InterContinental Hotels Group has announced the opening of the 197-guestroom Crowne Plaza Vientiane in Laos, marking the group’s entry into the country.
Nestled in the heart of Vientiane along Samsenthai Road, a short 10-minute drive from Wattay International Airport, Crowne Plaza Vientiane is the first internationally branded upscale hotel in the capital city. The hotel is a convenient base from which to explore Vientiane – from the historical King Fa Ngum statue directly across the road to the vibrant local markets and cultural attractions such as the colonial-style Lao National Museum, the bustling Vientiane Night Market and the famous Wat Si Muang temple.
Leanne Harwood, Vice President, Operations, IHG, South East Asia and Korea comments: “We are delighted to celebrate the opening of our first hotel in Laos with the launch of Crowne Plaza Vientiane. As one of the region’s fastest growing nations, Laos has enjoyed significant economic growth in the last decade due to its expanding infrastructure which has played no small role in boosting tourism and attracting foreign investment into the country. As part of our growth strategy we are constantly looking for quality growth in new markets, and with our first hotel in Laos now open and an optimistic tourism outlook projecting the arrival of over nine million foreign visitors by 2025, we are in a great position to cater to the growing number of travellers into the nation’s capital.”
Crowne Plaza Vientiane features well-appointed guestrooms and suites tastefully decorated with traditional Lao elements, modern amenities and a variety of restaurants and bars for a range of dining experiences. Guests and locals alike can connect with friends or colleagues at the hotel’s market style restaurant Mosaic, or 3 Merchants, Vientiane’s first Indochine restaurant offering a mix of Lao, Thai, and Vietnamese cuisine. After a day out, guests can unwind with cocktails at the hotel’s lounge bar, or head to the outdoor beer garden to enjoy a casual evening in an al fresco setting.
Guests can also take a dip in the hotel’s outdoor infinity pool, which offers views of the city and poolside bar service, or re-energise with a workout at the 24-hour fitness centre, and for a restorative experience, the Senses Spa offers a range of treatments. The hotel also provides complimentary high-speed Wi-Fi access for guests to stay connected, as well as Vientiane’s first and only executive club lounge, offering exclusive services and special privileges to guests.
Oliver Horn, General Manager, Crowne Plaza Vientiane, concludes: “Laos is gaining popularity as a tourism destination, and as the first internationally branded upscale hotel to open in the capital, we are in a great position to cater to visitors looking for quality accommodation whilst they’re here on business or leisure. As one of the fastest growing hotel brands in the sector, Crowne Plaza is a trusted name all over the world and we are confident that the great experience our guests associate with the brand will set Crowne Plaza Vientiane apart and draw travellers to stay with us when they visit Vientiane.”
There are nine Crowne Plaza hotels open across South East Asia, including Crowne Plaza Vientiane, and three more hotels expected to open in the region over the next three to five years.