Guesthouses, hotels and resorts
Vientiane - near the river
Despite the city being right on the river, few of the guesthouses and hotels are. Here are the inexpensive guesthouses and hotels that are either right on the river or within a block of it.
Chic newcomerFrancois Ngin Rd
T: (021) 213 976; F: (021) 222 619
We were drawn in by the sign outside this new hotel that said clean, soft bed, free WiFi, friendly, and must admit that they delivered on all accounts. The beds are soft as feathers (by Lao ... Read the full review of Lao Silk Hotel.USD 10 to 20 2 votes Flashpacker
Great balance of value and comfortNokeo Koummane Rd
T: (021) 244 390; F: (021) 244 391
The Riverside has been around for a few years now and doesn't look as fresh as it once did, but it remains a fine choice for a genuinely comfortable room on a budget. All rooms are well furnished and ... Read the full review of Riverside Hotel.USD 10 to 20 5 votes Flashpacker
Warm and welcomingBan Phiavat, No 8
T: (021) 212 095;
Adjacent to Wat Phiavat, this homey place has two buildings with adequate air-con rooms. Rooms in the older building have more character and cost $5 less, while rooms in the newer addition are ... Read the full review of Vieng Thong Guesthouse.
Tranquil boutique hotelFa Ngum Rd
T: (021) 243 350; F: (021) 243 345
Set on a quieter stretch of Fa Ngum Rd, north of the main riverside scene. Beau Rivage is a boutique hotel popular with couples and business travellers. The unique design embraces the natural beauty ... Read the full review of Hotel Beau Rivage Mekong.USD 20 to 50 2 votes Midrange
Romance by the river048 Fa Ngum Rd
T: (021) 214 643; F: (021) 216 633
From the outside Riverine looks like your average guesthouse/massage shop, but the rooms above are quite modern with some surprisingly Zen-like decor. All rooms are stylish and well-furnished with ... Read the full review of Riverine Hotel.USD 20 to 50 2 votes Midrange
Top budget spot54 Nokeo Koummane Rd
T: (020) 244 7820; F: (021) 243 400
Aimed firmly at backpackers, Mixay offers a wide variety of rooms at low rates and a convivial atmosphere. The guesthouse has been recently renovated and rooms have a fresh coat of paint, new ... Read the full review of Mixay Guesthouse.Under USD 10 14 votes Backpacker
Just okayFrancois Ngin St
T: (030) 526 3000;
One of the many budget spots crowded together on Francois Ngin Rd, Mimi is a decent choice if the popular guesthouses are full. The building itself looks a bit run down with laundry drying on the ... Read the full review of Mimi Guesthouse.
Promising new budget hotel88 Ban Wat Chan
T: (021) 262 090;
In a sunny yellow building not far from the riverfront, the new Intha Hotel is a solid choice on a flashpacking budget. The rooms are spacious and have quite comfortable beds, a TV with English ... Read the full review of Intha Hotel.
Clean and modernBan Wat Chan
T: (021) 261 468; F: (021) 262094
In a lovely new building with wrought-iron balconies, Souphaphone offers modern accommodation without breaking the bank. Don't judge the hotel by its plain lobby and hallways, as the rooms are quite ... Read the full review of Souphaphone Guesthouse.USD 10 to 20 2 votes Flashpacker
Backpacker magnet on the waterfront029 Fa Ngum Rd
T: (021) 217 130;
The original Youth Inn location, this bright green guesthouse set right on the riverfront attracts a steady stream of backpackers. The rooms are spacious, comfortable and the price is right, but not ... Read the full review of Youth Inn.Under USD 10 4 votes Backpacker
Colonial charms and a small poolPhiawat Rd (road opposite Dan Chan Palace)
T: (021) 218 907;
Well away from the town centre, Manoly is a charming colonial villa set amid rambling green grounds. The spacious rooms have air-con, firm beds, modern bathrooms with shower or tub, and loads of ... Read the full review of Villa Manoly.USD 20 to 50 3 votes Midrange
Comfort over styleNokeo Koummane Rd
T: (021) 222 301-3; F: (021) 222 300
Despite its faded appearance, big Douang Deuane hotel still has some life left in it. The rooms aim for comfort over style with simple furnishings, old TVs, air-con, and clean attached bathrooms with ... Read the full review of Douang Deuane Hotel.USD 10 to 20 5 votes Flashpacker
Everything you need37-01 Nokeo Koummane Rd
T: (021) 262 112;
This cheap and cheerful guesthouse invites guests to relax and dream away. The rooms are small but immaculately clean with the facilities that no-fuss travellers want, nothing more, nothing less. ... Read the full review of RD Guesthouse.Under USD 10 5 votes Backpacker
Will do at a pinch015/2 Francois Nginn Rd
T: (021) 216 571;
One of the many budget guesthouses on Francois Ngin Rd, Lao Sakonh offers simple rooms in a rambling pink building. A mixed bag of rooms run off from long corridors and are set up with your choice of ... Read the full review of Lao Sakonh Guesthouse.
