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Salana Boutique Hotel
Ranked #2 of 93 Hotels in Vientiane
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Toronto, Canada
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“Great hotel in Laos”
Reviewed December 10, 2013

One of the best hotel you can find in Laos. Staff speaks excellent English. They are ready and willing to help. Room is decent size. Breakfast has a lot of option and it is great. The hotel is centrally located. You can walk to the night market in three minutes.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Fremont, California
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Reviewed December 6, 2013

We had only three days time to explore Vientiane between returning from Luang Prabang and heading to Hanoi. Vientiane is such a small capital city, that three days is pretty much enough, but on the other hand, I wouldn´t had mind to stay in Salana even longer.

Location is great, very central. Chao Anou is a smaller and more peaceful side street off the main road Th Setthathirath. Wat Chanthabuli is just opposite and River Mekong about 100m from the hotel. There are small street food stalls out on the street and lots of restaurants within 5 to 10 mins walk.

Service at the reception was just excellent. Upon our arrival the staff at the reception was super friendly and made us feel very welcome. Receptionists spoke really good english and took so good care of us. They escorted us to our room and make sure that everything was in order. Check out also went smoothly and we were able to store our luggage at the hotel before leaving to the airport.

We had the Deluxe Room on 4th floor with windows facing to Chao Anou Road. Couldn´t hear any street noise and sleeping quality was very good because of that, comfortable bed and easily adjustable aircon. There´s safety, well sized fridge / minibar and lots of storage space in the room. Housekeeping did good job and everything was spotless. Free wifi also worked perfectly in our room.

Buffet style breakfast with made to order eggs includes the room rate. Food selection was wide, lots of hot dishes, vegetables and fruits. Really liked that. Service was friendly and ordered food came quickly.

On our departure day we also tried out the spa and had one hour foot massage. Spa therapists didn´t speak much english, but it was such a relaxing treatment. Spa area was lovely and price level average, not that cheap than in Luang Prabang, but about 1/3 compared to western spa prices.

I highly recommend Salana to everybody traveling to Vientiane. Excellent value for your money!

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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Reviewed December 3, 2013

Companies that sell infant milk powder always advertised their product as "next to mother's milk".
Well, the Salana is " Next to ones' Home". Cosy, comfortable, warm, friendly staff, well sited, great breakfast…..etc etc. Once you have stayed in the Salana you will want to come back again. Definitely. Its a brilliant boutique hotel period. Its a little bit pricey but what the hack, good things don't come cheap. Thanks Boon Ma for all the transportation arrangement that you made for us. They are like clockwork. You will not be disappointed if you choose the Salana.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with friends
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Denver
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Reviewed November 29, 2013

We have been wanting to go to Laos for years. Vientiane is a bit of a disappointment (head straight to Luang Prabang to see why so many people fall in love with Laos) but I loved the Salana boutique hotel. Immaculate. Friendly staff. Great breakfast, including awesome made-to-order omelets. Great, quiet location, and this is key because parts of Vientiane are very noisy. Would definitely recommend this hotel for business or pleasure...

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 27, 2013

Stayed there for the first time and i must say i liked it a lot. It is a small hotel, newly decorated in oriental style so it is charming. I stayed in Suite room and it is still quite small but comfortable enough. Large bed and fully equipped with TV , coffee machine, hair dryer, stationary set for business , fridge. There is a rain shower and nice jacussi bath tub in the toilet too so if you want to have relax bath - you certainly can do. Breakfast is included in the room rate but not that many choices . There is no gym and fitnes facilities here., so this is not for fitness freak to stay. ( although you could run along the riverside ! There is a small bar in the hotel also if you don't want to go out to hang out.

The location is great, walking distance to the Mekhong river and there are various restuarants/ cafe nearby the hotel so it is nice for evening stroll and eat. Two temples just across the street so if you want to look at religious art , you could. In the evening, there is a night market near the river, so you could walk along there browing at local markets - it is also a different experience.

In conclusion, i would recommend this place if you don't mind the fact it is a bit more expensive than other hotels in the same area.

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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled on business
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Leicester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed November 25, 2013 via mobile

We arrived late in the evening at this lovely little Vientiane hotel and were greeted by polite, friendly staff who spoke excellent English. We were a little confused as to why the room was only booked for one person so the £15 charge for me to stay was a little unexpected!

We were offered a free upgrade to a suite as the air conditioning in our originally booked room wasn't working, and it was just lovely. I would definitely recommend a suite if you can afford it. The jacuzzi bath was lovely and the bed was just enormous! We had an excellent view of the temple complex next door.

The hotel is in a good location, just don't believe the staff regarding the prices of tuk tuks. I have a friend who lives in Vientiane and was told anything more than 200,000 kip for a tuk tuk to Buddha Park is a rip off, but the staff told me they would flag one down for us and it would cost 250 - 300,000 kip, it was only when I mentioned that I knew it was too expensive that they changed their tune and we eventually paid just 120,000.

Breakfast is lovely, although sometimes there were a few 'odd' choices (pizza and quiche for breakfast?!) but there was plenty of yummy food and the staff were always helpful.

Overall, a lovely hotel with lovely staff in a very good location.

Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 19, 2013

We stayed at the Salana for two nights and we were very impressed. The room was immaculate, and the bed very comfortable. There is is a nice fourth floor bar, and the staff at the front were very friendly. It's definitely not the cheapest place to stay in Vientiane, but it's convenient (it's close to the river and night market) and worth a night or two. My only complaint was that on our check out they charged us $20 for having two people in the room. I was surprised, but I guess I should have read the small print. I mean, why would we get a queen bed for just one person? Other than that it was a stellar place to stay.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with family
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Property: Salana Boutique Hotel
Address: Chao Anou Road, 112 | Ban Wat Chan, Chanthabouly District, Vientiane 0100, Laos
Location: Laos > Vientiane Province > Vientiane
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 93 Hotels in Vientiane
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Salana Boutique Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 42
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Probably the most central located hotel in Vientiane, the SALANA Boutique Hotel home is a wonderful authentic hotel inspired by leading boutique hotels around the world. The hotel offers world class accommodation in the heart of the city, sure to impress even the most discerning traveler with its 12 superior, 24 deluxe, 2 suites, 3 Salana suites. Our central location together with various facilities will ensure that you have the perfect base to explore this city. ... more   less 
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