Comfy and chic
Le Bouton D’or is not flawless, but for now it is Tha Khaek’s best accommodation.
With a prime location on the Mekong river front, one block north of the tourist centre and night market, the hotel lives up to boutique label in both size and style. The French colonial style building has 18 comfortable, elegantly furnished rooms boasting soft clean linens, wonderful comfy beds, good lightning, quiet air-con, mini-fridge and flatscreen TV with channels.
The rich dark wood furniture is both pretty and practical, as rooms are appointed with a vanity, luggage rack and bedside tables. Guests can look forward to a hot water shower in the well lit bathrooms, more wooden touches softening the modern tilework. The Indochine decorative touches in the rooms and the lobby are not overbearing.
However, for this price point, more is to be expected with the amenities and service. Rooms do not come with a hair dryer or kettle, and there are no bicycles available to rent. The service is non-existent. The reception speaks zero English and independent travellers are clearly on their own as inquiries about buses and tuk tuks are met with a shrug. The included breakfast is the standard boring eggs, yoghurt and fruit. The WiFi didn’t work during our one-night stay.
The location is great and their restaurant terrace overlooking the Mekong is a winning spot for sunset. If you can afford it, especially the room with the balcony, you’ll find the rooms deliver an overall pleasant stay. It is newer and in better condition that the aged Inthira, cozier and more luxurious than multi storey Hotel Riveria. If only it had the service to match the price point.
Address: 89 Singapore Rd (Mekong river road), Tha Khaek
T: (051) 250 678;
Coordinates (for GPS): 104º48'10.7" E, 17º23'44.54" N
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Room rates: US$20 to 50
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Standard double room||US$45||US$45|
|Superior double room||US$50||US$50|
|Deluxe double room||US$60||US$60|
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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