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.
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 elegant way, all at an affordable midrange price. Fin de siècle feeling Step inside the lobby and feel transported away from busy modern day Vientiane. The lobby, which doubles as a bar and dining... Read our full review of Hotel Khamvongsa.
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 cleanliness and has friendly English-speaking staff at the front desk. The fan rooms with no ensuite bathroom are basic boxes but they are bright and you do get a small vanity/desk and a window. The... Read our full review of Mixay Guesthouse.
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 inundated by signs about the rules – but the rules translate into an exceptionally clean and orderly experience. The rooms with shared bathrooms are a decent size, with a fan, window and furniture. They... Read our full review of Mixay Paradise.
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 small cable TV, tile floor, hard spring mattress, some furniture and clean but teeny-tiny hot water bathrooms that could be the dictionary definition of “water closet”. This is a solid budget... Read our full review of Mixok Inn.
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 green and white lobby/front patio now doubles as a small cafe with a sporty theme. But the rooms are still much the same as before. They are big, clean and barebones with a few bits of old furniture... Read our full review of Sport Guesthouse.
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 walls and tropical gardens. Auberge Sala Inpeng is one of those pleasant discoveries. Behind a picket fence in the heart of the downtown core is a little “village” of typical traditional Lao... Read our full review of Auberge Sala Inpeng.
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 regular travellers as Faa Apartment. If you are staying in Vientiane for more than a couple of days, it is well worth it to try and snag a spot at this place which has just six rooms. Classy and cosy. Faa... Read our full review of Faa Apartment.
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 Monkey’s popularity is undeniable as the lobby and footpath in front are always buzzing. The dorms are a carbon copy of nearby competitor Vientiane Backpackers, with army barrack bunk beds, each with... Read our full review of Funky Monkey Hostel.
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, painting and local handicrafts. It’s an escape and a home-away-from-home in the middle of a city gone mad with ugly development. Like Mandala Boutique Hotel and Villa Manoly, this hotel is a revived... Read our full review of Lani's House by the Ponds.
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 hotels in this category. It will appeal to travellers looking for a central location, comfortable rooms, high standards and a professional reception. Rooms have been tastefully done with natural materials... Read our full review of Lao Orchid Hotel.
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 Backpackers or Funky Monkey. Dorms are basic, and have the same style metal army bunks as the other hostels, with individual bed light and locker underneath. But you do get air-con at night, clean tile... Read our full review of Lucky Backpackers.
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 corridors creating a relaxing and peaceful atmosphere. The staff on the front desk are equally pleasant and speak good English. The rooms have modern furnishings and a few decorative touches such as... Read our full review of LV City Riverine Hotel.
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 and have springy beds, a TV, vanity, WiFi and clean ensuite bathrooms with hot shower. Big windows let in lots of light and the wraparound balconies would be a great spot for watching city life below... Read our full review of Phoungchampa Hotel.
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, plain decor and hot water bathrooms that boast shower cubicles. This place is big and rather soulless but the English-speaking reception staff are very eager to negotiate rates for walk-ins –- try for... Read our full review of Riverside Palace Hotel.
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 few fans struggling to cool the entire room, but the small luxury you are afforded is that each bed has their own small light and locker. Some rooms have up to 20 beds in them and no privacy which can... Read our full review of Vientiane Backpackers Hostel.
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 hotel wraps around – this is one of the few downtown hotels with a swimming pool. There are also plenty of sun loungers to relax in. The 24 rooms and four suites all contain a wardrobe, desk,... Read our full review of Champa Garden.
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 out-dated but once inside we were pleasantly surprised. The building was once the Embassy of India; now it feels like a casual beachside resort with its rattan furniture, bright colour scheme and breezy... Read our full review of Day Inn Hotel.
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, mini-fridge and plenty of functional furniture such as wardrobe, bedside tables and luggage stand. The attached bathrooms channel an old school hotel vibe, but that means you get a huge countertop and a... Read our full review of Douang Deuane Hotel.
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 and wrap around a beautifully manicured courtyard complete with wicker patio tables and chairs. All rooms are decorated in a simple but tasteful way and have air-con, hot shower, flat screen TV, WiFi... Read our full review of Mali Namphu.
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, fantastic wood floors, refreshing air-con, cable TV, mini fridge, wardrobe, windows, bedside table and lamps. Everything still feels new and you even get a table that may or may not have an... Read our full review of Souphaphone Guesthouse.
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 than other hotels at this price, with shiny hardwood floors and quality wood furniture such as a big desk/vanity, wardrobe and luggage stand. Big windows mean lots of sunlight. You also get a narrow... Read our full review of Vayakorn Inn.
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 beer, surf the internet and meet new friends. This is also where the included breakfast is served. The rooms are tiny and come with a super rock hard bed, flatscreen cable TV, bedside table, WiFi and... Read our full review of Vientiane Star Hotel.
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 like a five-star guest, a refreshing welcome compared to many of the zombie-like receptions we’ve experienced at other Vientiane hotels. Phonepaseuth's prices have remained consistent over the years.... Read our full review of Phonepaseuth Guesthouse.
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 hot water bathroom that is passably clean. Shower curtain and a sink with a plug and countertop are added bonuses. However, everything is rundown and shabby. The air-con units are big, old, loud... Read our full review of Vayakorn House.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 private residence of a French family. These 1960’s era villas are highly desired in Vientiane. The owners have made the most of the mod architecture giving the place a chic contemporary update mixed... Read our full review of Mandala Boutique Hotel (formerly Le Leela).
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 recent construction, which means the rooms sparkle and have high ceilings, clean tile floors, freshly painted cream walls, WiFi, air-con and furniture that struggles to make the enormous amount of space... Read our full review of Bayern Guesthouse.
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 tasteful interior design, non-boring furniture and personable service. It’s a great place for those who enjoy the aesthetics of a room rather than simple functionality. The rooms look and feel... Read our full review of Hotel Beau Rivage Mekong.
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 white walls, white linens and white floors, good lighting, beds without headboards and a small desk that folds down from the wall. It certainly is minimal but somehow feels contemporary rather than... Read our full review of Moonlight Champa.
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 elegant lobby bar, restaurant and outside to the pleasant tropical garden and swimming pool replete with loungers and sun umbrellas. The 28 rooms and suites are timeless and classic, the decor in step... Read our full review of Settha Palace Hotel.
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 recommend. As the name suggests, the two buildings feature traditional French-Lao architecture, with wooden floors, shuttered windows and breezy common space with garden views. The deluxe rooms on... Read our full review of Villa Lao Traditional House (formerly Nongduang).
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 construction and for the mod design that brings the outdoors in and keeps rooms cool. But while Mandala’s interior has been fully updated, Villa Manoly seems like a relic of a bygone retro era, something you... Read our full review of Villa Manoly.