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La Ong Dao Hotel 1
Ranked #78 of 93 Hotels in Vientiane
Leicester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 15 December 2012

I have a long list about why not to stay here. So I'll start with the only plus points I can think of, it's close to the Thai embassy, so if you need a visa extension it's close. Secondly the only woman on reception is polite and actually tries to help.

That is it though! The rooms smell, we had to move rooms as the bed had a hole in so the matters fell through, and both rooms smelt like a hamster cage. We started on the first floor, after a 10 hour journey on the night bus with coincidently no sleep we wanted to sleep in the day, but at the back there is a mechanic and parking area for motorbikes, so noisy all day. At night the hold events on the 4th floor so you have to sleep with the tv on to block out the noise. The partys go on to 2 - 4am!! So sleep here is a minimum.

We booked this hotel as it had breakfast included, on the first morning we weren't allowed breakfast, on the second morning they were setting up for a wedding so breakfast was cancelled. After complAining we were ushered to a street vendor to get a dinner dish for breakfast!! And on the third day we actually got breakfast which consisted of cold eggs and rice, and drunk tourists.

There was poor room service. One morning 6 members of the cleaning staff stood at the door and laughed at me for standing in a towel after they had got me out of the shower. When they actually cleaned the room they took the towels and left us with none!

The final straw was the male reception staff who laughed at us every time we left the hotel or entered, and who absolutely ripped us off!!

We booked a buss back to Thailand for 250 baht to take us to Udon Thani. When we got to the bus station the free tuk tuk driver took our tickets showing 250 baht off us, and they were swapped for ones at the office stating 70 baht!!! I was outraged, but out of the hotel so could do nothing. This place is a dump and so is the city. Not worth it unless you want a visa and are In transit. Total hell hole

  • Stayed December 2012
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Reviewed 12 November 2012

This hotel which attracts a lot of Lao tour groups is the sort of hotel where its more expensive rooms are not supplied with toilet paper. That may tell you all you need to know about it. But there's more. The showers inevitably flood the bathrooms each and every time you use it. Deal with it. Breakfast is a sad affair. Enough said about that. The staff while not rude is completely clueless. Don't bother asking for any information about Vientiane or any other places further afield. They haven't been there and aren't the least bit curious about finding out. The prices on the rooms have gone up- high season I suppose. I stayed there before because of its proximity to the Thai Embassy but that's not a good enough reason.

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  • Stayed November 2012, travelled solo
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Reviewed 9 August 2012

But there's no place in Vientiane you are really need to go. The weather was terrible when I was there. But for what I paid at this hotel, I have absolutely no complaints. It is very good value for the money. The breakfast isn't much. For example, the concept of hot eggs has not reached Laos. But when I asked for some, they made them for me. I was surprised the Asian guests didn't mind eating them cold. The room is comfortable enough with free wifi and a TV with sufficient English channels. The staff is friendly and tries to be helpful. I think I've paid twice as much for similar accommodations. It's good value even for Vientiane. Be alert for tuk tuk drivers and travel agents trying to overcharge. But there is none of that in this hotel. You could do a lot worse.

Room Tip: I was upgraded to larger room. It wasn't exactly big but it's fine for a few days.
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  • Stayed August 2012, travelled solo
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Reviewed 11 May 2012

La Ong Dao Hotel turned out to be quite near Wattay International Airport, Vientiane and it took a mere 30 minutes to reach it via the road alongside the great Mekong River. It is situated towards to the southerly direction from the Airport and you will have to go through the "City" or rather the town of Vientiane.

One would have thought that Vientiane to be somewhat left behind among the ASEAN countries but surprisingly, it seems to feel better than Yangoon. The roads are wide 2 or even 3 lanes dual carriageway.

La Ong Dao hotel is located near an important junction and a street with 2 Banking establishment and a "cowboy" street of retail shops of all kinds, including a few fashion and dress-making houses.

It is a 7 -storey hotel building with an adjacent connection to another building and a back-yard which appears to be a Motel like facility typical of American Motels & Inns.

The Hotel front is quite impressive by Vientiane standards and the lobby is filled with pure Teak wood big chairs and tables you find in traditional Chinese homes with intricate dragon carvings.

The reception is almost hassle free as you hand in your Hotel Voucher from Agoda and all of them can speak English of varying fluency and vocabulary.

We stayed in Twin-sharing as well as Double bed Single room of basically the same size.Both rooms have a LCD TVs, and as it is Lao, you have original Teak-wood cabinets, paneling and nice Ceramic Tiles which I prefer in tropical climates.

The ceramic tiles are of high quality and including the bathroom with good toilet bowls , shower enclosure and hot water available 24 hours. Believe you me, the water pressure is tremendous , probably, to ease the pressure building up in the ever-fast and over-flowing great Mekong River.

The beds are cosy with smooth cotton bedsheets and a blanket made in Thailand {it seems everything is made in Thailand]. However, the Air-cond has a brand of unknown make but sounds "Chinese" Peoples' Republic of China.

By the way, Lao is a Peoples Democratic Republic of Soviet Russian influence and you can blame the French intellectuals in Paris Cafe telling philosophizing the innocent Indo-Chinese peoples, in particular Ho Chi Minh.

Breakfast is at the 4th Floor Dining area [remember, it is a 7-storey hotel ] are also being used for private parties and companies' lunch meetings.

The menu for breakfast consists of Boiled White Rice, Soya Bean Curd, Shrimp Friedn Dumplings, Mixed vegetables and all the meat and poultry and fried eggs sunny side.

We are quite happy with the Vegetarian dishes and bread and margarine , coffee and tea and orange juice and local fruits like dragon-fruit, water melon, pineapple etc.

The last day of our stay breakfast was without HOT coffee or tea as the Electrical supply to the area suddenly came to a halt and returned as we checked out.

If you are looking to eat Halal Food for lunch and dinner , just take the Tuk-Tuk to bring you to Fathima, Nora, Nazim restaurants which are not far away just amre 10-20 minutes away from the Hotel.

Otherwise, buy the baguette which the only good thing the French left for Indo-China, and Halal Sardines, Tuna or whatever food you brought along. And there is high-end Mini-Market catering to the Diplomats about 20 minutes walking to the left of the junction, you find imported goods only !

Next to this Mini-mart is to be found Joma, a modern Cafe that serves coffee, tea and pastries, pizza imitating Cafes in find in major cities.

Opposite the Mini-market is a Health and Fitness club.

Otherwise, La Ong Dao is most suitable for 4 of us as it rests in between 2 Golf courses the SEA Games Golf Course [17 km] and the Lao Golf Club Km14 [14 km].

How convenient!

And do try and rent those luxury Mini-Vans [Toyota, Hyundai] or even the Toyata 4WD Hiluz and put the Golf bags at the back.




US$ and Thai Bhat is widely accepted

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  • Stayed May 2012, travelled with friends
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Property: La Ong Dao Hotel 1
Address: Phonesynuan Village, Sisattanak Distric, Vientiane 0100, Laos
Region: Laos > Vientiane Province > Vientiane
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Bar / Lounge Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Ranked #78 of 93 Hotels in Vientiane
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Hotel Class:3 star — La Ong Dao Hotel 1 3*
Number of rooms: 127
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