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“PLEASANT GUESTHOUSE IN IDYLIC SETTING BUT LOCATION COULD BE BETTER”
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Bellevue Bungalows
Ranked #138 of 264 Luang Prabang B&B and Inns
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88 reviews
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“PLEASANT GUESTHOUSE IN IDYLIC SETTING BUT LOCATION COULD BE BETTER”
Reviewed 25 May 2012

Although we enjoyed our 3 night stay, we were glad to move to a guest house more centrally located for the remainder of our week in LP.

Our room was in a wooden chalet situated in tranquil and lush gardens. There are around 8 or 9 chalets each with two rooms. As we were the only guests staying it was very quiet and peaceful (although as the bungalows are not soundproofed, I imagine it would have been quite noisy if we had had any neighbours during our stay).

Our bedroom was adequate in size with a lockable small wardrobe, dressing table and bedside table. The bed was large and comfortable. The bed linen and towels were clean and of a good quality. The bathroom was fairly large and quirky with a ’Flintstone’ appearance. It was also very clean. Each day we had our room cleaned and our bed made. There was a nice shared verandah, although the seating could have been more comfortable.

Breakfast consisted of a small plate of fresh fruit, eggs cooked to order with a warm baguette, butter and jam (there was an Asian style breakfast also available). It was more than adequate for us, although it would have been nice to have been offered more than one cup of tea during our breakfast.

The owners (who didn’t introduce themselves), also live on the premises. Whilst they were helpful and polite if we asked any questions, they weren’t overtly friendly.

We like walking and weren’t perturbed about the 20-30 minute walk into the town centre. However, we weren’t so prepared for the long, uneven wooden footbridge that we had to traverse at least four times a day to reach the town. In particular at night time the footbridge was not lit, and we therefore preferred to take our chances dodging the oncoming motorbikes on the main bridge instead. We rarely saw anyone else use this footbridge not unsurprisingly!

This would be a perfect retreat for people who have been to LP before and therefore aren’t so interested in seeing all the tourist attractions. There are also a small cluster of good restaurants and bars that are located within a ten minute walk (over the bridge of course). To ease the location ‘problem’ perhaps guests could share the complementary minibus bus service offered to guests at the adjoining ’luxury’ hotel.

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Jordan
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Reviewed 8 May 2012

A small group of semi-detached chalets which are in a quiet leafy setting, away from the main road. The inclusive breakfast was brilliant - a choice of local (noodles) or western (eggs cooked in a choice of boiled, scrambled, fried or as an omelette) with two large rolls and a mug of tea or coffee. Oh, a plate of fresh fruit as well. This was enough to keep me going until the early dinner people eat locally.
The staff are friendly and relaxed and extremely keen to make your stay comfortable and the room was kept impeccably clean.
One drawback - and this is not the fault of the hotel - is the location on the 'wrong' side of the old bridge, which lies over the Nam Khan river between Bellevue Bungalows and the town and which made me feel as if I was in an Indiana Jones movie when walking across it. It's quite high and faintly rickety. The other disadvantage is that it's one-way, so if you get a tuk tuk back from town the driver will take you the long way round (unless you get off and walk back over the bridge) at quite a large added cost.
However my stay at Bellevue Bungalows was so pleasant and relaxing that this was a small drawback in a delightful stay.

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled solo
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San Francisco
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Reviewed 20 April 2012

My wife and I spent two weeks in February, 2012 at the very comfortable and relaxing Bellevue Bungalows in the lovely riverside town of Luang Prabang. An easy 15 minute stroll to the town center, the bungalows were set in a quiet and peaceful garden, the spacious rooms were very clean and well kept, the breakfasts were yummy with a choice of Western or Lao dishes and the proprietoress, Nuch, was incredibly kind, welcoming and helpful with good advice.. In fact, all the staff were a wondeful bunch, our Lao family in Luang Prabang. Thank you, Nuch, from Jeffrey and Susan from San Francisco.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 26 March 2012

We arrived unexpectedly early at 5am and the owners checked us in there and then, with a smile. We were so thankful. The hospitality only continued from here. We had booked 5 nights after great online reviews as we wanted somewhere special to spend our anniversary and this was just perfect for us. The owners couldn't help us enough and arranged excursions at a moments notice. Breakfasts were a real treat too. Our room was spotless and cosy, everything you need to feel at home away from home. The balcony complete with hammock was a real highlight, we sipped many Lao beers watching the beautifully kept garden from here. We can't recommend bellevue enough, it's absolutely perfect for couples or travellers looking for an affordable, clean and homely room which also feels like a real treat. WE wish we could have stayed longer.

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  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Chiang Mai, Thailand
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10 reviews
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Reviewed 15 March 2012

We stayed here for a week and absolutly loved it. The bungalows are big and sleep 3 people. They are spotless and cleaned daily. They even turned down our beds at night. The garden is beautiful and a nice retreat from the city. The owner is very kind and sweet. Its a little out of town but only a 5 minute walk over the old bridge and its actually really nice to stay a bit out of town. The breakfast is really good too. I highly recomend staying here. Its the best value Ive had the whole trip.

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled with friends
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Carbondale, Illinois
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39 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 February 2012

Had to leave after 2 nights of a 5 night reservation. People are really nice, rooms are spacious but bed's are unforgivably hard. I have never left a hotel for this reason before. Its a little far from the river but there is far better accomadations for the same price closer to town. WHile normally a tv isn't a high priority when in Laos remember everything is closed by 1130 so its nice to have at the end of the night if you aren't ready to sleep but this place doesnt have one.

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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Falkirk
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Reviewed 7 February 2012

A nice quiet place to get away from town center, Its only a 10 minute walk to night market and 7 minutes to a good selection of bars and restaurants. Bungalows are all located around a small garden and breakfast is served with fresh fruit and choice of various hot dishes. Owner can and will help organise travel arrangements and are always available to help.All in all a great place to stay. Highly re.commend

Room Tip: Rooms that back onto Belair resort are very nice (103 &104) really nice
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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Property: Bellevue Bungalows
Address: Khoua Khao Street (Old Bridge), Ban Muang Nga, Luang Prabang 0600, Laos
Region: Laos > Luang Prabang Province > Luang Prabang
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Ranked #138 of 264 B&Bs / Inns in Luang Prabang
Hotel Class:2 star — Bellevue Bungalows 2*
Number of rooms: 10

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