We loved our stay at the Riverside Boutique Resort in Vang Vieng. The rooms are spacious, so are the bathrooms and very nicely furnished. The view from our private balcony was amazing, especially sunsets were so beautiful. The pool is great and very refreshing after a hot day out in the sun There are also many sunloungers and towels are provided. Most staff members were super friendly and very helpful. Breakfast was good with a selection of Asian and Western dishes. Breakfast is until 10 am but not everything may last until the end. Only thing bothering us a little during our stay was the missing mosquito net over our bed as we had quite a few mossies in our room. Also the laundry service is ridiculously expensive compared to all other places in town. We would have liked to try the hotel's restaurant but they charge about three times as much as most good places in town. Overall I would have rated this resort 4-5 stars!
Unfortunately we made the mistake of booking bus transport to Vientiane and further onto Hanoi at the hotel's reception. Let's just say that the journey to Hanoi was among the most horrible experiences in many many months of travel. The bus company warmly recommended by the hotel's staff member started hitting and screaming at us Western travellers on the bus, pure racism. Asian passengers were treated with respect and got proper sleeper bunks while we were stuck in coffin-like spaces just above the hot engine. On top of that we were grossly overcharged for the bustickets by the hotel. We found out later from the other passenger who'd paid not even half as much. Partly our fault though I guess, never going to trust anybody here again. We realize that it's the bus company's behaviour at fault but the hotel selling the tickets is equally involved.
Conclusion: Very nice hotel to stay at :), from what I've seen among the best in Vang Vieng! Just don't book any transport there.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Ideally located on the bank of the Nam Song River, multi-award winning Riverside Boutique Resort is a luxury hotel with charm and character. It is laid out around one of the most inviting swimming pools to be found in Laos, and offers stunning views of the surrounding lush landscapes and forest-clad limestone mountains. Thirty-four rooms with large balconies are located within the tranquil gardens, as well as a traditional herbal spa and an elegant restaurant overlooking the river. With a beautiful design that blends local traditions, ethnic arts and French colonial architecture, Riverside Boutique Resort celebrates the exceptional diversity of Laos. Prominent artists and artisans have contributed their talent to help create a unique and authentic atmosphere that allows guests to fully appreciate the charm of Lao hospitality. What makes Riverside Boutique Resort truly special is this combination of culture, tradition and nature - and this stunning backdrop of mighty karst mountains, just a short drive away from Vientiane. ... more less
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