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“Spacious colonial residence”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Villa Maly

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Villa Maly
Ranked #10 of 69 Hotels in Luang Prabang
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Canberra, Australia
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17 hotel reviews
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“Spacious colonial residence”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 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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5 of 5 bubbles 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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2 of 5 bubbles 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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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 December 2011

Very nice small hotel (33 rooms). The room was really spotless which is not usually the case in "old" houses. Globally we did enjoy our stay very much. But at that level of price, wireless signal and breakfast offer should be much better.

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled with family
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2011

Its clean ,reasonably close to town (can do on foot) nice pool decent breakfast polite staff. Not sure about price as turqoise travel booked it. They haven't got the hang of holding on to their client base for meals yet as drinks are too pricey. Lots of very good eateries in town at a reasonable price in any case. This is agood solid choice and should not disappoint. I would not go as far as excellent; I note one review said they had their own boat for dinners but when I enquired today they shook their heads.

  • Stayed November 2011
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Additional Information about Villa Maly

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 (per night): $109 - $254
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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