Maison Souvannaphoum Hotel
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... Can't be worse that that awful dirt road ride." Hmmm...wrong. It was like being on a rollercoaster for 6 hours non-stop. First, we left an hour late. We have no idea why, but it seemed like they were overbooked. We just sat there, in the hot mini-van, waiting to go. We didn't want to get out for air because then we could lose our seats (even though we had pre-purchased tickets, this seems to be a bit of a joke.) About 2 hours in, I knew this wasn't going to be a ...
... witness the long procession of monks taking alms from the local community. This apparently was their only meal for the entire day. As massive foodies ourselves....we say hats off to them, Buddism is no picnic. We spent the rest of the day exploring the town and getting anyone from monks to mannequins to hold up a sign we'd made wishing Jessie a very happy birthday. We made many a friend in the process including a tuk tuk full of clapping and singing Thai ...
... mahout (elephant trainer) commands and ride our own elephant bare back before bathing our own elephant in the river. This would set us back One Million Four Hundred and Forty Four Thousand Kip, which sounds more than it is, it was only £100. So our day begun by getting picked up in a mini bus by our ultra nice guide for the day (forgot his name) along with 2 others that we would be doing the day course with, 2 Japanese/American girls. We arrived at Elephant ...
... were too loud.
I slept much better during the night and we were up just after 6am and prepared for an early morning exploration with Tjeuji. I was first on the zipline out of the hut and got very wet from the spray coming off the damp line. We took another line, then hiked quietly through the jungle, listening for animals. At the top of another zipline we waited, listening for about 10 minutes, but we unfortunately didn’t hear any gibbons. At the next zipline ...
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- Shuttle bus service
- Swimming pool
- Room service
- Free parking
TravelPod Member ReviewsMaison Souvannaphoum Hotel Luang Prabang
This was our favorite hotel on a 6 week trip to 5 SEA countries. It has a wonderful colonial atmosphere and is very well kept. The staff is simply outstanding, very well trained and very friendly without being overly humble. The Manager Serge from Switzerland is a great guy. He is fun talking to and always available when needed. Great location near downtown and next to a beautiful monastery. Food is excellent.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Maison Souvannaphoum Hotel Luang Prabang
Service lets it down
The hotel is in a great location and is very pretty. However, our stay was spoiled by the poor service. Nothing major - just lots of little things that became a bit of a tiresome pattern. For a the price, I would have hoped for more. We had a first floor room (with balcony) which was very nicely decorated, but maybe a little small. On the plus side, we had dinner one evening in the hotel and the food was very good. The hotel pool is lovely.
This hotel is a romantic, charming, French colonial getaway that offers warm hospitality, great ambience and wonderful food (at Elephant Blanc).It is a clean, immaculate, beautiful and graceful place, full of history, well maintained grounds with impressive buddhist sculptures,a lovely swimming pool,giant jackfruit trees and various orchids (pink, orange, purple and red) that leave you breathless and more than willing to just sit on your own private verandah after a bit of sightseeing and soak it all up while recalling the old world days of Luang Prabang.
stayed here for 3 nights over the weekend, liked the location (walking distance from pretty much everything--actually right at the beginning of the Eastern part of town)
Enchanting hotel, wonderful city
The hotel (a villa, really) is one of the nicest places I have ever stayed. We booked a verandah room, overlooking the garden and pool, and it was ideal. The staff are excellent. Breakfast, next to the pool, was fine. You can hire bikes at the hotel and it is a great way to get around the city. I believe an early explorer referred to Luang Prabang as Utopia - and I think he was right. I would definitely stay at this hotel again.
The hotel has been recently renovated and relaunched by a Thai hotel group (Angsana). It is in a great position close to everything, is very smart and the staff are very pleasant and helpful. The rooms are large and well equipped, and combine comfort and style very effectively.
I booked the hotel early for a special occasion in October which I knew would be busy. There are several nice places in town but this seemed to be the only one with a pool, and it is a hot place at this time of year.
One of the best hotels we've stayed at
The Maison Souvannaphoum was one of the main reasons our trip to Luang Prabang was so memorable. We stayed 3 nights in August 2005 after staying two nights at a resort hotel outside the city. We were so glad that we made the switch! We felt really relaxed and pampered.
The room was on the small side but it was very clean, comfortable and modern. The staff always brought towels, flip-flops and fruit kabobs within minutes of arriving at the pool. They served little cookies and ice teas in the lobby in the late afternoon. The turn down service included a snack by your bedside. They served a delicious breakfast and the staff was always friendly and helpful.
By far the most excellent hotel I have ever stayed in. The service was impeccable, so warm and friendly - I have never met such wonderful hotel staff. The room was so beautiful (I stayed in a verandah room with a gorgeous balcony overlooking the pool) it simply took my breath away. The food was by far the best I have eaten in the whole of Asia. The welcome and departure gifts given to guests are just a tiny example of why this hotel is superb. I was torn whether to review this hotel or not as I wanted to keep it a secret (!) but the hotel deserve to know how wonderful it is. It is a little corner of paradise and I shed a tear when I left.
My experience was just the opposite. I think the timing was perfect. I arrived just after the grand opening of the hotel. I opted for a Garden Room on the ground level cos I was absolutely thrilled at the idea of chilling out in my own verandah. I never got a chance though because I was out most of the days, exploring the town. There is a main street in front of the hotel and a backlane that leads to some houses, you can find a wat (temple) on this lane. I don't recall hearing any traffic though, when I was back in my room at night. It was kind of quiet, actually, and peaceful. I had a really good rest. The staff was eager to please and so warm and friendly too. At night, when they put up the lanterns, the hotel looks like a fairyland.