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“Best Luang Prabang Guesthouse Yet”
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Lao Lu Lodge
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7 hotel reviews
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“Best Luang Prabang Guesthouse Yet”
Reviewed 22 March 2012

This was our third visit to Luang Prabang in as many years but Lao Lu Lodge would have to be our best guesthouse experience so far.
Arriving by slow boat from Huay Xai via Pak Beng we were gratified to find that Lao Lu was only a short 5 minute walk away from the boat ramp, located on a small side street adjacent to the morning fresh food market (location hint: directly opposite Manichan Guesthouse).
From there it is only an equally short walk to the main street bustle, the night market, Mount Phousi and the plethora of restaurants and shops along the Mekong road.

Noticing our travel-worn condition the owner considerately ushered us straight to our room so we could relax, unwind, and do our formal check-in later. We stayed in a corner downstairs fan room (101) which had numerous mosquito screened windows opening up onto the immaculately maintained front and side gardens. For us this was a big plus because we like to have lots of fresh air and light in our rooms.

After experiencing a number of hard mattresses on our way from Chiang Mai the king-sized bed at Lao Lu was a blessed relief as was the beautifully appointed en suite bathroom. Seven blissful nights sleep ensued. It must be noted, though, that we personally don't mind the occasional cock crow and dog bark; we come to S.E. Asia to escape the incessant background drone of city life. Travelers who require a somewhat more sanitised experience should book a remote generic resort (or just stay home).

The staff at Lao Lu are friendly and helpful without being too intrusive. Room-cleaning and provision of toilet rolls, fresh towels, bedding, and bottled drinking water is available on demand rather than requiring the guest to vacate their room at a regular time each day. Another advantage, we think.

Breakfast is not included in the tariff however, a small set range is available from their own kitchen on request.

All in all, a blissful seven nights stay for barely more than AU 20.00 per night (we were given a 5% long-stay discount).

Stay there. You (and they) deserve it.

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
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San Francisco, California
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Reviewed 19 March 2012

The owner speaks French and is very helpful and nice. The guest house is very well located between the Morning Market and the Mekong.
The only drawback is the quite noisy environment with barking dogs and morning market rumors.

  • Stayed March 2012
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Reviewed 11 March 2012

We stayed at the Lao Lu Lodge twice on our trip through Laos - the first time rather by accident, the second time, because we liked it so much.

Lao Lu Lodge is located in a colonial style complex with light rooms, comfortable beds, pretty bathrooms with hot water. The river boats up and down the Mekong leave pretty much just down the street.

The staff was very friendly and helpful.

There was only one small shortcoming: The people in the neighbouring house and especially their animals (dog and chickens) woke us up every morning around 5 o'clock.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 29 January 2012

As I am writing this I have extended my stay at the Lao Lu four times. I came across the place from a review and found it by walking around asking people where it was. It is tucked in between the Mekong and the morning market and not touristy at all - and it doesn't have a website. The rooms are clean and beautifully decorated and the bathrooms are pristine with decorated ceramic sinks.
What is amazing about this place is the family feeling you encounter when walking in. You really feel right at home. I have never in my years of travel come across such a considerate warm couple as the owners of this place as well as the people working here and that transcends to the guesthouse. The French colonial style and the halls upstairs and downstairs plus the area in front of the reception makes it a perfect palace to hang out. Wi-Fi works well and if you need info on Laos or what to do and see the owners are happy to help. I will definitely come back and after a couple of weeks here I will be moved when it is time to say goodbye. Wish I could extend my stay once more...;-)

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled solo
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Reviewed 8 January 2012

Lao Lu Lodge is a little known place as it does not have a website, and reviews about it are few. We came across it while meandering around and it was a real find. It was cheaper than our previous accommodation, Thatsaphone GH, and offered better value. The location may be a little way off the main street compared to Thatsaphone, but it's very quiet, and is a few minutes' walk from the Mekong on one side, and about 10 minutes' walk to the main street on the other side. There's a local morning market nearby, and its' not touristy at all. We particularly loved our room, which was spacious, clean, and charming with its wooden furniture and white linens. The equally spacious and clean bathroom (equipped with a lovely blue and white porcelain wash bowl) was a delight to use after our previous experience. And yes, the hot water worked well and the pressure was good. There's also a nice space at the reception where you can enjoy complimentary tea and coffee the whole day, and in the mornings, bananas as well. It doesn't offer breakfast, but you can always ask the lodge to make the necessary arrangements if you want to have dinner here.

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled as a couple
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Property: Lao Lu Lodge
Address: Ban Pakham, Luang Prabang, Laos
Region: Laos > Luang Prabang Province > Luang Prabang
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 142 Speciality Lodging in Luang Prabang
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2 star — Lao Lu Lodge 2*
Number of rooms: 12
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