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The Belle Rive Boutique Hotel
Ranked #7 of 71 Hotels in Luang Prabang
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Reviewed 23 June 2014

Luang Prabang is an amazing place to be when visiting Laos, and The Belle Rive is surely the best place to stay in town! Combfortable rooms, excellent breakfast, served on the terrace across the street overlooking the Mekong river. Attentive staff, very knowledgeable and with good English skills. Decoration is superb and so is the atmosphere. Perfect for a honeymoon or simply take a break from this modern-world maze. You do not have TV in the room, unless you specifically request it. Wifi connection is good though. I could not recommend it more!

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 8 June 2014

By any measure, The Belle Rive is a great little hotel in a city very well served by accommodation options. The Mekong riverside location is most appealing and the hotel uses that location to good advantage with its riverside terrace available for meals, especially breakfast. The room I had, Frangipani 3, was a little small but it was well laid out and well equipped, most suitable for me staying there alone. The staff are very quiet and friendly and the stay is almost serene. Nonetheless, the staff always attended to any request I had promptly and efficiently. One small suggestion from me would be to add some variety to their standard breakfast menu (I stayed there 4 days) and to replace the watered down and sweetened fruit juices with freshly squeezed options. The Belle Rive was a highlight of my Laos travels and I would not hesitate to recommend it to single and couples (not sure it would suit families).

Room Tip: I stayed upstairs and would say that is a better option than on the ground floor.
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  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled solo
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Reviewed 24 May 2014

The hotel location is perfect, across a narrow quiet road from the Mekong, with the hotels comfortable open air dining and relaxing areas directly opposite overlooking the river. Or you can breakfast on a pavement table outside the hotel. The food is freshly cooked to order and very good (their traditional breakfast noodle soup is gorgeous and I loved their snack of fried river leaves with sesame seeds/chilies and chutney with a chilled wine or beer on the Mekong terrace in the evening). My room was a ground floor room (more like a studio flat with it's own front door and entrance hallway) in the end terrace. It was perfect and I loved it. It had dark hard wood floor and furniture, big shower and all was spotlessly clean. There was a mossie net above the bed and electric mossie zapper in the desk drawer if needed. The staff at this hotel are lovely, kind, helpful and friendly. Each tour they arranged for me was really enjoyable (stunning waterfalls & bear sanctuary, elephants & waterfalls) and were very good value for money with lovely, kind, friendly tour guides/tuk tuk driver. I borrowed a bike from the hotel and it was a great way to get around town and early morning rides were magical. I was so sorry to leave -Luang Prabang feels like a dreamlike oasis of beauty and calm in the world and the Hotel BelleRive was the perfect place to stay. P.S. the public library and BigBrotherMouse both organize book donations and reading lessons for Laotian people from the outlying villages and hamlets. It was interesting to go there and hear about their work and donate some books (you can buy them there and then for pennies or sponsor a book publication at BBM).

  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled solo
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2  Thank TravellingWillbury
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Reviewed 10 May 2014

Beautiful house converted boutique hotel overlooking Mekong. Location is very good, close to Wat Xieng Thong, the biggest temple in the old town. Indeed, old town is within walking distance about 10 minutes to the night market. Hotel has free bicycles for guests. Moving around is very convenience and easy. The room is nicely equipped and particular like the mosquitos netted bed. Wifi is unstable. Guess it's better for one to enjoy and absorb the scenery better. Terrace restaurant serves very good Asian and Western breakfast and surprisingly very efficient services.

  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 2 May 2014

The Belle Rive is a centrally located and beautifully appointed hotel overlooking the grand and mighty Mekong. The rooms are very well appointed and tastefully decorated. The breakfast is delicious and served in an open terrace overlooking the river. We paid extra for the maisonette rooms but our friends had the cheaper superior rooms. I must say that we were all in agreement that the superior rooms, though cheaper, were much nicer - all on one level and spacious.
The Wi-Fi was intermittent and only really available in the hotel's small lobby.
I'd happily give this hotel 5 stars if only the service was better. Some of the staff were very kind and helpful, but for the most part, they were rather indifferent and seemed largely distant. We went from here to the Riverside Boutique Resort in Viang Vieng, where the service was excellent: friendly and efficient. maybe the team at Belle Rive could invest in some staff training. Luang Prabang was a true highlight of Laos and this hotel is a lovely gem with a great aspect. More proactive and interested staff would make it an outstanding place to discover this gorgeous destination.

Room Tip: Go for the cheaper 'Superior' rooms. Though you wont a have a balcony, they are MUCH nicer.
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  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 25 April 2014

Location is very good, in a quite part of Luang Prabang, close to the river, but you can walk to "downtown" for exampale to the night market in 5 to 10 minutes. Nice colonial style house. Reception is part of a small restaurant, so no great lobby or so. Service is ok, quite but not very friendly. Room was clean, with a balcony. I think we had the most expensive room with two levels. But the aircon was to weak to cool down this large room, and so it felt like nearly 30 degrees in the upstairs sleeping area. Breakfast was really nothing special. When you look at the quite high price, we had expected really more. Good, but clearly no 5 points.

  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 18 April 2014 via mobile

Set in a charmingly beautiful and clean colonial building, with picturesque views of the Mekong river. Free bikes to rent and very good included american breakfast (the French bread is to die for here after eating curry in SE Asia for a few weeks). Charming rooms, we stayed at a suite at the second floor. Beds were nicely firm. Very attentive service....
I loved it, wonderful location to experience LP

  • Stayed: March 2014
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Address: 99 Baan Phonhueang, Luang Prabang, Laos
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Region: Laos > Luang Prabang Province > Luang Prabang
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Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Airport Transportation
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Ranked #7 of 71 Hotels in Luang Prabang
Price Range: £105 - £180 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — The Belle Rive Boutique Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 13
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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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