The service was extremely friendly, gracious and welcoming. The door guys met me where the cab dropped me off, and carried my bag in, clearly without expecting a tip. The check-in process was fast and yet she took time to answer my questions about the area, and afterwards made the effort to take me to the front door to show me where to go.
The City Inn is less than 2 blocks from a central fountain that is ringed by streets filled with restaurants, cafes, stores and bike/motorbike rentals. Orientation is so easy that I was able to go out the first evening in town and walk along the Mekong River, through several bar streets and stores, find an ATM, deal with the airlines on upcoming flights -- all by foot, all within 2 hours, and all without getting lost.
The room itself was great - spacious, clean, cool and well-lit. The bathroom / shower were clean and had good pressure: shampoo, soap & conditioner all provided. Free wi-fi! Only issue was the bed - the mattress was a little too thin and hard. Also, for a fairly high-tech hotel in Laos (free wi-fi, online reservations), they do not have the universal plug fitments, just standard American two-pronged outlets. Hotels are increasingly using the universal plugs, which fit electrical plugs from every country.
Breakfast was a range of offers: fruit, toast/bread/croissant, eggs, yoghurt & milk, flakes or muesli / granola, and Asian offerings such as noodles and vegetables, juices. And great Lao coffee, regular coffee or tea.
I stayed there twice, and the first time they ended up giving me an upgrade when there was an opening.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- City Inn Vientiane captures a perfect blend of modern design and Asian culture. Centrally located, the City Inn Vientiane makes it easy to visit all that Vientiane has to offer. At City Inn Vientiane, we pride ourselves on exceptional customer service and we strive to meet the needs of every guest. Our homely accommodation creates a perfect ambiance and is sure to make your stay in Vientiane a memorable one. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- City Inn Vientiane Hotel Vientiane
- City Hotel Vientiane