“Tranquil retreat with traditional Laotian architecture and an enticing pool, just minutes from the Mekong River and cultural Vientiane”
The hotel aims to please the senses: eyes will love the symmetry of the smart white stucco and teak buildings, woven neatly around the tropical gardens, while your taste buds will relish the authentic Lao cuisine on the restaurant's terrace. The lush palms and climbing bougainvillea add colour, whilst tinkling fountains create a peaceful soundtrack. The 34 rooms have sumptuous beds, antique furniture and balconies overlooking the centrepiece: a shimmering pool surrounded by overhanging frangipani trees that drop fragrant flowers into the jade water. At dusk, softly spoken staff, dressed impeccably in gold-trimmed sarongs and matching sashes, adorn branches with lanterns and line pebble paths with oil lamps. It’s near on impossible to leave.
- The authentic style of the hotel: Lao wooden furniture, ethnic artwork and traditional architecture
- Very quiet, especially in the rooms - an undisturbed night’s sleep is guaranteed
- There's plenty to do, from a morning watching fisherman on the misty Mekong River to an enlightening afternoon at the Wat Si Saket with its 2,000 Buddha sculptures
- Polite and unobtrusive service, typical of Lao hospitality
- The stunning pool area: by day refreshing and atmospheric at night
- A good 25-minute walk from town, so make use of the free shuttle bus to the city centre (every hour until 10.30pm), or borrow a bike (complimentary)
- Mosquitoes are prevalent; the hotel does supply nets but bring plenty of repellent
- Drinks are expensive, especially the overpriced Beer Lao
- Some may find the peaceful communal areas too quiet, especially in the evenings
- Popular with business types, but this means the pool is often empty!
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Our top tips
- Boutique Hotel
- Restaurant + bar (open daily)
- All ages welcome
- Open all year
- Outdoor Pool
- Pet Friendly
- Disabled Access
- Beach Nearby
- Off-street Parking
- Restaurants Nearby
- Air Conditioning
- Guest Lounge
- Concierge Service
- Bicycles Available
The 34 rooms are housed in wooden 2-storey buildings set proudly around the pool. They all have delightful balconies furnished with cushioned wooden chairs, which make a great spot for a pot of morning tea overlooking the lush gardens and pool.
Interiors are smart and comfortable with beautiful polished wood floors and teak furniture. Light streams in through floor-to-ceiling windows, which open up onto the balcony. Huge beds are made up with crisp cotton sheets; dashes of colour come from embroidered fabric bedspreads and cushions while gold-trimmed artwork nods to Lao Buddhist culture. Bathrooms are roomy with a luxurious tub, fluffy towels, dressing gowns and slippers.
The 6 Classic rooms and 22 Deluxe rooms both have a living area with a table, 2 chairs and a TV, but in the Deluxe bathrooms, tubs have a glass panel behind, which looks onto a rather pleasing selection of potted plants and Buddhist statues. We found our Deluxe room to be spacious and stylish, and more importantly, very quiet and dark in the morning. Deluxe and Executive Suites up the furniture stakes dramatically: stunning dark-wood pieces such as carved chaise longues and high-backed chairs plump with stylish cushions are dotted around the spacious living areas. You also get a dining table and chairs in these rooms, too. Both have a more luxurious, spacious bathroom, with a raised tub accessed by wooden steps, and a lovely little garden backdrop. The Executive Suites work well for small families as they have a second bedroom with a single bed and an ensuite shower bathroom.
- Air conditioning
- Coffee / tea making
- Cots Available
- Extra beds
- Internet access
- Mosquito net
- Safe box
- Satellite TV
The restaurant is located above the lobby bar (Dok Dala), and has a superb view over the marshy Nong Chan Park, hence its name Sala Nong Chan. Although you can eat inside, the tables on the terrace are great for an alfresco meal, especially as you can spot fishermen throwing their nets in the water.
Breakfast is buffet style. Outside is a fresh fruit smoothie station and a friendly chef ready to take orders for eggs, pancakes or whiz up a juice. We found the Lao-style omelette delicious, sprinkled with chopped peppers, onion and mushroom. Inside, the buffet snakes around with a mix of Lao and international dishes. Rice congee porridge or dim sum will satisfy any Asian craving whilst crusty baguettes, croissants and a cheese board hark back to French influences. Fresh fruit, yoghurt and cereals are also available plus hot plates containing all the ingredients for a fry up, if you have room.
Lunch and dinner use the same menu. We enjoyed a quiet meal of Mekong fish with a creamy vegetable sauce served with a bamboo basket filled with sticky rice. Other Lao specialties include spicy shrimp salads and Laap, a minced chicken dish, although these were significantly less spicy than similar dishes we tried in Vientiane. International meals such as New Zealand lamb and Norwegian salmon can be ordered.
There are numerous places to eat out in Vientiane, we liked Khop Chai Deu, a garden bar, for its bustling atmosphere and mix of locals and tourists. Those wanting to experiment can try the Ban Anou night market to taste boiling noodle soups, barbecued meat kebabs and corn on the cob. French fare is evident too, notably Restaurant Le Provencal, which serves good-value steaks and delicious paper-thin wood-fired pizzas.
- Children's meals
- Coffee / tea making
- Restaurants nearby
- Room service
- Vegetarian menu
- Hire a tuk-tuk to the golden stupa Phat That Luang, an impressive symbol of Buddhism, best seen at sunset
- Admire the oldest temple in Laos: Wat Si Saket houses over 2,000 images of Buddha arranged around the cloisters. Remove shoes and don a sarong to enter the sanctuary filled with candles and incense
- Learn about the country's past at the Lao National Museum - includes an interesting outlook on Communism and the US bombings during the Vietnam war
- Catch a colourful sawngthaew taxi to Buddha Park (25km) to see Buddhist and Hindu sculptures
- Don your slippers and head to the hotel’s spa for a relieving Traditional Laos massage, based on pressure points
- Relax in the shade by the pool and drink in the scent of the overhanging frangipani trees
- Buy craft at the Talat Sao market, 10 minutes from the hotel. Have fun bargaining for silks, textiles and teak
- Take traditional afternoon tea at the hotel in the Dok Dala bar, including the sweet Lao rice cake
- Taste some local flavour at the Ban Anou night market such as spicy Laap salad and fresh spring rolls
- The hotel can arrange a full or half-day city tour with driver and guide, or a cooking class (min 2 people required), see Rates
Activities on site or nearby include:
- Cooking classes
- Historical sites
- Museums / galleries
- Private guided tours
- Shopping / markets
- Traditional cultures
Families are welcome at Green Park.
Children (4-12 years)
Family friendly accommodation:
All room types are able to fit an extra bed and baby cot, but we'd recommend the Executive Suites which have an additional single bedroom and bathroom, plus living and dining areas
Available on request
Baby chairs are available in the restaurant
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking
There is a children’s menu at breakfast and special requests can be accommodated for lunch and dinner
Kids Activities nearby:
- Buddha Park is fun for kids, on the way back visit a weaving centre