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8.4
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Excellent location - Inside city center
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  • Spa Garden50 m
  • City Center (Main Tourist Area)100 m
  • Passa Paa110 m
  • Wat Sensoukharam110 m
  • Mekong Sun Pier120 m
  • Khem Khong130 m
  • Wat Sop Sickharam Luang Prabang140 m
  • Der Tempel Vat Pak Khan Khammungkhun140 m
  • Caruso Lao140 m
  • Kin Thong Lao Silk140 m
  • Free Wi-Fi

    Sayo River

    Vat Xieng Thong, Luang Prabang Old Town, Luang Prabang, Laos - See map
    "The staff was very accommodating."
    Vasana - November 1, 2016
    Very good cleanliness
    7.7 rating for cleanliness
    Very good service
    7.3 rating for service
    • Airport transfer

    • Located in heart of Luang Prabang

    • Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!

    • Air conditioning

    • Daily housekeeping

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    Room size
    36 sqm.
    Location score
    8.4/10
    Room comfort score
    7.0/10
    Cleanliness score
    7.7/10
    Bigger than
    93
    %
    of Luang Prabang properties
    Better than
    82
    %
    of Luang Prabang properties
    Better than
    78
    %
    of Luang Prabang properties
    Better than
    74
    %
    of Luang Prabang properties
    Value for money7.4
    Distance to city center0.Km
    Location rating8.4
    Nearest airportLuang Prabang International Airport (LPQ)
    Distance to airport2.9 km

    Rooms available at Sayo River

    Upstairs Standard Double
    Upstairs Standard Double
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    • Room size: 35 m²/377 ft²
    • Balcony/terrace
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    Upstairs Superior Double
    Upstairs Superior Double
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    • Room size: 40 m²/431 ft²
    • River view
    • 1 double bed
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    Downstairs Superior Twin
    Downstairs Superior Twin
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    • Room size: 40 m²/431 ft²
    • Balcony/terrace
    • 2 single beds
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    Downstairs Standard Double-Twin
    Downstairs Standard Double-Twin
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    • Room size: 30 m²/323 ft²
    • Balcony/terrace
    • 2 single beds
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    What people love about Sayo River

    • 6.8
      Good
      Location

      "Sayo River is in a beautiful location overlooking the Mekong."

      Ronald

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      December 22, 2017

    • 8.4
      Excellent
      Location

      "Great location handy to everything but still quiet enough."

      margaret

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      November 23, 2016

    • 8.8
      Excellent

      "Lovely, traditional Lao guesthouse, a variety of rooms."

      James

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      February 14, 2017

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    8.8
    Excellent

    "the staff were very good about bringing extra milk for the g..."

    Rosemary

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    November 7, 2017

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    3 mentions
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    What they offer

    8.0
    Very good
    Spaciousness

    "It was good to have spacious room and big beds in twin room"

    yuka

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    February 8, 2017

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    Most helpful reviews for Sayo River
    Solo traveler
    Stayed 2 nights in October 2017
    Downstairs Standard Double-Twin
    Excellent8.8
    Great proximity to alms giving ceremonyI have no idea I've chosen a guesthouse where it just took me less than 3 minutes to the old quarter and sakalline road. This guesthouse is peaceful during night! Close proximity to wats and night market
    RyanReviewed November 05, 2017
    Solo traveler
    Stayed 2 nights in October 2016
    Downstairs Standard Double-Twin
    Excellent8.8
    Accommodating Staff, Good ValueThe staff was very accommodating. I got to LP super early at 5:00a and there werent any rooms available at the time so they contacted their sister hotel and for half the cost for a day ($10 USD) i was able to stay at the other hotel until my actual checkin time. Location was very quiet and away from the loudness but close to walk everywhere. It was directly in front of the mekong so I was able to walk across to see the beautiful sunsets each day. The AC broke my last day there so I used the fan and it was okay. The showers need to be upgraded as it was a shower head inside a bathtub and the water would spill out. The room wasnt fully enclosed from bugs so the first night I got plenty of bug bites. i also wasnt sure if there were bed bugs because i couldnt see them but the linens made me itchy. There wasnt a daily room service. Dont expect a lot from this hotel although It is a nice place to crash while exploring and with a small family
    Vasanafrom United StatesReviewed November 01, 2016
    Couple
    Stayed 2 nights in May 2012
    Upstairs Superior Double
    Excellent8.3
    Great small hotelHad a great weekend at Sayo as usual. This is my fourth time in LP and we're always stay at Sayo guest house. Lovely small hotel, nice rooms, friendly staff and reasonable prices. Only few minutes walk to night market. Highly recommended
    Vanfrom VietnamReviewed May 16, 2012
    Group
    Stayed 3 nights in December 2017
    Upstairs Superior Double
    Good6.8
    Nice location, but...Sayo River is in a beautiful location overlooking the Mekong. Someone our group knew had recommended it. The staff was nice, but never seemed to go out of their way to make the stay extra special. For example, once I asked about something for the room and the guy behind the desk barely looked up from his mobile phone to speak with me. He followed through with the request, though. Linens on the bed were quite old and there was a strong sewer smell coming from the drain pipes in the bathroom every night. Their solution was to leave a dirty looking rag on top of the drain in the floor. This issue with the smell is what would keep me from booking this property again. Breakfast was not very good, so we decided to go out to breakfast the last two mornings. This hotel has such a beautiful location, a few updates and some extra training would make it a truly lovely experience.
    Ronaldfrom United StatesReviewed December 22, 2017
    Solo traveler
    Stayed 7 nights in October 2017
    Upstairs Superior Double
    Excellent8.8
    ExcellentI stayed an extra week and had the biggest room on the top floor (ask for number 3). This room doesn't have a balcony as the other smaller rooms do but it was so hot and muggy I am pretty sure I wouldn't have used it. There is air conditioning in the rooms and hot and cold drinking water available all day in reception. Wifi can be a bit sporadic and is better at reception. Breakfast is also included although eggs and baguette can be a bit monotonous after a while. However the staff were very good about bringing extra milk for the granola I had with me.
    Rosemaryfrom CanadaReviewed November 07, 2017

