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Salana Boutique Hotel
Ranked #2 of 93 Hotels in Vientiane
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SF Bay Area
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“A worthwhile splurge, excellent service, clean room, great location”
Reviewed 9 December 2011

This was by far the best hotel that we stayed in Vientiane and actually in all of Laos. We moved here the day after we arrived. We actually stayed here twice during our stay in Laos and would definitely stay here again if we return to Vientiane.

This is a pricey hotel for Vientiane, but after staying in dirty, noisy places in other cities before arriving, we were ready for a clean, comfortable, quiet place. We paid approximately $120 US for a room with a king size bed.

The room was very clean and modern with a mini-bar (mini-frig), water boiler, and bottled water. The floors are hardwood, which is nice, because you can tell that they are clean. The bed is comfortable and there is a lamp by each side of the bed so that you can read comfortably in bed. The television is a flat screen and there are English channels if you feel like watching t.v. There is a room safe in the closet, robes and flip flops. The air conditioning works well and there are blackout curtains if you are a late sleeper.

The wifi throughout the hotel works great. They also have two computers for use downstairs in the restaurant and one computer for use in the 3rd floor bar. This was really helpful while our hand helds were charging and for seeing info full screen.

The bathroom had plenty of towels, soap, shampoo and a hair dryer. There was definitely hot water whenever we wanted it.

The bar on the 3rd floor provides ice for your room made with bottled water and we were also given some coupons to use for free drinks (non-alcoholic) which were excellent (made with fresh juice). Having ice in your drink may seem a small thing, but it was an example of how the hotel provides small touches to make sure guests are comfortable.

The only issue with this restaurant is the food served in the restaurant. It was not the worst food we ate in Laos, but it was pretty mediocre. The room comes with a breakfast buffet and you can also fill out a little card for eggs, french toast, pancakes or an omlet, If you choose french toast or pancakes, you will get a piece of french toast that is about a quarter of a slice of bread and a pancake the size of a silver dollar. The hot rice cereal and the toast however are excellent. You will definitely find enough to eat at breakfast, just don't expect a large stack of pancakes or french toast...

We also tried the restaurant for dinner and it was very mediocre and expensive relative to what is offered. Take advantage of the hotel's location around the corner from Makphet or two blocks from Aria to eat there instead (you can check my reviews of these two places, but others also rate them highly).

We also used the spa at the hotel. We tried the sports massage, the food massage and the traditional lao massage. The spa menu is limited here. The women are well qualified and did a good job. I enjoyed a massage I had at another place more, but this was definitely convenient and relaxing. The treatments here are also a little more than at the spas around town, probably because they expect tourists to spend more at a hotel. The tea provided after the treatment is very good.

You can rent bicycles at the hotel and we did on one day. The bikes aren't the greatest (we had to try several before we could find two that worked ok) and they are also more than you would pay if you rented them elsewhere, but it is convenient.

If you rent a motorbike, they will let you park it all night next to the bicycles and there is a guard/attendant on duty so you will know it is safe.

The staff here is very well trained. They are polite, speak good English and their sole goal is to make sure you are comfortable and have what you need to enjoy your stay. They greet you each time you arrive and leave and are always cheerful and friendly. They also helped us with some problems we were having with our Ipod charger, with recommendations for other places to stay around Laos and were very accommodating when we had to stay extra days.

The hotel is located across the street from a large temple and there is also a temple behind it, so it is very quiet. We expected to hear street noise when we were in a room facing the street, but we didn't hear any noise from the street, or the other rooms on any night we stayed there. Several days, I did hear the quiet gong from the temple at 5:15 am (calling the monks to pray?), but I loved it.

The other benefit of this hotel is its location which is excellent. It is walking distance to downtown, the night market along the Mekong and many restaurants. Depending on what condition you are in, you can also walk to the morning market, small grocery stores, and the U.S. Embassy. The great location provides easy access to most places downtown either walking or on a bike.

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  • Stayed November 2011, travelled as a couple
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edinburgh, scotland
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Reviewed 9 December 2011

We stayed here for 2 nights before heading to Luang Prabang and found it an excellent hotel. Not the cheapest hotel by Laos standards but was worth the money.

The location of the hotel was good, with the night market at the bottom of the street and lots of restaurants and bars close by (Makphet restaurant is just round the corner which is one of the best restaurants we've ever eaten at). The staff were very friendly and welcoming and the rooms were great. We thought they were a good size, well equipped (safe, fridge, flat screen tv), nicely decorated and very clean. The hotel also has a new bar which just opened in October which has a nice terrace and serves good cocktails!

The only minor complaint was breakfast. The choice at breakfast was very good - hot buffet and you could also request items from the kitchen such as omelettes, french toast or waffles. However, the sheer slowness of service from the kitchen was quite something to behold. I can only surmise the kitchen staff were making the bread from scratch:-)

Overall though, I would definitely recommend this hotel.

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled as a couple
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Leipzig, Germany
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 109 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 December 2011

This is a very nice hotel in Vientiane, if you don't need a swimming pool and so on (Spa). However, the price the hotel wants for its rooms and services are a bit to high for what the hotel offers.

