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Popular View Guesthouse
Ranked #65 of 101 Vang Vieng B&B and Inns
Reviewed 11 February 2013

Just finished staying here for 5 days and did not receive one smile from the owners or their staff. The only words we had from the owner was "when you pay", which was 10 minutes after we checked in. I replied that I would need to get to ATM first. The owners are also lazy and just sit around watching TV and eating instead of taking care of their guests. Prices of the groceries in the hotel are also 40% higher than in the shop next door. When I told the owner he just said a price only 20% lower. Total rip off and bad attitude from the owner in trying this on with his own guests. Internet is also irratic and only availble in the reception area. Room cleaning is poor and not regular. The room also has no furniture except a ledge sticking out of the wall and a stool.
Pillows very hard and could be difficult for some people to sleep.
Only good points are that the room is a good size and my room was with a great view across the river. To be fair I would give this an average rating if the service had been even a litlle friendly.

  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank Iliad
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Reviewed 3 February 2013 via mobile

This place was maybe my favorite place I've stay in all of Asia. The rooms were big, the price was good, the location was in the middle of everything and the free breakfast was great.

All the being said the best thing about the place is the view. Overlooking the river with the mountains in the background. Amazing way to wake up in the morning.

  • Stayed: January 2013
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Thank Stodds73
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Reviewed 11 January 2013

We stayed here for 4 nights as a young couple over christmas. The hotel was in the perfect location right in the center of town, taxi, bus, flghts, internet, bars, restaurants and tubing was available right on the door step. We requesed a room with a view and wern't dissappionted, the view was stunning with a large private balcony, the room was basic but clean, had A/C and a TV, but no storage space so you were living out of your case. The breakfast was very basic just eggs, bread and tea or coffee but included in the room price. The only thing was our room never got cleaned the 4 nights we stayed there, no fresh towels or even toilet paper. Would definatley stay here again in the future, but if booking make sure you get a room with a view as the rooms without had the windows facing the corridors so you could see into or out of the rooms as you or someone walked past, so not much privacy unless you shut the curtains.

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  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled as a couple
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Thank Michael G
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Reviewed 18 December 2012

Stayed here in November 2012. Originally booked online (through their website) for 3 nights, but ended up staying 5 nights.

The room cost around $23 per night and included air con, a tv and a basic breakfast. The room was clean, but basic.

No problems with noise. There was no 'popular view' from our room, but maybe the more expensive rooms get the view?

Good location, handy to town and easy to rent a tube!

  • Stayed: November 2012, travelled as a couple
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Thank emmat7373
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Reviewed 6 December 2012

This guesthouse is definitely overpriced at USD 30 per night.

Room A20 has mould on the the ceiling of the bedroom which probably accounts for the funny smell. The shower attachment is broken so you have to hold the shower head whilst trying to wash. The room is tiny, no space to walk between the twin beds.
Even the bedding smelt a bit damp.

The walls in the hallway are grubby and the walls in the bedroom also grubby.

Not a good nights sleep.

Breakfast was okay, omelette or fried eggs and help yourself to tea or coffee.

When you go out in the evening you take your key with you as they lock up the reception/lobby.
We got back at 9.45 pm and accessed our room through a hallway alongside the main doors.

This hallway is open to the street, so anyone could come in.

The free Internet and tea and coffee is no longer available as this is only in the reception area.

The room did have a river view but I would much prefer a cleaner hotel.

Stayed: December 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 1 September 2012

This was one of the few places we saw to book online so we were a bit skeptical, but getting there we realized this was a great choice. Only 5 meters away from a place to pick a tube but most importantly only like 2 mins away from the main going out places. But our hotel was still quiet.
Staying here i did not get a great view but who cares as i would not have been around to see it. Breakfast was nice, they did a good job with my laundry and the beds were comfy!

  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 21 August 2012

This a very reasonably priced place to stay. Rooms were clean and comfortable. The guesthouse was in a great location, close to pubs, restaurants and tubing rental. The owner was very helpful and friendly, I would recommend a stay here!

  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled with friends
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Thank Caroline D
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Address: Ban Savang, Namsong Riverside, Vang Vieng 1003, Laos
Region: Laos > Vientiane Province > Vang Vieng
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Ranked #65 of 101 B&Bs / Inns in Vang Vieng
Price Range: £13 - £21 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Popular View Guesthouse 2.5*
Number of rooms: 13
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