This is a relatively new hotel in Vientiane but has been beautifully styled for elegance and colonial charm. From the outside the pure white facade with glittering mirror tiles makes it a cool and appealing haven and it is no different inside. The lobby is light and bright and filled with the scent of fresh lilies. The staff are welcoming and polite without being stuffy or obsequious. We decided on a standard room but it is huge, with a vast bed and ample space to move around. The bathroom is beautifully decorated in marble with rococo-style mirrors. The shower is hugely powerful and predictable - none of that sudden dosage of freezing cold water when someone down the corridor turns on a tap.
Breakfast is fantastic with a massive buffet of western and asian dishes, fresh fruit, juices, breads, fried rice, yoghurt and cereal and there are additional menu items including french toast and pancakes and of course eggs cooked anyway you like which arrive in moments and are perfectly cooked. And of course coffee, excellent coffee.
It is the little touches that make all the difference at Dhavara from the iced welcome drink on arrival, through to the full sized mugs (not silly little cups) for tea and coffee in the room, to the little plates of fresh exotic fruit and macarons from the salon de the downstairs that arrive in your room sometime between when you go out for dinner and return to sleep.
Dhavara is a lovely hotel, with a opulent feel and a friendly atmosphere. By comparison to some of the other hotels of a similar star rating which are either a bit outdated or a bit slap-dash, this would always be my first choice when holidaying in Vientiane.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Sabaidee and welcome to the Dhavara Boutique Hotel, Vientiane. It is our pleasure to welcome you to our colonial residence in the Vientiane Capital. The name, Dhavara, derived from Sanskrit which means ‘beautifully white’ as the inspiration of the architecture. The Dhavara Boutique Hotel is honored to introduce the Lao culture and tradition to you through the hotel decorations, services, and cuisine while you will have the comfort of your home away from home with us. ... more less
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