This place was built by a Laotian prince as a residence, but he had to abandon it before it was finished when the French government pulled out of the country.
The palace is now owned by a Thai group who finished construction and converted it into a hotel. If this is in your budget range, it's worth a look. The rooms are clean if a little aged, while the more affordable rooms in the newer wing are less impressive but a reasonable option in the price range. Travelfish users report that staff are helpful and friendly, though the food in the restaurant is only okay. The hotel has a kitsch 50s feel to it, not dissimilar to the historical atmosphere of the Atlanta in Bangkok or the Galle Face in Colombo -- its biggest disadvantage is the 10-minute walk to the centre of town.
By Adam Poskitt
Last updated on 3rd February, 2016.