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    7.4
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    Room comfort and quality7.0
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    8.8
    Excellent
    Ryan
    Solo traveler
    Downstairs Standard Double-Twin
    Stayed 2 nights in October 2017

    Great proximity to alms giving ceremony”

    I have no idea I've chosen a guesthouse where it just took me less than 3 minutes to the old quarter and sakalline road. This guesthouse is peaceful during night! Close proximity to wats and night market

    Reviewed November 05, 2017
    8.8
    Excellent
    Vasana from United States
    Solo traveler
    Downstairs Standard Double-Twin
    Stayed 2 nights in October 2016

    Accommodating Staff, Good Value”

    The staff was very accommodating. I got to LP super early at 5:00a and there werent any rooms available at the time so they contacted their sister hotel and for half the cost for a day ($10 USD) i was able to stay at the other hotel until my actual checkin time. Location was very quiet and away from the loudness but close to walk everywhere. It was directly in front of the mekong so I was able to walk across to see the beautiful sunsets each day. The AC broke my last day there so I used the fan and it was okay. The showers need to be upgraded as it was a shower head inside a bathtub and the water would spill out. The room wasnt fully enclosed from bugs so the first night I got plenty of bug bites. i also wasnt sure if there were bed bugs because i couldnt see them but the linens made me itchy. There wasnt a daily room service. Dont expect a lot from this hotel although It is a nice place to crash while exploring and with a small family

    Reviewed November 01, 2016
    8.3
    Excellent
    Van from Vietnam
    Couple
    Upstairs Superior Double
    Stayed 2 nights in May 2012

    Great small hotel”

    Opposite the river

    Had a great weekend at Sayo as usual. This is my fourth time in LP and we're always stay at Sayo guest house. Lovely small hotel, nice rooms, friendly staff and reasonable prices. Only few minutes walk to night market. Highly recommended

    Reviewed May 16, 2012
    6.8
    Good
    Ronald from United States
    Group
    Upstairs Superior Double
    Stayed 3 nights in December 2017

    Nice location, but...”

    Sayo River is in a beautiful location overlooking the Mekong. Someone our group knew had recommended it. The staff was nice, but never seemed to go out of their way to make the stay extra special. For example, once I asked about something for the room and the guy behind the desk barely looked up from his mobile phone to speak with me. He followed through with the request, though. Linens on the bed were quite old and there was a strong sewer smell coming from the drain pipes in the bathroom every night. Their solution was to leave a dirty looking rag on top of the drain in the floor. This issue with the smell is what would keep me from booking this property again. Breakfast was not very good, so we decided to go out to breakfast the last two mornings. This hotel has such a beautiful location, a few updates and some extra training would make it a truly lovely experience.

