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.
Clean, modern and centrally locatedRue Setthathilath
T: (021) 251 606;
The rooms at the modern-looking Mixok Inn are all air-conditioned, come with a tiny cable TV, decent beds, a couple of bits of furniture and clean hot water bathrooms. It’s the perfect budget hotel ... Read the full review of Mixok Inn.
Great value apartmentsBan Vatchan, near the river
T: (021) 241 538; F: (021) 241 539
The rooms at Be Na Cam Guesthouse are styled much more like apartments than hotel rooms. The smaller rooms come with a kitchen sink and rice cooker on top of the usual TV, air-con, double bed and ... Read the full review of Be Na Cam Guesthouse.
Top budget digsFrancois Ngin Road
T: (021) 254 223; F: (021) 254 510
Mixay’s rooms, which share bathrooms, are extremely small and just fit the bed and perhaps your luggage. They are extremely clean and bright as are the blindingly white tiled shared bathrooms. On ... Read the full review of Mixay Paradise.
Good backpacker hostelFrancois Ngin Road
T: (021) 254 181;
Funky Monkey Hostel is almost a carbon copy of the nearby Vientiane Backpackers and is just as popular. Dorm rooms are huge and the beds are set out in typical military/school camp fashion with ... Read the full review of Funky Monkey Hostel.
A top budget optionRue Nokeokoummane
T: (062) 9748 4227;
This dorm-only hostel is a popular budget choice in a town not known for cheap beds. The dorm rooms are quite basic and a little stuffy despite being air-con, but the bedding is clean. Some rooms ... Read the full review of Vientiane Backpackers Hostel.
Solid flashpacker choiceChao Anou Road
T: (021) 262 090;
In a cream building not far from the riverfront, the Phoungchampa Hotel (formerly Intha Hotel) is a solid choice for those on a flashpacking budget. The rooms are spacious and have quite comfortable ... Read the full review of Phoungchampa Hotel.
Comfortable and relaxing riverside hotel048 Fa Ngum Rd
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 Riverine Hotel.
Perfect for flashpackersNokeo Koummane Rd
T: (021) 244 390; F: (021) 244 391
Riverside is more hotel than guesthouse, with a lift, free breakfast, big rooms and hot water bathrooms big enough that the toilet doesn’t get wet when you take a shower; and this hotel feel comes ... Read the full review of Riverside Hotel.USD 10 to 20 5 votes Flashpacker
Top backpacker spotNokeokoummane Rd
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
Slightly overpriced budget hotel18 Manthatourath Road
T: (021) 241 897;
The Vientiane Star is a newly renovated hotel that now has modern looking private and dorm rooms catering to budget travellers. A nifty courtyard area is the perfect place to hang out, drink a beer, ... Read the full review of Vientiane Star Hotel.
A quality guesthouseBan Wat Chan
T: (021) 261 468; F: (021) 262 094
Although not a bad choice, Souphaphone could do a better job of filling in the vast empty spaces in their over-sized rooms. Fantastic wooden floors and big beds with refreshing air-con as well as ... Read the full review of Souphaphone Guesthouse.
Comfort at a good priceFrancois Ngin Rd
T: (021) 213 976; F: (021) 222 619
Lao Silk looks like many other Vientiane hotels from the front but once inside you realise that it's slightly more modern and clean than most. The rooms contain comfortable beds with crisp white ... Read the full review of Lao Silk Hotel.USD 10 to 20 2 votes Flashpacker
Quirky boutique hotelFa Ngum Rd
T: (021) 243 350; F: (021) 243 345
Hotel Beau Rivage Mekong is a superb boutique hotel with funky interior design and quirky furniture. It’s a great place for those who enjoy the aesthetics of a room rather than simple ... Read the full review of Hotel Beau Rivage Mekong.USD 50 to 100 2 votes Toprange
Fantastic value private roomsFrancois Ngin Road
T: (021) 241 352;
The original Lao Youth Inn was closed on our last visit to Vientiane and what is left is Lao Youth Inn 2. This is budget accommodation at its finest as this place can accommodate two people with ... Read the full review of Lao Youth Inn 2.
Spacious groundsPhiawat Rd (road opposite Dan Chan Palace)
T: (021) 218 907;
Villa Manoly is an older hotel set in spacious grounds and a lovely colonial-era building. The lovely pool area is often shaded from the harsh sun and it's at this time of day many choose to have a ... 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
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.
Sensational boutique hotelBan Phiavat
T: (021) 214 493;
This stunning property towards the eastern end of town has changed names from Le Leela to Mandala Boutique Hotel. It's a boutique hotel in every way and even the standard rooms set in the ... Read the full review of Mandala Boutique Hotel (formerly Le Leela).USD 50 to 100 1 vote Toprange
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 better midrange hotels. Rooms offer all modern comforts like air-con, ... Read the full review of Lao Orchid Hotel.USD 50 to 100 1 vote Toprange
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.
Good choice for backpackers63/6-7 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.
Flashpacker favourite, now over-priced109 Pangkham Rd
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 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) 214 919; F: (021) 215 639
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, ... Read the full review of Lani Guesthouse.USD 20 to 50 8 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
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 4 votes Flashpacker
This covers all guesthouses and hotels that are a bit more of a wander from the centre of town.
Solid flashpacker choice137/01 Rue Nokeokoummane, Vientiane
T: (021) 254 190;
Slowly but surely, Vientiane is stepping out of its dusty time capsule to offer something swish and modern. One example of the city’s next generation of accommodation is Faa Apartment, a cushy spot ... Read the full review of Faa Apartment.
Charming roomsPhnom Penh Rd
T: (021) 265 093;
Lao Heritage Hotel is an old wooden-floored hotel that has been beautifully maintained by a European couple to ensure charm meets modern expectations. The beds are wonderfully accented with colourful ... Read the full review of Lao Heritage Hotel.
Attractive flashpacker optionBan 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 that doesn't sacrifice comfort or cleanliness. The immaculate rooms all ... Read the full review of Wonderland 2 Guesthouse.Under USD 10 2 votes Backpacker
Transports you back in timeRue Phai Nam
T: (021) 212 682;
Syri 2 is certainly a place that divides opinion. You’ll either love or hate this place dependent on whether you value charm over modernity or not; this place certainly shuns modernity in favour of ... Read the full review of Syri 1 Guesthouse.Under USD 10 2 votes Backpacker
An oldy but a goody311-313 Samsenthai Rd
T: (021) 250 114; F: (021) 250 113
How standards have changed and expectations risen in Vientiane over the past decade. This was once a top flashpacker spot in Vientiane, but due to stiff competition, it now feels old and a little ... Read the full review of Dragon Lodge.USD 10 to 20 7 votes Flashpacker
Dated luxury6 Pangkham Rd
T: (021) 217 581; F: (021) 217 583
Settha Palace is stunning, with a large foyer, classical French restaurant and a gorgeous swimming pool with frangipani-scented air from the surrounding gardens. Spacious rooms and suites are ... Read the full review of Settha Palace Hotel.Over USD 100 2 votes Luxury
Quirky and cheerful059/3 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.
Charming old guesthouseBan Nongduang Neua
T: (021) 242 292; F: (021) 213 938
Formerly known as Thong Bay & Nongduang, Villa Lao has changed its name again in recent times due to government pressure. The guesthouse remains the same, however, and this old property with ... Read the full review of Villa Lao Traditional House (formerly Nongduang).USD 10 to 20 6 votes Flashpacker
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