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Settha Palace Hotel
Ranked #9 of 93 Hotels in Vientiane
Certificate of Excellence
Somerset, UK
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218 reviews
190 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 353 helpful votes
“Excellent colonial style hotel”
Reviewed October 29, 2009

The Settha Palace is a classic colonial hotel and I'd be very surprised if there is a better hotel in Vientiane. It has been recently renovated with stylish traditional furniture and polished wood floors. The grounds have been tastefully landscaped and there is a delightful pool. For some reason the hotel had very few guests - maybe it was still off-season, although I got the impression it mainly catered for business people and diplomats.

The restaurant is very good and serves a sophisticated mix of local and French cuisine. The German chef was very helpful with his suggestions.

The staff are friendly and helpful but did not seem to speak much English. Overall a satisfactory stay and highly recommended.

  • Stayed October 2009, traveled as a couple
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Australia
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11 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed September 20, 2009

We stayed here at the end of our trip around Laos and we were very pleased. The pool was great. The rooms and bathrooms were very nice. Breakfast was also good. The 4 poster beds were a plus.

Stayed August 2009, traveled as a couple
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Nottingham, UK
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24 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed August 15, 2009

I have stayed at several of the classic colonial hotels around SE Asia, and this is a very good one. The building, rooms , pool ..... etc I thought were first rate. The service can go a little astray at times (but those who give a [--] review, please remember this is Laos, and not NY or Singapore!), but the service is given with charm, a smile and the best intention.
The restaurant is a treat - the head chef (Mr Rolf), is a character - ( and be sure to get to know him, and follow his recommendations!) - food great.
The airport pick-up by London Taxi is a real hoot.
Hotel is a very short walk into the centre of town (which in reality is hard to define).

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled solo
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Sydney, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed May 25, 2009

Have stayed at both Raffles hotels in Cambodia and Beijing and although this is not as big, it has a real old world charm about it.

Can not believe some of the reviews on the furniture and decor, just assume these people are more used to the naf over the top decor of places like the Burj in Dubai and don't appreciate that places like Laos are all about old colonial charm which this hotel has plenty of, or perhaps these people have sight problems!!

Service - can not fault and food good too.

If you are looking to travel back in time choose this hotel and not one of the ugly multi storey places that are going up every where.

My one request would be to have a few more Laotian artifacts about the place - here it can definitely learn from the raffles group.

  • Stayed May 2009, traveled solo
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Kensington
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51 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
Reviewed May 18, 2009

On a recent trip to SE Asia, we stayed two nights in this hotel, mostly because we wanted to be centrally located in Vientiane. It was the priciest hotel on our trip and the price did not match the quality of the service, the amenities or our expectations. The service was not good at the front desk. . Perhaps this was a language problem, but they need to have a more friendly demeanor and get help from someone else, if they cannot help the customer. The towels in the room were torn and thread bare and I had to ask for another hand towel as there was one for two of us. This hotel was the only place on our entire thrip that we had to pay for internet service. When you are paying a high price ( for Laos) you expect friendly service and good amenities. I would not recommend this hotel.

  • Stayed March 2009, traveled as a couple
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Malaysia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed May 5, 2009

It has been a few years since I stayed at the Settha Palace , however, the hotel was charming with its squeaking floorboards and its delightful setting. Vientiane is not the most exciting cities to visit though Laos is a wonderful country. Highly recommended.

Stayed April 2006, traveled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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334 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 210 helpful votes
Reviewed April 19, 2009

Friendly staff. Rooms need a makeover. Nice Pool. Nice bar. Restaurant is a bit stuffy and not really very good. Didn't really see any other alternative to staying here. Think they are relying on past "glory".

  • Stayed February 2009, traveled solo
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Additional Information about Settha Palace Hotel

Property: Settha Palace Hotel
Address: 6 Pang Kham Street | PO Box 1618, Vientiane 0100, Laos
Location: Laos > Vientiane Province > Vientiane
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#3 Business Hotel in Vientiane
#4 Family Hotel in Vientiane
#5 Spa Hotel in Vientiane
#6 Romantic Hotel in Vientiane
#6 Luxury Hotel in Vientiane
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Settha Palace Hotel 4.5*
Number of rooms: 29
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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