I checked in here initially for one night before going to elephant camp for two days. They informed me that they had a room, but no dorm space (which I now know was a lie). The room was pretty poor for the price I was paying.
On checking out, I told them I would be returning in two days, and asked if it would be possible to book a dorm bed. I was told no, but I could book it on the internet - the internet connection in the communal area was sporadic at best - to which I argued logic. Eventually, and after much reluctance on the part of the staff member I parted with some money and the dubious promise that there was a bed for me. I wasn't overly optimistic.
I returned from elephant camp and thankfully had a bed. Yay! The dorm itself was okay - freezing cold, because obviously I was sharing with eskimos - and the bed seemed huge. This was all positive, but unfortunately, the room smelled of cabbage. It was so bad that someone moved to a different guesthouse to escape the smell.
We did complain, but got some shrugs in return.
Again, on a positive note, it was in a great location - just around the corner from the fabulous Joma bakery and a few minutes stroll from the night market - and the sociable area was quite fun. I met loads of fantastic people and actually stayed 8 days, so it had it's upside.
It did smell of cabbage though. And was run by logically challenged staff.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Xayana Guesthouse is a Lao‐style Villa built on a UNESCO protected site, and in accordance with strict guidelines of an authentic heritage‐preserved building. Conveniently located just 3 minutes from the Mekong River, the night food bazaar, the Luang Prabang Night market, and the main road, Xayana Guesthouse is the best value guesthouse for all your travel needs in Luang Prabang. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Xayana Guesthouse Hotel Luang Prabang