A good traveller's meeting point23 Manthatulath Rd
T: (021) 218 383-4; F: (021) 223 757
In an attractive older building with shuttered windows and big balconies, Saysouly looks like a grown-up version of a guesthouse. However, at this price, you shouldn't be surprised by the simplicity ... Read the full review of Saysouly Guesthouse.Under USD 10 12 votes Backpacker
Riverside value33 Fa Ngum Rd
T: (021) 252 825; F: (021) 216 588
In a lovely Lao-French building with arched entryways, the Orchid is at the heart of the Mekong riverside action. The air-con rooms are spotlessly clean and have a TV, attached bathroom with hot ... Read the full review of Orchid Guesthouse.USD 10 to 20 13 votes Flashpacker
Vientiane - near the river: Upmarket
Despite the city being right on the river, few of the guesthouses and hotels are. Here are the upmarket hotels that are either right on the river or within a block of it.
An oasis of calmBan Phiawat 33 Unit 10
T: (021) 214 048; F: (021) 215 532
Tucked away down a quiet lane, Le Leela is a 15-room boutique hotel that had its soft opening in early 2010. The setup is similar to Vila Manoly, its neighbour, and rooms are in a colonial-era house ... Read the full review of Le Leela Hotel.
High standards near the river2-12 Francois Ngin Rd
T: (021) 216 906-9; F: (021) 216 223
Until mid-2010 this four storey business-oriented hotel in the centre of Vientiane was known as the Tai Pan, but it was recently taken over by the Best Western. With the name change came some ... Read the full review of Best Western Vientiane.
Pretty, but overpriced57/4 Wat Xieng Gneun Rd
T: (021) 243 415; F: (021) 243 414
As elegant as the Amphone restaurant opposite it, this boutique hotel is immediately identifiable by the golden tree painted on the front. The rooms are elegantly done with hardwood floors, carved ... Read the full review of Phasouk Residence.
Vientiane's superlative hotelUnit 6, Phiawat, Vientiane
T: (021) 244 288; F: (021) 244 111
Having somehow squirmed their way around Vientiane's development laws that restrict building height, Don Chan Palace is the biggest, tallest, and most expensive hotel in town, and an eyesore along ... Read the full review of Don Chan Palace Hotel.Over USD 100 1 vote Luxury
This covers the area within a short walk of the Nam Phou fountain, so everything west of the Presidential Palace and between the river and Samsenthai Rd.
Generic five-star hotel63 Samsenthai Rd
T: (021) 218 800; F: (021) 218 808
A luxurious choice in the heart of the city, Lao Plaza has all the amenities plus the hefty price tag you'd expect of a five-star hotel. The 100-plus rooms are spacious and outfitted in hushed tones ... Read the full review of Lao Plaza.Over USD 100 1 vote Luxury
Chic midrange choiceChao Anou Rd
T: (021) 264 134; F: (021) 264 138
One of the more upscale options near the riverbank, Lao Orchid's high standards and Mekong views make it one of Vientiane's best midrange hotels. Rooms offer all modern comforts like air-con, ... Read the full review of Lao Orchid Hotel.
Flashpacker favourite109 Pangkham Rd
T: (021) 21 5093; F: (021) 26 3298
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 real gems are in the back building ... Read the full review of Mali Namphu.USD 20 to 50 45 votes Midrange
New backpacker favouriteFrancois Ngin Rd
T: (021) 215 131;
A spin-off from the popular backpacker spot by the river, the new building further down Francois Ngin is bigger and cleaner than the original. They've followed the same formula for the rooms and ... Read the full review of Youth Inn 2.Under USD 10 3 votes Backpacker
Classic Lao elegance281 Setthathirat Rd
T: (021) 215 639; F: (021) 216 103
Tucked away down a small lane near Wat Hai Sok, Lani is a beautiful old Lao house with flourishes of antiques and local handicrafts. The 12 rooms are breezy and spacious with air-con, mini-fridge, en ... Read the full review of Lani Guesthouse.USD 20 to 50 10 votes Midrange
Warm and welcoming91 Nokeo Koummane Rd
T: (021) 241 911; F: (021) 241 910
With a pretty, white exterior dotted with leafy greens on the balconies, this midrange guesthouse close to the centre of town offers some lovely rooms. Staff are polite and welcoming and run the ... Read the full review of Vayakorn Guesthouse.USD 10 to 20 10 votes Flashpacker
Good sized family rooms083/1-2 Hengboun Rd
T: (021) 219 711; F: (021) 219 755
Part of a small chain catering to package tour groups, this is the friendlier and better located of the Haysoke properties in town. Though the setup in a pinkish concrete building is forgettable, ... Read the full review of Haysoke 1 Guesthouse.