    Reviewed December 22, 2017
    8.8
    Excellent
    Rosemary from Canada
    Solo traveler
    Upstairs Superior Double
    Stayed 7 nights in October 2017

    Excellent”

    I stayed an extra week and had the biggest room on the top floor (ask for number 3). This room doesn't have a balcony as the other smaller rooms do but it was so hot and muggy I am pretty sure I wouldn't have used it. There is air conditioning in the rooms and hot and cold drinking water available all day in reception. Wifi can be a bit sporadic and is better at reception. Breakfast is also included although eggs and baguette can be a bit monotonous after a while. However the staff were very good about bringing extra milk for the granola I had with me.

    Reviewed November 07, 2017
    8.8
    Excellent
    James from Canada
    Group
    Upstairs Superior Double
    Stayed 7 nights in February 2017

    Excellent”

    Lovely, traditional Lao guesthouse, a variety of rooms. Nice location, close to river and many sites. I would stay here again. It is a bit noisy on the road in the morning, a bit of a downside, otherwise good.

    Reviewed February 14, 2017
    8.4
    Excellent
    Linda from Australia
    Solo traveler
    Upstairs Superior Double
    Stayed 1 night in November 2016

    Great location overlooking the Mekong. Easy walk to everything: Nam Kan, Wats, night markets”

    Spacious rooms, stayed in upstairs with balcony. Room serviced daily. Breakfast eggs fresh fruit, toast or French bread, tea and coffee anytime. Cross the road, catch any boat for a river cruise or watch the sunset on sunset cruise. Friendly smiling Lao people will make your trip special. Try the all you can eat 15,000kip Buffett at the night market with a Lao beer-great value and delicious!

    Reviewed November 25, 2016
    8.4
    Excellent
    margaret from Australia
    Solo traveler
    Upstairs Superior Double
    Stayed 27 nights in October 2016

    Great place”

    Stayed for one month in an upstairs room which was clean spacious and had a lovely balcony looking straight out to the Mekong. It was cleaned every day which was nice. Great location handy to everything but still quiet enough. Staff were friendly. Wifi was excellant. I will definitely stay there again

    Reviewed November 23, 2016
    8.0
    Excellent
    Nicholas from Australia
    Couple
    Upstairs Superior Double
    Stayed 8 nights in January 2015

    A good friendly place right by the Mekong”

    Great location, Size of room, Good breakfast.

    Sayo River has a great location facing the Mekong, towards the tip of the peninsula, within very easy walking distance of all the main sights and the night market. Our room was large and airy, and the bed very comfortable. The breakfasts were big, with eggs cooked as we like them and good coffee. We thoroughly enjoyed our 8 night stay, and would definitely recommend the guest house to other travellers. As with everywhere, there is still potential for improvement, and we hope the management will note the following points. A proper security box (which Agoda lists as a feature) in every room is essential. Being shown a wooden box, with the suggestion we should buy our own padlock, was not a good start to our stay. They did find us a padlock and key, but it must be a priority for them to install the proper item. Considering the size of our room (S03), there would have been a lot of space for a wardrobe and a chest of drawers, but we had neither. Being able to unpack and store clothes for a stay of our length is important. They need to find a way to stop the shower flooding the bathroom floor, something we achieved using the small hand towels, but it’s poor design. Biggest issue by far – breakfast starts way too late. It’s nominally 7:30, but a lot of tours pick up at 8:00am. If you could actually sit down and start to eat your breakfast at 7:30 prompt that would be OK, but they only start thinking about preparing it then, and it isn’t served until about 7:50 or 7:55, so you have to eat in a hurry. Also there is one young woman who arrives on her motorbike every day at 7:30, then just sits down and watches TV while the young guys work. We don’t know who she is, but she completely ignores the guests waiting for their food, she is lazy and useless, and creates a very poor image for the guest house. She should be told to do some work, or watch TV some place else.

    Reviewed January 18, 2015
    8.7
    Excellent
    Adi from Singapore
    Solo traveler
    Downstairs Standard Double-Twin
    Stayed 3 nights in June 2014

    Amazing and cheap stay”

    The staff, room size, and affordability

    I had an amazing stay at Sayo though the wifi isnt strong n consistent. Always had to get the staff to reset or go out wifi hunting. However, room size was great and toilet was quite clean. I have to thank one of the staffs for sharing great info about Laos during one of his nightshifts. A great pal. Also, Sayo had few cafes surrounding it so chilling was such an ease. Overall, I would stay at Sayo again but this time hope the wifi is consistent.

    Reviewed September 05, 2014
    7.0
    Very good
    Stephen from United States
    Solo traveler
    Downstairs Standard Double-Twin
    Stayed 1 night in October 2013

    Relaxing and quiet”

    Easy check in-out, close to the shopping areas and right next to the river

    I was only there for one night but it was comfortable stay and I would stay there again if I am ever back in that city. The hotel is in a quiet area next to the river, yet close enough to other attractions that you can easily walk to. There was a simple breakfast included with my room which consisted of coffee, an omlet and some french bread.

