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Lani's House By The Ponds
Ranked #6 of 202 Vientiane B&B and Inns
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Reviewed 29 July 2012

I stayed here for two nights and found it an oasis in a sometimes-difficult city. My room was spotlessly clean, the air-conditioning was perfect, and the manager was incredibly helpful.

Like the previous reviewer, there were some renovations being done during my stay, but they didn't bother me. And they're not likely to go on for too long anyway.

This is a lovely large colonial house that has been done up. It's situated down a small lane, just off one of the key streets. Its location is superb.

There's a nice balcony to have your breakfast, and the place is awash in cooling marble.

I stayed here three and a half years ago, and it's just as good now as it was then.

Stayed: July 2012, travelled solo
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Reviewed 11 July 2012

When I checked in,it was everything that was promised. Friendly manager et al. But the next day I found that they were doing some construction work and the b*****d of a manager had given me a room that was right next to where the workers were working. So I had to suffer the nose of an electric saw right outside my room the whole afternoon. That was when I found that there were other rooms available and for some starnge reason the afore-mentioned manager m****rf****r had given me that specific room. Talk about friendly service. That guy deserves to be lynched. For 25 USD a night???!! absolute crap.Please don't stay here.

  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled solo
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Lani's H, Manager at Lani's House By The Ponds, responded to this reviewResponded 17 June 2016

Dear customer,

First things first, we would like to thank you for your review as we have been using our past clients' comments to improve our service.

We are sorry about the bad experience you had a few years back and apologise for that.

Lani's House (one of the first guesthouses in Laos) has been running for more than 30 years and needed serious renovation works until recently, indeed.

We are now taking the time to reply to customers who published "mixed" reviews to announce that we have taken their remarks into account and that the newly refurbished Lani's House by the Ponds is fully up and running with new bathrooms, beddings, paintings, furniture, private terraces and trained staff to meet our customers' legitimate expectations.

We hope that we will be given a chance in the future to make it up to those customers who felt that the House was not up to their standards, on their first visit.

With all our best wishes,

Lani's team.

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Reviewed 6 July 2012

Nice! Like living in your own bungalow from years past. Located in a quiet lane off a busy road but you can't hear the traffic. Facilities basic without TV but I really enjoyed the ambience of being in an old colonial bungalow with servants running around in your service. Staff casual but friendly. We brought our own drinks on the first floor verandah and the staff (Vilaysack) even went out to buy ice for us.

Room Tip: Rooms 1 to 4 are more expensive by US$5 but better rooms and adjoining a verandah. Cheaper rooms at...
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  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled solo
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Reviewed 10 May 2012

Lani Guest House is in an old house just far enough off the main street to be very quiet, but very close to many sites and restaurants, and about 5 minutes from the river. We stayed there twice, both times in the main house, and both rooms were great. We did have trouble with both air conditioners, but when we complained someone came immediately and repaired them, even on New Year's. The rooms include a nice breakfast. The staff are very sweet and helpful.

Room Tip: We didn't see the ones in the back, but the ones in the main house (our extended family had thre...
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  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 29 April 2012

I liked the location - in a small street close to the main street, quiet and peaceful but close to things in the city. The garden was lovely and the breakfast verandah overlooks it. We had a large twin room with very large bathroom. The man on reception had a relaxed style about him. Absence of TV was quite appealing too though we had only one night at Lani so TV might have been nice to catch up on the news if we had been there longer.

  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 31 January 2012

We booked ahead to ensure a room and were happy with the complimentary air port pickup. However as others have mentioned the guest house, the lobby and our room felt liked they hadn't been dusted in ages. We had a room on the ground floor in the back. The window was covered with curtains, then screens and then upopenable shutters. Very depressing - so dark. And such a musty smell. On the plus side the manager is very sweet and the garden is an attractive place to sit and chat. We moved out the next day being lucky enough to get into a hotel very near by which for a small amount more was a giant leap in comfort.

  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 17 January 2012

The rooms at the back are a bit dark and definitely over-priced. However go for one at the front (Say 1 or 2) and it's a different story. Classy, spacious, nicely done up and good value. The Guest House itself is in a convenient location, on a side street so nice and quiet. Overall a pleasant environment, with polite and helpful service from the staff.

Room Tip: If you can't get one of the nice rooms at the front, I'd look around. Having said that, good...
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  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Lani's House By The Ponds

Address: 281, Setthathirat Road | Ban Haysok, Vientiane 0100, Laos
Region: Laos > Vientiane Prefecture > Vientiane
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 202 B&Bs / Inns in Vientiane
Price Range: £33 - £64 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Lani, one of Vientiane's classic high-end guest houses has been lovingly revived and is now Lani's House by the Ponds. The breezy colonial house, set in a peaceful tropical garden in the city centre, is a few minutes' walk from the Mekong Riverbank. Located just off Setthathirat road, lined with temples and old trees, this gem of a hotel is close to many of Vientiane's finest cafés, restaurants and shops. ... more   less 
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