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“Historic charm, with modern amenities but missed the mark in a few ways”
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Sala Prabang
Ranked #32 of 71 Hotels in Luang Prabang
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Reviewed 6 November 2013

Loved the French colonialism influence to the design. The room (205) was sparse but had the essentials. It was a decent size with hot water and air con. The breakfast albeit a lovely location was not acceptable. Their was no selection just cold noodles or rice, a little fruit and cereal. You could get an omelet and toast. However when you stay multiple days one grows tired of those same options. The staff at breakfast was very nonchalant. Even though it was a buffet nobody greeted us ever. When I did get an omelet, the woman was not very warm. All the other stops before this, people were more friendly than I've ever experienced. Desk staff in second guesthouse was more friendly but gave wrong directions on multiple occasions. There is no access to an outside line in the second guesthouse so they have to call the main house and they call out. When booking my spa appt. at another hotel, he told me I could walk and gave general directions. Since he did not seem confident, I opted for a tuk tuk. Lo and behold, there was no way I could walk there and it was nowhere near where he said. Similar thing happened with dinner reservations. He never said he didn't know even though the street name and where he pointed to on map didn't match. Just beware if you are relying on staff for directions, appts., reservations. Laundry was fine and done same day, expensive but didn't have time to go elsewhere.

Room Tip: Room 205 is facing river but quite noisy with street traffic
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  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 17 October 2013

This boutique heritage hotel is simply " WOW ". The french colonial architectural influence mix with Laotian wood design and decorated simply with good taste. Love the mozaics floor and bathroom tiles.

The owner is a Laotian architect himself, we found out and he loves to preserve its heritage. He has also owned and designed other buildings around Luang Prabang and turned into boutique hotels as well.
The doubleroom (only 2 rooms in front with balcony) has a very comfortable huge queensize bed. Very clean bedsheets and towels provided.
There is also a little safe in the bathroom. And very creative ideas the designer has to hide the open clothes hangers behind the ceiling to floor mirror !

The modern amenities are excellent for eg the bathroom has good water heating and airconditioning is good. One of the best part of this stay , which not many hotels there have, is their open-air breakfast area across the road and its so beautiful to have breakfast in the cool morning air by the River Mekong. When weather is not good, they have an indoor courtyard area for breakfast. The breakfast spread is basic and nothing to shout about . But the ambience and fresh air by the Mekong is fantastic.

We stayed 3 nights and we felt like our own home. The management is very friendly and warm.

Highly recommended. And if i go again, I will still book this hotel.
The room rate of US60 is reasonable.

However the bad thing is there is no TV or phone in all the rooms !! But with so many things to do in Luang Prabang, my 3 whole days passed easily without realising there is no TV nor phone until a friend mentioned it !

Overall, it is very comfortable and artistically designed and well managed boutique hotel.
Book early if you plan to stay bcos they are usually booked full.

Room Tip: the front 2 rooms has balconies facing the Mekong River are fantastic.
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  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 16 October 2013

A group of friends, 7 ladies, stayed at the Sala Prabang Hotel, in Luang Prabang.
It is a heritage hotel, but the interior has been re-furbished and has modern imenities.
The staff were excellent and were at hand to comply to any requests.
The manager and owner were at the premises daily to see to the smooth running and guests were comfortable and happy.
Breakfast was across the road, al fresco style, along the Mekong River.
Altogether a delightful experience and would highly recommend Sala Prabang.

One of the ladies, forgot here mobile when we left and went to Vientiane. On discovery we called the hotel, and the Manager personally saw that the phone was sent by the next flight to Vientiane and we were amazed with their honesty and kindness.

Room Tip: rooms facing the Mekong River
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  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 4 October 2013

We loved this guesthouse. We had never been to Luang Prabang before and just loved the whole area. We only stayed for 3 nights, wished we could have stayed longer. The guesthouse had an outdoor restaurant directly across a small road overlooking the Mekong. It was wonderful sitting at a table for breakfast looking down on the morning activity on the Mekong. There had been a bit of rain before we arrived and the Mekong was quite fast flowing with a lot of branches and logs sailing downstream. It was amazing watching the way the boats manovured through all the debris, knowing when to cut their motors and use the current to their advantage. The rooms were quaint with sloping loft-like ceilings. There were a couple of comfy lounge/reading/tv rooms in the front part of the guesthouse, then you walked through a courtyard to the rooms (about six rooms) I think 2 downstairs and 3 upstairs. The staff friendly and helpful, the breakfast nice and fresh, the position scenic and handy. Would definitely stay there again

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 1 October 2013

We stayed here for 5 nights and thoroughly enjoyed the great location of this hotel. It was easy to get around Luang Prabang from the hotel - most places were within easy walking distance. The staff were very friendly and helpful. The rooms were clean and basic but comfortable. Would stay here again.

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 26 June 2013 via mobile

We stayed at the Sala Prabang fir 2 nights and had a riverside balcony room in the Banlao section of the hotel. The room was quite large and the bed was huge. The view to the river was lovely.

The staff are extremely helpful. I had a problem with a jammed padlock on my luggage on arrival and despite the late hour, the staff went in search of the appropriate tools and managed to fix the problem for me all with a smile and minimum of fuss (for me anyway).

Breakfast had all the necessities, was enjoyable and in a very nice setting.

If you are looking for a more Lao experience, this is the place. I would definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed: June 2013
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Reviewed 31 March 2013

The breakfast was basic but in a lovely outdoor area and served by a professional staff. The location of Sala is ideal--easy walking to the night market and lots of bars and restaurants. The grounds are nicely cared for. We did have a major problem, which we didn't know about until much later in our holiday: we came back to our room mid-day to find our door open and workmen swarming in and out installing a flat-screen t.v. I noticed my backpack zipper was not as I usually leave it, but didn't pursue. At the end of our holiday a week later, looked for my cell phone in the bottom of my backpack to no avail. In retrospect, it's the only occasion where my backpack was vulnerable. Can't hold the hotel responsible except that they shouldn't have allowed workmen in our room while we weren't there.

  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Sala Prabang

Address: 81/1 Ounkham Road, Ban Xieng Mouane, Luang Prabang, Laos
Region: Laos > Luang Prabang Province > Luang Prabang
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Room Service Airport Transportation
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Ranked #32 of 71 Hotels in Luang Prabang
Price Range: £43 - £64 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Sala Prabang 3*
Number of rooms: 49
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