Great location, good facilities.
Villa Santi has a great location in the middle of lots of good restaurants and activities. Monks walk past the front gate around 6:15pm gathering alms in large numbers, but walk past continually all day in ones and twos. It is lovely to watch this and daily life over breakfast from the balcony that over looks the street.
Breakfast is included and is good with lots of options to choose from including eggs and soups cooked to your liking.
However, prices are high for lunch and dinner and the quality is not great great.
We had a great meal across the street at Tamnak Lao (chicken, eggplant and bean curry with sticky rice). Tamnak Lao is owned by an Australian and is also good for cooking lessons.
Cafe Toui, Le Patio and Riverside Barbeque restaurant, Dyen Sabai ( over the bamboo bridge) are also good, well priced options.
(Cafe Toui has great wifi).
The night food stalls near the start of the night market (heading out of town to waterfalls end) offering incredible buffets for $1.50 a plate are amazing (some stalls will heat up the food to hot for you).
Six royal suites are in the main building overlooking the main road where the restaurant is as well as a nice small pool.
Across the road are the deluxe suites and the two, junior suites.
Junior suites are good for more room if you are staying a while. The bottom floor junior suite (220) is quieter that the top floor junior suite (270) but the top floor suite has a better outlook through the window to foliage, more privacy and a little closer to a nice set of seating upstairs. Both are fairly dark rooms, but stay cool.
Hot water can take a while to warm up, bit ok if you run it before you get in.
Wifi is poor all over the hotel.
Price includes return airport transfer ($8US approximately in a taxi otherwise).
A bonus is the shuttle out to the sister hotel Santi Resort and Spa, just out if town, for a swim in a lovely big pool. But otherwise, not worth a special trip. Restaurant has the same menu as in town although it is nicely set in a garden.
Service is helpful. Staff are friendly.
Great option for a hotel with a bit more luxury ( small pool, buffet breakfast) and a great outlook at breakfast, at a good price, in a heritage property, but if the weather is good, there are also lots of guest house options that are also heritage properties and lovely, at a fraction of the price, but with limited breakfast options, no pool, less service.
Do take the trip to the Kuang Si falls (40min drive around $8 per person transport ) for a swim in the gorgeous pools.
Do see the sunset go down over the Mekong and get a great photo from the platform behind the place near where the long boats go.
Do visit the night market.
I'd stay again at Villa Santi if the weather was hot or wet or needed a bit more luxury, but otherwise I'd consider one of the nice guest houses for a different experience of Luang Prabang.
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