I've stayed at Lani Guesthouse 20 times over the past 12 years. Stays range from 1-3 nights. Cozy with wonderful staff at fair value. October 25 was my 3rd visit this year and will be my last!
Prices have skyrocketed under new management. Small room used to run 600-700 baht year round and now cost 1,100 baht.
I'm a regular and maid recognized me but he wasn't impressed. We settled on 1,000 baht. I asked new manager why the prices spiked. Renovation he answered. Renovation not complete while room is the same 100%. In room tv and internet coming soon it seems....something Lani never needed.
Later manager explains price hike due to high season. Really? I was the only customer and paid 600 baht in January!!
Service and cleanliness were always impeccable have now slipped big time:
Garbage in sitting area for hours and no staff to help when I couldn't open room door. Eventually I spotted evening guy hiding behind mini-van on mobile.
Historically breakfast at 100 baht was optional but now mandatory. I went for breakfast at 7am but no staff. After breakfast outside manager doesn't discount 100 baht for meal.
Value is now awful at Lani. Bathroom had almost no water pressure. Towels so old they scratch your skin. But prices are way up?
Hope manager reads this review and returns Lani to the quality guesthouse it used to be.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Lani Guest House Hotel Vientiane