What Raffles is to Singapore and what The Oriental is to Bangkok, then Settha Palace is to Vientiane. Originally constructed in 1932, this luxurious hotel was comprehensively and without compromise restored to its former charm in 1999. French colonial architecture, period furniture, and landscaped gardens are the features of what can only be described as a historical landmark in the heart of the capital.Standing as a testament to an era of classical elegance, one of the most remarkable aspects of this hotel is the gracious service, in keeping with the attentiveness you could expect in a Four Seasons, for example.
Following on from the public areas in the main building, all 29 rooms and suites are presented in an elegant French colonial style and feature exposed solid wood floors, high ceilings and many with comfortable 2 poster beds dressed with down feather pillows and crisp white linen. All rooms also come complete with coffee table and 2-seater sofa. The bathrooms are stylish marble with separate shower and bathtub. There is satellite TV, an in room safe, minibar and wireless internet access is available in all guestrooms.
There is a choice of two dining options; ‘La Belle Époque’, where you can enjoy classical French cuisine or choose from a seasonally-inspired Lao menu showcasing the distinct flavours of the local harvest or the ‘Sidewalk Café’, which offers Asian and International dishes. You may also enjoy light snacks sitting beside the swimming pool, which is the best in Vientiane.
The Settha Palace is without doubt the unashamed most expensive hotel in the capital….but well worth the money. Many agree, as it so often full and you will invariably need to book early for high season.