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Luang Prabang View Hotel
Ranked #19 of 69 Hotels in Luang Prabang
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62 reviews
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“Stunning Hotel”
Reviewed 24 February 2012

Shinta Mani hotel in Luang Prabang is a knock out. The hotel sits atop a small hill overlooking the outskirts of Luang Prabang and affords a breathtaking view of the nearby mountains.
The hotel design is beautiful. There is a central section that houses reception, cafe and restaurant, and an immense swimming pool.
Our room was large and luxuriously furnished. My poor husband was ill; he later said that being sick and remaining in the Shinta Mani bed almost made the illness worthwhile! Staff made him a special soup for his dinner that must have contributed to a speedy recovery.
While we would have preferred being in town, the hotel offered a frequent shuttle bus with a ride lasting about 12 minutes.
If we were to return to Luang Prabang, we would stay at Shinta Mani.

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Henley-on-Thames, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 20 February 2012

If you choose to stay downtown in picturesque Luang Prabang then there are many good small hotels and guest houses to choose from- but mostly without swimming pools and perhaps a little cramped.

Out-of-town (10 mins by shuttle bus) THE place to stay is at the Shinta Mani! Set on a hill-top with 360degree views of the valley and surrounding mountains, the hotel offers very comfortable and spacious rooms (choose the mid-price ones for a better position and views). The huge infinity pool is an absolutely wonderful place in which to relax and recover after a day out on the Mekong river or after wandering around the town.

Excellent service and helpful staff; good breakfast available on the open air balcony overlooking the town below.

We did not use the hotel restaurant as there is such a great choice of places to eat in town (the '3 Naggas' is strongly recommended).

The small criticism is that the last return hotel shuttle bus returns at 9.15pm, which makes for a rush. A 10.15pm bus would be more convenient but then you can always catch a 'tuk tuk' ($5) which can be fun, especially it it fails to get up the hill to the hotel!

One of the best places we have stayed on our SE Asia travels. Highly recommended

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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 16 February 2012

While on our honeymoon last May we had reached our second to last destination so decided to splash out on what had been an unbelievable experience. We booked into the Shinta Mani hotel and were overwhelmed by the quality of the place, The staff were fabulous and the hotel was amazing. The views over the surrounding countryside are breathtaking and you are a short journey into the town of Luang Prabang. The hotel operates a shuttel service to and from the town up to 2300hrs which is perfect in this sleepy haven. If you have a few pounds to spend this hotel is a must on your travels!!! Colin and Christine, Donegal, Ireland

Room Tip: Look for a room close to the poolside and bargain bargain bargain!!
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  • Stayed May 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 15 February 2012

We loved the room, the view, the pool, and had a terrific valentines dinner. Everybody is as friendly as can be. But. . . I'd still prefer to be in town, perhaps along the river, just to make it easier to enjoy the ambience of this charming, laid-back place that shows off all the pluses and minuses of how 21st century tourism brings both prosperity and cultural dissonance.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 2 February 2012

Stunning setting - Check
Friendly staff - Check
Beautiful swimming pool - Check
Soft music playing in our room when we arrived - check
Aromatic oil lit up when we got back to our room after dinner - check
Good restaurant food - Check
Laundry delivered within a few hours - check
Helping us to contact tour operator when our tour bus did not arrive on time - Check
Late check-out - Check

Overall a great hotel, while bar service around the pool area could be improved and the shuttle bus could be a bit more punctual in the morning it was still a fantastic experience. Only regret is not booking the King terrace, which only costs a little bit more, but has its own big balcony and at higher elevation. Our room was just in front of the hotel water pump system, so sometimes there is a bit of noise coming from back of the room. But you won't get this issue if you stay at the King terrace.

Stayed for 5 nights and travelled as couple

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  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Luang Prabang View Hotel

Property: Luang Prabang View Hotel
Address: Phou Meo, Thai Lao Friendship Road, Luang Prabang 0600, Laos (Formerly Shinta Mani)
Region: Laos > Luang Prabang Province > Luang Prabang
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#4 Business Hotel in Luang Prabang
#6 Spa Hotel in Luang Prabang
#12 Luxury Hotel in Luang Prabang
#17 Family Hotel in Luang Prabang
#18 Romantic Hotel in Luang Prabang
Price range (per night): $103 - $184
Hotel Class:4 star — Luang Prabang View Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 74
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The charming hideaway of Luang Prabang is one of Indochina’s gems and the showpiece of Laos. Designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1995, the well preserved city is more of a sleepy backwater than a modern metropolis. Wedged into the confluence of the mighty Mekong and lesser Khan river, Luang Prabang's peaceful location sets the pace for the unhurried way of life in the second largest city in Laos. Its grid-like road network makes it virtually impossible to get lost, and the entire town can be covered on foot in a day. ... more   less 
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