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“Good central hotel witha quiet courtyard” 4 of 5 stars
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Mali Namphu Guest House
2.5 of 5 Guest house   |   114 Pangkham Road, Vientiane, Laos   |  
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Ranked #24 of 178 Vientiane B&B and Inns
Basingstoke UK
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27 hotel reviews
Reviews in 31 cities Reviews in 31 cities
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
“Good central hotel witha quiet courtyard”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2013

This "Guest House" is much more an hotel by size and quality. It is very central, at the end of the road is Vientiane's fountain (pretty at night) which has a number of food outlets around it, including The Scandinavian Bakery. The beach area is only a short walk away as are several good, but well priced, restaurants. Rooms and Lobby have free Wi-Fi. The staff speak good English and are very helpful. Standard double room 260,000 KIP includes breakfast which is good if a little limited in selection. There was no lift but help with luggage was on hand.
After passing through the main part of the hotel there is a really peaceful courtyard (also used as the breakfast area) that provided a welcome refuge from the inevitable noise of a city. There was no need to purchase anything to be able to use this area.
My room (403) was a clean generous double room with en-suite wet room with toilet and shower. TV. A/C. Fridge.

Room Tip: Avoid the front and, if you can manage stairs go for the fourth floor (ground floor is number 1)
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2013 via mobile

Great location and the courtyard is the biggest plus of our trip through Laos and Thailand! Quiet, Quiet, Quiet!!! No bar sounds, no traffic sounds and very good free breakfast! The first night of killing mosquitoes in the room was tiresome, but that was pretty much the end to the Mosquitos!

  • Stayed April 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2013

Much of our trip to Vientiane, my parents and I looked to find a place that would satisfy my parents very stringent standards at a decent price. And for that very reason we switched between 4 different hotels in the span of 5 days! This seemed to be our final stop though.

Firstly, for the most part, due to the increasing construction work in the city central, most preceding places suffered noise pollution. Another criteria was cleanliness which had failed us two nights ago. Also to fit an odd number of people had proven to be a challenging task. Last but not least, due to mom's injuries we tried to avoid stairs as much as possible.

We had gotten a place opposite the garden area with a queen size and a single bed. So the issue with the numbers was then no more. And the price also seemed decent for 3 people. The room being on the ground floor meant no stairs at all. It was a clean room too but also had a bad mosquito problem. But nothing that couldn't be solved with a spray.

Room Tip: Try the rooms on the ground floor with a window facing the garden area. Ask and you shall be gran...
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2013

This guest house enjoys a very good location that is walking distance few main tourist attractions in town. Few Indian restaurant are also nearby. The staff are friendly, accommodating and able to speak reasonable English to be able to get the message across with little difficulty. However, on our first night, we found the room infested with mosquitoes. After we complained, the staff sprayed the room that helped!

Room Tip: Ask for a room on the first floor that has less mosquito problem.
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Belgrade, Serbia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2013

I fully support the majority of positive reviews here.The hotel could scarcely be in a better area for either business or pleasure.The Mekong riverside and Presidential Palace are both within a couple of hundred of yards which helps with orientation.I fully agree with the amenity afforded by the courtyard and believe the breakfast served there is more than acceptable for the Hotel's standard.
WiFi is supported by a strong signal and there are also 3 desktops available for guest use in the foyer.
For the price paid and service received I will happily visit the Mali Namphu again.

Room Tip: Ask for a room in the rear building.You can avail yourself of late afternoon sunshine from the table...
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Malaysia
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7 hotel reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2013

Locating the guest house was not easy. Trying to ask around does not help as not many locals know about it and on top of that, most Laotians could not speak English.
Here is a tip, just search around the stretch of shop houses along Vientiane famous touristic landmark, Nam Phou Fountain, and you will find it hidden among other shop houses.

The front view of Malinamphu Guest House might mislead you to think that it is a small, narrowed house. However, do not worry, the house opens up to a big and spacious courtyard inside and it was rather comfortable to be in.

The room was relatively clean though nothing impressive.
A note to be taken is that they close the front door at midnight. You have to alarm the guards to open the door for you if you are planning a late night out.

Breakfast is worth mentioning as they arranged our breakfast to be served in its opened-air courtyard.A sufficient range of Western and local choices was given and we were pleased that
each of us could choose up to 2 main dishes and 2 drinks of our preference from the menu.

Overall, we had a rather pleasant stay there.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Haacht, Belgium
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157 helpful votes 157 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2013

The location is very central. Restaurants and shops are nearby. A short walk will bring you to the Mekong Rivierpark, another stroll to Wat Si Sukat. And yes, the courtyard is very lovely. But would you stay just for a courtyard? My room was very small with only a window facing the courtyard. A lot of people are walking by, so you have to close the curtains. Otherwise you won't have any privacy at all. Breakfast was average. And I definitely paid too much for what I got.

Room Tip: Get a room on the upper floors. you will have more privacy there
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Mali Namphu Guest House

Address: 114 Pangkham Road, Vientiane, Laos
Location: Laos > Vientiane Province > Vientiane
Hotel Style:
Ranked #24 of 178 B&Bs / Inns in Vientiane
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Mali Namphu Guest House 2.5*
Number of rooms: 3
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