I've just finished a very enjoyable two week stay in Luang Prabang, Laos. It was my first visit, and I was lucky enough to find a room at a newly opened hotel, Le Bel Air. The hotel is in a beautiful setting on the banks of the Nam Khan River just accross the "old bridge" from the town.
It's super-cozy with just 10 units and an easy 15 minute walk to the center of town or 5 minutes on the complementary bicycles; a great trade for the peaceful countryside atmosphere. The grounds are beautiful and well kept. The staff is very friendly and eager to please.
The room rate, $60, was much lower than comparable hotels in town and included a wonderful complementary breakfast...a choice of Lao or made to order "American" style. The bacon was the best I've had in my 3 months in Asia, and the outdoor dining area overlooking the garden and the river beyond was a super way to start the day.
They serve a very good Lao menu for lunch and dinner. I met several people who just stopped for an aftenoon drink in the garden. The comfortable chaises were a great place for an afternoon of reading, napping or just watching the river go by.
There were so many pleasant surprises I don't know where to start. The room was a comfortable, nicely furnished, lots of space for hanging clothes, and soft cotton robes that even fit my 6 foot frame. The bathroom was spacious, modern and well equipped...with a huge tub. The bed was comfortable with soft linens and a real down comforter!
For a few extra dollars, the private bungalows are a real deal. Spacious, well appointed, a private varanda and lots of light.
I'm beginning to sound like a travel writer...did I mention the free airport shuttle service and free WiFi? So suffice to say that for under $75 per night, this is a great place to stay that I would definately visit again and again. It's so much nicer to wake to the sound of a rooster than a motor bike or delivery truck!
#1 alohafromjohn has been a member since 11/12/2008. Posts: 1
Somehow the website doesn't seem to work, does anyone know how to book directly with the hotel?
Is agoda the best online booking option?
#3 weiwei22 has been a member since 12/1/2009. Posts: 3
it does! thank you!
#5 weiwei22 has been a member since 12/1/2009. Posts: 3