Guesthouses, hotels and resorts
Vientiane’s city centre is laid out in a grid of one-way streets bordered by the Mekong river and Quai Fa Ngum to the south, Samsenthai Road to the north, Chou Anou Road in the west and the Presidential Palace on the eastern edge. Everything here is easy walking distance to the Mekong and night market.
Stylish and superbKhounbulom Rd, Ban Wat Chan, Vientiane
T: (021) 218 415; F: (021) 217 712
Hotel Khamvongsa is one of the best hotels in Vientiane – not because it’s flashy or glamorous, but because it is a family-owned hotel that offers life’s little luxuries in an understated and ... Read the full review of Hotel Khamvongsa.
Clean, modern and centrally locatedRue Setthathilath, Ban Mixay, Vientiane
T: (021) 251 606 ;
A great central location means Mixok Inn is busier than most and it’s not a bad place to set your pack down for a few nights. The rooms at the modern-looking guesthouse are all air-con, come with a ... Read the full review of Mixok Inn.
Top budget digsFrancois Ngin Rd, Ban Mixay, Vientiane
T: (021) 254 223; F: (021) 254 510
In a city full of grimy budget places to stay that lack care or any sense of professionalism, Mixay’s bright and clean no-nonsense rooms are refreshing. Upon entering the reception you will be ... Read the full review of Mixay Paradise.
Backpacker hubFrancois Ngin Rd, Ban Mixay, Vientiane
T: (021) 254 181;
There’s certainly something funky and simian about this hostel. In terms of cleanliness, there is much to be desired but backpackers looking for a social, energetic atmosphere flock here. Funky ... Read the full review of Funky Monkey Hostel.
Lovely traditional Lao houses063 Unit 06 Inpeng St, Ban Wat Chan (1 lane west of Chou Anou Rd), Vientiane
T: (021) 242 021; F: (021) 242 954
Take the time to wander down Vientiane’s back streets and small lanes and you’ll be pleasantly surprised to find beautiful, quiet spots, old colonial homes covered with bougainvillea, crumbling ... Read the full review of Auberge Sala Inpeng.
Great hostel15 Manthathourath Road, Ban Xieng Yuen, Vientiane
T: (021) 255 636;
Lucky Backpackers is the latest addition to Vientiane’s hostel scene. Opened in 2015, not surprising the new dorm rooms are far cleaner, fresher and better value than the same priced Vientiane ... Read the full review of Lucky Backpackers.
A flashpacker’s home away from home137/01 Rue Nokeokoummane, Ban Mixay, across from National Cultural Hall
T: (021) 254 190-1;
Vientiane has a staggering amount of short-term furnished apartments catering to the large number of business travellers and NGO-type people, but few are as centrally located and accessible to ... Read the full review of Faa Apartment.
Social atmosphereNokeokoummane Rd, Ban Mixay, Vientiane
T: (020) 9748 4227;
In terms of cleanliness, it’s on par with Funky Monkey but well below Lucky Backpackers Hostel. The dorm rooms are basic, have no natural light and are stuffy with only a single air-con unit and a ... Read the full review of Vientiane Backpackers Hostel.
Dated guesthouseChao Anou Rd, Ban Wat Chan, Vientiane
T: (021) 262 090 ;
In a cream building not far from the riverfront, the dated Phoungchampa Hotel (formerly Intha Hotel) is an okay guesthouse for those in need of air-con and a private bathroom. The rooms are spacious ... Read the full review of Phoungchampa Hotel.
Comfortable riverside hotel048 Fa Ngum Rd, Ban Mixay, Vientiane
T: (021) 214 643; F: (021) 216 633
Riverine is a more upmarket option compared to some of the surrounding hotels and you can immediately recognise this when you enter the front door. Incense and aromatic oils are burning in the ... Read the full review of LV City Riverine Hotel.
