The Mekong Riverview’s owner, Urban Paulsson, understands the kinds of amenities, services and information guests want, and he and his great team deliver.
The beds are a dream, Swedish-made with a remote control to tilt up for reading or raise your knees for a back pain free sleep. There is lots of natural light (and shutters to keep it out). Rooms are well-lit. The mini-bar has complimentary drinks, replenished daily. Sitting areas have real books. The wifi is fast. TVs have a huge range of channels. The safe is so large you don’t have to unpack your valuables. The toilet is in a separate room from the shower and tub. Towels are extra fluffy. Guests receive an annotated map with shopping, restaurant and spa recommendations, and can borrow bikes to check them all out. There’s coffee, tea and cake in the lobby if you need a snack. You’ll be invited to meet other guests over a glass of wine. And best of all, staff are charming and service-oriented.
The Mekong Riverview actually has a view of two rivers, the confluence of the Mekong and Nam Khan, as it is at the tip of the town peninsula. It is quiet here, but you can walk to the night market and restaurants within a few minutes. If you’re not up to walking or not sure where you’re going, you’ll be taken in a golf cart anywhere in town. But this hotel is so great, I’m not sure why you’d want to leave it!