Hostel Review: Souphaphone Guesthouse, Vientiane

After finding that the guesthouse we had originally planned to stay at (on recommendation from lonely planet) was full, we eventually found this lovely little place, down one of the side streets, just off the main road in central Vientiane.

After staying in various places around Thailand that haven’t been so central, it was really nice to be in such a great location, close to the river on one side and even closer to the countless shops, bars, cafes, restaurants and guesthouses on the other side of us.

The staff are great here, really smiley and helpful, and they’re always happy to give you a hand with planning things to do or finding a good bar or place to eat, as well as providing a bus service to other places around Laos and Thailand for not too high a cost. The rooms are also great – we got a twin room with an extra bed (as there were three of us), but it was plenty big enough, and the beds were pretty comfy too. We also had an ensuite bathroom, or more a wet room really, but again, it was perfectly satisfactory for the price we were paying…and very clean, which is always a plus.

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For one night we paid 240,000 Kip for the three of us…only about £4.50 each, so not the cheapest in town but also not the most expensive. Included in this price was free WiFi, which was only supposed to work downstairs in the lobby/lounge area, but it also worked in our room on the first floor, which was a bonus!

Dates stayed: 15 – 16 Nov 2011

My Rating:

Overall: 94%

Atmosphere: 88%
Cleanliness: 90%
Location: 100%
Staff: 97%
Safety: 98%
Value for Money: 91%

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