Best hotels and hostels in Laos

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Phu Hin Bun NPA & Tham Kong Lor

    Spring River Resort

    These stilted bungalows sit in an immaculately landscaped, jungle-like garden at the edge of Nam Hin Bun. The more expensive rooms have en suite bathrooms, considerably more space and private balconies to enjoy the lush river view. Easily the most charming place to stay in the region. The attached riverside restaurant (mains 35,000K to 50,000K) has a memorable setting and tasty food.

  • Lodging in Luang Prabang

    Amantaka

    You can imagine Graham Greene writing under a wood-blade fan in the wicker-accented restaurant of this beautifully renovated French colonial-era building. Flanked by manicured lawns, a centrepiece jade swimming pool and dreamy spa and gym, suites here are capacious, with living room, four-poster beds and most featuring a private pool in their back garden. Surely Luang Prabang's finest hotel?

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Luang Prabang

    La Résidence Phou Vao

    With its stunning hilltop grounds, seamless service and stylish wood rooms, Luang Prabang's first luxury hotel minted revivalist Indo-chic. The infinity pool reflects distant Phu Si and is flanked by a top-notch Franco-Lao restaurant. The Mekong Spa is spectacular and has won several global awards. No other hotel has such a sublime view of the city and mountains. Bliss!

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Luang Prabang

    Satri House

    This beautiful compound of villas (one is the former house of the Lao Red Prince) boasts stunning rooms with huge beds, fine furniture and a decorative flair unmatched by any other boutique in the city. Imagine pathways through lush gardens lit by statues of Indian gods, ornamental lily pools, a stunning jade swimming pool and a maze of Indo-chic corridors. The spa is terrific.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Kiet Ngong

    Kingfisher Ecolodge

    Run by a Lao-Italian family, the Kingfisher Ecolodge is set on 7 hectares at the edge of the wetland, about 700m past Kiet Ngong village. It's a beautiful spot. Sitting on your balcony at dawn and watching birds flit across the wetland is a memorable experience and the two-tiered restaurant-bar could easily be in an East African safari lodge.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Udomxai

    Nam Kat Yorla Pa

    This stunning eco-resort is set on the banks of the Nam Kat in the lush mountains beyond urban Udomxai. Spacious rooms are built in traditional style by a babbling brook, but inside they contain all mod cons and are among the most luxurious in rural Laos. There is an inviting swimming pool and even some pool villas for the ultimate indulgence.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Nong Khiaw

    Mandala Ou Resort

    This stunning boutique accommodation in cinnamon-coloured chalets – six facing the river – has imaginative features like inlaid glass bottles in the walls that allow more light, contemporary bathrooms and swallow-you-up beds. The owners are friendly and there's a terrific Thai and Western menu, the town's only pool and a yoga deck used by Luang Prabang Yoga, which runs monthly retreats here.

  • Lodging in Luang Prabang

    Luang Say Residence

    Conjuring the colonial-era heyday of Luang Prabang, this sophisticated all-suite hotel consists of six French-accented buildings set amid verdant gardens a short tuk-tuk ride southwest of the city. Furnishings are sumptuous and there's an inviting swimming pool. The Belle Epoque Restaurant is considered one of the top dining destinations in town.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Luang Prabang

    Fan Dee

    Like a luxury ecoresort for the budget crowd, this jungly oasis of thatch-roofed bungalows has an array of on-site activities, from cooking classes to mudbaths on decks overlooking the Nam Khan. Wood-built bunks hold some of the comfiest dorm beds in town, while many of the private rooms have bamboo walls that open to reveal stunning river views.