Flawless toprange choiceChao Anou Rd, Ban Wat Chan, Vientiane
T: (021) 264 134; F: (021) 264 138
One of the more upscale options near the riverbank, Lao Orchid is popular with business travellers yet it still manages to feel boutique, cosy and elegant, making it one of the better Vientiane ... Read the full review of Lao Orchid Hotel.USD 50 to 100 1 vote Toprange
Solid midrange option6 Nokeokoummane Rd, Ban Mixay
T: (021) 244 390; F: (021) 244 391
Riverside tries to be a city hotel, with hotel-type amenities included with the rooms like free breakfast, free cheap toiletries, safety box, TV and fridge. The big, clean rooms have tile floor, ... Read the full review of Riverside Palace Hotel.USD 20 to 50 5 votes Midrange
Flashpacker favourite109 Pangkham Rd, Vientiane
T: (021) 215 093; F: (021) 263 298
The wide, open entrance is an attractive introduction to this popular guesthouse in the centre of Vientiane. Rooms above the lobby are the most affordable, but the best rooms are in the back building ... Read the full review of Mali Namphu.USD 20 to 50 45 votes Midrange
Top backpacker spotNokeokoummane Rd, Ban Mixay, Vientiane
T: (021) 213 679; F: (021) 243 400
Mixay Guesthouse is a top little budget guesthouse right in the centre of town, not to be confused with the similarly named Mixay Paradise. It’s a popular place because it balances price with ... Read the full review of Mixay Guesthouse.Under USD 10 12 votes Backpacker
Central boutique hotel with a pool27 Francois Ngin St, Ban Mixay (across from Aria Italian Restaurant), Vientiane
T: (020) 9158 5858, (020) 9623 8246;
As of mid-2015, Champa Garden Hotel is brand new, boasting rooms outfitted with modern city hotel furniture and finishes. The location down off Francois Ngin Street is great, as is the pool that the ... Read the full review of Champa Garden.
Quality rooms, affordable prices19 Hengbounnoy, Ban Haysok (1 lane west of Nokeokoummane Rd), Vientiane
T: (021) 241 911; F: (021) 241 910
Vayakorn Inn is US$6 more a night than its sister hotel Vayakorn House, but the rooms at Vayakorn Inn are far superior in every respect. The bright, very spacious rooms have more polish and poise ... Read the full review of Vayakorn Inn.
Slightly overpriced budget hotel18 Manthatourath Rd, Ban Xieng Yeun, Vientiane
T: (021) 241 897, (020) 9546 4639;
The Vientiane Star has friendly management and modern looking private rooms catering to budget travellers. A nifty courtyard area tucked away from the street is the perfect place to hang out, drink a ... Read the full review of Vientiane Star Hotel.
Solid guesthouse for flashpackersBan Wat Chan, side street off Francois Ngin Rd, Vientiane
T: (021) 261 468, (021) 264 931; F: (021) 255 218
Souphaphone Guesthouse could be friendlier, something you may be willing to overlook for its central location and oversized rooms that come with creature comforts such as big beds, clean white linen, ... Read the full review of Souphaphone Guesthouse.
Elegant hideaway house281 Setthathirat Rd, Ban Haysok, Vientiane
T: (021) 215 639 ; F: (021) 215 639
Tucked away down a small lane in the middle of the town centre, Lani’s House by the Ponds (formerly Lani Guesthouse) is a beautiful old Lao house with artful flourishes of antiques, large photos, ... Read the full review of Lani's House by the Ponds.USD 20 to 50 8 votes Midrange
Dated flashpacker guesthouse91 Nokeokoummane Rd, Ban Mixay, Vientiane
T: (021) 241 911; F: (021) 241 910
On paper this is a fair deal for a flashpacker. Rooms have all the small conveniences you would expect at this price: air-con, a side table and desk, mirror, plugs, flat screen TV with channels and a ... Read the full review of Vayakorn House.USD 10 to 20 10 votes Flashpacker
Quirky, fresh and cheerful059/3 Pangkham Rd, Ban Sisaket, Vientiane
T: (021) 223 848; F: (021) 222 984
In a cheerful pale yellow building just north of the city centre, the long-established Day Inn has a quirky charm. Don’t judge the book by its cover – given its facade we assumed it would be ... Read the full review of Day Inn Hotel.
