This multi-storey complex housing the Seng Aroun Hotel has a convenient location in the city centre and looks flashy on the outside.
Look inside the rooms and things are just ok. We inspected the standard rooms (the hotel calls them “junior”) and they were clean and inoffensive, bright white and peach boxes with window, fridge, box TV, air-con and purpose-built furniture for the space including a long desk and luggage rack. Bathrooms are adequate and have a curtain to separate the shower from the rest of the bathroom though it is all still one tiled floor.
The hotel caters to Vietnamese and Chinese clientele and is dull and soulless. We don’t hate it, however we don’t love it either. With Nang Noi Guesthouse and Alisa Guesthouse across the street often full and Pakse Hotel overpriced, if you’re in a bind Seng Aroun Hotel is worth checking out as it is very unlikely to be full.
Inspect a few rooms—part of one room we saw had a low ceiling that would be a nightmare for anyone over six feet. Rate includes breakfast.
Address: Route 13, across from Alisa Guesthouse, Pakse
T: (031) 252 111; (031) 252 333;
Coordinates (for GPS): 105º48'0.95" E, 15º7'19.62" N
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Room rates: US$20 to 50
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Standard double room||175,000 kip||175,000 kip|
|Superior double room||200,000 kip||200,000 kip|
|Deluxe double room||215,000 kip||215,000 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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