Built in 1932, this Grand dame of Vientiane presides over its position in the heart of the Laos capital with elegance, as it has for nearly 100 years.
Having once been an iconic architectural feature in Vientiane, the property was as-good-as abandoned having been used – and misused – during the 1970’s, by a swath of government officials in need of short-term housing. However, walk through the impressive Settha Palace entrance and on to the lobby’s polished marble floor today, and you’ll be under no illusion that this unique luxury Vientiane hotel is well and truly back to its glorious, regal best. Huge widows let in plenty of light, just what’s needed to show off the distinct décor of rich rosewood furniture, stone pillars and Laotian artwork peppering the walls.
Outside and around the grounds it’s just as impressive, as verdant gardens – emblematic of Laos and a rare find for central Vientiane hotel – cradle an inviting lagoon-style swimming pool and sun patio, one of the few city centre hotels that has one. You can stay outside for a spot of lunch too, courtesy of the poolside bar and al fresco tables, though the main restaurant and lobby lounge are just as inviting, particularly at night and you’ll find an admirable passion for local cuisine across the seasonal menu here. That said, the best restaurants, bars and shops in Vientiane are all within easy walking distance of the hotel, so too the popular Nam Phou Park with its impressive central fountain, National Museum and Wat Si Saket Temple, among many other highlights.
Of course, while enjoying your tour of Laos, downtime is also important and the masseurs at Settha Palace Hotel’s onsite spa will be only too happy to oblige. Secluded and with a small walled-garden to look over, their spa offers treatments ranging from traditional oil-free, invigorating Lao massages to aromatherapy-based treatments that feel suitably indulgent; the final piece of the puzzle in taking you back to this illustrious property’s turn-of-the-century heyday.
Dark wooden floors topped with pretty Laotian rugs and furniture that takes cues from French colonial design are found throughout the guestrooms, echoing the many facets of Vientiane’s history here at the Settha Palace Hotel. Chic monochrome bathrooms complete with marble tops, separate tub and shower then give a more contemporary twist to the overall look, while Wi-Fi, a safe, mini bar and satellite television are always welcome in-room amenities. You’ll find plenty of light, large windows and a king-size or twin bed here too, no matter which room category you choose.
Activities and Entertainment
In this diverse, welcoming city there is no shortage of things to do, and a short walk from the hotel in any direction will take you to many Vientiane’s highlights. These include its ancient temples such as Wat Si Saket and Wat Si Muang, the National Museum full of interesting artefacts detailing the rich history of Laos, art galleries, textile markets and more. Stop off in a local French-style café along the way or spend time in one of the city’s parks; the attractions of Vientiane are plentiful and all easily accessed from the Settha Palace Hotel. Occasional themed nights provide a little cultural fun back at the hotel.
The Settha Palace Hotel is very well-equipped for such a city centre property. You can keep fit in their onsite gym, spend time by the pool, in the gardens or treat yourself to a massage at the secluded spa while here. There’s a good concierge team too, drivers on-hand plus Wi-Fi, parking if needed as well as the lobby lounge, restaurant and al fresco dining area.
Vientiane, Laos, roughly 15 minutes from the city’s international airport. Settha Palace is also within walking distance of Vientiane’s museums, temples parks, markets, restaurants and cafes too.
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