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The Elephant Crossing Hotel
Ranked #8 of 25 Hotels in Vang Vieng
Reviewed 26 October 2008

This is a nice hotel on the side of the river with really excellent views.

My "deluxe" room was pretty basic but clean and I liked it. The rest of the hotel was quite pleasant and I loved sitting on the riverside with a cold beer and my book.

I found it hard to find decent food in Vang Vieng, so ate twice at the hotel and it was quite nice. Breakfast was good too.

Free wifi in the lobby worked on my balcony too.

Only problem was the loud-mouthed fellow guests yappering away whilst looking at the view from the deck in the morning.

  • Stayed: October 2008, travelled solo
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Reviewed 5 October 2008

We stayed at the elephant crossing because we had read reviews on Trip advisor as well as from the lonely planet books.

I must say we were EXTREMELY disappointed.

The hotel owner (an Australian women) was very unfriendly and in some cases rude to some hotel guests.

The hotels calls itself a boutique hotel....hahahahah that is hilarious. the hotel is hardly boutique at all. Our room was quite shabby. The room was falling apart. There were huge gaps between the windows and outside, so every night we had to kills mesquitos that came into our room. We also had lizards in our room, that came in through the windows cracks. We had ants all over the bathroom. There was a moudly shower curtain in a shower that had no pressure at all. Our bathroom had open pipes, along the ceilings covered with duck tape. This is just to name a few things...

Every morning we woke up to the owners screaming children. Not a pleasant way to wake up in the morning on a relaxing getaway.

The lobby of the hotel was more of a day care for the owners children as well.

Breakfast was awful, fruit has bugs all over it, bread was stale, coffee was instant.

The only positive thing about this place was the view, but then all the hotels in this area have the same great view.

Had we not prepaid for our room, we would have found a different place to stay upon arrival.

I agree with someone else who called this place The elephant droppings.

  • Stayed: August 2008, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 11 August 2008

(Note: This place is in Vang Vieng, not Vientiane as categorised on this site)

Wow, what a let down. I have spent 6 weeks in Laos and this was easily the most overpriced and substandard accommodation I stayed in.

The two twin rooms were a VERY pricey 350,000 kip each, which after a terrible exhange rate to USD and commission ended up costing about $95USD. This is in 'low season' too.

I naively relied on the mostly positive reviews on this site and on arrival it was raining heavily and we were told these were the 'last two rooms.' This turned out later to be an obvious lie as there were plenty of other empty rooms we later discovered. We made the mistake of taking both the rooms in the induced rush and a member of our group who wasn't fit for looking elsewhere.

These rooms were what you would usually pay around $14-16USD for, not $45. They were small, basic, and were in need of some fresh paint and maintenance.

Both these rooms had great views, and that's where the positives ended. Remotes for the TVs and aircons didn't work in either room. Both rooms had hundreds of ants in the toilet paper which was a nasty but funny surprise. The door in one room refused to lock. The towels in both rooms were also very dirty. The list went on...

The 'breakfast' was a joke. We walked down to the riverside with our tokens to be met with a buffet consisting of 1 small baguette, a quarter of a watermelon, an almost empty bowl of cereal and some juice. This was at 9:00am. After having our juice we immediately left as there wasn't enough food for even one of us, let alone three. Successive groups and couples did the same thing as we did as the morning went on.

All in all this place was an epic let down and we were desperate to just get out to somewhere else. The views were nice, yes, but so are the views at many of the other nearby places. We moved next door and ended up getting a family riverside bungalow for only $30USD. We met several other groups/couples who did exactly the same whom with we had a good laugh about how we all relied on tripadvisor.

A staff member at the Elephant Crossing even noted that they used to work next door and that it was 'better'. And for only a third of the price, perfect!

I would definitely not recommend this overpriced and poor serviced 'hotel.' I ponder whether the fact the owner is Australian has something to do with the good reviews on this site.

Cheers

  • Stayed: July 2008, travelled with family
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Reviewed 29 May 2008

Its true - location is everything. This hotel would have to have some of the most amazing views of any place we have ever stayed. Right on the river surrounded by karsts, rural life going on right before your eyes. The australian owner is really helpful and full of local knowledge, and if you have kids like us, her two kids are more than happy to share their toys. Much needed when you are traveling light! If you think the price is a little high, you can share the family room that has 2 king beds for $60 and throw an extra mattress on the floor. It easily fit us 4 adults and 2 kids.

  • Stayed: May 2008, travelled with family
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1  Thank asiafan12oz
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Reviewed 6 April 2008

We were lucky enough to get a room walking up to the hotel. We'd originally booked somewhere in town, which was fine, but not honeymoon material, so we went browsing and found the elephant crossing.

It's right by the river, wonderfully designed white rooms, with a brilliant design for the ensuite bathroom which meant that the bath could open up into the main room.

I was a bit poorly after eating something I shouldn't have done at the roadside, so spent quite a bit of time in the room, and really appreciated the lovely surrounds.

Rachel was really helpful and her mother was staying, Julie, who was a great raconteur and great company.

Vang Vieng can be a bit of a party town, but if you want to escape that, then The Elephant crossing is a perfect oasis of charm.

  • Stayed: February 2008, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 30 March 2008

We booked direct with The Australian / Lao owners, who welcomed us warmly (as did her mother!). We enjoyed this hotel in the perfect location, if only the sun had shone ! The room was adequate and clean, and breakfasts were OK. The staff were very accommodating though they had limited English. Out of convenience we ate in the hotel every night which was OK. The rest of Vang Vieng, as the Lonely Planet stated was a little seedy, the best places to stay are on the river, and the Elephant Crossing is one of the best ,and seems to do very well with tour groups in and out every night.
They arranged a day trip, walking, caving and kayaking with a brilliant guide - much recommended and they arranged our onward travel to Luang Prabang direct from the hotel in a 10 seater mini bus with other guests.

  • Stayed: February 2008, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank 2Turners
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Reviewed 20 March 2008

How different reviews are! We really enjoyed this hotel and had no problem at all with our reservation. We had requested and received one of the larger rooms with a balcony on the second floor. We were lucky enough to be in a corner room on the far side of the hotel (the left side), which meant we had an excellent view of the river and the mostly-cloud-covered mountains beyond as well as the attractive property beside the hotel (yes, another hotel). We liked the room and enjoyed the balcony. Loved being able to sit in the tub with the sliding windows open, which provided a tub-view of the mountains. The staff were very accommodating though they had only minimal English. The Australian owner , a young mother, was perfectly pleasant though not particularly interested in her guests, The in-room massage arranged thru the front desk was great. The hotel's riverside restaurant was just okay, with somewhat better food found next door.

Stayed: January 2008
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Address: Ban Viengkeo | (PO Box 5512, Vientiane), Vang Vieng 1003, Laos
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Region: Laos > Vientiane Province > Vang Vieng
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service
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Ranked #8 of 25 Hotels in Vang Vieng
Price Range: £27 - £44 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — The Elephant Crossing Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 36
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Elephant Crossing Hotel is a welcoming, warm and friendly accommodation venue situated on the river with fabulous views of the Karst limestone mountains! A boutique hotel, well established gardens and long terrace that stretches along the river. We aim to please all our guests and may they have a memorable experience while staying here with us. The bar and restaurant utilizes local farmers produce and serves Lao, Asian and Euro food. We are doing our best to reduce miles and serve clean chemical free food, with our own organic grown rice and winter vegetables from our own gardens. Our team of local staff are always willing to help with a friendly approach and authentic touch! ... more   less 
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