I'm not normally one for boutique hotels, but my travelling companion recommended the Salana based on previous experience. And what a good recommendation that was too. I really enjoyed my stay, all the way from the very friendly and helpful staff, to the location, very close to the Mekong River in the (I assume) central part of Vientiane. While this was a business trip, we did get out and about some evenings to try some of the excellent restaurants in the immediate vicinity (very easy walking distance) of the hotel.
My room, on the 5th floor, was very nice, better than I was expecting anyway. My room was at the rear of the hotel, over looking a small temple. I'm assuming that this is quieter than being on the street side of the hotel, but the street is not a major thoroughfare anyway. The shower room was off the room - very interesting set up, having another closed off space adjacent with a large vase of canes in it, with a window looking out to the temple. Shower room with a view, very nicely done. Internet access was via wireless, with passcode provided by reception - worked everywhere I was, and was quick.
The airport pickup was waiting for us, around 10 minutes drive to the hotel too. Check-in was efficient. Check-out likewise at the end of the stay was quick and efficient, and the airport transfer also. The breakfasts were great, the range on offer was way more than I needed - plenty of variety for a small hotel, and fresh too, putting larger and better known hotel brands to shame, quite frankly.
When I return to Vientiane in the future, this will be my first choice.
- 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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