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Vansana Plain Of Jars Hotel
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Ban Phonesavanh, Phonsavan, Laos   |  
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Ranked #1 of 6 Hotels in Phonsavan
Hermanus, South Africa
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“CONFIRM YOUR BOOKING-if not you may arrive without a room available for you!”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2013

I booked a "Deluxe Double room with fan" for 25 + 26 March via booking.com on 12 January and received my Booking No from them. So all is well? Not so! I emailed the Hotel twice during January, without any reply. I then sent another 2 emails in February via their website and received an email on 6 February informing me that they are fully booked and cannot accommodate us.

Normally I do not need to CONFIRM my bookings made on booking.com. What would have happened if I did not ask for their confirmation - arrived there late at night, without a place to stay!

Be warned.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2013

The Vansana is a clean and comfortable hotel with great views of the surrounding area. We were in Room 20, which overlooked the town, and it was spacious and well decorated. The mattress was very hard but we slept soundly. The bathroom was modern and everything worked appropriately. There was no air-conditioning but it wasn't needed in February. The lack of wifi also didn't bother us but restaurants in town offer a free service. Breakfast was a set menu of fruit, bread, jam and a choice of eggs - no complaints.

We were happy to walk the distance into town but used our torch for the walk back after dinner. Overall, this is probably one of the best hotels in Phonsavan. Allowances must be made for such an isolated location.

Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2013

Judging from the look of the town, this is probably the best accomodation they have to offer. The hotel is perfectly fine, if a little dated. There is no A/C or WIFI in the room, and this is the only place in SE Asia where bugs were a problem. That said, the hotel was perfectly fine for an overnight stay to accomodate our visit to the Plain of Jars. The breakfast "buffet" is OK, and the dinner meal was edible. What more do you need?

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Lacey, Washington
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2013

We didn't expect too much from this hotel, however the outside appearance was more impressive than we had expected in this out-of-the-way area. The room was a small bungalow with a sitting room and unlit fireplace, a closet area and bedroom and bath. Very nice. But the bed was too hard to sleep on. An adequate breakfast was included. There is a restaurant and it was fine, but we had a great Laotian BBQ in town at a restaurant over a fish farm.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2013

You are in the mountains. Even in January it is very cool in the evnings meaning that the balcony with great valley views is not very useful. The rooms were warm enough. Staff freindly. Breakfastroom very big (built for groups), the breakfast quite ok.
The place is about 15 minutes walk up from town centre. It has a free shuttle down to town.
There are a few restaurants in Phonsavan which is worth a try.
I think we got what we paid for and what we expected.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2013

There are not a lot of options for hotels in Phonsavan, and the Vansana Plain Of Jars Hotel was recommended by our travel agent. We stayed for two nights. It is located on top of a ridge above the small downtown area of Phonsavan. It is a good 15 minute walk down into the town center, and we made use of the free shuttle provided by the hotel to take us down town to the MAG information center (Mines Advisory Group), a voluntary organization dealing with the vast quantity of still unexploded bombs that continue to be a serious problem in this whole area. The shuttle will also pick you up at your specified time to return to the hotel.
The hotel is old, with a central area of reception, living and dining rooms and a nice outdoor terrace. From this reception area, the hotel rooms are along the ridge. My room looked out on to a rural landscape. Some rooms look out over the town of Phonsavan. The evening views of the town were lovely; the misty fog of the morning which created an eerie light over the town in the morning was quite beautiful to see. The room was quite dated in furnishings, very simple and adequate for our purposes. This is not a lavish hotel by any means. There was no airconditioning (and it was not needed), and a fan was provided in the room. The worst part of the room was the hard beds. They were dreadful. Why oh why? It was like sleeping on concrete. On both nights we had dinner in the hotel. We had to make our selection some time before dinner and specify what time we wanted it. An extensive menu was provided to select from. Food was pleasant and tasty. Breakfast was provided - a limited selection buffet, however it was totally adequate, perhaps because there did not seem to be too many staying in the hotel. There was no electricity during one late afternoon. It was a good base for visiting the Plain of Jars sites (fabulous) as well as exploring simple villages, and coming to terms with the dreadful damage and legacy of many years of bombings and the problems of unexploded bombs.

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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2012

Rooms at the Vasana vary greatly. Of the 4 rooms we were given, rooms 03 & 04 had sitting rooms, hardwood floors and fireplaces. Rooms 41 & 42 were like motel rooms from 1960. So if this makes a difference to you, check your room before accepting it.

I spent 2 nights in #42 which had 2 beds, nothing in the mini-fridge (staff forgot to bring bottled water), lots of mosquitoes, balcony with great misty morning mountain views, a non-working safe, tiled bathroom w/ shower, sarong, zori and a filthy shower curtain. My big complaint is that the electricity was on & off with "brown outs" the 1st night. The 2nd night I had to pack by flashlight because there was no electricity at all.

The included breakfast buffet is limited but good enough to fortify yourself for trekking around the Plain of Jars. The dinner entrees - like the rooms - varied greatly.

Would I stay here again? Maybe if I brought my own generator!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 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
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Ban Phonesavanh, Phonsavan, Laos
Location: Laos > Xiangkhouang Province > Phonsavan
Amenities:
Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool
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Ranked #1 of 6 Hotels in Phonsavan
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Vansana Plain Of Jars Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 38
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