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Which hotel in Luang Prabang? Amantaka/Rosewood/Belmond?

Which hotel in Luang Prabang? Amantaka/Rosewood/Belmond?

Old Aug 14, 19, 2:23 pm
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Which hotel in Luang Prabang? Amantaka/Rosewood/Belmond?

For those who have been/TA's with clients who have been, what is the general consensus for hotels in Luang Prabang?

Briefly looking at pricing (standard room) on hotel website:

Amantaka: Average price US$880 - Low price US$690 (August/September) - High price US$1630 (late December)

Rosewood: Average price US$785 - Low price US$540 (April/May) - High price US$935 (mid-September)

Belmond La Résidence Phou Vao: Average price US$225 - Low price US$200 (Fall & Spring) - High price US$527 (late December)

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Virtuoso benefits for each:

Amantaka: Upgrade on arrival, daily breakfast, 1x 60 minute massage for one person per room per stay, free Wi-Fi

Rosewood: None (can't find it on Virtuoso website)

Belmond: Upgrade on arrival, daily breakfast, 1x 50 minute massage for two people per stay, airport transfer on arrival, free Wi-Fi

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Found Telegraph travel reviews which are usually pretty good. They don't favour Amantaka...

Amantaka: 8/10 https://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/d...mantaka-hotel/

Rosewood: 9/10 https://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/d...prabang-hotel/

Belmond: 9/10 https://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/d...hou-vao-hotel/

I'd appreciate if anyone could share their experiences from these hotels and which you would recommend. Is Amantaka 3 or 4 times better than the Belmond to warrant a rate 3-4x as much? Any complaints from any of the properties (I know the Rosewood has lots of stairs - it's a non-issue for me)?
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Old Aug 14, 19, 3:17 pm
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Originally Posted by MicSanToro View Post
Found Telegraph travel reviews which are usually pretty good. They don't favour Amantaka...

Amantaka: 8/10 https://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/d...mantaka-hotel/

Rosewood: 9/10 https://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/d...prabang-hotel/

Belmond: 9/10 https://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/d...hou-vao-hotel/
Agree Telegraph reviews can be useful but the points are useless in my eyes. Often properties gets 8 points which are without doubt miles above some 9 points properties in a city.
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Old Aug 14, 19, 7:00 pm
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Agree Telegraph reviews can be useful but the points are useless in my eyes. Often properties gets 8 points which are without doubt miles above some 9 points properties in a city.
Absolutely true!
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Old Aug 14, 19, 8:41 pm
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Originally Posted by MicSanToro View Post
Virtuoso benefits for each:

Amantaka: Upgrade on arrival, daily breakfast, 1x 60 minute massage for one person per room per stay, free Wi-Fi

Rosewood: None (can't find it on Virtuoso website)

Belmond: Upgrade on arrival, daily breakfast, 1x 50 minute massage for two people per stay, airport transfer on arrival, free Wi-Fi
Don't forget to check brand program offers.

Rosewood Elite rates apply at Luang Prabang for example which include confirmed upgrade at booking (not all categories), US$125 credit, breakfast, early check-in/late check-out, etc.

Belmond Bellini will apply at their property.
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Old Aug 15, 19, 2:27 am
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I just visited LP and stayed at the Amantaka. Some thoughts:

1) I'd spring for at least a pool suite at the Amantaka. The private pool is worth it, IMO.
2) Management at Amantaka was extremely friendly and helpful. There were a number of activities available via the hotel, some of which you could plan on your own for a 10th of the price. Personnel at the hotel didn't try to push us in one direction or the other, and tried their best to give unbiased advice about which path makes sense.
3) Rooms were high quality with exceptional finishes.
4) Location was great. It's bang in the middle of where you want to be, and the hotel has free bikes at your disposal to make getting around that much easier.

Overall an amazing stay. I think the rate includes half board, but honestly I used only half of the half board. Local cuisine outside the hotel is good and worth eating, and it's so cheap it doesn't really make a difference.

I don't have much to say about the Rosewood, other than that when we went to the waterfalls one day, we were driving out of the city and about 10-15 minutes into the drive we drove past the Rosewood, which is to say that the hotel is pretty far from the city (in relative terms). If you plan to stay at the hotel/country the whole time and not really venture into the city, I guess that's fine. But it would otherwise be pretty hectic to have to go between the two with any regularity.

The Aman, despite being in the middle of the city, still felt like a sanctuary in the inside.

Can't comment on the Belmond.
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Old Aug 15, 19, 3:35 am
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I would return to Amantaka just to get in their river boat again as well as for the fascinating discussions with their cultural ambassador (not sure if he is still there). Rosewood looks amazing (wasn’t open when I was there) but the soft factors at Amantaka made it one of my most memorable stays ever.
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Old Aug 15, 19, 11:46 pm
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Rosewood looks amazing (wasn’t open when I was there) but the soft factors at Amantaka made it one of my most memorable stays ever.
That's very high praise! Has anyone here stayed at both Amantaka and the Rosewood (or TAs with clients who have)?? Great things I'm hearing about Amantaka, but no comparison from anyone who has actually stayed at both. Hard product looks great at Amantaka, and you make the soft product sound very enticing. Rosewood looks stunning, but how does the soft product hold up?
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Old Aug 16, 19, 5:55 am
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Don't have clients who have stayed at both, but echoing some comments here re: distance from town and also a key thing to consider re: Rosewood is that many of the rooms require lots of climbing up and down due to how the resort is built.
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