I spent quite a few days at the Ansara and it is a very nice small hotel. It is situated on a small side street in just 1/2 block from the river and main tourist area. It was very quiet at night in terms of the surrounding neighborhood (although noise between rooms can be an issue). The rooms are nicely furnished (dark hardwood floors) and the suites are very nice. The breakfast buffet was quite nice and you could either have the buffet items set out or order eggs, omelet, etc. as you wish. They also made good strong coffee.
There were a few small issues that led me to knock off a point to 4 stars, but this is a great hotel so this is just some info for travellers and shouldn't stop you from considering this hotel. The aircon in the room often dripped water and once was almost a stream, I had internet connection issues several times and the housekeeping was very stingy with toiletries. Not once did they give me a new soap or other items used up even when it was obvious to replace. The breakfast is on an outdoor patio which can get quite buggy (mosquitoes).
The Lao staff are all generally friendly, albeit not overly helpful when asked questions. One of the front desk women speaks excellent English.
- 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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