was so so, but there is a very nice French bakery/café just beside the hotel which is worth a visit.

Room Tip: Tip: try to book a room on the 2nd floor to enjoy more privacy and a nice view.
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  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 3 January 2012

Stayed here for 5 nights between Christmas and New Year. Very reasonably priced hotel/inn given prices in Luang Prabang tend to be quite expensive. Staff were extremely friendly and helpful. Location was excellent - right opposite a Wat and within minutes of Wat Xien Thong and Mt Phousi and nearby attractions. Only one street away from the river too.The hotel organised day trips on request.

Room Tip: Try to request a room on the upper floor for better views.
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  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled with friends
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Address: Ban Khili, Sakkarine Road, Luang Prabang 0600, Laos
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Region: Laos > Luang Prabang Province > Luang Prabang
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Ranked #45 of 70 Hotels in Luang Prabang
Price Range: £54 - £161 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — The View Pavilion - Boutique Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The View Pavilion is a small boutique hotel ideally located in the Eastern penninsula area of Luang Prabang which is closed to all beautiful temples, Khan and Mekong River, night market and business center. The peaceful surroundings plus the scenic views of mountains and Khan River from the private balcony and the restaurant of The View Pavilion are the most outstanding. ... more   less 
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