In the heart of bustling Vientiane stands a remarkable hotel. Built in the early part of the last century, circa 1932, and painstakingly restored to its former imperial glory, the Settha Palace Hotel serves as a testament to the long lost era of classical elegance, gracious service and French colonial charm.
Once more owned by the same passionate family that ran the hotel in its heyday before the change of regime in 1975, no stone has been left unturned and no expense spared in the quest to bring this Vientiane landmark back to life.
Whether you are relaxing by the pool or holding an event in our meeting facilities, friendly service delivered with warm smiles and discrete attention to all your needs. So if your travels bring you to Vientiane. We truly hope to be able to welcome you to Laos and wish you “Sabaidee!” (Hello and Welcome!).
History of the Settha Palace Hotel
The Settha Palace Hotel of today was reimagined by Laotian born Frenchman, Billy Theodas who spent his childhood living at the back of the Settha Palace when it was run by his parents in the 1950s. Unfortunately in 1975 when the regime changed, the whole family left everything behind to begin a new life in France.
The hotel, originally built in 1932, was then nationalised and converted into government housing. With little care or upkeep, it fell into total disrepair over the following years.
After 17 years in self exile, Billy and his mother returned to Laos for a visit. Seeing the cracked, falling walls and collapsing roof of the hotel broke their hearts once more.
With his mother’s urging, Billy decided to regain control of the hotel, and beginning in 1994 spent five long years passionately and persistently leading the difficult renovation and restoration work.
The hotel eventually reopened its doors of refined hospitality to the world in 1999. Today, Settha Palace Hotel is still owned and operated by the same family, providing guests with warm and genuine hospitality, comfortable rooms, fine dining and top notch meetings and events space in a uniquely nostalgic ambience.
The Hotel is located right in the city centre, within walking distance of the commercial district, shops, restaurants and tourist attractions. It is 15 minutes drive from Laos Wattay International Airport and 25 minutes drive to Thanaleng on Laos side of the Mekong River and the border bridge to Thailand.
Colonial charm, luxurious elegance
Take a step back in time when you stay in any of our spacious Suites or Deluxe Rooms. With 70 square meters of charming colonial style, our Executive Suites offer a living room with a full sofa lounge set, a large LCD television, and a dining area.
With just one of its kind available, our Junior Suite is a unique 44 square meters of cosy colonial living with a sofa lounge set, LCD television, and a cosy dining area. Choose between garden views or pool views with 35 square meters of space. A loveseat to relax in with a standing lamp to read by.
A writing desk to pen that postcard at. High speed Wireless Internet and more make our Deluxe Rooms just the right accommodation for the tourist looking for a unique experience or the corporate traveller who needs to get things done in style and comfort.
Every room features furniture made from rosewood and Italian marbled bathrooms with separate shower and tub.
From classic fine dining to resort style poolside meals
At La Belle Epoque Bar, lounge in the charming ambience of plush loveseats and stylish European designed armchairs around polished Marble table tops and the smooth curves of the solid Rosewood bar counter.
And then proceed to La Belle Epoque Restaurant to explore the interesting flavours on our Lao menu or select your courses from our classic French menu.
Tastefully restored in creamy ivory and natural Rosewood decor, this colonial boutique hotel provides intimate spaces and has the perfect hotel facilities with elegant sophistication for your special celebration, lunch or dinner meetings.
Belle Epoque Brasserie
A beautifully restored restaurant, Belle Epoque Brasserie is intimately tucked away in the colonial Settha Palace Hotel built in 1930.
High wood beam ceilings, brass chandeliers, ceiling fans, cane weaved back chairs, French provincial decor and cosy seating create an ideal setting to enjoy traditional Brasserie cuisine complimented by a wide selection of wines.
La Belle Epoque Lounge Bar
With high ceilings revealing the beautiful decades old wood structure of this classic colonial building, sitting down for a drink & a snack while listening to the eclectic mix of soft tunes will take you back in time.
In addition to a wide selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic concoctions, the bar also serves traditional favourites like the Settha burger.
Surround yourself in a tropical setting of a terrace by the pool, flanked by tropical palms, coconut trees and native plants, keeping the feeling of the good old days alive. Warm service with a smile, table umbrellas and the sounds of birds make the poolside a pleasant place for breakfast or an afternoon snack.
An open terrace with native plants, built around a flowing fountain, shaded by a majestic rain forest tree imbues a timeless ambience. Table umbrellas, friendly service and an International menu make the Sidewalk Cafe a pleasant place for guests to watch the city pass them by.
Private Dining at La Belle Epoque Restaurant
The Belle Epoque’s private dining room is the perfect choice for a more intimate dining experience, a small celebration or a VIP meeting in a very cosy atmostphere. A classic European-style fine dining restaurant, La Belle Epoque is intimately tucked away in the Settha Palace Hotel.
Classic European designed chairs, warm decor and cosy seating create an ideal atmosphere to enjoy an exquisite French dinner complimented by a fabulous array of wines or discover a new experience with a seasonally-inspired Lao menu showcasing the distinct flavors of the local harvests.
A classy meeting venue in Vientiane
The boutique nature of the Settha Palace makes it the perfect location for your special event – pleasure or business, from board meeting to an anniversary or a gala dinner. Our experienced team will help you make it happen just the way you want it.
The hotel offers a multi-purpose Banquet Room – the Luang Prabang Room, accommodating as many as 130 persons for cocktails. Combined with the Pool Terrace just outside, it can cater to 250 persons for buffet dinners. For small parties, host a private dinner at the Private Dining Room for up to 12 guests.
Leave your worries at the doors to our resort style massage rooms and pamper yourself with classic massage treatments in a beautifully furnished space with views into a lush private garden.
Whether you need an aerobic workout or to keep up with your bodybuilding regimen, our gym’s modern equipment will keep your heart pumping and your muscles pumped.
Leave the normal world at the door and relax by the lush resort style pool where lounge chairs, fresh towels and a sumptious snack menu await. Go from swimming to surfing the net with complimentary Wireless Internet.
Get down to business
We have the perfect location for a special event. From seminars to board meetings to an intimate wedding celebration, it can be just the way you want it.
Our 200 person Banquet Room opens right into our landscaped poolside area where you can host a cocktail reception by sunset and then adjourn to the ballroom for the gala dinner. Or book our Private Dining Room at La Belle Epoque for a group of up to 12.
Activities And Sight Seeing
- Lao National Museum Less than 1.0 km
- Kaysone Phomvihane Museum 7 km
- Lao People’s Army History Museum 4 km
- The Art of Silk 1.0 km
- Patuxai (Victory Gate) 2 km
- COPE Visitor Centre 1.6 km
- Wat Si Saket Temple 1.0 km
- Hophakaew Museum (opposite Wat Si Saket) 1.0 km
- Pha That Luang 3.8 km
- Wat Si Muang Temple 2.0 km
- SEA Games Golf Club 17.5 km
- Lao Country Club 18.3 km
- Dansavanh Golf & Country Club 68 km
- Buddha Park 26.4 km
- Phou Khao Khouay National Park 85.0 km
- Vang Vieng 156.0 km
- Mixay Boutic – Lao woven fabrics 1.4 km
- Carol Cassidy’s Lao Textiles – Silk Weaving Less than 1.0 km
- Caruso Lao – Wood Crafts & Furniture 1.0 km
- Vientiane Morning Market 1.0 km