I booked a standard room through Agoda on the grounds that it was on special offer and the location right by the Mekong. Vientiane is small, and this hotel is in a decent location, but then so are many hotels in Vientiane. And the hotel rooms look not like on the photographs at all, you may wish to forget about the "boutique" status this hotel has in its name - they may have liked it to be a boutique hotel by throwing a few funny looking chair into the lobby and putting dusty old stuff into display cases, but in terms of comfort, room design and service, this is a bog-standard budget hotel.
The first room I was offered reeked of cigarette smoke. I went straight back to the friendly receptionist and asked for another room, and was given one next to the lift - a little noisy but not troublesome for me. Whatever money they spent on the acceptable if a little off-looking communal areas they must have saved on the rooms. There were wonky walls, plastic ceiling tiles falling off and some build quality one would associate with a bunch of drunken DIYers. The bathroom had some wires hanging out of the showers, there was lime scale everywhere and it could have been cleaner. Bed sheets were clean enough though, and the mattress was so-so. Given that this hotel is quite new, the speed at which things are
deteriorating is astounding. The decor leaves a lot to be desired. Some windows were hung with large dusty paper blinds that could not be pulled up. The air-con was very noisy, and worst of all, there was no mosquito netting in the windows. Doors were flimsy double-doors that could have been kicked in easily even when locked, and as a woman travelling alone, I did not feel particularly safe.
Breakfast was pretty poor for an official three-star rating - very little choice, stale bread, coffee form an urn that was undrinkable. The only good thing were the freshly cooked eggs and fresh fruit. Food was not replenished.
There is free Wi-fi and an ancient communal computer that is usually occupied.
At night, it can get very noisy because there is a somewhat tacky night market outside and a disco somewhere in the area.
Given this is a "Boutique Hotel" of the Ramayana Group, I would have expected everything to a higher standard. I've stayed in simpler but much better kept places in Laos and would rate this poor value for money.
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