With its recently built ice blue two-storey facade and shiny, white tile-floor rooms with tons of space, Boualuang reminded us of the brand-new, modern hotels available on the other side of the river in Thailand.
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Charming Boualuang is not but if you want functionality, cleanliness and comfort at reasonable prices, it can't be beat. Rooms come in two sizes, but the 'smaller' versions set in a motel style set-up on the second floor are huge, airy and spotless with basic modern furnishings, comfortable beds with clean cotton sheets, sitting areas, small desks, fridges, TVs, air-con, WiFi and large hot water baths. Larger rooms sleep six. Our only gripe is that rooms have only one front-facing window and so are a tad dark, although a small table on the walkway in front of each is a decent enough spot to catch some fresh air. Boualuang is set back from a quiet stretch of Ratsavongseuk Road to the south of town, so it's somewhat out-of-the-way if walking but if you rent a bicycle it's not too far at all, and the location is perfect for light sleepers.
Type of room, low and high season prices
Room: Standard double room, low season: 160,000 kip, high season 160,000 kip. Notes:
99/08 Ratsavongseuk Rd, Savannakhet
T: (041) 300 106
(030) 967 0414
Room rates: US$10 to 20