The Settha Palace is a lovely hotel set in a period property. But as others have stated here, it misses a top ranking for a few easy to solve reasons.
The hotel is in the northern centre of Vientiane, about 5 minutes from the National Museum and a bit further to the Wats and shops. The rooms are very well appointed (but starting to look a tiny bit dated), and the service is friendly and flawless. The hotel bar, and restaurant beyond, are refined yet simple. The pool area lacks the tropical lushness of comparable hotels, but the pool is massive and not overcrowded.
On this trip we stayed in 5 hotels in SE Asia that were in the same category as Settha Palace. All of them had free WiFi in the rooms, but at SP you have to pay: free access is only granted in the common areas. Similarly, they put a seal over the items in the minibar, which felt a bit mean and unneeded. I suppose if you have a Beerlao and then replace it they can still charge you for it. Finally, the breakfasts were a bit hit and miss (bananas would have been nice) and offered little in the way of local cuisine.
Vientiane is not the most exciting place to visit, but the huge number of Wats and vibrant street life makes it interesting for 2 days. Good luck.
- 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
- Hotel Settha Palace