Accommodation in Laos ranges from 5-star luxury to dorm style hostels, but this article will focus somewhere in between these two extremes with some variance for those of you with specific needs.
Being a smaller country, Laos is largely rural and the highest concentration of hotels and guesthouses will be in the major cities. Outside of these big cities you can find quiet B&Bs nestled inside colonially dressed buildings, as well as great deals on a place to sleep. But most travelers prefer to stay close to town, so as to be able to observe the local culture such as the morning alms giving.
After a long day of exploring, going home to just the right hotel can make all the difference, so continue reading for a few of our favorite places to stay.
- Hotels range from budget to luxury but all feature clean rooms and nice facilities.
- All hotels on this list are chosen due to their superior features and pricing compared to their competitors.
- All hotels on this list are chosen to be conveniently located. But if you have a special destination in mind, make sure you check that out ahead of time.
- Seasons (high and low) have little to no impact on pricing
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How we rank accommodation
Currently, Laos does not have an official rating system for its accommodation. At Asia Highlights we would never recommend a hotel that we would not feel comfortable recommending to any of our customers but there is some range within this standard.
Basic: Basic accommodation will have everything you need (beds, toiletries, electricity, English speaking staff members). Although they might lack some of the special features of a high-end chain, this type of accommodation is often full of local art and feels very "authentic". Basic is not synonymous with 'rustic' or 'party hostel' but rather simple, tasteful, and affordable.
Standard: A standard accommodation will offer everything we promise in our basic section plus a guarantee of AC or heating (seasonal), as well as more dining options and options for hotel-sponsored activities such as renting bicycles. The main difference between basic and standard are the perks that come with the slightly higher room price.
Luxury: While standard and basic accommodation will have similar interiors, furnishings, and bedding and are distinguished instead by activities and benefits, luxury hotels will also see an increase in the quality of the former. For our luxury-listed accommodation you can expect best in class comfort from the moment you walk in to the moment your head hits the 2,000 thread count pillowcase.
How to pick the perfect place
Choosing a hotel in a country you have never been to, can be a very stressful experience. To help prevent this undue anxiety, remember the three most important factors when choosing a place to stay: location, budget, duration of stay.
At Asia Highlights we have solved this issue for you. Below we have divided our top recommendations by the city they are in. Also included are the hotel addresses for your convenience. Most travelers only spend two or so days in one place in Laos, so it is important to choose a place nearby some local attractions.
We discussed our rating system above, but the full range of prices from budget to luxury is US$100-200. You can find a budget room in a nice place for under a hundred, but most boutique hotels will cost between US$120-160 a night.
Top hotels in Laos
Accommodation in Luang Prabang and Vientiane varies widely, from basic guesthouses to boutique villas, restored from colonial buildings. The establishments listed below are arranged by comfort and luxury standard.
The Belle Rive Hotel Luang Prabang
Enjoy a romantic stay at this quiet and peaceful hotel. A top pick for couples and honeymooners; this hotel sits on the bank of the Mekong River, offering an close-up view of the river. The Colonial style architecture adds to the romantic feel.
Ranking: Standard +
Location: 99 Baan Phonhueang, Luang Prabang
- The hotel has multiple terraces overlooking the Mekong River
- FREE sunset cruise on the Mekong River (great for couples)
- Perfectly located near a number of major attractions
- Hushed, gentle service by well trained staff (mostly English speaking)
- The Belle Rive is close to town but still captures a secluded feeling
- Complimentary mini-bar
Luang Prabang View Hotel
The Luang Prabang View Hotel is a great alternative option for families with younger travelers. This state of the art hotel was a multimillion dollar undertaking that paid off in the form of one of the all-round nicest hotels in the whole country.
With breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains and city, and rooms that offer a private terrace and pool access, this is a perfect resting stop for any group of travelers.
Location: Phou Meo, Thai Lao Friendship Road, Luang Prabang
- The world class Champa Hom Spa offers private massages, facials, and relaxation
- Eat breakfast or lunch with a 360 degree view of the surrounding area, next to the largest infinity pool in town
- Other than standard rooms, there are choices of rooms with a private terrace (terrace king) or a private pool side villa
- Large families can easily request connected rooms
- A full-service restaurant, Skyview Cafe, and the poolside bar leave you with plenty of dining options
- Quick access to local sites such as Mount Phusi and Kuang Si Waterfall
Le Sen Boutique Hotel
The Le Sen offers twin, double, king rooms and private villas, all housed in a colonial style boutique hotel that is sure to thrill any visitor with its local charm and modern comforts.
Location: 113 Manomai Road, Mano Village, Luang Prabang 0600
- The Le Sen is only a minute or so walk from the center of town, which makes it convenient to get to many famous tourist sites
- The hotel offers a free shuttle service that can take you to the post office, some tourist sites, and other important stops
- For entertainment check out the beautiful pool or the night market that are both surrounded by lush green gardens and smiling staff members
- Impeccably clean and well maintained as only a small sized hotel can be
Mandala Boutique Hotel Mandalay
Take in one of the hotel's many beautiful views of the surrounding valley or go on a sightseeing trip that will take you for a closer look. Mandala Boutique Hotel provides a fun mandala theme that allows you to explore the many different mandalas incorporated into the hotel's decoration.
Ranking: Budget + (3 stars)
Location: Ban Phiawat, 33 Unit 10, Sisatanak District, Vientiane 0100.
- Rooms range from suites to single beds, and the prices for each will vary, but they are all comfortably decorated and boast beautiful wooden floors and soft lighting
- Excellent Wi-Fi, CCTV surveillance, and recently renovated facilities
- Free concierge and laundry
- A fully stocked restaurant with local and international cuisines, including many dishes suitable for children and young travelers
Dhavara Hotel building is in the colonial style and is simply elegant. It's the perfect location near the river, night market, museums, temples, and the local nightlife, making the hotel best choice for city explorers.
Ranking: Standard + (pricing meets the criterion for a standard hotel but there are many bonuses that make it feel like a luxury resort, such as fresh fruit delivered to your room every day)
Location: Manthaturath Rd., Xieng Ngeun Villiage, Chanthabury District, Vientiane 0100
- The gardens and surrounding yard give the hotel the feeling of being an oasis where you can escape and relax
- Fresh fruit and snacks will be brought to your room daily
- Friendly, happy staff are well trained to deal with any issues and to help you get around the city for day trips
- Breakfast in the hotel restaurant has become locally famous and is included in most bookings (they also serve lunch and dinner)
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