Named for the owner’s mother, Hotel Khamvongsa makes every effort to be a throw back to an intimate, old world hotel. Black and white tiled flooring, black and white photographs, and period furniture make this a haven located in the heart of the tourist district in Vientiane. The hotel is small and charming and seemed mostly always full. The rooms were, again, small but charming and tasteful. We moved to a duplex from a regular double on our last night and it was nice. The lower floor was generously proportioned as a sitting room/lounge with the bathroom and a small, open plan kitchen (although no cooking was possible). A wraparound balcony gave us a rather limited view of the nearby drab buildings and rooftops, including those of gaudy Vat Inpeng. A nice place to sit and have a sun downer, except the mosquitoes had other plans for us. The upper floor had just a bed. We have small children so had to be doubly careful but couples or families with older kids may enjoy this set-up more. Our first room had just a shower in the bathroom ensuite but the second had a nice bathtub as well. The hotel is in a great location...just a short walk away from the new promenade by the Mekong and several top quality neighbourhood restaurants, and also within easy striking distance of the Nam Phou fountain plaza. Breakfast is thrown in and while the choice is limited to six different options, the quality and food is very good indeed. Strongly recommended. Songtaews (open taxis) wait across the quiet road in front of the hotel. The going rate appears to be a dollar a head (or the kip equivalent), one-way, for most destinations including the iconic That Luang stupa, which is perhaps the furthest (4-5 km) most visitors would want to travel.
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- Hotel Khamvongsa is a cozy and elegant family run hotel in the old part of central Vientiane, with bright, spacious rooms, decorated in French colonial and Lao style. Our team of friendly, dedicated, English speaking staff takes pride in providing top quality service, caring for the different needs of our guests. Khamvongsa offers all you need and more at good value: stylish rooms with comfortable beds, free internet access, and a delicious and generous breakfast. ... more less
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