We stayed here for a couple of nights in December 2008 as part of an Adventure Company trip round Laos and Cambodia. I can't comment on value for money because it was part of a package deal but I wouldn't want to stay again. I can explain.....
As other reviewers have said, the front desk staff are generally friendly but they're not very effective. The rooms are large but dingy, depressing and in serious need of re-decoration with badly matched furniture and fittings, most of it scratched or marked. The bathroom was grubby and looked even worse due to the poor quality tiling (mortar instead of grout between the tiles!). The curtains didn't close properly (too small) and the main light was a 3 ft fluorescent strip.
We arrived just after 9 on a Saturday night but couldn't get anything to eat or drink in the hotel. After a few circuits round the block to try and find somewhere (anywhere) we found that most places were closing for the night, so had dinner (crisps and beer) from the local supermarket.
Buffet breakfast wasn't too bad but limited choice and I've certainly had much better in hotels of this sort. Strangely, on the Monday morning as we were leaving, buffet service had vanished and the waiter was dashing round serving everyone individually. The food was the same, and he was quick - it was just odd!
I wonder if this hotel is privately or state owned? If it was private, you'd imagine that with a bit of TLC, a lick of paint and some new curtains, it could be so much better. It reminded me very much of a place I stayed in Moscow in the mid 1980's.....
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