The Belle Rive is a boutique hotel that is really a combination of some charming heritage colonial houses, and it is well situated on the Mekong River. I found the Frangipani room very charming with the four poster bed with mosquito netting (although the room smelled slightly musty). Despite the hotel rooms opening right on the street, life in Luang Prabang is at a much slower pace than other Asian cities and I could not hear any motorcycle traffic or street noise unlike in other hotels elsewhere (the Luang Prabang curfew likely helped in that respect). The hotel terrace across the road where breakfast was served was incredibly peaceful, and I found it really relaxing to have breakfast or a glass of wine later in the day and watch the river. I enjoyed the Bircher Muesli and cappucino for breakfast although there are somewhat limited offerings at other times of the day. Hotel staff speak English and there were a few communication gaps from time to time, although they tried to be helpful. The charm of the hotel, however, won me over and I found Luang Prabang a very special place that I would love to come back to. If we had been there longer than two nights, my daughter and I would have used the hotel bicycles to ride around town. L.P. is relatively compact which makes it very easy to explore on foot and the hotel is well situated -- 10 min. from the night market, and close to restaurants (L' Elephant around the corner was very good) .There were many things about Luang Prabang that I loved - the night market, the monks collecting alms, the restaurants, the wats....so much to see in too short a visit. I was glad I stayed at the Belle Rive, although it is a little more expensive than hotels in most other cities. But the charm and sophistication of the Belle Rive and Luang Prabang will make you want to stay longer.
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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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