It is our second stay at l'Auberge and we just love the place: the rooms are very cozy, with a real chimney in each room. The host will gracefully light the fire in our room every evening and provide plenty of wood. That was much appreciate with the cold season (10 degrees, which is very cold here!). The room have a lovely chalet atmosphere. The hotel is super well located, in a tiny pine forest (just loved the smell!) and provides great views over Phonesavanh. The restaurant is also great with 3 chimney. We spent wonderful evenings having diner and playing board games in front of the fire place. And the region is lovely; the plain of jars of course, but there are also many lovely walks under the pine trees and in the surrounding hills. There are also several hot springs nearby.
Cozy cabins overlook the valley. About a 20-30 minute walk to downtown. The view makes the walk worth it. Staff is exceptionally kind and helpful. Great place to stay, good value. Loved having a fire set in the fireplace in my room each evening.
We recommend this lodge to anyone visiting the Plaines of Jar. Rustic, tired but the owner is so friendly and welcoming and it is so typically Laos. Great evening meal and unbelievable large menu. Quite away out of town but the town does not offer anything in the evening and tuck tucks are readily available. We have no hesitation recommending this accommodation , a great experience .
Auberge 's position is not good as too far out of town, views OK, food extremely ordinary, dining room/reception grotty, cabins very basic, beds hard, linen old and worn, rubbish outside not cleared since who knows when! Not a nice place to stay!
Spent 2 nights here. First let me say the accommodation is in a wonderful location. But that is the only positive I have to say. The place needs urgent renovations. The water temperature of the shower was either hot or cold. The towels were thin and the tap on the sink was very lose - a handyman would have fixed it in 10 minutes. The floor boards creaked and the furniture rattled. The room lighting was poor and no torches were provided for the walk from the room to the restaurant/bar. The door key was hard to use, I got locked out 3 times (had to walk back to reception for help) and also got locked in once. Thank heavens the neighbours heard my calls for help. Dinner was absolutely awful, the fish I ordered was burnt to a crisp, and the cost for the dried out fish was exorbitant. Breakfast was just adequate - the first morning the coffee was cold. The place is uphill from a karaoke bar, and the awful singing did not stop until 11 pm. The owner needs to spend some money on this place, back home the place would be condemned…
In a pine wood, up a long track, little individual cabins and lovely grounds. All the potential for being charming. However the room was tired, chairs with stuffing coming out, the grounds had litter, dinner was expensive (and, as it is so out of town you had to eat there) and not very good eg chicken with gristle. Breakfast was not good..how can you make scrambled egg tasteless and dried up and juice over sugared and tasting artificial? The most annoying thing was that the place is very noisy...there is what sounds like a disco down the road. Bizarre, really. At least it finished at a reasonable time so didn't keep us up all night. So, overall, a place that could have been wonderful and wasn't. It needs some competition!
This place is not luxury, no spa, no five stars. But it is quaint, food was good and the staff was most friendly. They even make fire for you in the bungalow and the surrounding forest makes a nice setting. The road to Phonsavan is rough, but it 's well worth the ride.
We were told that the hotel was first class and came complete with air conditioning plus all the other extras which normally go with this category of hotel. We arrived on a freezing cold evening . Our hearts sank as we viewed the dilapidated state of our cabin complete with its cold water tap in the bathroom sink. There was a small gas heated shower in the dark bathroom which craved renovation as indeed did the whole complex. A notice was pinned to a window telling us to beware of the balcony which no longer existed! It has to be said that the staff were helpful and responsive to requests- extra bedding was immediately provided and an attempt was made to light a fire when we complained that we were cold. The whole place needs complete refurbishment but it seems that no one is sufficiently interested to do anything about it. Tourists will not put up with this for much longer as better accommodation is being built in this lovely area of Laos. Owner take note!…
We were told this was very nice by all the guide books. Don,t believe them. It is a dump. Rooms cold and falling apart. Beds horrible. Sheets damp and musty. Just warm water from showers. Staff try hard but owner needs to spend a lot of money. Best if he demolished and started again. Restaurant menu very limited and expensive. Food poor and staff will say they have run out of menu items. If you like eggs for breakfast and stale bread you will be fine but there are no other options. Hotel is out of town and no transport in town after dark so you are a prisoner. Don,t get laundry done there holes in shirts and most items damp and musty when returned. A place to forget. Col B, Maitland NSW
This hotel has very little to recommend it. In poor state of repair, the cabins we stayed in shook when anyone moved, the stairs were rotting, the deck had fallen off, cracks in the floorboards, cold water only in basin, the water in shower only warm. It was freezing the nights we stayed. No coffee for breakfast-had run out they said!!The only positive was the staff especially Tu (?) who appeared to be the only one who spoke reasonable English and went out of his way to help. Would never stay here again.