A great little hotel, conveniently situated (for us) a mere 5 minutes walk from the Luangsay cruise disembarkation point. After two days’ cruising from Huay Xai and a degree of slowly encroaching cabin fever, the Belle Rive came as a haven in which to unwind. Luang Prabang is one of the most magically laid back places in the world and the Belle Rive follows that theme.
Welcoming staff (whose smiles and eagerness to please say more than their proficiency in English), an amazing open air, riverside restaurant and a feeling of understated luxury sums up this hotel.
We stayed in a ground floor mango room, which for two people (not a couple) proved to require some degree of contortionism. Nevertheless, we did not spend much time in your room – the terrace, both immediately outside the room, or beside the river was where we spent a few hours at the beginning and end of each day.
The Thai owner, his wife and the entire staff go out of their way to help. We wanted to do the Living Land Rice Farm and Kuang Si falls in one day, and to minimize the cost, the owner advised us to use the farm’s included transfer and arranged a private taxi ready to take us on to the falls – significantly cheaper that the USD70 agencies in town had quoted us. Another perk was the complimentary sunset cruise with unlimited wine… as far as I could tell these are not necessarily regular – more right place, right time, but highly appreciated.
I wish we could have stayed longer than three nights.
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- The Belle Rive Boutique Hotel awarded Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence for five consecutive years and recently inducted into HALL OF FAME on the World’s Largest Travel Site. This designer boutique hotel - situated at the shore of the Mekong River and in the historical centre of the peninsula - offers luxury accommodation and tranquility for independent travelers with high standards. The hotel features 13 rooms, 4 of them in the protected former residence of the mayor, and a charming Terrace restaurant on the Maekong Riverbank. Free Bicycles, Minibar, WiFi and a delicious breakfast variety make your stay a delightful experience. Book your room now - The Belle Rive Boutique Hotel is looking forward to having the pleasure of welcoming you in this unique world heritage town. ... more less
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