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
Parking on site
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Former colonial governor’s residence turned sleek boutique hotel on the banks of the Perfume River
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.