Vang Vieng, Laos
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Maylyn Hotel Vang Vieng Reviews
Maylyn Hotel Apr 16, 2014
We get a shared tuktuk from the bus station to take us to this hotel. We don’t actually have reservation but when we arrive it is pretty clear there will be rooms available since a man from the hotel meet the tuktuk on the road when it stops outside the hotel. There are other hotels in the area so I guess they wanted to make sure interested guest actually went to their hotel instead of the competition next door or half a block down the road. The hotel is part of a chain of hotels with the same name around Vang Vieng so there is probably a decent chance they will have room either at this location or one of the sister hotels nearby.
The hotel has a strict no shoes indoor policy so we have to leave the shoes outside before we can get inside and have a closer look at the rooms. We get into the reception and have a look at a couple of different rooms - there is one with a balcony and a slightly bigger room without a balcony and we figure the second one is the best since the balcony is in the sun and not really worth it since we can’t sit outside in full sun anyways. The balcony isn’t that important anyways since there is a decent communal balcony at our floor looking out over the main street of Vang Vieng. We used the balcony and some borrowed glasses to drink the rice wine we had purchased a few days earlier on the tour around Luang Prabang. And in addition the second room had the router for the Wi-Fi right outside the door which in principal should ensure superb internet connection - I can only imagine what the connection of the other room would be like with our slow and unreliable connection.
The room got air-conditions and without much bargaining we get it for 100.000 which might be a bit much but we take it. The room got what you expect with a bed and television and a window - but not much view from the room since the hotel is a bit away from the river. The shower had both hot and cold water - which isn’t always the case in this country.
The hotel has got a tour service - but we were not so impressed with the choices they offered and the prices they could provide - it seemed a bit on the high side and there were cheaper places to buy a bus ticket with pick up from just across the street from the hotel. The woman at the tour company across the street was actually the sister of the receptionist at our hotel - so it was sort of a family run business all of it and we saw no reason to pay the extra couple of dollars at the hotel desk instead of going next door with the clearly advertised cheaper prices.
There is no restaurant on the hotel - so there is no option for either dinner or breakfast at the location. Fortunately there are several restaurants just around the corner or the one we went to just across the street we had our breakfast and a few more meal during our stay.
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