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Villa Maly
Ranked #10 of 69 Hotels in Luang Prabang
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London, United Kingdom
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“Stylish friendly hotel in good location”
Reviewed 7 February 2012

We stayed for a week in January and found it a very nice hotel. Staff all very friendly, excellent large bedroom - bathroom fine but slightly quirky design. Delightful pool of swimmable size which I think is rare in the more central parts of Luang Prabang. Convenient quiet location about 300m from the Mekong and 7-8 minutes walk to bars, shops, restaurants and the wonderful night market. Breakfasts fine and good food at lunch around the pool - but dinner best taken in one of the many excellent restaurants in LP. They also provide free golf buggy transport to any points in the city, if you are feeling lazy.

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 3 February 2012

We stayed for 3 nights. Booked for the cheapest room and were pleasantly suprised when we got a pretty large room on 1st floor facing the pool - it was great. Yes the bathroom was a bit small and dark but we weren't bothered - there was enough room to wash and shower!
The service around the pool was amazing, they have slightly dodgy lounger cushions that have a tendancy to fall apart but there is always someone to assist and whenever I wanted a drink there was someone there! The location is great if you don't mind a short walk into town - its worth it for the peace and quiet. We only ate breakfast once and it was a little dissapointing, no egg station and most things were stale or cold - don't get me wrong it's fine and adequate but we stayed in 7 hotels in 2 weeks and this was the most dissapointing...
We tried the spa and had massages - they were just okay, the Laos massage is not as relaxing as some of the others you get in Asia we found it a little slappy!
This hotel was our second choice but we are very pleased we were here over 3 nagas - lots of hotels don't have a pool so this was a real bonus.

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 30 January 2012

We spent 3 nights at Villa Maly in January before starting a tour in Vietnam. Villa Maly was delightful; everything that we expected after getting a recommendation from friends who stayed there in December. The hotel is in a pleasant quiet neighborhood. We were able to easily walk into the heart ot town 2 evenings and took advantage of their complimentary shuttle the third. The room was very pleasant and each afternoon we took advantage of their lovely swimming pool with ample pool-side lounges. it was a great way to start our trip.

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  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 23 January 2012

The Villa Maly is a stylish hotel, 10 minutes walk from the town centre, set in the old colonial quarter. Rooms are set round a lovely swimming pool and sunbathing area. There is a small bar with the inevitable TV showing wall to wall sport but the sound is turned down, and a pleasant lounge area by reception to sit when it rains. The bedroom was delightfully decorated and the bed very comfortable with lots of pillows and a mosquito net. Unfortunately our shower room was small, dark and the only mirror in the whole room back-lit. The breakfast was a bit disappointing, served in a covered area between two accommodation blocks. The staff are pleasant and helpful.

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  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Canberra, Australia
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Reviewed 5 January 2012

An easy 5 minute stroll from Luang Prabang's enchanting old centre, Villa Maly is located in an area of grand colonial residences. Our room was large, comfortable and beautifully decorated. The bathroom was stylish but rather impractical, with a hammered bronze basin but negligible counter space. The immaculate pool area was a restful retreat from the heat and humidity. Not cheap in a town with plentiful accommodation options, but the space and pool area make it worth it.

  • Stayed January 2012
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Arlington, Virginia
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Reviewed 2 January 2012

We spent three nights at Villa Maly over New Years and were quite pleased with the overall experience. The hotel is within easy walking distance of the town but on a quiet street and enclosed environment. The hotel was busy but the ambience was subdued and very pleasant. The massages at the spa were great after the drive from Vang Vien! Marie, the hotel manager, and her staff were most accomodating.

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled as a couple
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Watlington, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 17 December 2011

I can't comment for value as this was booked for us as part of a package, however there were a number of areas where we felt the hotel could improve.

Breakfast is dire. The mornings are cool in December and the restaurant al fresco. This meant that the contents of the buffet breakfast sat around getting cold and being totally unappetising; such as crepes and french toast. The scrambled eggs were kept warm (and congeling) as was the bacon which just got dry. Meanwhile, the breakfast staff stood around doing very little just coming to serve tea and coffee as required. These same staff could be kept busy making warm, appetising breakfasts for people and delivering pots of tea and coffee to the tables, together with milk.

On the morning of check out I struggled down the stairs with my bag whilst there were 3 members of staff sat behind reception (one of them sewing) and a guy standing at the bottom of the stairs not moving. Three others were sitting in the bar watching the TV.

My husband was watching the football in the bar one evening and a couple of minutes before the end of the match, the barman turned off the TV, shooed him out of the bar and said he was going home.

As detailed by others the bathroom looks lovely but is totally impractical. The shower has no lip and the water drains away slowing, hence the need (in room 5) for a wad of towel to be placed by at the entranc to the shower to stop water draining into the bedroom. There was the smallest shelf with three spikes on it (?) and all shampoos and soaps had to go on the floor. The big pot that the basin sits in looks fab but takes up too much space. This bathroom is a clear example of interior design getting in the way of practicality.

On a positive note, we did not experience any of the noise at night that others have complained off and got an excellent night's sleep in the most comfortable bed.

Location-wise it is just out of the town centre - a pleasant walk away

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled as a couple
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Property: Villa Maly
Address: 75 Oupalath Khamboua Road | Ban That Luang Village, Luang Prabang 0600, Laos
Region: Laos > Luang Prabang Province > Luang Prabang
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#8 Luxury Hotel in Luang Prabang
#9 Family Hotel in Luang Prabang
#16 Romantic Hotel in Luang Prabang
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Villa Maly 4*
Number of rooms: 33
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Once the home of Lao royalty, today Villa Maly is an exquisite boutique hotel, surrounded by luscious tropical gardens. Its rooms evoke the subdued elegance and creative touches of a bygone time. The hotel's 33 guest rooms are each subtly created to incorporate time-honored Laotian architecture with an essence of the Colonial past. ... more   less 
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