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“Better Than The First One”
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AV Hotel
Ranked #12 of 202 Vientiane B&B and Inns
Reviewed 27 December 2011

This was our second hotel in Vientiane and much better than the first! The staff tried very hard, the room was huge and clean. Layout a bit weird with no sink in bathroom - it was in the living area/bedroom. Although on a busy road it was quiet enough inside and the location was excellent. I would recommend for the price.

  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled as a couple
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Thank GeraldineJackson
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Reviewed 25 December 2011

Pros
- We only paid US$39 per room through Agoda, an extremely good value for such a hotel.
- Free airport pick up and drop off is available. If you book through a booking website like Agoda, be sure to email the hotel to arrange this. They used a brand new Hyundai Starex.
- Free computers for use in the lobby.
- After reading other reviews on TA, we emailed them to request them not to use bug spray and strong chemical products, so they didn't.
- Room was clean and quite spacious.
- Room is well insulated from the cold (although it wasn't that cold, it was nice to be warm).
- Centrally located in very close proximity to Wat Si Saket and Wat Ho Phra Kaew as well as other main sights in Vientiane.
- Amenities such as aircon, minibar, kettle, LCD flatscreen TV were all new and modern.
- Staff were professional and polite.

Cons
- Design of toilet was weird, the wash basin is located outside the toilet and next to the beds.
- Hotel has 3 or 4 storeys and doesn't have a lift, but I suppose that's quite common in Laos.

Other pointers
- Breakfast is a simple buffet.
- We suspect the reason why the room is so cheap is because of the construction nearby. We stayed on a Sunday, left quite early in the morning after breakfast and came back in the evening after dinner, so were not bothered by the construction at all.
- Most restaurants in this area of Vientiane are very expensive by Lao standards and equivalent to Singapore restaurant prices (no mean feat since Singapore has the 10th highest cost of living in the world!). This is no fault of the hotel anyway.

Room Tip: The odd numbered rooms face a construction site, so their windows are boarded up.
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  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled with family
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1  Thank teohc88
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Reviewed 19 December 2011

My wife and I were on a visa run from Thailand and stayed four nights In Vientiane. The AV
Hotel is about a 5-10 minute walk from tourist hotels, restaurants, coffee shops and shopping, Most rooms are located off the busy street, but our room was adjacent to a building under construction; noise started at 8 am and lasted until dark. Fortunately, we were out all day. Sleep was OK, small beds, but good mattress; average bathroom, but clean. Breakfast was Asian-style; white toast, bad coffee and orange drink. Staff were courteous, English was poor and no one went out-of-their-way to offer service. Internet was weak unless you were in the lobby. Nearby cafes, coffee shops, shopping, etc. were excellent, particularly the French croissants and bistro food.

Room Tip: Avoid rooms on the side where a building is under construction, probably for several more months th...
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  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank pietrotak
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Reviewed 7 December 2011

We stayed in the AV Hotel for 2 nights in November 2011. The hotel offered a free pick up from the airport. The rooms were large, clean with wi-fi and TV. The bed was large and comfortable. Breakfast was basic. We found the staff to be rude, unfriendly and unhelpful. There was a stong smell of cleaning products in the lobby and rooms which we found to be over powering! The location is within walking distance of Sisaket and the Mekong river.
There are buidling works next door to the hotel and it can get loud. I think there are better hotels in Vientiane.

  • Stayed: November 2011, travelled with friends
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Thank SandraBrown
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Reviewed 28 November 2011

My boyfriend and I stayed here for 2 nights and found the hotel to be okay, but not great.

The emailing back and forth to make a reservation was easy and they even picked us up from the airport for free, but after that, everything became extremely average.

Our room had water damage and flooded over a span of several hours. The room had a strong chemical smell - I believe they spray bug repellent heavily during cleaning.

Breakfast was nothing to write home about either. We found ourselves eating elsewhere.

While conveniently located and staffed with friendly faces, you can definitely find better.

  • Stayed: November 2011, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Nicole G
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Reviewed 28 November 2011

We used this hotel as an overnight stay between Luang Prabang and Udon Thani (Thailand). Booked via booking.com for 38$/night including breakfast. Centrally located, easy walking distance to central bus station(400m), 500m from Mekong river, 200m from wat Si Saket and Presidential palace. Free airport transportation : the driver was waiting for us at Vientiane airport. Free internet & Wifi. 3 floors (ground, first and second) without elevator, 32 rooms. Modern look. No swimmingpool.
Our large standard room (30m²) was bright and clean, tiled, quiet at night. Comfortable bed, clean sheets, good airco, fridge and TV. Bathroom OK. Small buffet breakfast.
Good news : the troublesome construction work near AV hotel has not been finished but no noise.

  • Stayed: November 2011, travelled as a couple
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Thank ludovicvn
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Reviewed 24 November 2011

The AV Hotel is near the center of town, two or three blocks from the fountain, sort of midway from that to the morning market and shopping. So good location. The room I got, at 55 / night, was not great. It was an executive suite, which meant an small outer room that led to a public balcony, no TV, just a couch and desk so relatively useless, and a windowless cave-like bedroom. For the price there are MUCH better in Vientiane - but it was high season and those places were booked out. If you are the same circumstances, this place is fine, just go for the cheapest room possible, as the windowless suite is not worth the extra.

Pros: Location, clean. WiFi works, there's cable.

Cons: Nothing special. Windowless room. Price is not competitive.

Room Tip: Go for the superior, the executive suite is not worth it.
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  • Stayed: November 2011, travelled on business
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Thank Harkish
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Address: Sansenthai Rd., Chanthabury Dist., Vientiane 0100, Laos
Region: Laos > Vientiane Prefecture > Vientiane
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Restaurant Room Service Airport Transportation
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Ranked #12 of 202 B&Bs / Inns in Vientiane
Price Range: £28 - £32 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — AV Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 30
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