I stayed at Khamvongsa for two weeks, loved it and really felt at home. The location is central, close to the river and numerous cafes, restaurants and temples yet quiet. You don't choose it for the views, but for the spacious and attractive rooms, the charming bar/breakfast area and the personal service. The whole place is clean and pleasant and excellent value.
I am puzzled by comments that the staff are unhelpful - during my stay they were friendly, helpful and efficient. Most spoke English pretty well - in fact, better than other hotels in Vientiane where I have stayed. Small touches helped - I had requested a quiet room on an upper floor and the room allocated (402) was perfect in this respect. I had enquired on booking if hairdryers were available and arrived to find they had placed one in my room already. They were also very helpful with onward reservations and advice.
As others have commented, the hotel offers good breakfasts and a nice bar. Wifi and air conditioning both worked well. My only negative would be the hardness of the mattress, but this is not uncommon in Laos.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Khamvongsa is a cozy and elegant family run hotel in the old part of central Vientiane, with bright, spacious rooms, decorated in French colonial and Lao style. Our team of friendly, dedicated, English speaking staff takes pride in providing top quality service, caring for the different needs of our guests. Khamvongsa offers all you need and more at good value: stylish rooms with comfortable beds, free internet access, and a delicious and generous breakfast. ... more less