Popular central choice63/6-7 Setthatilath Rd, Vientiane
T: (021) 241 345;
Vientiane's second Syri guesthouse, this location is a bit more modern and located closer to the riverfront. Their well-priced rooms are offered with your choice of fan or air-con and with private or ... Read the full review of Syri 2 Guesthouse.
Same reliable rooms, new lower prices311-313 Samsenthai Rd
T: (021) 250 114; F: (021) 250 113
Dragon Lodge is a colourfully painted building with a dimly lit bar/restaurant on the ground floor and modern rooms upstairs. Once a popular flashpacker spot, it's fallen out of favour due to stiff ... Read the full review of Dragon Lodge.USD 10 to 20 7 votes Flashpacker
Cheapest beds in town115 Setthathirat Rd
T: (021) 213 929; F: (021) 241 259
Painted bright turquoise, Sabaidy Guesthouse is a beacon for travellers on a very tight budget. Its rooms are the cheapest in town so you'll need to arrive early to have any hope of securing one ... Read the full review of Sabaidy Guesthouse.
Clean and central97 Pangkham Rd
T: (021) 212 263; F: (021) 261 395
Located right beside popular Mali Namphu, Phonepaseuth's prices have remained more consistent over the past years and they often absorb their neighbour's overflow. The minty-green rooms are simple ... Read the full review of Phonepaseuth Guesthouse.USD 10 to 20 6 votes Flashpacker
Pleasant budget rooms, if you can get oneSetthathirat Rd
T: (021) 243 204;
The Chantha has just nine clean, pleasant rooms with fan or air-con, and a Full sign is a common sight on their door. Rooms feature the standard guesthouse furnishings of beds with firm mattresses, a ... Read the full review of Chantha Guesthouse.
Cheap and central121 Ban Mixay Sethathilath Rd
T: (021) 218 723;
Among the dingy guesthouses that line Sethathilath Rd, Soukchaleun looks bright and modern. Prices are not as low as some of its neighbours, but the rooms here are intended to be more than just a ... Read the full review of Soukchaleun Guesthouse.
This covers all guesthouses and hotels that are a bit more of a wander from the centre of town.
Hidden budget gemBan Sisaket 137, Unit 08
T: (021) 222 917;
Hidden away down a quiet lane running off from the That Dam roundabout, Wonderland 2 is a great choice for an affordable room without sacrificing comfort or cleanliness. The immaculate rooms all have ... Read the full review of Wonderland 2 Guesthouse.
Convenient for transportationLane Xang Avenue
T: (021) 223 475; F: (021) 263 674
Set in an attractive wooden building with a terracotta-tiled roof, Khamkhon's location near the bus station makes it popular with repeat visitors. Its 21 rooms are styled with polished wooden ... Read the full review of Khamkoun Hotel.
Quirky hotel with cheerful rooms059/3 Pangkham Rd
T: (021) 223 848; F: (021) 222 984
In a cheerful yellow building near the city centre, the long-established Day Inn has a quirky charm to it. The building was once the Embassy of India, and its rattan furniture, bright colour scheme, ... Read the full review of Day Inn Hotel.
A quaint family-run spotDu Puits Rd
T: (021) 212 682;
Our preference of the two Syri locations, this quaint guesthouse in set along a quiet street near the national sports stadium. There are two buildings, one with updated air-con rooms and one with ... Read the full review of Syri 1 Guesthouse.
Cheapest air-con in townPhanompen Rd
T: (021) 213 307;
A long-running budget spot, Lovan is not aging very gracefully. The rooms are nearly identical with rust-coloured floor tiles, hard double beds with mismatched sheets, and dingy attached bathrooms ... Read the full review of Lovan Guesthouse.
Elegant6 Pangkham Rd
T: (021) 217 581-2; F: (021) 217 583
Settha Palace is regarded by many as the best hotel in Vientiane, if not the whole of Laos. It certainly is absolutely stunning with a large foyer, classical French restaurant, and a gorgeous ... Read the full review of Settha Palace Hotel.Over USD 100 2 votes Luxury
Rustic charmsBan Nong Douang
T: (021) 242 292; F: (021) 213 938
Away from the main guesthouse area, Villa Nongduang (previously Thong Bay Guesthouse) is a sanctuary of beauty and tranquility. Guestrooms are located in traditional wooden Lao buildings set in ... Read the full review of Villa Nongduang.USD 10 to 20 6 votes Flashpacker
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Top accommodation by review
2 votes Francois Ngin Rd
T: (021) 213 976
F: (021) 222 619
1 vote Ban Phiawat 33 Unit 10
T: (021) 214 048
F: (021) 215 532
1 vote Chao Anou Rd
T: (021) 264 134
F: (021) 264 138
8 votes 281 Setthathirat Rd
T: (021) 215 639
F: (021) 216 103
1 vote 2-12 Francois Ngin Rd
T: (021) 216 906-9
F: (021) 216 223
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