Vientiane Golden Sun Hotel (Vientiane, Laos)

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Vientiane Golden Sun Hotel (Vientiane, Laos)

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Location

Hotel is located about 4 km or 15-20minutes drive to airport. When I searched for hotels on hotel.com, this came up as the most closest to city centre, but compared to most hotels which appear to be on the Mekong Riverside area they had a lot more things going on nearby. Saying that the city is very small and to get to Mekong Riverside is about 15-20 minute walk, the streets around this area is where most antique shops, massages places, restaurants. Where the hotel is located there is very little but a short say 7 minute walk and you arrive at the Lao Arch or Petuxia. Down the street is a small store for say drinks and snack items. I wouldn’t say the location is an issue but its not say in the happening area of the city- but instead on a rich residential road very close by to the main area.

Room

The superior double offered a large king size bed. The decor showed rich dark wooden floors with traditional Lao style wall paper & gold iron lamps on the walls, it looked very traditional & authentic.
The bed was king size, comfortable not too hard or soft but pillows were not favourable to me. A bed side table is only on the right hand side of bed with a lamp & telephone but no clock. Left side simply offers a tall wooden lamp- antique looking. US/Euro plugs are offered both sides against the wall. There is also a traditional lamp above the bed.
Facing the bed, against the wall are two wooden tables of the same style next to each other. Left one has a chair with large mirror in front & next table has a rather tacky lamp (that looks very out of place within room) this is also where a kettle is offered. 2 teas, 2 coffee & 2 complimentary waters are included. It’s more of an ideal desk for a female to put make up on than for the business traveller to work from. Next to this is a lap top size safe very easy to use plus a small empty refrigerator. Above is a glass cabinet where coats hangers exist to hang clothes.
The hotel offers two pairs of those croc style shoes which are actually more comfortable than flip flops & functional than the usual standard throwaway slippers.

Above on the wall directly facing bed is a flat screen TV offering a decent amount of choice that include Thai True Vision network that has international channels such CNN, BBC news, movie & regional networks. Near the TV and is likely a regulation of Laos law but a large sign is clearly shown about rules of room use which gave a strict unwelcoming approach but perhaps they have had issues in the past.

The bathroom is quite small with modern shower fixtures, rain overhead and seperate unit- worked well with decent hot water. All hotel branded amenities mini bottles of bath gel, shampoo plus toothbrush, comb & soap. They should make use of the already installed dispensers in the shower for conservation reasons & would save them money. A hair dryer is also offered. My room also had a balcony with two chairs and table with ash tray, ideal for smokers. There is also a separate AC unit via remote. All worked well.

The room in general is clean except don’t look under the bed old bottles & dust nonetheless all other areas are spotless. The room is cosy, traditional with a romantic feel for couples but not nessarily ideal for the solo business traveller.

Facilities

The hotel offers free secure WIFI for multiple devices throughout the whole hotel – it worked ok but sometimes had to change to other networks, they have many different routers all with same password.
Catering I only noticed breakfast service which was meeting a good standard, egg station next to Vietnamese noodle station so both custom for guests with Asian & western choices. Plus hot and cold food buffet. Overall good standard of food but bread did not look attractive, just white slice so if you like a croissant nothing available which was odd considering city has so many so-called Parisian bakeries. As far as I was aware only food is breakfast, there is no room service or dinner etc.

Leisure facilities include two swimming pools one on ground & one on 3rd floor – both medium size, I did not use them but noticed others did – they looked refreshing and some sun loungers are offered.
I think a gym is also offered at one end of pool but not 100% sure. They do offer bicycle hire for US$1 for whole day which was very reasonable & it’s a great way to see this slow moving city. Do not worry it is relatively safe to cycle as cars are not crazy here. Beware Tuk tuk drivers are one of the worst in SE Asia with over charging and generally rude, so I preferred cycling.

Business facilities include two windows based computers in the lobby that worked well.
They also offer one free airport transfer. Otherwise it’s $10 each way.
Facilities are generally good but felt it could be better as no bar but room for one and no other food services even local delivery guides in room would be helpful. The lobby in particular is quite spacious with lots of seating and could be a nice place to hang out so perhaps they are developing this area.

Staff

Staff initially didn’t acknowledge the trip advisor deal that stated for one night $49 with two-way transfers & breakfast. I booked this so its direct with hotel but then email communication was told it was only one way and would have to pay $10 for other. After showing advert, they agreed to honour the deal. However frustratingly on check out I was still asked to pay the $10 for return airport transfer. If you going to promote a deal advertised – keep to it. They eventually let me off but it caused unnecessary confusion and to prove emails to reception staff. Staff should have better understanding of deal with the person that made the original trip advisor promotion. Aside from that the staff were lovely, very friendly, very helpful with moas and in general both catering and reception staff are sincere as can be, they remind me of Hanoi hotels where staff have a natural air of hospitality.

Overall the hotel is reasonably priced as it includes swimming pools but in general if you wanna be right in the centre of all, area near night market by the Mekong River would be better, though pricier option. Then again if you love walking, like me and even cycling this hotel location will be of little issue and it does have a cosy romantic room- just need to loose the out of place plastic lamp!



Khounbulom Road, Saylom village, Chanthabury District, Vientiane 0100, Laos


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The Verdict Is...

Reasonable 3 star hotel with swimming pools, good WIFI and a cosy room not far from the Lao Arch.

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  • Staff
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