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“luxurious colonial oasis and quiet retreat in hectic city” 5 of 5 stars
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Settha Palace Hotel
4.5 of 5 Hotel   |   6 Pang Kham Street | PO Box 1618, Vientiane, Laos   |  
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Ranked #6 of 81 Hotels in Vientiane
Flobecq, Belgium
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99 reviews 99 reviews
32 hotel reviews
Reviews in 57 cities Reviews in 57 cities
158 helpful votes 158 helpful votes
“luxurious colonial oasis and quiet retreat in hectic city”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

The hotel emits an agreable colonial atmosphere, with a perfectly restored building, nice pool area and a magnificent diner room.
The rooms are very well soundproofed, you don't hear a single sound from the bustling city just ouitside.
Major attractions and restaurant area is just 5 min away on foot.
You can very easily reach the Mekong boardwalk.
We dind't eat in the hotel, but it seems to be one of the best reastaurants in Vientiane.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Alexandria, Virginia
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135 reviews 135 reviews
27 hotel reviews
Reviews in 54 cities Reviews in 54 cities
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2013

Very quiet and peaceful stay. Had great 2 room suite on 2nd floor. Hotel did not seem very busy and restaurant was a morgue. Had a delicious meal with good service one nite and came back for drinks another nite. Old world charm but not too lively. Used the pool which was fine but nothing extra. No fitness room.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Great Malvern, United Kingdom
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36 reviews 36 reviews
20 hotel reviews
Reviews in 27 cities Reviews in 27 cities
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2013

The standard of accommodation and service were at a high level you would expect for this level of accommodation.
But that's about it, the spark or 'that something special' we didn't feel.
The hotel itself makes you feel more like a diplomat in a traditional gentleman's club, it lacked the warmth we found in others.

Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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122 reviews 122 reviews
19 hotel reviews
Reviews in 43 cities Reviews in 43 cities
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2013

Located near the center of town, this is a beautiful hotel with large rooms, and a dramatic staircase to the second floor. Its walking distance from many restaurants, making it very convenient.
While the appointments were modern, it felt like an old historic home. We had two rooms--a real plus with a table and chairs so we could get together with friends before we went out.
The restaurant was very large and not crowded. Good food.
The hotel also had a nice bar, large pool and beautiful landscaping.

Room Tip: Double rooms upstairs were quite, large and on the left side of the hallway they overlooked the pool...
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
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26 hotel reviews
Reviews in 29 cities Reviews in 29 cities
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2013

Only spent one night in this lovely old property, so can't review much of it. The staff was very nice, though they truly dropped the ball on some transportation requests I had made months in advance.
The hotel appears to be centrally located. The building is old colonial with beautiful wood accents throughout. If you get a room at the front of the hotel, forget about opening the windows. There is a lot of noise. We had them change us to a room in the back, but still kept windows closed as it was hot and we needed the a/c.
There is no place to plug in the hairdryer (provided by the hotel) in the bathroom or anywhere else close to a mirror. Plugged it in under the desk and sat on the floor (the cord was too short for me to stand) while I dried my hair. This may seem like a small inconvenience to you guys, but it's a big one to us girls. At over US$ 200 per night, I expect more.

Room Tip: Rooms not facing the front street are quieter.
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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SetthaPalaceHotel, General Manager at Settha Palace Hotel, responded to this review, October 28, 2013
Thank you for taking the time to tell us about your experience.

It's always nice to know there are adventurous guests who want to experience the scenic drive from Vientiane to Luang Prabang.
The total distance definitely does not seem far at all for those of us who are used to multi-lane highways.
However, it is a 2 lane road from Vientiane to Luang Prabang and the road conditions vary from year to year, depending on the amount of damage done by the previous wet season.

We normally recommend an overnight stay in Vang Vieng, which is about halfway in between and a nice way to break up the long journey.

We always recommend that our guests book their van ride with a reputable tour provider where one can be sure that the vehicle is in good condition, is covered by insurance, and the driver is experienced & knowledgeable.

And, we always do deeply regret whenever anyone insists that we find them a cheaper alternative and then ends up with a less than satisfactory experience on their long drive up to Luang Prabang.

Thank you for your feedback about the cable length of the hair dryers.
We are looking into extending the length of those cables so they will be more comfortable to use.
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São Paulo
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10 reviews 10 reviews
8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2013

A nice hotel in not a very nice town. Big comfortable bedroom although the air condicioning system being very noisy. Nice staff but in need to English improvement! Walking distance from the Riverwalk.

Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Adelaide, Australia
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14 reviews 14 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2013

This was an absolutely beautiful hotel overall. The French furniture in our rooms was very desirable, the restaurant food was simply, very tasty, and the hotel service was very good! Our room was large, with a nice big lounge section. Overall, excellent

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Settha Palace Hotel

Address: 6 Pang Kham Street | PO Box 1618, Vientiane, Laos
Location: Laos > Vientiane Province > Vientiane
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#2 Luxury Hotel in Vientiane
#5 Romantic Hotel in Vientiane
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Settha Palace Hotel 4.5*
Number of rooms: 26
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The 1930s French colonial heritage building, with high ceilings, period furniture and lighting, beautiful Italian-marble floors and richly crafted rosewood furniture at this luxurious colonial hotel will take you a step back in time. Beautifully restored to its former charm, the Settha Palace is a hotel you will never forget. Relax by the free-form pool with beautifully landscaped surroundings. Indulge your appetite at our French Mediterranean restaurant, La Belle Epoque. Stay connected with modern facilities like wireless internet service. Now with free WIFI in all public areas of the hotel. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Settha Palace Vientiane
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