The Saynamkhan has great potential to be a lovely hotel. It is a great location, on the river and near the best part of this unique town. It is fine as it is and for the market it serves - those seeking reliable, low-priced rooms. This is not a backpackers guesthouse, but a regular hotel. But it could target being more upscale, something special, with some not so costly changes, and maybe a few that require investment.
First, location. The view from the river view rooms is right onto the river. It is one block down from main street, and the part of main street with all the shops, restaurants and life of Luang Prabang.
Next, the rooms. They are big enough, and well enough appointed. The beds are, as is typical in lower priced hotels across SE Asia, too hard for the Western tastes. The bathrooms are fine, showers only but functioning, with the type of individual water heaters that ensure you get hot water. WiFi was working, and so was the cable for the flat screen TV.
The service was OK, typical of what you would find in lower priced places in Laos. Not overly professional, not polished but friendly. English is limited, so don't expect guidance on where you should shop or what tours to take. They can help you pay the bill, give you your key, but that is about it.
A few tips for the management. The breakfast is just ok, even for a lower priced hotel. They offer a choice of fried eggs, omelette or crepe. I had the last two on different days. The crepe is just that, no filling and tasteless. They also serve a toasted baguette, coffee and juice, and here is where things go seriously off. The jam for the baguette is inedible. The juice.... I seriously don't know what type of juice it is, but I heard the people behind me saying it seems like some kind of diuretic. This would be the easiest thing to fix.
The reception is strange, a small thing jammed between two buildings. I would suspect the original reception was in what is now the restaurant. It should probably be put back there. Or put in one of the river view rooms. But a redesign is needed.
Overall, they need a bit of design, some minimalist Thai styling would go a long ways. Along with that would go some invest in cleanup.
That all said, and given the price, this is a good option. A nice place to explore this great town.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Renovated on 2012 with a new management all rooms with air condition, cable TV, free WIFI, mini bar 4 rooms with private balcony. ... more less
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