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“Nice place, pity about the smell”

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ThanaBoun Guesthouse
Ranked #196 of 266 Luang Prabang B&B and Inns
Reviewed 9 August 2013

We stayed five nights here and it was ok, staff members are a little unfriendly and the bathroom did have quite a toxic smell every now and again (I think it comes from the shower drain). Evidently the smell was the reason why we found somewhere else to stay, as it did become quite unbearable. The positives are that the guesthouse is right in town and the room was quite clean and suited the westerners’ style.

Room Tip: Close the door to the bathroom will help with the smell.
  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 7 August 2013 via mobile

The guest house is in a fantastic location. On the main strip, 2mins walk to the night market and surrounded by bars/restaurants/travel agents.

The rooms are clean, we had a large double bed, huge wardrobe tv and plenty of table space to unpack our things.

The room comes with drinking water each day (you have to ask for it), a little weird but the staff hand if over happily enough. Wifi is a login system, they give you a voucher at front desk, again, you ask for it!

We had no problem with service. The staff were always friendly, no sign of the infamous 'terrible boss' other reviews have mentioned.

You pay for your room upon arrival, this is fairly standard in Asia I feel.

For the $17 we paid per night, we have no complaints!

  • Stayed: August 2013
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Reviewed 21 July 2013

I booked this place, then read the reviews...too late to back out I just hoped I got a 'livable' room. That said it was nice, it was clean, the bathroom did have a weird smell, but it wasn't sewage...maybe a mix of chemicals to fix the sewage smell?? For $20 a night it was ok.
The staff however are a nightmare. If they cracked a smile I'd probably assume the world had ended. If you ask a question about the town, do not expect a helpful response or indeed any response. It was the total opposite of anywhere I had stayed in Laos, where the usually cheery nature was something I came to expect.

  • Stayed: July 2013
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Reviewed 4 July 2013

Taking a first look to the hotel, it looks good. Pretty cheap, good rooms, great location, good bed etc... On the facility point of view, the only real thing is that the bathroom smells really bad.

Now, on the service, the desk man is ignorant, he knows nothing about his town. The bedrooms were not clean and I had to ask the desk man to give us fresh towels and water.

The most annoying thing was the fact that the hotel closed its doors at 10 PM leaving you outside like an idiot ringing to get in.

I would not recommend this place

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank Tanypol
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Reviewed 7 May 2013 via mobile

The boss is horrible. You can feel it when he enters the room, all the staff have to change. They become tense and unfriendly, as if terrified of doing anything wrong.
Luckily the boss is barely ever there.
The room was okay, but the bathroom stank. Luckily we had air freshener to make showers bearable.

  • Stayed: May 2013
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Reviewed 22 March 2013

This place was totally awesome. Room was clean, bathroom flawless, price cheap, service was even better. We rented bicycles from there for the whole day and return without a problem but had to give up our passport to them. We were treated very well. I guess treat others the way you want to be treated.

  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 11 March 2013

Worst stay in Laos.

Managment was rude and unhelpful. When we had a problem, the manager got so angry with us that he started shaking. A fuss blew when we plugged in our computer (used the plug all over Asia without problem - its the right voltage). The manager accused us of opening the fuse box (which was screwed shut -- and no, we did not unscrew it, mess around with it and then call the manager), told us it was very expensive, and then threatened to make us pay for it because he thought it was our fault. He wanted to kick us out of the guesthouse at this point because he said we were so much trouble, even though we had paid.

Bathroom smelled awful. It was so bad we had to open the doors to the room to try and air it out. It got worse throughout our stay.

Front desk staff was also not helpful and couldn't explain their policies (like why you had to leave your key, but the hotel didn't have a safe).

On the plus side, the room was ok (if you could get over the smell, which I couldn't) and was in a good location. But please, don't stay here. Managment treats its guests horribly.

  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Address: 48/3. Ban Xiengmuan Village Sisavangvong Street, Luang Prabang 0600, Laos
Region: Laos > Luang Prabang Province > Luang Prabang
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Ranked #196 of 266 B&Bs / Inns in Luang Prabang
Price Range: $30 - $52 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — ThanaBoun Guesthouse 2*
Number of rooms: 7
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