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Hostel Savan Cafe

Chic hostel

Historic quarter, west of Talat Yen, on the same lane as the Tourism Information Centre T: (020) 7656 0000

Hostel Savan Cafe

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Opened in late 2016, Hostel Savan Cafe puts a chic retro Chinese spin in Savannakhet’s historic French Quarters.

With the French came Vietnamese tradesmen and Chinese merchants and Savan Cafe plays on the historic downtown’s Chinatown roots, taking a beautiful restored 1970’s building—complete with terrazzo floors and concrete window pattern blocks—and turning it into a cafe and accommodation of dorms and private rooms.

Have a quiet moment.

Have a quiet moment. Photo: Cindy Fan

The exposed brick walls of the ground floor cafe are adorned with vintage Chinese posters and memorabilia, taking slight liberties with the theme—it’s more Penang, Malaysia than French-Indochina, atmospheric nonetheless. In the back, an inner courtyard stairwell leads up to the rooms.

Sturdy metal bunks rest on hardwood plank flooring and given it’s recent reno everything felt new and fresh when we inspected, with crisp white walls and new mattresses. The air-con dorms also have an overhead rotating fan and each bunk has access to an electric outlet. There are also lockers (key provided) that are large enough to fit some electronics, and slick modern shared bathrooms.

Relax upstairs overlooking Savannakhet.

Relax upstairs overlooking Savannakhet. Photo: Cindy Fan

The air-con private rooms are splurge worthy, an elegant mix of modern and traditional, each one unique and designed to work with the particular space. One room had soft green walls, wrought iron-style bed, modern artwork and an enormous bathroom, with French colonial patterned tile floor. Another we saw had more modern tile floor and bed, with heritage wainscotting and fun wallpaper. We love how hallways have been made into a small art gallery, there are beautiful touches at every turn.

If you aren’t easily enamoured with interior design, then perhaps you will be swayed by the rooftop terrace with view over the Mekong and the location at the end of Talat Yen, home to the inexpensive food night market.

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Type of room
Type of room, low and high season prices
Dorm fan cooled
80,000 kip
80,000 kip
Dbl air-con private bathroom
200,000 kip
200,000 kip
Room: Dorm fan cooled, low season: 80,000 kip, high season 80,000 kip. Notes:
Room: Dbl air-con private bathroom, low season: 200,000 kip, high season 200,000 kip. Notes:

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Where is Hostel Savan Cafe

Hostel Savan Cafe
Historic quarter, west of Talat Yen, on the same lane as the Tourism Information Centre
T: (020) 7656 0000
Coordinates (for GPS): 104º44'44.2" E, 16º33'25.58" N
Room rates: Under US$10

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