Vientiane is busy in the high season between November and April with hotel accommodation fairly expensive in local terms. It is certainly best to book in advance and if you use a Laos travel agent to organise yourtour of Laos. Everything should be in place for your arrival. There have been more hotels built in recent years which reflects Vientiane’s status as capital as well as the increased tourist numbers. If you are planning a Laos holiday, you may well do some research for yourself as preparation. Here are some of the places in Vientiane worth considering.
• Settha Palace Hotel in Pang Kham Street dates back to the 1930s and has been restored to its former glory, reopening as it did in 1999. The style is the French colonial with its period furniture and landscaped gardens wherethere is a pool. The facilities are truly modern and it is a significant landmark in the heart of Vientiane. Its restaurant “La Belle Epoque” is excellent and there is also a sidewalk café.
• Green Park Boutique Hotel and Resort a kilometre east from the Morning Market is in Lao style, a series of buildings set in gardens to provide a tranquil setting away from the activity of the city.
• Don Chan Palaceat the eastern end of the river promenade was completed in 2004 and has 14 floors though city by-laws now limit new builds to 7. There are panoramic views over the city, a lovely beer garden facing the Mekong and a swimming pool.There is a shuttle bus provided for guests wishing to go to the centre of town.
• Salana Boutique Hotel on Chao Anou Road just a short walk from the Mekong has formerly been named by Frommer's Budget Travel Magazine as among the best boutique hotels in the world. It is on the site of the former Xaysana Hotel, and opened late 2010. There are 41 rooms and the central location makes it a popular place for business travellers as well astourists.
• Mercure Vientiane to the west of Fa Ngum Park has put the former Novotel in new premises, thereby providing 4-star accommodation. There is a quiet courtyard, lovely pool, fitness centre and steam bath.
• Beau Rivage Mekong Hotelon the river road but on the shady tree-lined undeveloped stretch is fairly new with great rooms and wi-fi throughout.
• Chanthapanya Hotel on Nokeo Kummane Road has the charm of a guest house but the comfort of a hotel. There is air-con, Wi-Fi, personal safe and cable TV.
• Lane Xang Hotel on Fa Ngum Road is one of the oldest hotels in Vientiane and still has some bathroom fittings to appear prove it. It has had a colourful history and is perfectly good for a couple of nights.
If you book a Laos tour package, your local travel agent will organise any of these hotels and perhaps suggest others from personal knowledge of Vientiane as your itinerary is being put together for your approval?