We were shocked when we revisited Villa King Khan.
What we had once described as a “good cheapy” at 150,000 kip per night is now an expensive guesthouse offering mediocre value as the rates have soared while the rooms have remained the same. The hotel is under new ownership, the same owners as the adjacent Nam Khan Riverside Hotel; the two are almost identical and they share a reception. The rooms are more modern than budget places in town and feature wooden floors and air-con. The beds are as hard as concrete (which is the norm in Laos), the bathrooms are clean, the showerheads have a bizarre five-nozzle design and there is free WiFi. The location is convenient and the view of the river from the second-floor rooms is nice, but is it worth $60? Not unless everywhere else in town is full, and that does sometimes happen. For this price you should at least get a shower curtain and service. Villa Merry III and Aham Corner Guesthouse are just a few blocks up the road; the rooms are comparable in quality but are cheaper and the service friendlier. Or if these rates are within your budget, consider Lotus Villa, Ammata Guesthouse or Villa Saykham located in the historic quarter. Try elsewhere before settling on this one.
Type of room, low and high season prices
Room: Dbl air-con private bathroom, low season: US$50, high season US$50. Notes: $60 for riverview
Kingkitsarath Rd (road along the Nam Khan River), Luang Prabang
T: (020) 2222 4888
Room rates: US$20 to 50