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“Toss up between 3 or 4 dots”
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Mali Namphu Hotel
Ranked #7 of 197 Vientiane B&B and Inns
Brighton, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
“Toss up between 3 or 4 dots”
Reviewed 12 May 2013

Great location near fountain, and relatively close to riverside. We hired bikes from a place near the fountain and had a great cycle ride to the Arc and the wat on on the money. Highly recommended.

The courtyard was good and breakfast pleasant.

Staff were helpful, provided map and answered queries. We were able to check in about an hour early and leave bags there while we waited.

Price quoted in US$ on Booking.com, but had to pay in Kip and was a fair bit more pricey that way. The hotel say this is Booking.coms fault as you cannot price in Kip on the site.

It is expensive compared to others in Laos and Thailand, especially for the basic facilities. But Vientiane in general seems quite expensive for accomodation. Room was one of the smallest we had on this holiday and lacking furniture including bedside table. We paid far less in other towns for far more.

Bus tickets from hotel were pricey (50k to Vang Vieng as opposed to 35k from the coffee shop across road)

Loads of mozzies about when we got to the room (over 10 of the blighters), we had a spray to zap them and all was ok.

So a pretty average hotel, but with a good location and decent staff just enough for me to give it the 4 dots/circles/whatever!

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Basingstoke UK
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231 reviews
47 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 119 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 May 2013

This "Guest House" is much more an hotel by size and quality. It is very central, at the end of the road is Vientiane's fountain (pretty at night) which has a number of food outlets around it, including The Scandinavian Bakery. The beach area is only a short walk away as are several good, but well priced, restaurants. Rooms and Lobby have free Wi-Fi. The staff speak good English and are very helpful. Standard double room 260,000 KIP includes breakfast which is good if a little limited in selection. There was no lift but help with luggage was on hand.
After passing through the main part of the hotel there is a really peaceful courtyard (also used as the breakfast area) that provided a welcome refuge from the inevitable noise of a city. There was no need to purchase anything to be able to use this area.
My room (403) was a clean generous double room with en-suite wet room with toilet and shower. TV. A/C. Fridge.

Room Tip: Avoid the front and, if you can manage stairs go for the fourth floor (ground floor is number 1)
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  • Stayed March 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 24 April 2013 via mobile

Great location and the courtyard is the biggest plus of our trip through Laos and Thailand! Quiet, Quiet, Quiet!!! No bar sounds, no traffic sounds and very good free breakfast! The first night of killing mosquitoes in the room was tiresome, but that was pretty much the end to the Mosquitos!

  • Stayed April 2013
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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Reviewed 24 March 2013

Much of our trip to Vientiane, my parents and I looked to find a place that would satisfy my parents very stringent standards at a decent price. And for that very reason we switched between 4 different hotels in the span of 5 days! This seemed to be our final stop though.

Firstly, for the most part, due to the increasing construction work in the city central, most preceding places suffered noise pollution. Another criteria was cleanliness which had failed us two nights ago. Also to fit an odd number of people had proven to be a challenging task. Last but not least, due to mom's injuries we tried to avoid stairs as much as possible.

We had gotten a place opposite the garden area with a queen size and a single bed. So the issue with the numbers was then no more. And the price also seemed decent for 3 people. The room being on the ground floor meant no stairs at all. It was a clean room too but also had a bad mosquito problem. But nothing that couldn't be solved with a spray.

Room Tip: Try the rooms on the ground floor with a window facing the garden area. Ask and you shall be gran...
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  • Stayed March 2013, travelled with family
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Level 4 Contributor
48 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 March 2013

This guest house enjoys a very good location that is walking distance few main tourist attractions in town. Few Indian restaurant are also nearby. The staff are friendly, accommodating and able to speak reasonable English to be able to get the message across with little difficulty. However, on our first night, we found the room infested with mosquitoes. After we complained, the staff sprayed the room that helped!

Room Tip: Ask for a room on the first floor that has less mosquito problem.
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  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Belgrade, Serbia
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55 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 February 2013

I fully support the majority of positive reviews here.The hotel could scarcely be in a better area for either business or pleasure.The Mekong riverside and Presidential Palace are both within a couple of hundred of yards which helps with orientation.I fully agree with the amenity afforded by the courtyard and believe the breakfast served there is more than acceptable for the Hotel's standard.
WiFi is supported by a strong signal and there are also 3 desktops available for guest use in the foyer.
For the price paid and service received I will happily visit the Mali Namphu again.

Room Tip: Ask for a room in the rear building.You can avail yourself of late afternoon sunshine from the table...
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  • Stayed February 2013, travelled solo
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Malaysia
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Reviewed 21 February 2013

Locating the guest house was not easy. Trying to ask around does not help as not many locals know about it and on top of that, most Laotians could not speak English.
Here is a tip, just search around the stretch of shop houses along Vientiane famous touristic landmark, Nam Phou Fountain, and you will find it hidden among other shop houses.

The front view of Malinamphu Guest House might mislead you to think that it is a small, narrowed house. However, do not worry, the house opens up to a big and spacious courtyard inside and it was rather comfortable to be in.

The room was relatively clean though nothing impressive.
A note to be taken is that they close the front door at midnight. You have to alarm the guards to open the door for you if you are planning a late night out.

Breakfast is worth mentioning as they arranged our breakfast to be served in its opened-air courtyard.A sufficient range of Western and local choices was given and we were pleased that
each of us could choose up to 2 main dishes and 2 drinks of our preference from the menu.

Overall, we had a rather pleasant stay there.

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Property: Mali Namphu Hotel
Address: 114 Pangkham Road, Vientiane 01000, Laos (Formerly Mali Namphu Guest House)
Region: Laos > Vientiane Province > Vientiane
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant
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Ranked #7 of 197 B&Bs / Inns in Vientiane
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Mali Namphu Hotel 2.5*
Number of rooms: 3
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