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“Beautiful Satri House”
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Satri House
Ranked #6 of 71 Hotels in Luang Prabang
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 23 February 2010

We stayed in beautiful Satri House. It was elegantly furnished with antiques and orientalia. The place is situated away from the hustle and bustle of the main road but it was easy enough to get to. The hotel has a pool and a small restuarant to service the guests needs but not much more than that. Their rooms are a haven from the dust and heat of Luang Prabang tho and we were very happy there. We would definitely like to go back one day.

Stayed: December 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 6 December 2009

We booked at Satri House last minute, under the understanding that the building work had completed as advertised in November - an approx 50% discount had been offered whilst this was underway. HOWEVER - and this is not mentioned anywhere - the building work is now due for completion in February 2010. When we pointed this out, the discount was not offered despite repeated requests (although a 30% discount was given). In the meantime the pool is overlooked by building teams, the restaurant is non-existent, and the noise is intrusive, Given the cost and the location on the outskirts of town, I would not recommend this hotel as better deals can be had locally by shopping around.

That said - once completed the hotel will undeniably be stunning. Whether - given location and alternatives - this will ever be sufficient to justify the rack rate is unclear.

  • Stayed: November 2009, travelled as a couple
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SusiraK, Manager at Satri House, responded to this reviewResponded 11 December 2010

Please be informed that Satri House is now fully openned for all service. Furthermore, We are now the one member of Relais & Chateaux.

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Reviewed 25 August 2009

Darn it. As hard as I try to be Hip, it just doesn't seem to happen. I'm doomed to be just another tourist that wants a clean bathroom, sheets without poop on them and walls where you can't see from inside to the outside. And for these simple things, I'm willing to give the owner of the place my money. But I digress, let me try and explain.

I was ready to be annointed a Hip traveler, rather than a crass tourist for staying here. The entry and check in were okay, nice looking rooms, just like the Hip Hotel book. But then they took us through the courtyard into the rear hovels. We stayed in the last one, so if they lead you there, flee. The room looked funky, which I can take. But it was filthy. Beyond filthy. The lack of cleaniness has been reported by select members of the Brotherhood of The Unhip in other reviews, so there's no need to belabor the filth in the tub, nor in the sink, or the absolute scum that was caked on the curtains above the sink, where it appears that many of the previous visitors wiped their hands after washing them in the sink. I spent 15 or 20 minutes shoving newspapers in the cracks in the wall that went from the inside all the way through the building. You could see the trees next door through these cracks.

To say that it was revolting is redundant; where's the management? They don't see that the place is filthy? Or they chose not to address the problems?

The wide gap from the bottom of the door to the floor was at least 2 inches. The room was infested with all sorts of flying insects, geckoes and what ever else could crawl under the door. The can of insect killing what ever, provided as part of the turn down service did little to deter the little pests. The netting provided some relieve.

After trying to use the non functioning in room safe, we hauled our valuables with us and went to dinner.

When we came back the sheets on our bed were turned down and what appeared to be mouse turds were in the middle bed. Did you know that gecko poop and mouse poop look similar? Just one of the life lessons I learned at the Satri House.

Maybe it's Hip in the Big House, or maybe there's some secret sign you have to give them at check in so that you're not assigned to what must have been the worse room in the place? No room could have been worse than ours, or the Trip Advisor reviews would have been even more stinging. But what ever it is, and unless you know how to make magic happen, this isn't the place to stay for a restful evening. It's not the place to stay for any reason.

Banish all thoughts about a hip, relaxing place to stay once you sign up a room at the Satri House. For you'll be taken as a gullible, naive tourist that needs to stripped of your money for being so silly to think there was something worthwhile about this place.

  • Stayed: January 2008, travelled as a couple
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SHManagement, Management at Satri House, responded to this reviewResponded 16 October 2009

Thank you for your valuable comments which you posted on August 23, 2009. Although the comment is posted a year and a half after your visit in January 2008. I would like to kindly inform you that Satri house has been renovated during the year 2008 and enlarged with the addition of six more colonial style buildings consisting of 25 deluxe rooms and suites with two swimming pools. The first two buildings are ready for soft opening since July 2009 with 10 deluxe rooms that furnished with superior crafted wood furniture. Total renovation will be completed by December 2009.

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Reviewed 6 July 2008

This is a fascinating place. I described it as 'atmospheric' my friend used the words in the title. It's a crumbling old colonial-style royal residence on the edge of town. They currently have less than 10 rooms, so it's friendly and cozy, but I think they're adding another building with something like 20 more. So I expect it will be completely changed when they finish.

The old building could use a little TLC. The plaster is peeling and there's moss around the pool and mildew on the pool umbrellas. The garden is like a small jungle.

The rooms were draped in silk and there were antiques everywhere (apparently for sale). The decor was funky. The place definitely had character.

The breakfast--with wonderful fresh French baked goods with home made jam, fresh fruit, and eggs--was served beside the pool.

Our room was interesting with a fan area with balcony and an a/c area. The only problem was that the fan bedroom had no door. So, anyone walking up the stairs would walk straight into our room. This happened once while we were there. Fortunately, it was another woman coming up the stairs because I was getting dressed.

When we got there, we were the only guests, so there was little concern, but we asked them to add a sign at the curve in the stairs so no one else would walk in (which they quickly did--wish they had thought of this themselves.) Also they told us there was a guard at night, but we never saw anyone when we came back in the evenings. So that was a bit creepy and exposed-feeling.

The staff was very helpful, especially Mrs. Mim and the fellow who spoke excellent English and French. Since we were a little bit out of the town center, they'd call us a tuk tuk and give us directions to various markets.

  • Stayed: June 2008, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 29 June 2008

We first saw this hotel next to "The Apsara" in the "HIP HOTELS: ORIENT" book, the second hotel in Luang Prabang features there. We chose to stay there and have been surprised. We liked it more than the Apsara.

The hotel is like a museum where you can live and sleep, the staff is very friendly and you wouldn't expect such a nice place in the area.

I this this hotel is underestimated and you can get a very impressive taste of what Lao history looks like.

  • Stayed: June 2008, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Satri House

Address: 57 Phothisarath Rd | Ban That Luang, Luang Prabang 85671, Laos
Region: Laos > Luang Prabang Province > Luang Prabang
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#5 Business Hotel in Luang Prabang
#5 Luxury Hotel in Luang Prabang
#6 Romantic Hotel in Luang Prabang
#8 Family Hotel in Luang Prabang
Price Range: $193 - $471 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Satri House 5*
Number of rooms: 31
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located in the heart of the city, Satri House was built at the turn of the last century as the residence of Prince Souphanouvong. This building owns to Unesco Heritage. Satri House was refurbished in 2002 by Mrs. Lamphoune Voravongsa and has been run since as a hotel. During 2008 and 2012 the hotel has been enlarged with the addition of more colonial style buildings consisting of 14 Deluxe rooms, 14 junior suites and 3 Satri House suites. ... more   less 
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