La Residence Hue Hotel & Spa: Art deco luxury in Vietnam

LA RESIDENCE Hue Hotel & Spa is an architecturally and historically significant masterpiece and one of Vietnam’s most character filled places to stay. Built in 1930, the hotel features a unique art deco style incorporating nautical touches. The original mansion was once the home of the French Colonial Governor, then was expanded to incorporate two newer wings designed in the same style. It is now a 5-star, boutique hotel with a wide range of facilities and special touches, from its own tours of Hue to an onsite art gallery.

What makes it special?

La Residence Hue Hotel & Spa harks back to a bygone era, with its art deco architecture, décor and furnishings from the 1920s to 1950s and general air of decadence and refinement. A stay here is not only luxurious, with its fine furnishings, excellent amenities like the oversized swimming pool and tennis court, but relaxing with its decadent day spa, also decorated in an art deco style. The hotel’s public spaces are fun to explore and admire, from the opulent looking bar to the exhibition at the onsite art gallery and artisanal offerings at the high end boutique. Another memorable aspect of the hotel is the experimental, gourmet cuisine to try at La Parfum restaurant.

What to expect?

At La Residence Hue you can expect all the facilities and comforts of a 5-star stay, with the intimate feel and unique characteristics of a boutique hotel. Hue’s rich heritage is reflected throughout the hotel, as is its past as a home to a French Governor. The lead-in rooms are comfortable and contain beautiful period fixtures and furnishings in keeping with the hotel’s 1930s origins, while the range of suites are grand and beautifully appointed with four poster beds and views of the Perfume River. There are modern conveniences like free Wi-Fi internet access throughout, though the historical features and eye-catching architecture are La Residence’s key drawcards.

What is there to do?

La Residence Hue features an onsite art gallery, a boutique offering high end homewares, fashion and accessories by artisans and designers, a gourmet restaurant, La Parfum, fusing local ingredients with imported fare, a decadent bar, a large outdoor swimming pool and a tennis court. There are also special events and activities the hotel can arrange from day tours of Hue and its surrounds to cooking lessons and dinner cruises on the river. There is also complimentary bicycle hire to explore Hue and its sites.

What’s the damage?

Current nightly rates at La Residence Hue start at US$118 (including tax and breakfast) for a Superior Room, to US$204 for a Junior Suite and US$331 for the grandest suite available, ‘Resident Suite’.

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