Midrange rooms are good
What we say:
The Phongsali Hotel is a big, white, square concrete building in the easternmost reach of town. The lack of atmosphere starts from the outside but does improve slightly once you're in the door due to fresh paint and flatscreen TVs. Not only are stairways and corridors dirty, they are dotted with scary looking electrical circuit boards. Three standards of room are on offer: the cheapest are plain basic rooms with three beds and nothing else. Bed sheets are clean, and shared bathrooms with squat toilet and cold bucket wash are cleanish. More appealing are the midrange rooms with hot water bathrooms with Western toilets, great bedding atop what feel like slab sof concrete but are in fact spring mattresses and a desk and chair. These rooms really have been upgraded over the years and feel much more comfortable than ever before and up there with the best rooms in town. A restaurant downstairs serves good Chinese food and you'll occasionally find locals who aren't staying at the hotel eating here too.
Contact details:Eastern end of main road, Phongsali.
What we were quoted
|Type of room||Low season||High season||Notes|
|Triple fan share b'room||60,000 kip||60,000 kip|
|Dbl fan private b'room||130,000 kip||130,000 kip|
Added to Travelfish on: 8th October, 2004
Last visited or updated on: 14th November, 2012
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Rated 2.5 out of 5
Based on 2 ratings and 2 reviews
Only if your desperate
The Good: Mattresses and pillow were softer than the average S E Asian hotel. Free WiFi. Good desk and chair for computer work and the best restaurant in Phongsaly next door. Sone Coffee Laos. The Bad: The most arrogant, rude, ignorant, uncooperative, unfriendly staff ever encountered anywhere in the world. If you could ever get the receptionist to stop playing on face book to even acknowledge that you were standing at her desk, let alone attend to you, you were doing extremely well. This became a bit of sad joke amongst other â€œfalangâ€ guests, to see how long it took to get the receptionist to acknowledge ones existence. It wasnâ€™t isolated to one person either. It appears that all the staff had gone through an intense course on how not to serve their customers. We just about had to â€œfrog marchâ€ her up the stairs to our room to show her the cracked toilet seat that pinched your leg when you sat on it. Her reaction was to shrug her shoulders and walk off. The Ugly: Apart from the cracked toilet seat, the hand basin waste was not plumbed in, but ran out to the floor. However the waste would not run towards the drain, but gather in front of the toilet bowl and door entrance, leaving the floor coated in your toothpaste spit etc. They did provide thongs/jandles/flip flops at size 5 so you could walk into the bathroom, but I wear a size 10. Every bathroom has a tile with a naked lady featured on it. Obviously not marketing themselves for the families that travel.
Phongsali Hotel reviewed by wayan_bob (Total reviews: 3) on
As good as you'll get
On the main road in the centre of town a short walk from the market and tourist shop. Rooms are clean enough and good. Hot shower, western toilet. No english speaking staff to be found. Food in Phongsali can be hard to find, but you can get ok food at the hotel here. The green beans are actually really tasty. Be warned though, if you want meat, remember that the people here are more Chinese than Laotian so be prepared to eat some feet and gizzards! We paid 70,000 Kip for a double in March 2010.
Phongsali Hotel reviewed by simonandsheena (Total reviews: 16) on
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