Mandala Boutique Hotel
Hotel Grade: Medium Boutique
Set in low-rise traditional Lao style buildings with a modern minimalistic twist it exudes an intimate and stylish ambiance that is counterbalanced by the warm welcome that makes you feel immediately at home. Close to the Mekong and a short distance to the centre, Mandala is a tranquil base from which to explore the Capital.
The restaurant specialises in Laotian cuisine with a western influence, using locally sourced ingredients including herbs grown specially in the garden. Other facilities include a small library where a variety of books and DVDs can be borrowed and afternoon tea is served.
The 15 guestrooms continue the stylish, minimalist theme, decorated in a fusion of white and black tones, with ebony furnishings and 4 poster beds. All are ensuite with air conditioning, minibar and satellite TV’s.
Hotel Grade: First Class Boutique
Opened in 2010 the Ansara is a superb boutique hotel housed in renovated colonial buildings, just 100m from the popular Mekong River promenade. Right in the heart of the city you can explore on foot and sample the superb choice of restaurants, bars and cafes that pepper the immediate area. As ever, the really good hotels offer little touches that live long in the memory, perhaps it’s the complimentary wi-fi and in-room laptop, the complimentary soft drink minibar or the insect repellent in room. Location, service and a relaxed atmosphere make this a perfect city centre residence.
Enjoy breakfast on the terrace overlooking the garden. La Signature restaurant boasts an imaginative French influenced menu, perfect for a leisurely lunch and evening fine dining. The Lobby Bar is a great place to relax and enjoy a pre or post dinner drink.
All are delightfully furnished with a subtle blend of traditional Lao and contemporary Asian designs, each completed by the private balcony that overlooks the hotel’s spacious gardens. All are air conditioned with LCD TV, satellite channels, complimentary in-room laptop with wi-fi, safe, minibar, tea / coffee making facilities and daily basket of seasonal fruits.
Green Park Boutique Hotel
Hotel Grade: First Class Boutique
The Green Park is located in one of the best parts of Vientiane, within easy walking distance of the centre but set back from the city rush. A stylish boutique hotel that mixes colonial and Lao style and offers a good choice of facilities. In short, all that one needs for a city stay.
These include a superb spa and large (saltwater) pool as the centrepiece, surrounded by well-tended gardens. The Sala Nongchah Restaurant offers in-door and open-air dining overlooking the garden and specialises in Lao contemporary and International Cuisine. Other facilities include a well-equipped gym and pool bar.
The 34 colonial style rooms are spacious and modern, located in residences around the pool with terrace or balcony. All are en suite with air-conditioning, flat screen tv with international channels, free WiFi, safe and tea /coffee making facilities.
Hotel Grade: Deluxe
Stay at the Settha Palace and you’re immediately taken back to a time when everything moved much slower; relax as the soothing luxury washes away the toils of a touring holiday. First opened in 1932 by the French and fully restored to its former glory, you can’t help but revel in the colonial architecture and classical elegance that sweeps through the hotel with its high ceilings, wide wooden staircases, cool Italian marble floors and Parisian styled café. Old school charm sits wonderfully with modern day amenities in the centre of Vientiane.
The hotel is set against beautifully landscaped tropical gardens and a large lagoon style pool. The terrace pool bar is shaded by fragrant frangipani trees and serves snacks and drinks through the day. There is also a café that serves international cuisine and La Belle Epoque Restaurant specialises in classical French and seasonally-inspired Lao cuisine. The bar is open all day.
The rooms have a colonial feel with high ceilings and polished rosewood floors. All are air conditioned with four poster bed, sofa, satellite TV, safe, minibar, and wi-fi access.