Vientiane Backpackers Hostel

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The Hostelz.com Review

Vientiane Backpackers Hostel is a small hostel comprising of two dorms and several private rooms, all air conditioned. The dorms have shared bathrooms, while privates are en suite. It is set over three floors with free breakfast, towel, and Wi-Fi.

The Location

The hostel has a good location, within walking distance of the night markets, museums, and airport/bus station shuttle bus stops. The closest shuttle bus stop to the hostel is number four -- Wat Mixay. There are a number of shops and restaurants close by.

Rooms and Bathrooms

There are two toilets and four shower cubicles located on the ground floor, meaning you must go downstairs from the dorms to use them. The facilities here are very basic, without even hand wash by the sinks. The shower cubicles have only badly positioned hooks for your towel and clothes -- the shower head cannot be angled down, and so your belongings are subject to being sprayed. But the water gets warm enough. The standard of cleanliness isn't great and you may find many mosquitoes inside the showers. There is a sign specifically letting guests know hand-washing clothes in the sink is not permitted, which is not very backpacker-friendly. But you can have your laundry washed at a fee.

The dorms have beds with mattresses akin to planks of wood, with a slight smell of urine in the twenty-bed room. Each bed has a light and power point. They have large lockers in the rooms under the beds, with enough space to fit your whole backpack. The rooms are spacious and appear visually clean, though they could use a fresh coat of paint, as it has clearly been some time since they were decorated. There is a small balcony off the twenty-bed dorm, and consequently mosquitoes come inside.

Common Spaces

The ground floor of this hostel has a table and benches outside, plus more seating inside. This could serve as a reasonable social space if the atmosphere were not so drab. It seems the city as a whole is more of a stopover rather than a destination, so the clientele are a mix of backpackers and long-term guests. Breakfast is the choice of eggs cooked in several ways, plus bread, a banana, and tea or coffee. It is possible to book bus tickets and airport transfers through the hostel.

Summary

Having a locker large enough for your whole backpack is a plus, but the extremely hard mattresses and lack of atmosphere are a big minus. If all you require is a bed before traveling to your next destination, this is an ok option, though there is almost certainly someplace better.
by Looci
Hostelz.com Staff Reviewer
2018-06-02
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Location/Contact

Address
Mixay road, Ban mixay, Vientiane, Laos
Coordinates
17.965038, 102.605738 (accuracy not guaranteed)
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Telephone
008562097484227
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How is Vientiane Backpackers Hostel rated on other websites?

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Hostelworld
(423 ratings)
64%
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Hostels.com
(3 ratings)
66%
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Average
67%
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Hostelz.com Guest Reviews

  Vientiane Backpackers Hostel is a good budget accommodation, located in the small backpacker area of the city. The dorms are pretty large, but they are clean and significantly cheaper than rooms in guesthouses in the area. The Location The hostel is located a short walk away from the bus drop-off point, but not from the bus station itself. If you book a bus ticket through the hostel, however, a free pickup is included. The airport is located about fifteen kilometers away, and is accessible by taxi or tuk-tuk. The entrance to the hostel is clearly marked and easy to find. The hostel is within walking distance of many restaurants, a few coffee shops, and a few ATMs, in a busy area of Vientiane. Rooms and Bathrooms The dorm rooms are very large, but they are well maintained and clean. We stayed in a twenty-person dorm room, and there was enough space for everyone to move about. Each person also has a very large locker underneath the bottom bunks, so all the backpacks are out of the way. There is also a nightlight and an outlet by each bed, which is essential in such a large dorm. The bathroom is downstairs, and is very modern and clean. The toilets are separate from the showers, but unfortunately there are only two. There is a line-up for the toilets very often; the number of showers seems adequate. The shower stalls are large enough and have a few hooks, so it's not hard to keep your clothes dry. There is no hot water, but we didn't find this to be a problem. The sinks are also modern and kept very clean. Common Spaces There is one common room downstairs, and a small area outside. There are always many people sitting there, so it is a very social and friendly hostel. There is free Wi-Fi and free breakfast in the morning, which encourages people to sit there. There is, however, not enough room in the common room considering the size of the dorm rooms, and sometimes it is hard to find a place to sit. This is especially true early in the day, when many people leave their backpacks on a row of chairs until they leave the city. Summary Overall, this is a good hostel to stay in while in Vientiane. If the size of the dorms is not a problem, you will probably enjoy your stay very much. It is a social and friendly hostel, but it gets quiet in the evening so you can also relax.
Monica
(Canada)
2013-04-09
 
Great place for the price
it is really at the city centre within walking distance to mekong river, the hostel is average, but for 5dollar you cant get any better i suppose.
johan
(malaysia)
2013-02-26
 
Nice place ...
This is a very nice hostel, very clean. Unfortunately the dorms dont include breakfast. Although is a very nice place, you can find better value for money in other hostels in the same street.
Paulo
(Portugal)
2012-08-09

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