I found out about The Hoongthip Hotel from an individual I met at the Thai/Laos border. The Hoongthip was his choice of preference in the city of Savannakhet after having stayed at a few other lesser priced establishments on a previous trip. I took his word for it and spent one night at the hotel.
As I have only spent minimal time in the country, I have nothing to compare the hotel’s standards to. To compare it to Thailand would be unfair as Thailand’s economy, inclusive of the tourist industry is much more prosperous than that of Laos. The Hoongthip is also the only hotel Savannakhet offers that I’ve been to, in any capacity (i.e. checking out rooms). I’ve stayed in Vientiane, the country’s capital, but comparing standards I believe would be of little use – the cities are vastly different, from what little I experienced of either.
Some basic observations:
- The hotel is incredibly large and was almost empty. It felt like an old majestic building that had aged and darkened with time.
- My room was large as was the private bathroom. The bathroom was lacking in cleanliness (i.e. dark short curlies on the sink faucet).
- No screens on the windows (Hello Mr. Mosquito and Guests)
- The staff were polite.
- Breakfast was individually ordered. As I have allergies, I only ordered a couple fried eggs, sans toast and some juice. They were fine.
- The Hoongthip Hotel is conveniently located near the Thai Embassy and restaurants.
Would I Stay Here Again?
More out of necessity than anything else.
Have you stayed at The Hoongthip Hotel? Have you stayed at any other hotel or guesthouse in Savannakhet?