The hotel is located not far from the riverfront and not to far from what i would call the inner city. I guess you can walk to a lot of important sights and locations in less than 15 minutes.

The hotel has an open lobby, which makes you feel comfortable as soon as you walk in. You are greeted by everyone (this happens like every time they see you and can become a bit annoying, so be prepared) and receive a welcome drink. As my room wasn't ready, they kept my bag for two hours and told me to come back one hour before the usual check-in time. This already reflected some of the very professional service at the reception. Everyone is very friendly, very professional and if you have any question or problem they will try very hard to assist you. One should make a special mention that the language skills of the receptionists are very good, which is something you do not see very often in Laos. And the good thing: If they don't understand what you want, they will tell you. You will appreciate this, if you have already experienced the opposite a few times when you had a problem and needed assistance. I might only nitpick that the service was a bit too professional in overall and that it lacked a more personal service, which i only experienced in a few occasions, where the staff was really up to a little chat or a personal remark. All in all i found the service quite impeccable on a professional basis.

The rooms are very nice (apart from these safes, which i seriously dislike), but not very big. They are tastefully furnished and make an appearance as if they are still very new (like the whole hotel) and impeccable clean. I must also add that my standard (superior) room had a very nice bathroom, something i really appreciate while i am in a hot country. Though i must add that the shower had problems to heat the water, which was not really hot, no matter what you tried.

While i had a very good sleep in my room, my sleeping experience was killed almost instantly every morning, when i hear loud noises and people talking on the corridor outside of my room. While i'm not sure if these were guests or staff, i know for sure that i could hear them very clearly in my room, because it seemed to have no sound isolation against noise from the corridor. This was very annoying as sleep was over in the early morning.

When i tried breakfast at the first day (which you can have inside or outside), i was bit late and could only see the leftovers on the buffet. This still puzzles me, as it occured to me that no one ever thought about refilling the buffet when its empty. This makes not only a cold buffet, but also one which is half empty. The situation was better on the second day, where i arrived very early for breakfast and the buffet was still almost full. I also ordered something from the menu, i think (omelette, i suppose), but i don't remember much of it. I only remember that the whole breakfast expericence was still very medicore on the second day, in quantity as in quality.

When i was leaving the hotel, i was offered an airport transfer. Having paid 95 USD a night (!!!), i was expecting it to be included, but they made me pay extra for it. And while the car itself was very luxurios, it was also very expensive.

This is what sums it up for me: The Salana is a very nice hotel, which tries hard to be more than a 4 stars hotel, but forgets that it is not. It's very expensive, but doesn't deliver enough value for the price it wants from its guests (bigger rooms needed, also a pool, airport transfer included, better breakfast).

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled solo
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Perth
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28 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 December 2011

We stayed at this hotel for the first three nights of our 10 days in Laos.
We travelled with friends and we were all very happy in this hotel.
The rooms are a little on the small side but you will be out most of the day anyway, so it doesn't 't matter. The whole hotel is very clean including the public areas. The breakfast was wonderful and full of great choices. The staff were very attentive and were happy to take care of us. The new bar on the 4th floor is trendy and a great showcase of the use of wood in Laos.
All in all,this is a great hotel which my friends and I highly recommend. We will be staying here again on our last night in Laos.

  • Stayed December 2011
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Vienna, Austria
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 112 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 December 2011

Have been there already for 4 times this year and agreed on corporate rate of some 50 usd, what is a quite fir price for that hotel, already last time they told me no standard room available so I had to take a suite, nice room, but more than double the price, this time we came in at about 19h , as we were traveling by car and did not do reservation,so no other tourists will arrive and asked for rooms, 4 rooms were available, but only delux, no idea what is the difference to the other rooms but they offered 120, as I asked for corporate rate as agreed, they first said only by email reservation, and later, agreed rate only for off season.
After long discussions we took other hotel in the next street, not the same design, but much friendlier and for just usd 30.

  • Stayed November 2011
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Sunshine Coast, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 November 2011

Stayed at the Salana for 3 nights end of October. Absolutely loved the hotel. Spotlessly clean in all areas of hotel, very friendly staff, great food, wonderful spa. Great location in the city - walk to the riverfront. Breakfast spread was very good - must try the pancake - yum. The signature Salana cocktail was also yum! Would highly recommend the hotel to all travellers - well worth the extra $$

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled with family
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Budapest, Hungary
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Reviewed 22 November 2011

The Salana is boutique hotel lies right at the crossed corner of Ban Wat Chan and Chao Anou road. AsiaTourAdvisor booked 2 nights for us in this hotel when we got to Vientiane. Our room was comfortable and the private balcony had a great view to the city and the river and the end of the road. Very interesting when seeing the monks passing by almost 3 times per day. The host is friendly and very helpful. However, if you’re looking for a luxurious hotel with swimming pools and spa, bars then this is not the right place for those. Most of all, the room rates are very competitive!

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled as a couple
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Property: Salana Boutique Hotel
Address: Chao Anou Road, 112 | Ban Wat Chan, Chanthabouly District, Vientiane 0100, Laos
Region: Laos > Vientiane Province > Vientiane
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre 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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