Longstanding tour group fave
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.
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all the bills, and when it came to our turn discovering that the rate advertised on their website was three months out of date.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.
Address: Street No 5, Ban Watlouang Village
Coordinates (for GPS): 105º47'55.77" E, 15º7'11.71" N
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Room rates: US$50 to 100
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Standard double room||US$29||US$29|
|Superior double room||US$53||US$53|
|Deluxe double room||US$67||US$67|
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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