Pakse Hotel is the unofficial centre of the city’s tourism scene and has remained the steadfast favourite accommodation throughout the years, a gathering place for businessmen, the NGO set, tour groups and independent travellers with less restrictive budgets.
The six storey mid-market hotel is big enough to accommodate some numbers so it remains a popular choice for foreign tour groups.
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However, the dated fixtures and furnishings certainly raise questions on value for money.
The good news is that the rooms are clean, tidy and solidly built. The furnishings and amenities are clearly out dated but still functioning. Rooms include a mini fridge, kettle, air-con, WiFi, TV, desk and bedside table. Showers are hot and have excellent water pressure. There’s good lighting and all except the ECO rooms have windows with a view outside. But you’ll have to ignore the tacky fixtures like the style of toilet and soap dispensers found in public washrooms.
Some positives: the location is great and it serves as a tourist hub. It’s close to money exchange, laundry, the central market, motorbike rental shops, eateries, Green Discovery, book shop and mini market. Many staff speak English and there’s enough volume in the hotel that its relatively easy to find a car share for day-trips to Wat Phou or the Bolaven Plateau, just contact the travel agency in their lobby. The rooftop restaurant Le Panorama has terrific views over the city and is one of the best spots for sunset. The food is adequate, though hearing a manager yell at staff in the open kitchen left a bad taste.
A buffet breakfast is included in the room rate—hopefully served in the lobby restaurant and not in the banquet room like they do when there is a large tour group in house. The experience has as much charm as a soup kitchen served in a gymnasium.
For the few positives there are a lot of caveats, something people may be willing to overlook for a hotel that caters to western travellers. Our final impression was waiting to check out behind two tour groups, having to watch the reception hand write and manually calculate all the bills, and when it came to our turn discovering that the rate advertised on their website was three months out of date. For the same price point, consider Residence Sisouk or Le Jardin. Surely a hotel that has suites for $100 can do better with practical details and invest in upgrades.
By Cindy Fan
Last updated on 18th March, 2017.
Type of room, low and high season prices
Room: Standard double room, low season: US$29, high season US$29. Notes:
Room: Family room, low season: US$44, high season US$44. Notes:
Room: Superior double room, low season: US$53, high season US$53. Notes:
Room: Deluxe double room, low season: US$67, high season US$67. Notes:
Room: Deluxe Suite, low season: US$75, high season US$75. Notes:
Street No 5, Ban Watlouang Village
Room rates: US$50 to 100