It’s a good choice for those on a visa run. In fact, I think that’s what the owners had in mind. It’s a nice, friendly hotel run by lovely Laos people. The rooms are large and clean, everything works and there is an elevator. Avalon shares a 5-story building with the Aura hotel. Each has its own cafe. The Avalon is less expensive, but basically the same exact thing, minus a few hipster modern amenities. If you are here to see Savannakhet, you would be better located a few km SW, near the Night Market and riverfront. If you are expecting modern conveniences, you probably should not be coming to Laos. It is a magnificent country with lovely people.