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“Should be no.1” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Ansara Hotel
Ranked #5 of 97 Hotels in Vientiane
Certificate of Excellence
Sydney, Canada
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28 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Should be no.1”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 18, 2011

This was a great place to stay in the capital of Laos. We stayed in the "Suite Affair" and loved every minute of it. The staff, the complimentary items, the beautiful room, and the great location all added up to a great experience.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank luvtravel03
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Toowoomba, Australia
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31 reviews
31 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 3, 2011

Positives
* Charming french boutique architecture style hotel appealing to the eye at first sight.
* Hotel situated in quiet alley in Central Vientiane within close walking distance to Mekong river, restaurants and night markets.
* Delightful decor in rooms including woven silk head boards on beds and tissue boxes adding to Laotian feel.
* Rooms clean and modern in feel- including small appreciated touches such as insect repellant, lap top in room with free Wii Fii, complimentary non alcoholic mini bar stocked daily and free fruit platter on arrival.
* Staff in restaurant greet you with a smile at breakfast in the patio outdoor area.

Negatives
* No clock - with current experience this is not unusal.
* Smoking allowed in breakfast patio area - a slight surpise given rooms are all no smoking.
* Only thing missing - a spa or small swimming pool.

Overall - I would recommend this as a place to stay whilst you are exploring the sleepy capital of Laos: Vientiane.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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4 Thank SEasiajetsetter
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Broadstairs UK
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6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 3, 2011

Situated in a relatively quiet side-road near the river in central Vientiane, the Ansara is small, friendly and delighful. A young and enthusiastic staff made every effort to provide everything needed with big smiles and great charm. Cool, comfortable room. Free Wi-FI throughout the hotel a big advantage. A really nice place to stay in a great town. Highly recommended.

Martin - England

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank MartinWebber
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Hampden, MA
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50 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 28, 2011

Amazing rooms, great shower, great breakfast, free internet and each room has a laptop. Minbar also free. Only negative is that they allow smoking in the beautiful patio where breakfast is served. Since all rooms are smoke free, I was surprised they allowed people to smoke at breakfast. Having to breath smoke interfered with what is a great breakfast. Cleanliness given a 4 because second hand smoke is filthy. Otherwise the Ansara is immaculate.

  • Stayed March 2011
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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4 Thank RichR
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London, United Kingdom
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153 reviews
109 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 302 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 27, 2011

I was slightly disappointed by the look of the outside of the hotel when I arrived. In the photos it looks so picturesque and I had imagined a charming old colonial street. Sadly it was all a bit too modern and new for that and my room was in a modern looking wing. The room would have been slightly cramped (about 2 1/2 feet around the hard bed) had two people been in it but for me alone it was fine. There was a small armchair, a desk and a flat screen TV with BBC World and CNN as well as some film channels. Outside there was a private terrace with two chairs. In the room the hotel provided a laptop (which you could watch DVDs on) and a free minibar with soft drinks and peanuts which was very nice (if only other hotels did that!). There was a small safe and free wifi and a nice sized bathroom with good marble sink surround, shaving mirror and good lighting. So all in all, I had everything I wanted. Breakfast was good with pastries, cereals and freshly cooked eggs. You could also order capuccinos or lattes which was a nice touch. The only downside was the restaurant, I tried it twice; the first time I had a good steak but with very uncooked french fries and the second time a very tasty but tiny fish cake. It was much more espensive than other local restaurants. The staff were extremely helpful (especially the senior management) & provided good assistance for sightseeing and transport. It's about a 20 min walk to the Presidential palace + famous wats. And it's about 2 mins to the riverside (not that there's much to see there!).

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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3 Thank Thumbelina2
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HKG
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 12, 2011

We stayed here for two nights while exploring Vientiane and found the Ansara's service and decor delightful. Great breakfast and ideal location on one of the most charming streets in Vientiane. The hotel restaurant was great, too!!! And, plenty of good spots, such as Mak Phet. Just around the corner.

  • Stayed February 2011
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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2 Thank LishaSha
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Fulham
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94 reviews
26 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 13, 2011

Earlier reviewers have said it all. Perfect service. Nice room. Free WiFi and laptop. Good location. And the rest.

We'd been booked in by our UK agent and they'd told us that we were obliged to pay for a Christmas Eve gala dinner. Realising that it would be quite late on the 24th when we arrived we emailed the Ansara and suggested that they gave us a snack on arrival and kept the gala meal for another night. On arrival we had a light two course meal and that suited us fine. We then realised that the restaurant, though good, did not serve local cuisine.

We told the manager that we'd prefer to forfeit our special meal and eat dinner elsewhere for our remaining two nights. The manager kept asking when we wanted to eat with them - but we said we'd still prefer to forget about the extra we'd paid and go out.

Imagine our surprise when, on our travels up to Luang Prabang, our guide got a call from the hotel saying that they insisted on refunding our gala dinner money and that they'd get it to us via the LP guide's office.

And that they did!

I understand the hotel has only been open for less than a year. If this is the way they continue it will not be long before they build a worldwide reputation - and deserve every bit of it.

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  • Stayed December 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank TandCFulham
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Property: Ansara Hotel
Address: Quai Fa Ngum, Ban Vat Chan, Hom 5 | Muang Chanthabury, Vientiane 0100, Laos
Location: Laos > Vientiane Province > Vientiane
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 97 Hotels in Vientiane
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Ansara Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 14
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Boutique hotel, opened in mid May 2010. 12 "Savvy" rooms, 1 "Suite Affair" of 46 sqm and 1 "Suitest Escape" of 64 sqm. All fares include in room laptop and free WIFI, soft drinks in mini bar, tea and coffee making facilities. ... more   less 
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