Settha Palace Hotel – Vientiane, Laos
When initially researching the best place to stay in Vientiane, we kept coming across one specific name: the Settha Palace Hotel. A super historic property offering guests a totally luxurious experience? Who were we to say no to a little rest and relaxation in easily the nicest hotel in Vientiane.
History Behind the Beauty
Originally built as a French vacation property in 1930 and repurposed as a local government building in 1975, Settha Palace has seen it’s fair share of action. However, despite generations of use, the property is no less worse for wear. After 4 years of love, hard work and a seriously unreal attention to detail, the property was brought back to life in 1999 and better than ever thanks to the third generation of original owners. Considering that the same family has owned and managed the property for three generations and many of the staff have worked there for over twenty years, it’s pretty safe to say that Settha Palace Hotel’s roots run deep.
As an added touch to the hotel’s style, they even have an original London taxi at the property (pictured above) available for transfers to and from the airport and even city tours too! What better way to get a taste of the vintage high life than riding around in one of the coolest old school cars in Laos?
As soon as you step inside you are immediately introduced to the property’s rich and exceptional past. Sweeping hallways, a grand central staircase, marble floors and towering ceilings immediately transport you back to a more luxurious and elegant time.
Checking in to Settha Palace Hotel could have easily been one of the most pleasant hotel check-in experiences we’ve ever had. The second we stepped inside our bags were lifted right off our shoulders, and we were quickly introduced to some of the amazing staff at Settha Palace Hotel. We were greeted with refreshing cold towels, and honestly, some of the most delicious mango sorbet we've ever tasted. Before we knew it, we were checked-in and heading to our new room for the next couple of days.
The second we opened the door to our room, we felt like we had walked straight into the movies. A beautiful four-post bed, polished wooden floors, spacious work area and fully-stocked mini bar really made the room feel more like a palace than a hotel.
Our Deluxe Double room also came equipped with a sofa and coffee table, and since Marla had her nose glued to her book the entire time we were there, it was the perfect place to relax and do some reading.
Now for some people the bathroom can make or break their hotel stay - for us not so much. We’re pretty easy going. Luckily, that wasn’t anything we had to worry about here at Settha Palace Hotel. Outfitted with an enormous vanity, standing shower and gorgeous bath tub, this had to be the nicest bathrooms in the city. Decked wall to wall in imported Italian marble and topped off with plush towels and cozy robes, it’s pretty safe to say we were happy campers.
Belle Epoque Brasserie, the onsite restaurant at Settha Palace Hotel, totally blew us out of the water during our stay. With a head chef hailing from France, the kitchen cooks up some delicious and unique blends of traditional French and Laotion cuisine.
We were almost in tears at the sight of all the delicious, fresh baked goodies upon walking into the restaurant to indulge in the complimentary breakfast. After stuffing ourselves to the brim with croissants every morning and having lovely chats with the staff, breakfast soon became a unique little highlight of our stay.
Facilities: Pool, Spa & Fitness Center
Because we timed our visit perfectly during the rainy season, the weather wasn’t exactly the most cooperative during our stay in Vientiane. However, we took advantage of the property’s gorgeous pool by spending nearly every minute of sunshine lounging by the pool, reading our books and getting a little work done on the side.
Although we unfortunately did not have enough time to experience the onsite spa, we were very impressed with the amazing facilities and treatments available. We were definitely sad we weren’t able to take part, but needless to say, next time we come back to Vientiane, we know what we’ll be treating ourselves to!
Last, but finally not least, Settha Palace Hotel is home to a fitness room, sure to satisfy any workout-junkie’s needs. Not only was this a plus for us as we love to try and stay fit on the road, but it also helped us feel better about eating those 4 extra croissants at breakfast each morning.
Settha Palace Hotel is for sure the best place to stay in Vientiane, and we definitely couldn't recommend it enough! To check out Settha Palace Hotel’s current room rates and book your stay, head to their website here.
Yours in Adventure,
Joel & Marla