Concierge.com's insider take:
One of the country's newest and largest hotels, the Lao Plaza offers 142 rooms, including executive and presidential suites. If you've been backpacking in the jungle and are desperate for some Western-style luxury, this is the place. Rooms have all modern conveniences, including satellite TV and Wi-Fi, and with food, shopping, and entertainment on hand, you scarcely need to leave this air-conditioned haven. Dine at either of the two restaurants (one is a 24-hour deli-bakery serving superlative pastries), purchase silk or antiques in the hotel's shops, and then take a stroll down to the nearby Mekong River.