My husband, who’s an architect, and I wanted to recreate a property reminiscent of the past that’s also relevant for modern travellers….
My husband, who’s an architect, and I wanted to recreate a property reminiscent of the past that’s also relevant for modern travellers in Vientiane, a city that’s slowly changing over time. So, we decided to build Ansara Hotel in 2009. The exterior style is partly influenced by French colonial architecture, while the interior is decorated in Lao traditional and Asian contemporary style. The result is a delightful blend of east and west.
Ansara Hotel is conveniently located right in the centre of the historical capital, in a narrow lane just a short stroll from the Mekong River. We’re close to many major tourist attractions and restaurants, as well as four landmark Buddhist temples: Wat Chanthabouly, Wat Mixay, Wat Inpeng and Wat Ongteu. All of our rooms and suites have balconies overlooking the serene garden and this always provides a wonderful way to start the morning or wind down after a long day of sightseeing.
Although we don’t have a spa or gym, with just 24 rooms and four suites, Ansara has an intimate feel that larger hotels lack, as well as a French restaurant La Signature. Guests can enjoy free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel and there’s a laptop in every room for complimentary use. We’re also trying to get rid of all plastic from our hotel and are proud to support soap4life, a non-profit NGO that makes natural, handmade bars of soap.
Our guests are always pleasantly surprised by the sense of calm in Ansara, despite the fact that we’re right in the heart of the capital. They frequently praise our staff for being warm and helpful, which is something we’re really proud of. The majority of our staff are local and many are university students who appreciate the chance to earn an income while studying, allowing them to acquire hospitality skills, interact with foreigners and improve their language skills.