We booked one night in February, in a standard twin room (303) one day before on booking.com for $70 USD and were very pleased with the room and facilities, especially at the price.
The room was on the first floor (not the ground floor next to the pool) and this meant climbing a number of stairs, which wasn't a problem, but could be if you had mobility issues.
The room was spacious with opening glass doors onto a balcony that had two nice cane chairs and a small table, a lovely place to sit for a drink, that overlooked the pool.
Having a pool was lovely, and provided a focus for the hotel (there are no other views).
The shower was very spacious, but did have a small electric water heater, that while providing good hot water, was not enough water if two people wanted showers straight after one another.
The room has good tea and coffee making facilities and a fridge, but no safe. I was told that safes will be installed in the rooms in the coming months.
Breakfast was a small buffet offering scrambled and fried eggs, bacon, pancakes and crepes, juice, good coffee, toast and cereal, in a sunny pleasant room at the front of the hotel.
However, currently there are road works occurring on the road outside the hotel, which made things dusty through and outside the hotel. The location of the hotel is not as central as other hotels and it's a bit further to walk to restaurants like Jasmin or Nazim's for dinner (say another ten minutes). In the dark, the road works also make walking to dinner difficult, although I'm sure if you had found your way in daylight already, it would not be so daunting. Delta coffee is across the road from the hotel and it serves good coffee and both Thai and International dishes, if you don't want to walk the road works at night.
Overall, I think I would stay at Athena Hotel again as I saw nowhere I liked more and it was great value for money, despite the dust and road works.
If you do stay in Pakse, I can really recommend a visit to Talat Dao Heung market (the huge local market near the Japanese bridge). It is amazing.
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- Athena Hotel Pakse, Laos - Champasak Province