A few days ago I crossed the border into Laos for a little over 24 hours. I had reason to see a man about a dog named Agarwood but was in no rush so I organised it for the day my entry permit for Thailand was due to expire and needed to be renewed.
I went through Chong Mek and Pakse up to Paksong to see the dog before back tracking to Pakse. It was getting late by then so did not want to push it for another four hours to get home so pulled up stumps at the Seng Aroun Hotel on route 13 in the middle of town. The rest of the trip report will come soon but at the moment this is just a hotel review.
I chose this place for two reasons. I had stayed here before (trip report here) and remember it as an okay place plus I knew it had a secure car park which was a necessity with my ute (pick-up) pretty full. The first hour of arrival I spent repacking everything in the car before eventually checking in. The walk in rate was $23.
The place had gone down hill since I was last here. The rooms seemed very dirty with many brown stains on the doors and walls and the bathroom was not very clean. Someones left over soap in the soap holder complete with short little black hairs? I mean seriously, how hard is it to clean the basics? On the morning I checked out they were painting the outside of the building which to me (apart from the Lobby) was the cleanest part of the building!
Breakfast was not included in my rate so I cannot vouch for it or not but given the abundance of food on the street outside then there really is not much reason to pay a whole lot more to have breakfast included.
One positive was the water pressure which was decent. After a long days drive and with nothing on the TV I thought I might treat myself to a massage that I saw advertised in the room. It said it was open until 10pm so at 7.30pm I called to make a booking only to be told they had closed for the night!
There is no wifi apart from in the Lobby but if you want it like I did then ask for a room on the 1st floor directly above the reception and you will get a signal although not very fast. Being on the 1st floor though means no view but it allowed me to keep an eye on my car in the car park.
For the price compared to other hotels close by I guess it was not that bad and perhaps I am being a little tough but I am sure I could do a lot better if I tried a little harder next time.