Vientiane, the capital city in the Southeast Asian country of Laos, has much to offer. And the Salana Boutique Hotel has just about the best location possible, from which to enjoy your time in Vientiane.
Salana is located on Chao Anou Road, just two blocks from the river waterfront and within easy walking distance to many top restaurants and shops in the city. Salana also offers their guests bicycles for rent, which gives an easy way to get around to slightly further attractions of Vientiane, such as temples and monuments.
I found the Salana to be quiet, impeccable in its attention to detail in the rooms, and tastefully decorated with style. The warm service and helpfulness of the staff was also wonderful. From this location, you can easily enjoy some of Vientiane's top sights and restaurants.
Rooms are modern yet offer a definite Laotian touch, with handcrafted textiles and artwork. All guest rooms include:
- 32" LCD TV with cable network
- Work Desk and Wifi Internet
- Bathroom wellness kit, Bathrobe and slippers
- Hair dryer, Tea and coffee maker
- Electronic safe
While Deluxe rooms also include iPod docks. Suites offer Jacuzzi bathtubs and iPads. In fact, Salana was one of the first hotels in Laos to offer iPads to guests.
The Sarila Spa is lovely, offering a luxuriously traditional setting and gentle treatments by professional therapists. The Salana is also completely business-friendly, with the Horizon Business Lounge and meeting and conference rooms, with all technology needs met.
For dining, the Coffee corner serves informal breakfast, lunch, and light dinner menus. Breakfast options include tradition food style, Europe style, Asian style. The Coffee Corner also serves homemade fresh baked pastries, pies, and cakes. The coffee corner offers a large selection of the specialties as sodas, floats, malts, and shakes, plus the gourmet coffees popular today.
The Horizon Bar on the 4th floor is also an interesting, beautifully decorated place to relax at the end of your day. And a colorful, well-stocked boutique shop of Laotian textiles and handicrafts onsite offers high quality goods at reasonable prices.
There is certainly a reason why the Salana Boutique Hotel was named one of the world's best new boutique hotels by Budget Travel Magazine in 2011. It has it all: comfort, convenience, beauty, service and location - all at a very reasonable rates.
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Shelley SealeShelley Seale is a freelance writer and author based out of Austin, Texas, but can often be found traipsing all over the world. Shelley has written for National Geographic, USA Today, CNN, AOL, Globe Pequot Press, Outdoors NW, The Seattle Times and Andrew Harper Traveler, among others. She is also the author or a contributing author of six books. Her mantra is "travel with a purpose."
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