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White Orchid Guest House
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White Orchid Guest House
Ranked #10 of 33 Phonsavan B&B and Inns
Edmonton, Canada
Level 6 Contributor
113 reviews
44 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
“Can't recommend based on our experience”
Reviewed 27 January 2013

We had trouble finding information about places to stay in Phonsavan, and finding something at a reasonable price was even harder. We booked here knowing that it was only for two nights, so would have had to have been pretty bad to move. It was just okay (leaning towards bad). Because we were four, we got the "executive" room on the 4th floor (no lift). It had two very soft and saggy beds - which is unusual for this part of the world where beds are usually rock hard. Towels were dingy and old, bathroom was not particularly clean but usable. There was always hot water, but we did notice that whenever one of us had a shower there was water leaking in the nearby hallway, dripping down the tile staircase. Since the last set of stairs is small an steep, it was a terrible slipping hazard and we were constantly being extra cautious. The breakfast was meagre with one egg and some toasted bread. There was never enough butter or jam and you only got one cup of coffee, which is never enough for us! On our second night a french tour group arrived. They were all in their 60s an 70s and were given no help hauling their bags up the stairs to the third floor. The next morning when we came downstairs early to catch our ride, there were people sleeping in the lobby in sleeping bags. For the price, we expected more - even though the pickings are clearly somewhat slim in Phonsavan.

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled with family
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Pully, Vaud, Switzerland
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 January 2013 via mobile

We stayed one night in this place. The staff is friendly but the room was normal. It was noisy in the morning and expensive for what it is (150'000 kip). Humidity in the room and moisture in the bathroom. We recommend this Hotel only for his tourist agency called Natural Travel. We did an excellent two days trek (Phakeo Trek) + 1 night homestay in an authentic village. Book the trek with them. It was our best experience and we did not see any tourists during two days!!

  • Stayed January 2013
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Pottsville, Australia
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11 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 December 2012

Rooms relatively clean, a bit of traffic noise in morning, a little pricey but quality ok for what else is on offer. Staff friendly, included breakfast basic. Worth a mention is Mr Salor the travel "agent" attached to guesthouse, genuine man (rare). He will negotiate on printed prices for tour but hey this is Asia....

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled with family
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Germany
Level 6 Contributor
122 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 November 2012

I did not book this hotel in advance and got a room directly on the spot. The hotel appeared to be pretty booked, so the executive room was the only room available. A bit over price, but ok. Breakfast & wifi included. The room was pretty spacious, but the furniture was almost unusable. The bed was comfy however. The bathroom had a tub and a shower. The hot water was ok. Still some details reminded me of the communist era.
The staff acted a bit strange and I always felt, that the hotel was not fitting to the city at all. The breakfast was standard. Overall, the place cannot really be recommended and does not blend with the vibe and the history of the area.

  • Stayed November 2012, travelled solo
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52 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 June 2012

We had two nights here in june12 it wasnt the worst but for 100,000 kip you get what you pay for.The room was dirty with huge gaps under the door but it did have hot water.The staff were friendly and helpful,organising our tour and even giving us a taster of the local hooch "laos laos".Its an ok place for 1/2 nights but in phonsavan you wont need to stay longer

  • Stayed June 2012
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Braga
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17 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 May 2012

We had a nice clean room, with a comfortable bed, a decent bathroom with hot water and professional people in reception. Given what we saw of Phonsavan accomodation, this place is def the best and rooms started at 60000 without breakfast (we are vegetarians). We paid 80000 for a slightly bigger room

Room Tip: Stay away from Kongkeo as the owner and staff attacked me and my girlfriend
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  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 March 2012

It's ok, but I can't say any better - roll on Phonesavanh becoming more popular as a tourist destination so there is more competition. I was booked into here by a tour agent for two nights - I doubt I'd have chosen it for myself. I would expect that it is very inexpensive place to stay!

The bed was comfortable enough, the bedroom was reasonably clean, the lights worked some of the time and the tv had a few English-speaking channels. The bathroom wasn't very clean or well fitted. There was a leak from a pipe, probably from the room above, so I got a small shower while sitting on the loo :-( (I didn't report it to them as the staining down the bathroom wall appeared to be long standing - but in case they read this...room 104!!!).

Breakfast was: either scrambled or fried eggs with a baguette, plus a cup of tea and a cup of coffee. Tea was honey tea, coffee had to be taken black or with sweet condensed milk. One day I got butter & jam too!

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled solo
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Property: White Orchid Guest House
Address: Angle route No7 et Rue de l'ancien aeroport, Phonsavan 0900, Laos
Region: Laos > Xiangkhouang Province > Phonsavan
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Ranked #10 of 33 B&Bs / Inns in Phonsavan
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Number of rooms: 9

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