La Residence Phou Vao Hotel, Luang Prabang
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Beautiful and tranquilfrom lislander
sight seeing and just chill. It is about a 5 minute ride to town and tha hotel offers free shuttle. But it is hard to leave becasue the pool and rooms are so inviting and relaxing. The hotel is set in lush gardens in the foothills just outside of town. The views of the mountains are sublime.
Our room which was on the second floor of the main building had a spectacular view of the infinity pool and the mountians. The room has sliding glass doors that open up on a nice size patio with two lounges. The bed has a misquito net so, if you'd like, you can leave the doors open to the evening breezes.
The feeling of the hotel is more like a boutique hotel. There isn't much staff and those that are aound are unobtrusive. The whole place has a very laid back atmosphere which coincides with
Laos in general.
Since there is so much to see and do around LP, it is hard to justify spending time at the wonderful spa and pool but I would suggest adding another day to your schedule just to spend at the hotel. You won't regret it.
On Balance the best place to stay in Lunag Prabangfrom Philipat
The restaurant is also superb, although pricey, especially in comparison to the many other good restaurant options in town.
The staff are exceptional with great attention to detail.
Fantastic hotelfrom JamesandVictoria
Lovely hotelfrom Mackinlay
Magnificent Scenery!from badashanren
The scenery is really breath-taking. There are actually two small infinity pools, both with a great view. The spa is very professional and well-run by a trained Indonesian manager. There is a very good steam room by the small pool in the spa and we would highly recommend it.
The room is large and well-designed and has a wonderful view as well. The staff is efficient and friendly.
Like the previous reviews, we would recommend that you find your own transport to the airport as it is very expensive (3 times) if you choose to take the hotel's van.
Fantastic hotel - even better Spa and Restaurant. Free Shuttle into town!from mima01
My room was on the first floor and had a balcony overlooking the infinity pool and surrounding gardens. Every day we were brought different fresh fruits and complimentary mineral water. Flowers were arranged around the room nd it was sprayed for mosquitoes. It was a large room, but my favourite part was the bathroom. The bath was made of solid stone.
It is the kind of place where you can pack light - everything is provided. The spa is spectacular and there are many special offers you can take advantage of. My therapist was a tiny women, but she summouned the strength to give me an extremely relaxing massage. Actually, it was so full on I started laughin half way through!
You really ought to stay for dinner one night - the food is mind blowing. I ordered red snapper on an aubergine caviar as my main dish. Unforgettable. Breakfast is great too. I ate at a few restaurants in town, but the food here was of far superior standard.
An extremely photogenic site, I am confident you will be made to feel like the only guest, regardless of how many other people are staying there at the same time.
One thing I would avoid is booking a taxi transefer on arrival - you can get a taxi for 1/4 of the price from the airport. Return transfers may be a little trickier. Don't forget to save your departure tax!
A wonderful place to stay!from A TripAdvisor Member
Great Hotel in a Great Townfrom A TripAdvisor Member
The hotel has such a calm feel to it and it is the kind of place you could stay for weeks as the ambience is so serence. There are two infinity pools and you can swim while looking out over the horizon.
The rooms are very large and very tasteful, only minor complaint was the beds are not the most comfortable in the world nor are the pillows but this is the only complaint anyone in my party had. The food at the restaurant is superb and as some of us ate French and other Lao food so we covered all options.
I sometimes raise my eyebrows when I read comments in reviews like the staff weren't completely fluent in English, you must accept that you are in Luang Prabang in Laos not in a major capital city and I am sure that all the staff's English was far superior to our Lao.
Laos is the most chilled out place I have ever been and if you are even contemplating going, you must go as the people are so friendly and laid back. Luang Prabang is a very scenic town and trips down the Mekong are well worth the few dollars they cost. The night market is an amazing place to go as it's the calmest market I have ever been to but also full of exquisite textiles for next to nothing.
Thoroughly recommend La Residence - just get used to the locals not knowing what hotel you are staying in as the hotel has changed names a lot over the years!
Pretty hotel, shame about the managementfrom Sarong Queen
The weather was bitterly cold after sunset (obviously not the hotel's fault) and the in-room literature stated that the aircon could also be used for heating. When this did not work I spoke to the manager who said that unfortunately it only worked for cooling. This being an Orient Express managed hotel and not a cheap flophouse, I naturally believed him. We were so cold in the room we had to go to bed at 5.30PM just to keep warm. There were no tea/coffee facilities. We could not face another 5 nights of this, so called our agent to get us out to Bangkok. By the next morning my husband had developed a hacking cough.
As soon as the manager heard of our impending departure he became quite flustered and sent an engineer to the room. Unbelievably, within 15 minutes we had plenty of hot air blasting into the room. From conversations with other guests we gathered this was not an uncommon experience. By this time our very efficient agent had got us on a flight to Bangkok and we left. Our holiday in Laos was wrecked. The manager's English was excellent and there were no misunderstandings. He just could not be bothered to give a basic level of care to his guests. This was a health issue, not a superficial failing such as running out of a wine or the TV breaking down.
I notice other reviewers refer to the poor quality of service and assume it is "not in the culture". I disagree - we found the other staff pleasant and helpful. Poor service is down to the management and training. Proof of this is the exceptional service we had on the same trip at the Settha Palace in Vientiane.
Lovely Hotel in Laosfrom A TripAdvisor Member
Top Local Tips for Luang Prabang
Luang Prabang Night Markets It's fine to bargain at the night market in Luang Prabang, but this isn't Bali or Bangkok. The craftmanship at these markets is above any other market I've visited in Asia. And just remember they are calm, honest people, whom $1 means a lot more to them than it does to you.
Night market competition We found the night market to have a charmng atmosphere, but the actual goods for sale were repeated stall after stall. Shopping at the outlying cvillages was much more interesting, and prices were better.
trip to Tadse waterfall Go to tadse waterfall. less crowdy than the other ones and so beautiful.
Other names for La Residence Phou Vao Hotel
- la residence phou vao hotel
- Address: 3 PO Box 5 Luang Prabang - Luang Prabang - Lao PDR - Laos
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