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“Recommend this Hotel” 4 of 5 stars
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Residence Sisouk
Ban Lakmuang, Pakse LAO PDR , Laos   |  
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Ranked #1 of 40 Pakse B&B and Inns
Darwin
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“Recommend this Hotel”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2013

In a good location for Pakse. We had a big room at the back of the hotel so no views but it was very quiet & the bed was very comfortable. The bathroom was clean & there was a TV. The breakfast up on the top floor was a very pleasant way to start the day. We wanted to stay another day but they had no standard rooms available. For dinner we totally recommend eating local & walking down to the Mekong & buying a whole fish for dinner whilst sitting in one of the bamboo huts after sunset drinks on the top floor of the Pakse Hotel.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 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
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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9 hotel reviews
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2013

We arrived in Pakse and stayed on the first night in the Pakse Hotel. The price is high but the accommodation is very basic and its smell like sewage. We planned to stay for 7 days but we moved immediately out the next day, after we found where the Sisouk Residence is. We told them we are staying for 1 week and we need a very nice comfortable room. The receptionist was very accommodating and gave us a deluxe room with a very comfortable large bed and bright room. We have the Mekong river view and its really nice to just relax and read after a hard day playing tourists.The owner invite us to dine and have a drink with them. Its a such pleasant dining room with the view of Pakse and its environ. We also noted that the owner are very thoughtful about what to serve you for breakfast. We had the best coffee and croissant for breakfast together with some fresh fruit and fruit juice. Highly recommended.

Room Tip: we had the room 302 corner suite next to superior room. 402,202 are also good. Higher floor is alway...
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Ashburton, New Zealand
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2012

Booked a deluxe room, which had lovely views from the balcony over the Mekong.
Bed was comfortable.
Room was compact, with a very nice decor. No kettle if you like a coffee in the morning.
Drains were constantly blocked, both in the sink and shower.
The sink only had hot water, which was a bit weird to brush your teeth with.
Breakfast was a contrived affair, no music and in a very hot room with no aircon up the top of the hotel.
Slow service, although the staff looked overworked.
Perhaps a menu on the bar on the way in would have been better, rather than one person running around taking breakfast orders?
Windows in the corridors of the hotel constantly kept open, so you were battling to keep mosquitos and other biting flies out of your room - not very easy.
Prefer to sleep with the ceiling fan on, and had a problem with the fan from when I checked in on the first day. It either worked on 3, or not at all. 3 was too fast, and the fan felt unstable being turned on.
I asked the front desk staff if it could be fixed - two days in a row - and just got a shrug of shoulders. No explanation or offer to move rooms.
Didn't mention the drains etc, as not too much of a problem.
I found the staff to be rude, unhelpful and unsmiling.
Not good service, nor accommodation for US$60/night.
Wouldn't stay here again.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
    • 2 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
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2012 via mobile

We had a standard room which was more than adequate. Rooms are clean and well kept but the open corridor windows do encourage Mosquitos. The breakfast was lovely. The area is very very sleepy and small as expected so location has no meaning. This hotel is one of the better in the area which has numerous guest houses so the average is really the service. I am guilty of ignorance when it comes to language and only speak this one so communication was the first barrier. We asked about their travel services and no one was available or able to discuss with us or show us so we went elsewhere. The reception staff often seemed put out at having to retrieve our key and take them away from the office computer. One morning we sat in the breakfast area for 20 minutes starting at 0845 and no one appeared. We had to go back to our room and call reception to check we hadn't got breakfast times wrong. When we went back to the lounge the lady appeared and said she was in the kitchen. Which is a little odd when all breakfast stuff is kept and prepared in full view and no other guests were there to order any eggs. On the plus side we had great wifi in the room and the room was a welcome retreat after a full days excursions. We stayed one less night than we payed for and due to lack of staff understanding had to leave without refund.

  • Stayed December 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Bury St. Edmunds, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2012

We stayed in the best room - superior deluxe. It had a four poster (not worth mentioning really as not much to it). and were really surprised how nice it was. Ok the views are not just of the river but also of the masts and surrounding buildings but that was fine.
Pick-up from the airport was arranged by them and efficient.
This was one of the cheapest hotels we stayed in during our 5 week stay in SE Asia and was really good value.
Breakfast was ok but could have been better and we did not like the restaurant much as it was not air-conditioned and it was very hot. However, we would stay there again if we were in the area.

