MY TRAVEL STYLE: I hate business hotels and strongly prefer resorts that resemble the Four Seasons, Aman, and Oberoi but try to find similar properties at lower cost. I seek out the “wow” experiences and I encourage you to view hotels I have stayed at and their respective reviews (by clicking on my name).
LOCATION: Perfect. Not in the absolute exact center of LP, but in the area that has the majority of cafes. Everything is walking distance. No view of Mekong at this hotel, though. Half a block off the main street so there is less traffic and more quiet.
BEST WAY TO GET THERE: Taxi from LP airport was around US$5-7, I don’t remember the exact amount but it is a fixed price at the airport.
TYPE OF ROOM: Upstairs & Downstairs (2 different rooms).
BED/SHEETS/PILLOW: Bed is comfortable if a bit on the hard side. Pillows are thin and comfortable. Linens are of average quality, not luxurious.
LIGHTING: Excellent lighting in bedroom and bathroom. Natural light in the lower room was close to nonexistent since a tall wall was a few feet from the window. Upper room had great natural light.
BATHROOM/SHOWER: Our downstairs room (room #1) had a larger bathroom than the upstairs room (#7). Bathroom is by far the best of ALL of the guest houses we looked at (and we checked out at least 10 guest houses that looked decent from the outside). Other guest houses’ bathrooms were terrible when compared to this one (hotels have nice bathrooms too). Shower water pressure was excellent and temperature could be made consistently hot if desired.
TOILETRIES: Average. If your pick, probably best to bring your own.
CLEANLINESS: Spotless. Room and hotel common area is exceptionally clean.
A/C: The a/c in room #1 didn’t get cold so we switched to room 7 and it quickly and quietly got our room cold.
CLOSET SPACE: Room #1 didn’t have a closet. First place we stayed where we didn’t have a place to put our clothes. Room #7 has a closet, but one of the tiniest I have ever seen. Good for a few shirts and pants only.
STYLE OF ROOM: By far the nicest of all of the guest houses (some hotels are equal or better at a much higher price) in town. Contemporary design with the nicest wood floors I have seen in any luxury hotel.
QUIET/MORNING LIGHT: Room is quiet with the occasional loud car coming by. There is some construction next door but we only heard it once during our 10 day stay at this hotel. There is also a small amount of construction at the hotel so you may want to confirm that it’s complete if it’s a concern to you. The morning light could mostly be blocked using the wood shutters. Could be darker but it’s fine. Seems like curtains are on the way since there are curtain rods with no curtains.
FOOD: Since hotel is new there are no tables yet to eat breakfast and therefore no breakfast. I think they plan to offer breakfast once the tables arrive.
TV/INTERNET: TV could be a bit bigger for the room, but is sufficient. There are about 5 English channels with a few movie stations in English as well (same as in all 3 hotels we stayed at in LP). Currently there is no internet but they said there will be internet provided within a week.
SERVICE: The staff are very nice, but I wouldn’t suggest using them to plan your trip. Not a problem since there are travel agents and tour operators everywhere in town. This guest house has 7 rooms and even though it’s small, when walking in, some of the staff may not even acknowledge you. There is, however, one young man that is extremely nice and helpful but the rest seem could use a bit of hospitality training.
COMMON AREA: There is a small common area in the front with a few nice couches which are most often used by the staff. Not a big deal since it’s nice to look at but not a place most people would choose to spend their time. Especially given all of the great cafes nearby.
ROOM & CITY TIPS: We were in LP for 14 nights and highly recommend Saffron for the best coffee and breakfast in town. Blue House has the best homemade ice cream and by far the best atmosphere (in it’s back patio area). Tatmor Restaurant has excellent food, ambiance, and is ridiculously inexpensive for the quality of food and atmosphere.
This hotel is brand new and is not completely finished. If you stay here, definitely try to get an upstairs room so you have windows that aren’t blocked by a wall that is 2 feet away. We checked out all of the guest houses in town that looked somewhat inviting and this was by far the best combination of rooms and common area. Sala guest house looks nice from the outside but the rooms weren’t as nice but would also make a good choice. This hotel is a bargain at US$50 per night. We also stayed at 3 Nagas and the Grand LP. The 3 nagas has the nicest room but at more than double the price, it may not be justified. The grand is really nice for the common areas and their brand new amazing 5* pool but it’s location out of town isn’t ideal (click on my name to see my other reviews). This hotels isn’t over the top luxurious but it’s definitely the most western of the guest houses and without a doubt the best value and I as a result I highly recommend staying here.
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