  • Lodging in Pak Beng

    Le Grand Pakbeng Resort

    Setting the standard for luxury accommodation in petite Pak Beng, Le Grand is a big resort located on a strategic hilltop just to the west of town. The rooms are spacious and sumptuously decorated with elegant touches, including twin sinks, a walk-in rain shower and a panoramic balcony.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Pak Beng

    Luang Say Lodge

    Principally for the use of passengers aboard the Luang Say Cruise, this traditional hardwood-and-rattan lodge has stylish bungalows in a pretty garden, overlooking a dramatic stretch of river, with fans and hot-water showers. A terrace restaurant for breakfast and dinner overlooks the Mekong. Be warned: it's a steep and sometimes slippery climb from the jetty to the hotel.

  • Lodging in Luang Prabang

    Le Sen Boutique Hotel

    This stylish boutique hotel southwest of town is exceptional value when compared with some of the heritage hotels crammed into the old quarter. Rooms are well appointed with modish bathrooms and flat-screen TVs, and all face the inviting central swimming pool and Jacuzzi. Extra touches include a well-equipped gym and free use of bicycles. Staff are super friendly and the place is well organised.

  • Lodging in Luang Prabang

    Burasari Heritage Hotel

    This romantic bijou belle is stunningly tasteful with Indochinese style; think pendulums ticking away on walls covered with vintage Lao B&W photography, slatted wood mother-of-pearl-inlay furniture, rosewood floors, fragrant linen and chandeliers. The air-con units have been boxed in, preserving the conceit that you have travelled back 100 years. A leafy brick-floored garden lies behind.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Nong Khiaw

    Nong Kiau Riverside

    Bungalows here are romantically finished with ambient lighting, wooden floors, woven bedspreads and mosquito nets. Each includes an attractive bathroom and balcony for blissful river views of the looming karsts. There's an excellent restaurant serving Lao food with a mouth-watering breakfast buffet. It also has mountain bikes for hire. Discounts are available on room rates in the low season.

  • Lodging in Vientiane

    Hôtel Khamvongsa

    Lovely French-era building lovingly reincarnated as a welcoming boutique hotel; think subtle belle-époque touches like glass-tear lightshades, chequerboard-tiled floors, and softly lit simple rooms with two-poster beds, wood floors and Indo-chic decor. Rooms on the 3rd and 4th floors have charming city views. There's also a restful courtyard and restaurant. Breakfast is a treat.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Luang Namtha

    Pou Villa

    Dramatically set on a hillside on the western edge of town, this is the most sophisticated accommodation in Luang Namtha. The small bungalows have big views and are appointed to an impressive four-star standard that is a revolution for Luang Namtha, including flat-screen TV, minibar and creature comforts like bathrobes and slippers. A swimming pool is planned for 2020.

  • Lodging in Luang Prabang

    Villa Santi

    This striking old royal building has three very different personalities. The original 19th-century villa, once home to King Sisavang Vong's wife, has just six vast 'royal' suites, plus an upstairs breakfast room with an enviable road-view terrace. The standard rooms are in a central annexe behind, while the majority are in a well-appointed 'resort', 5km south of town.

  • Lodging in Vientiane

    Green Park Boutique Hotel

    A real urban oasis, this charming boutique hotel exudes calm and escapism from the moment you enter its dark-wood lobby and step into its lush garden abuzz with flowers and a sparkling pool, and shaded by sugar palms and frangipani trees. Rooms are super stylish and feature hardwood floors, capacious bathrooms, couches, safety deposit boxes and step-in mosquito nets.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Vang Vieng

    Vieng Tara Villa

    This boutique resort takes full advantage of its location on the west-bank riverside to deliver some of the most stunning hotel views in Southeast Asia. Choose one of the villa paddy-view rooms, which are set on stilts in the middle of lush rice fields and accessible via a wooden walkway. And even if you're not staying here, stop by for a drink at the elevated cafe.

  • Lodging in Luang Prabang

    Sofitel Luang Prabang

    This former governor’s residence hides a paradise of mature palms and exotic flowers within its high walls, the highlight of which is a stunning cherry-tiled swimming pool. Rooms are huge, with battleship-grey walls, fine art and walk-in showers. In a fan-cooled pavilion the Governor's Grill turns out terrific Western food, and there's also a world-class spa.