Sayo has three properties and I actually stayed at the property located opposite the WAT - not riverside. It's on Lonely Planet Guide (guest house number 112) (map C3) page 150.. Check you are researching the right property. Try their website direct and you will see the various properties on offer. For some reason I couldn't review the correct property through Trip Advisor - or selected the wrong one.. anyway below is my review.
I really loved my room here, which directly overlooked the WAT Xieng Mouane. I booked through Agoda and requested an upstairs superior. Hoping I would get the view of the WAT... which I did. my rate included breakfast and WIFI and was roughly USD $50.00.
The monks chant each night over the road at the temple at twilight and they sound amazing... it's really special actually, after a day of exploring to hear such beautiful sounds while resting on your bed really makes for an authentic Laos experience.. especially when you can view the temple from your room!
The ambience at this hotel is delightful.. the rooms are massive, light and airy... as a solo traveller, my room was bigger than I needed, but I wanted a big room and the natural light, window shutters and huge ceiling heights made it feel quite opulent - yet the decor style was simple and stylish.
The satellite TV always had excellent reception and I had no problems with the WIFI included in the room rate - it was always reliable. The air-conditioner was effective - although I rarely needed to use it during my stay.
Laos beds tend to be on the firm side and this bed was no exception - but you get used to it. Otherwise the bed was fine. Linen was changed regularly.
Breakfast was included in the rate and was basic, but totally adequate and delivered with prompt service.
The location is totally 'spot-on', only minutes to the river and the main street of LP. Only minutes walk to the main drag and a lovely bike ride from the rest. very close the night markets. After exploring LP, this place definitely has one of the best locations in the old town.
I hired a push bike during my 7 day stay and it was the best way to discover the real LP. I highly recommend that anyone staying more than 2 days does the same. It's great exercise in-between all of those amazing bakeries and an excellent way to explore. Lock your bike at all times though.
The only downside of the property is the potential for noise from other inconsiderate guests due to the age and architecture of the beautiful building it echoes. My room was situated on the top floor either side of two equally massive suite rooms which have capacity to house up to five guests, and as such they attract families. I experienced loud noise from children jumping on the stairways, slamming of doors, general loud banter outside my room during very early morning intervals and evenings frequently. This is something that could be avoided if other guests were a bit more considerate of fellow guests staying on the property. I was glad when one family checked out, as things improved after they left.
The other consideration is a wet bathroom - while large and with effective water pressure,it's still a 'wet bathroom' which means, the floor floods a bit after a shower and takes a while to dry. If you can get over that.. you will be fine. It didn't bother me so much. Although a mirror in my 'dry' bedroom area would have been helpful.
Bedside lighting and room lighting is generally dim... bring a book light if you are a reader.
Staff are friendly and happy to help when you ask.
All in all a very delightful stay. Great restaurant nearby is Blue Lagoon - a more expensive option than most LP places, but the diverse menu, service, cleanliness and food quality makes up for it. It's only walking distance from the guest-house and it's good to book to secure at outside table.
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