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“Great location, good services”
Review of Villa Santi

Villa Santi
Ranked #94 of 201 Restaurants in Luang Prabang
Cuisines: International
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
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288 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 165 helpful votes
“Great location, good services”
Reviewed 7 February 2014 via mobile

Villa santi

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.

Visited February 2014
1 Thank CanberraMichele
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  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
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English first
Avoca Beach, Australia
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71 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“Refined Dining”
Reviewed 3 October 2013

We wandered into this place for a drink one night, attracted by the history and look of the place. One meeting the staff and being entertained with some traditional dancing we decided to book dinner the following night. The staff could not have been more accommodating, they moved a table so both of us could view the dancing. the wine we ordered was superb and the meal one of the most relaxed and enjoyable of our stay in Luang Prabang. The restaurant was much less crowded than some of the better known ones (we hope it stays this way) yet the menu was extensive and the local dishes we ordered were delicious. I would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone seeking a romantic setting where you can really relax and enjoy the evening. All the staff did everything possible to ensure our comfort and enjoyment and we both look forward with pleasure to dining there again.

  • Visited September 2013
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3 Thank cherryblu
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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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81 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 August 2013 via mobile

Perfect ... Location, service, ambience, rooms, food. I loved the Villa Santi. Its beautiful the staff give impeccable old fashioned service. The food reasonable price and delicious. The rooms spotless. Huge bath with piping hot water. Sit on the balcony to eat and watch luang prabangs life. In the historic heart . I would not have wished to stay anywhere else. I loved it @-}--

  • Visited August 2013
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1 Thank chitchat78
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“Good place for a cocktail”
Reviewed 16 March 2013

We visited Villa Santi at Happy Hour while in Luang Prabang in mid Feb. We had a table on the 2nd story porch over looking the main street. This view allowed for a great visual spectrum of activity on the north side of main. Their was a great breeze that cooled while enjoying a beverage and people watching. This old French house or villa is absolutely beautiful and their is a nice bar on the 2nd floor close to the porch. The service was good and the drinks were cold! But most importantly there is such a great view here. We were told that the villa was previously owned by a former King and that one of his family members lived here. It certainly has the feel of a royal residence even to this day. The drinks at happy hour were buy one and 2nd one was free that motivated us to sample Santi Villa originally.

  • Visited February 2013
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1 Thank Harry H
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San Diego, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Wonderful, sophisticated, enjoyable restaurant”
Reviewed 2 December 2012

Dined here twice. Both nights on the upstairs balcony. Food and service were very good. Nightly entertainment with music and a female dancer is native costumes. Can't recommend it enought. Wonderful soups and main entrees.

Visited November 2012
2 Thank Bob92110
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