Room Tip: Go for supirior deluxe - it was only 90$
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Leipzig, Germany
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2012

There are not many "better" hotels in Pakse, so if you look for something with a higher standard, you might just land at Residence Sisouk very quickly. And it is probably one of the best places in town, but is it also good value for money ?

Location: The hotel is located near the river, not too far from the main strip of Pakse (actually this town is almost dead, with one "tourist strip" where all the "action" happens). This means you will have short walk to some restaurants (i can recommend the Nazim Indian restaurant, which is cheap and has good, though not great indian food).

Hotel: The hotel is a high rise hotel, with an attached restaurant. It has several levels, which can be accessed with an old and very slow elevator. The hotel's interior is designed in an old colonial style and the elevator just fits in this style. But, if you are fit for walking, you will probably skip the slow elevator, as walking will get you up or down much faster. One thing that bothered was the "bing" sound of the elevator. I had the feeling that it made the sound every time it arrived at a level. And i also had the feeling that i could hear the bing sound in my room everytime it stopped, no matter at which level. This was just annoying, as the elevator theoretically goes up and down all night, or at least very frequently in the morning and evening, which can make sleeping a bit hard.

Rooms: Well, i paid around 40 USD for my room, which was a standard room. I choose that room, because the superior rooms where much pricier and i didn't know why i would need a superior room, as normally standard rooms are quite adequate for my needs. Same here, it was adequate. The room was not very big, with little room to move or to sit (there were two small stools), it had a closet with a safe, a small flat TV (but it was so awkwardly positioned that it would be hard to watch it from your bed) and a (bit cramped) bathroom. Actually the room was totally fine for me, it was clean, functional and the bathroom was modern. What really bothered me was the fact that there was no real window to look outside. The room had some small windows to let some natural light in, but they were either so small and so badly located that you couldn't look outside or they were of some milk-glass type, which didn't provide any views either. It was a bit sad, as i couldn't watch what was going out outside, but still, the room was bright enough. But you should know that, if you book a standard room.

Sleeping Quality: Apart from the "bing" of the elevator, which really got on my nerves after a while, i had a very good sleep. Air-Con cooled the room down, so the heat was no problem.

Service: Service was quite okay. Most people spoke english and were helpful, though trying to get some information about bus connections outside of Pakse was a bit of a pain and not really fast (the guys at Lankham Hotel told me everything i wanted to know within a minute, instead of hours). But all in all they tried to be helpful and were always friendly. When i was leaving on the second day, they even gave me breakfast package to eat it on the bus journey. This was a very nice touch.

Breakfast: Breakfast is served at the top of the hotel, in a room with very big windows and with a very good view over the river and the city. This is complimented by a very good and very rich breakfast, which is served by the excellent breakfast staff. This is were the hotel really shined.

Verdict: Well, it's certainly not the best hotel i have ever been in. The rooms are nicely fitted out, but not really big and with no view (at least mine). The staff is friendly, service good in overall and the hotel itself...well...atmospheric. It's very saddening that it has no pool, but hey...you cannot have it all. Having seen a lot of other places from outside, i guess i can safely say, that this is probably one of the best places to stay in Pakse.

Room Tip: I would advise against the standard rooms, as they have limited to no view.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled solo
    • 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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bangkok
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2012 via mobile

Room are small compare to Laos Standard, by the website they advise that Superior room will get the river view but it's not. The standard room are so small. The rooms was just Ok plus tens of mosquito as our companion at night. Breakfast was nice however.

  • Stayed November 2012
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Sisomphone, Responsable réception at Residence Sisouk, responded to this review, November 12, 2012
There is a misunderstanding about the type of rooms. You booked a standard room and not a superior room. Because of this, you did not have a balcony and a river view.
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Address: Ban Lakmuang, Pakse LAO PDR , Laos
Location: Laos > Champasak Province > Pakse
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 40 B&Bs / Inns in Pakse
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 14
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