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“Bedbugs ! and slow/restricted wifi” 1 of 5 bubbles
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Youth Inn
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40 reviews
37 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Bedbugs ! and slow/restricted wifi”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 22, 2011

s/d for 50k Kip in Aug

room: seemed clean, shared bathroom / hot shower (not working) / western toilet, blankets, towel, soap, toilet paper, fan, mosquito net on windows (but really miss one for bed or some repellent), ?optional A/C, free wifi (captive portal with individual login/pass, no key, seems filtered - no ssh, torrent app crashing/blocked & very slow & uptime limit ?12h ... - others outside wifi networks could be accessible and better), power outlet (1), no trashbin, a bit noisy outside (especially if you are on the street & on morning), bus/visa service, laundry 10k/kg, checkout 12h

In the end, bedbugs, ...

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled solo
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank jul002
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
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Elephant Island
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15 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 21, 2011

The Lao Youth Inn is just aacross the Wat Mixay (Temple) in the tourist area of Vientiane, close to the waterfront.
The GH is relatively big, our room (double) was relatively clean and had mosquito screens on the window, the bed was okay.
The only downside is, that the walls are thin and people talking in the next room or on the balcony can be very annoying.
The Youth Inn has bicycles (10.00 K) and motorcycles for rent.

If you are on a tight budget, this is not a bad solution!

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Charlymelon
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Hue, Vietnam
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 3, 2011

Youth Inn 1 was infested with bed bugs. We thankfully inspected the beds before paying, and left quickly. Youth Inn 2 was not. The rooms were reasonable. 'Good,' I hear you say. Well, yes, but the tale has only just begun.

Firstly, the staff were rude and unhelpful, and would say one thing very clearly, but then would later create an utterly different reality. We had our laundry done with them, and they informed us that it would be ready by 3pm the next day, and told us each how much it would cost. The next day at 3pm we were told to come back at 5. Then at 7, and then at 7:30. We gave them time and went for dinner; when we arrived at 10:30pm suddenly it would be arriving tomorrow morning. The next morning came... and it went. It was late afternoon by the time that we decided we just wanted it back, and that we didn't care what state it was in. Some of our party had booked tickets to leave that morning on the basis of their bogus promises, and had missed their coaches.

They then had the cheek to lie and finally tell us something: that it was damp. We asked where it was and discovered it was at Youth in 1 (the place with the bedbugs). Having walked down to the site where our laundry supposedly was and after waiting 5 minutes, the clothes arrived bone dry, folded and clean (though with other people's items in our bags). I suspect they had been ready for a while but the staff wanted to keep us there for yet another extra night so that they could make more money out of us. They then informed us that they would give us a discount for the trouble which had been caused, but tried to charge us more than we'd orignally be told. The SAME man informed us that our clothes were different weights from the original quoted price. Eventually he saw we weren't budging but the whole thing felt like an utter shambles.

Don't go there.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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2 Thank BlkSwan
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 31, 2011

location is fine, sheets were clean but service is pretty poor, sleepy quality (we could here guests in next room and hall) pretty crappy and my shoes were stolen from the lobby, i would stay somewhere else next time. price was cheap but for $3 more you can stay next door and looked much better.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Vientiane, Laos
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 28, 2011

Sincerely with this price and a room cleaner each day, this could be an honnest GH. But the poor quality of service and the welcoming isn't really present. Never i see a smile, oups sorry just the first day when i ask to see the room.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank ThaiPhai
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Vientiane, Laos
1 review
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 25, 2011

The only nice thing about this hostel is the staff are friendly and even though they had just closed the cafe, when I asked to buy some water they went out of there way to get be a big bottle and insisted it was free. The internet cafe and cafe is convenient.

Unfortunately I cannot rate the room at all (double bed, fan.) After closer inspection we noticed the bed sheet was filthy and our room had been split into two by a wardrobe and wooden door that did not meet the ceiling. Although there was mesh to stop mosquito's on the main room the bathroom had no mesh and only slats for windows that did not close properly. Because the bathroom did not meet at the ceiling, even by keeping the door closed, flys and bugs could easily get into the main room. Also, the room had a double bed and single for two-three people but the single matress was so thin, it was un-sleepable and therefore we both crashed in the double. My advise, spent 10,000 Kip more and go for a Guest house recommended in the Lonely Planet Guide.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with friends
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Sarahlive2themax23
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Sydney, Australia
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62 reviews
31 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 12, 2011

You couldn't really ask for a better location if you're on a budget! 60.000kip for a double with en suite and literally just off the riverfront.. Rooms are adequate, staff didn't speak much English though. Wifi barely worked, but otherwise not a half bad choice.

  • Stayed July 2011
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Sarah K
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Additional Information about Youth Inn

Property: Youth Inn
Address: Francois Ngin Road | P.O. Box: 729, Vientiane, Laos
Location: Laos > Vientiane Province > Vientiane
Hotel Style:
Ranked #38 of 95 Specialty Lodging in Vientiane
Number of rooms: 28
Also Known As:
Youth Hotel Vientiane

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