Offers some creature comforts
Villa Keoseumsack hovers somewhere between a basic guesthouse and a midrange hotel, and for those not interested in the quirks and foibles that come along with staying in cheap accommodation, this place features a few more creature comforts.
Everything about the room is tidy and well-appointed, with wooden furnishings like desk/vanity that feel like they belong in the space. The quality of the sheets and duvet cover are a step up from that of the average guesthouse and there’s even a tasteful runner slung across the end of the bed. Air-con is standard, windows can be opened for fresh air and there’s a little bar fridge that will chill your drinks. On the other end of the temperature scale, unlike the tile floor typically found at guesthouses, the rooms in Villa Keoseumsack have wood floors, something guests will absolutely appreciate underfoot in the cold months. It’s also aesthetically more pleasing—the entire upper floor is cheerful, warmly stained solid wood.
The clean hot water bathrooms are large—there’s a good chance the toilet won't become wet as you shower due to the distances involved. Have time to kill? The communal front balcony or downstairs picnic table is a great spot for relaxing or using WiFi. It boasts a terrific view of the ugly mansion across the road.
The hotel is set back a little from the street, which helps with the noise. Breakfast is not included. It’s available for 30,000 kip, served on the ground floor which has dining tables and chairs, another area for guests can hang out.
We found the hotel to be a little cold with an eerie lack of staff though we can’t fault the exceptionally neat appearance: the front of house is swept, potted plants are manicured, the roof has pretty gingerbread trim. Overall, this isn't a bad place to throw down your pack if in need of a place more likely to be clean and restful. The proprietress speaks a little English. Villa Keoseumsack is a step up from Oudomphet Guesthouse and Litthavixay Guesthouse directly across the road.
Address: Route 13 (main road, at base of stairs to Phu That hill), Udomxai
T: (081) 312 170;
Coordinates (for GPS): 101º59'12.35" E, 20º41'15.47" N
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Room rates: US$10 to 20
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Standard single room||130,000 kip||130,000 kip|
|Standard double room||160,000 kip||160,000 kip|
|Superior double room||220,000 kip||220,000 kip|
Cindy Fan is a Canadian writer/photographer and author of So Many Miles, a website that chronicles the love of adventure, food and culture. After falling in love with sticky rice and Mekong sunsets, in 2011 she uprooted her life in Toronto to live la vida Laos. She’s travelled to over 40 countries and harbours a deep affection for Africa and Southeast Asia. In between jaunts around the world, she calls Laos and Vietnam home where you'll find her traipsing through rice paddies, standing beside broken-down buses and in villages laughing with the locals.
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