Good value private roomsFrancois Ngin Rd, Ban Mixay, Vientiane
T: (021) 241 352;
Formerly Lao Youth Inn 2, this budget accommodation has been given a new name, brand new lobby and higher rates that include an extra 10,000 kip charge for a room with a window. The freshly painted ... Read the full review of Sport Guesthouse.
Clean and comfortableNokeo Koummane Rd, Ban Mixay, Vientiane
T: (021) 222 301-3; F: (021) 222 300
Despite its faded appearance, big Douang Deuane hotel still has life left in it and the rooms are good. The very large rooms aim for comfort over style with clean linens, TVs, air-con, safety box, ... Read the full review of Douang Deuane Hotel.USD 10 to 20 5 votes Flashpacker
Clean, central, flashpacker friendly97 Pangkham Rd, Vientiane
T: (021) 212 263; F: (021) 261 395
Located right beside Mali Namphu, we’d choose Phonepaseuth over its more upscale neighbour just for the overwhelmingly friendly, polite and attentive family here. This guesthouse makes you feel ... Read the full review of Phonepaseuth Guesthouse.USD 10 to 20 4 votes Flashpacker
Outside city centre
This covers all guesthouses and hotels that are a bit more of a wander from the centre of town. All accommodation listed here is less than three kilometres from the city centre.
Sensational boutique hotelPhiawat Rd, Ban Phiawat, Vientiane
T: (021) 214 493;
Mandala Boutique Hotel, formerly known as Le Leela, is simply stunning. It's a boutique hotel in every way and feels special from the moment you enter the grounds. The 1960’s building was once the ... Read the full review of Mandala Boutique Hotel (formerly Le Leela).USD 50 to 100 1 vote Toprange
New, modern and cleanChou Anou Rd, Ban Anou (150m north of Samsenthai Rd, across from Swedish Baking House), Vientiane
T: (021) 255 046, (020) 5899 2082;
Bayern Guesthouse will never win any style awards but it is new, clean and straightforward – and after seeing quite a few icky guesthouses in Vientiane, that’s a good thing. Bayern is a ... Read the full review of Bayern Guesthouse.
Cool and contemporaryPangkham Rd, Ban Xieng Yuen (across the road from Settha Palace), Vientiane
T: (021) 264 114;
Moonlight Champa offers flashpackers clean, comfy rooms and personable service. Though rooms are tiny, they’ve used clever tricks to maximise every inch of space and to make it feel larger: bright ... Read the full review of Moonlight Champa.
Popular boutique hotelFa Ngum Rd, Ban Seetarn Neua, Vientiane
T: (021) 243 350; F: (021) 254 102
Hotel Beau Rivage Mekong is a superb boutique hotel that has been around for years and it remains a perennial favourite. It sets itself apart from all the other bland Vientiane hotels with funky and ... Read the full review of Hotel Beau Rivage Mekong.USD 50 to 100 2 votes Toprange
Faded and eccentricPhiawat Rd (small lane between Wat Si Muang and Don Chan Palace), Ban Phiawat, Vientiane
T: (021) 218 907;
Similar to its neighbour Mandala Boutique Hotel, Villa Manoly is a lovely 1960’s building set in spacious grounds. These buildings are much coveted now in Vientiane because of their solid ... Read the full review of Villa Manoly.USD 20 to 50 3 votes Midrange
Colonial luxury6 Pangkham Rd, 2 blocks north of Lao Plaza Hotel, Vientiane
T: (021) 217 581; F: (021) 217 583
Graceful and stately as a Grande Dame, Settha Palace is an old world hotel that emanates the French colonial days. Built in 1932, guests are warmly received in a large foyer that flows into an ... Read the full review of Settha Palace Hotel.Over USD 100 2 votes Luxury
Charming but overpriced guesthouseSithong Rd, Ban Nongduang Neua (north of Fa Ngum monument), Vientiane
T: (021) 242 292; F: (021) 213 938
Formerly known as Thong Bay and Nongduang, Villa Lao is a property with character. Built in the 1950’s, it offers a unique experience for travellers though the increased rates make it hard to fully ... Read the full review of Villa Lao Traditional House (formerly Nongduang).USD 10 to 20 6 votes Flashpacker
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