I had the pleasure of staying in the Lao Golden hotel after a week of experiencing several other hotels in Vientiane. It was by far the most comfortable stay, with the nicest room, the most courteous hotel staff, the best food and breakfast, and a lovely view of the neighborhood.
It's not in the city center, so if you prefer river views, backpackers and bars, this may not be your first choice. However, it's a short motorbike ride to the city center. This is also the perfect location if you're visiting Laos to get your Thai Visa, as it is a short walk away from the Thai embassy. During my week in Vientiane, I stayed four days near the embassy and two days in the city center. This was the perfect combination for me.
Now, I always prefer a hotel with a swimming pool and fitness room. While Lao Golden does not offer these amenities, you are a short walk away from Sendara Fitness — the best gym in town. Sendara boasts an outdoor pool with food and drinks, fitness classes, free weights and a fantastic, affordable massage they'll include with your 4 dollar guest pass for only $2.50!
In my experience, service can be slow in Vientiane. Not so at the Lao Golden Hotel. Room service at Lao Golden is fast and attentive. Their laundry service is fast and affordable — and they do a great job. The housekeeping is fast to clean the room, and they're quick with a smile.
All of the other hotels I experienced in Vientiane for the same price fell short of the quality I enjoyed at Lao Golden. I think the difference is in the hotel's management. I met the hotel manager and the owner, and they're really sharp people. They are both highly professional and fully dedicated to making their customers feel welcomed and appreciated. That goes a long way for me, and Lao Golden will be my hotel of choice for all future trips to Vientiane.
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