    Reviewed October 22, 2013
    8.3
    Excellent
    Alan from Australia
    Solo traveler
    Upstairs Superior Double
    Stayed 9 nights in December 2012

    Hotel with no frills in good location”

    view, friendly staff, conviently location and queit side of LP

    i was amazed how big the room was #r02, worth the extra money because you don't feel cooped up if you don't want to go out or you can sit on the balcony watching people walk by. it's at the quiet end of the peninsula and within walking distance from the main drag and temples.the room is basic but clean and has the natural local ambience.

    Reviewed January 10, 2013
    8.0
    Excellent
    Alexandra from Germany
    Couple
    Upstairs Superior Double
    Stayed 2 nights in December 2012

    Nice hotel in good location”

    Good rooms, everything in walking distance

    Directly at the Mekong and in walking distance to all temples and the monk zeremomy in the morning, lots of restaurants very close. Very big and nice rooms, great balkony with riverview. Very quiet and relaxing.

    Reviewed January 08, 2013
    8.0
    Excellent
    Andrey from Russia
    Solo traveler
    Upstairs Standard Double
    Stayed 4 nights in December 2011

    Nice hotel, great location ”

    Friendly staff, quiet place to stay

    small but home stay kind rooms fast laundry - same day good location for relaxed stay. not far from anywhere you may need - walking distance to temples, cafes, restaurants. rent a bike service at hotel if you want to go to the waterfall

    Reviewed February 09, 2012
    7.0
    Very good
    rudolf from Canada
    Business traveler
    Upstairs Standard Double
    Stayed 2 nights in January 2012

    basic guest house but adequate”

    close to everything (the old town area is not big, so nothing is very far)

    i am pretty sure the hotel sold my room when i checked in at 4 pm. they seemed not to be able to find my record (all paid for and confirmed) and eventually put me in an 'upgrade' room. the next night, 3 girls were not as lucky as they tried to check in at 11 pm. they almost got stranded late at night (too cold to sleep on the street) - except for the kindness of a fellow traveler who allow them to squeeze into her oversize room for the night.

    Reviewed January 30, 2012
    8.0
    Excellent
    Simon from Germany
    Family with young children
    Upstairs Superior Double
    Stayed 4 nights in December 2011

    A great find”

    riverside location

    Very happy with our four days at Sayo. Certainly not the most flash place in LP, but homely, on the promenade, close to everything and with helpful staff. Got a nice big airy room with mozzie nets, looking out across the Mekong. Loved the room safe; a great iron trunk, no problem fitting everything in there, but bring your own padlock. There are so many classy options for breakfast close by that not including it is actually a positive.

    Reviewed January 09, 2012
    8.0
    Excellent
    Synne from Norway
    Couple
    Upstairs Standard Double
    Stayed 1 night in October 2011

    Nice rooms, good value. ”

    Free water, coffee and tea. Good location.

    The stay at Sayo River is easily recommended. Even though the staff could be a little bit friendlier (not that they were unfriendly) and they did not serve breakfast, we found this place to be great value for this location on the peninsula. Relaxed atmosphere and beautiful rooms. Their cheapest rooms are nice enough, pay more to get to the second floor with better view, but we didn't find that neccesary.

    Reviewed December 01, 2011
    8.0
    Excellent
    Peter from Australia
    Group
    Downstairs Superior Twin
    Stayed 1 night in October 2011

    Excellent location and very good room”

    Really good room and very good service

    This is located on the river-front close to the main area for food and markets. The accommodation was very good value with others near by being up to twice the amount of money. There is much cheaper out of town and much more down market.

    Reviewed October 24, 2011
    8.0
    Excellent
    Jennifer from United Kingdom
    Solo traveler
    Downstairs Standard Double-Twin
    Stayed 6 nights in August 2011

    Brilliant place”

    bathtub!, location

    The room was gorgeous, and it was brilliantly located for accessing the local wats and riverside restaurants. the main street is around the corner, which turns into a night market in the evening. No food or breakfast at the hotel, but lots of bakeries and cafes on the main street

    Reviewed September 01, 2011
    8.0
    Excellent
    yuka from Japan
    Family with young children
    Downstairs Superior Twin
    Stayed 2 nights in February 2017

    spacious room”

    It was good to have spacious room and big beds in twin room

    Reviewed February 08, 2017
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