La Residence Hue Hotel & Spa
What We Love
- Haute takes on Vietnamese food served at Le Parfum Restaurant—or even better, out on the terrace
- Authentic Asian massages and exotically scented body scrubs at Le Spa
- A savvy front-desk staff that’s eager to suggest local restaurants and make reservations
What To Know
- The standard rooms look a little bland compared to the Signature Suites in the governor’s original residence
- The location is far from city restaurants and cafes, though taxis are available
- Service in the dining room can be a bit slow, especially for groups bigger than four
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
The property’s distinctive bowed façade, long horizontal lines, and nautically-inspired details reflect the Streamline Moderne school of architecture. Furnishings include high-backed orange Ruhlmann-esque bar stools and cylindrical lamps in the Le Gouverneur Bar, which also has an original mural modeled from the frescoes on the walls of the Musée des Colonies in Paris and the main post office in Lyon.
Bed and Bath
Rooms are decked in warm, vibrant colors: Think golden and chocolate brown tones. Signature suites feature four-poster beds and roomy claw-foot tubs. Select rooms have views of the adjacent Perfume River.
The Le Parfum restaurant serves Mediterranean cuisine with a strong French accent. Order the galangal pork and poached prawn spring rolls, and the authentically Hue-style beef pho from the local side of the menu. The Le Gouveneur Bar is the physical and social heart of the hotel, with guests socializing and working (the free Wi-Fi works well here) over tea in the afternoon and cocktails by night. The spa has a diverse menu that ranges from a rigorous Vietnamese massage with fire-cupping (not watered down for Westerners — it will leave bruises) to facials with posh products from the Italian line Comfort Zone. Near the garden, there’s a 30-meter saltwater swimming pool.
In the Area
The former imperial capital of Vietnam, Hue is rich in history and culture, as well as distinctive, imperial-style cuisine. The main sites are the Nguyen Tombs—grand temple complexes of the Nguyen Dynasty kings, anchored by mausoleums within gardens, courtyards, pavilions, palaces, and stela houses. Also nearby sits the massive Citadel, a grandiose interpretation of the dynastic capital at Beijing, as well as many pagodas, including Tu Hieu, where renowned Zen teacher Thich Nhat Hanh studied and wrote.
How to Get There
The staff is friendly and helpful. The food at the restaurant good, but not fantastic. Rooms were comfortable and clean. But oddly they kept leaving more and more towels and sometimes left dirty towels in the sink. The entire ambiance, however is soulless and joyless. The bar was awkward, the lobby sterile, and the grounds bland. Probably one of the better hotels in Hue, but don’t expect to be blown away. But you will be comfortable.
We spent 2 nights at the Azerai. We liked the design and ambiance which relate to a distant past. It's not your typical glitzy luxury hotel. It's beautiful and stylish in a discrete way. Rooms are spacious and well renovated. Cocktails by the pool were excellent. The Azerai is approx. 1 km from the center, located along the Perfume River. Taxi to and from the center or to the Citadel are very easy to arrange. Staff is very helpful. A slight downer was the ongoing renovation works. We were advised about it by Management prior to our arrival. They gave us a reasonable food/drink voucher. Pity we couldn't enjoy breakfast at the spacious ground floor area overlooking the Perfume river. It was relocated to a small area on the 3rd floor. Breakfast was good. Given the limited space emphasis was more on presentation than choice. Overall a good experience, and we would definitely return again.
We passed this hotel on our tour during the day and it caught our eye so we returned later on in the afternoon for a couple of drinks and walk around. Loved the style of the place. The staff were all so friendly and gave us great recommendations for the rest of our trip. Special mention to Mao. Would of loved to be staying here, definitely will be next time!