Pros: The hotel is an incredible deal. We paid $35/night for a double occupancy room. Vientiane has lots of hostels and backpacker style accommodations that are cheaper, if you're seeking that. There are also some rather high-end hotels (prices are around $120-$200/night for those). The Vayakorn Inn, though, sits almost alone in mid-range accommodation. It's inexpensive but still a quality lodging... definitely a hotel and not a hostel. The lobby is welcoming, and the rooms, while not the Four Seasons, are more than adequate. The hardwood floors throughout the hotel are absolutely gorgeous (though the hotel, in an effort to keep them that way, asks that you take off your shoes before entering).
We booked transportation from the airport through the hotel. It was $9 and convenient not to have to deal with taxis or touts or needing to research our own arrangements.
The location was absolutely perfect for us. It was only a few blocks away from everything... great dining, the river front, museums, tourist sights, etc. Definitely one of the top selling points about the hotel!!
Cons: You cannot just book a room through their website and cannot easily see if the hotel has availability for your dates. Instead, you have to send them an e-mail inquiry. While the response from the hotel was fast and polite, this whole procedure is a bit inconvenient.
Breakfast, which was available for $4 per person, was not good. I'd suggest getting your own food on the town. We only made this mistake once.
There's no elevator, but the hotel staff had no problem carrying our bags up to our room. The lack of elevator may be a problem for anyone who has difficulty with stairs, though.
One of the hotel's neighbors has a dog. A dog that likes to bark. Throughout the night. And our room, at least, had such poor sound insulation because of the way the door and screen to the balcony were constructed that there was no muffling of that yapping at all. That was quite annoying.
Final verdict: The almost unbelieveable price and the location are the top selling points for this hotel. In fact, for the accommodation and price point, it was by far the best value we experienced during our multi-destination trip. We definitely felt like we got our money's worth at the Vayakorn Inn. One star gets knocked off the rating, though, because of the awkward booking process and the barking.
Would we stay here again? Maybe - but we'd bring ear plugs.
The rooms facing the street are a bit noisy because of cars and motorcycles on the street. The room...
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