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“Disappointing”
Review of Athena Hotel

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Athena Hotel
Ranked #3 of 50 Pakse B&B and Inns
Lausanne, Switzerland
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81 reviews
49 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“Disappointing”
Reviewed 1 March 2014

With the exception of one staff member who did the best he could, service has been unfriendly and unprofessionnal, even rude for one of them.
The rooms are ok, however be aware that the balcony is not private as you could assume according the pics on their website, it is a common long balcony and there are only flowerpots between the areas in front of the rooms. Useless to book deluxe rooms as they are on the side of the - dusty and noisy - road which seems like an error in the concept. Wifi works rather fine but is sometimes weak, noise isolation is weak in all rooms but it has not been an issue for us.
All standard rooms open to the inner court where the pool is. The water is rather to quite cold and there is no sun in the afternoon after 4pm, which can be a point if you plan to rest at the pool when you come back from some day trips.
Whereas the breakfast menu is ok, service seems not able to bear with more than 10-12 guests at the same time (which is annoying if you want to go on a day trip with a schedule).
I would not go back to this hotel as Paksé has a much better choice with Residence Sisouk.

Room Tip: Avoid deluxe rooms, they are on the road side which is noise, awful and dusty.
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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Vientiane, Laos
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Reviewed 16 February 2014

I stayed at the Athena for 2 nights. The rooms are very nice and also the layout of the hotel with the swimming pool in the middle is very nice! Bed an very comfortable and nice bathroom. Staff are friendly and are happy to help in any way. Breakfast is good with one day having a buffet and the other ordering from a menu. Only thing I can say bad about the hotel is that the price of a night is a bit high. Would be happy to stay there again.

Room Tip: Nice hotel for a honeymoon
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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled on business
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Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 January 2014

Stayed at Athena for 1 night. Good location in Pakse. Great pool. Really nice room, stayed in 309. Athena happy to store luggage while we explore Bolaven Plateau. Breakfast basic but good. Will happily stay here again after Bolaven Plateau motorbike trip. Cleanliness top notch. Hot shower. Comfortable bed with cold air con. Friendly and helpful staff, going so far as to loan us personal iphone charger overnight. Look fwd to a return.

Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 25 January 2014 via mobile

Unfortunately only a over night stay so didn't get to swim in the very inviting pool but was a lovely hotel very comfortable. Managed to buy some Laos coffee across the street from the hotel tp bring home with us "so good"

Stayed January 2014, travelled with family
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NZ
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Reviewed 23 January 2014

My family and I stayed here for one night after completing the Treetop Explorer 2 night adventure and needed a place to stay for one night before flying to Bangkok. Check-in was quick and easy, and the rooms were clean and spacious with a lovely view over the pool. Unfortunately we arrived early evening and had to leave early morning so we didn't get to use the pool but it looked like a lovely place to sit in the evening with a drink and something to eat. The breakfast was great, a nice choice of food along with coffee and juice. We needed a nice, comfortable place to stay after being in the jungle for 3 days and this suited us perfectly, a really lovely small and attractive hotel.

Room Tip: Ours was upstairs so had a lovely view of the pool.
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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with family
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Chiang Mai, Thailand
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Reviewed 22 January 2014

Pakse town has not much to offer, the Athena is a few minutes out from the market area. The hotel is nice, rooms and bathroom comfortable, balcony looking to the pool area. The manager was helpful arranging taxi to the places to visit. We visted the Khmer temple half day, full day to the great Maekong water fall and visiting the 4000 islands. Back to Thailand we used the VIP bus Pakse - Ubon, easy and good.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 4 January 2014

Pakse is not an attractive town, but the Athena is a really classy, well-appointed hotel in a good location and has a great (but rather chilly) pool. The breakfasts are very good with a lot of choice and excellent coffee. The rooms are well-proportioned, very clean and beautifully decorated. All have a balcony or sitting area outside, most looking onto the pool and garden. The staff are helpful and friendly. The Delta Coffee House is across the road and there are two good Lao restaurants just next door. We stayed in both a double room and also had one night in a twin room, both were excellent EXCEPT for the noise at night from, perhaps, the air conditioning in an adjoining room? Not sure, but like all hotels we encountered in Laos, there is no insulation or soundproofing. Nonetheless, we had a wonderful time and would highly recommend it as a base in Pakse.

Room Tip: Rooms upstairs facing the pool are very nice.
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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Athena Hotel
Address: Ban Pabad, City Centre, Pakse 1600, Laos
Region: Laos > Champasak Province > Pakse
Amenities:
Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 50 B&Bs / Inns in Pakse
Number of rooms: 21
Also Known As:
Athena Hotel Pakse, Laos - Champasak Province

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