Firstly, the staff here were the best in Laos, smiling and helpful. However the hotel is very overpriced and is split into a few different parts so it is really not how it seems in the pictures. We had a mountain view room, which was pretty grotty, but the view was great. The reception area is really nice - and the food and drinks great. The rooms there would be preferable i think, though they look very tiny! And the bungalows are probably the most expensive. The area the hotel is is the best in VV, but to be honest i would not come to VV if i had known how depressing and grotty it is. Its sole purpose is tourism, and though we had a nice tubing session, we could have done without it. The down is grotty beyond comparison, as there is no charm or rustic-ness to its dirtiness. totally depressing and wihsed wed stayed longer in Luang Prebang and just gone past on the bus and the views on the journey are breathtaking.