If you are going to treat yourself
If you’re going to go all fancy pants in Hue, don’t do anything by halves—plonk your hard–earned dong down on one of the stunning suites in the original building at La Residence Hue, and we reckon you’ll be delighted with the return.
Overlooking the Perfume River, the original building dates back to 1930 when it formed a part of the colonial governor’s residence. It went through a number of hands including as an affordable (aka rundown) three star hotel through the late years of the 20th century. Restored and substantially expanded in 2005, the hotel re-opened as the luxurious La Residence Hue and has been winning awards ever since—regularly ranking as one of the top 25 hotels in Asia.
Rooms come in two primary flavours—modern rooms with an Art-Deco finish in the two annexes (which were not a part of the original mansion) and, for a deal more dong, a collection of stunning suites which fill the original building. We were shown through both—a river view room and then a selection of the suites, which culminated with the Resident Suite which encompasses the entire upper floor, enjoys 360 degrees views and counts among its guests, we were told, King Bhumibhol of Thailand.
While the Residential was spectacular, we were particularly taken by the Ornithologue Suite (Ornithologue being French for ornithologist—or a bird watcher), rounded like a bird’s nest, it was truly lovely.
Stepping down a price rung to the rooms for mere mortals, the offerings are still of a superior standard—spacious and with all the mod cons you’d expect at this price point—do go for a river view room over the garden view. Also bear in mind for these more regular rooms you are paying a substantial premium to stay here versus what is available elsewhere in Hue.
At the time of research (mid 2018) a horizon pool was being put into the garden area near the river which would further add to the appeal of the property. Staff were fantastic—totally professional, chatty and happy to show us around the property at length. Even if you are not staying here, swing by for an ice-coffee to enjoy the ambience ... and the air-con! If you’re looking for luxury and you have the budget, look no further. Rates vary throughout the year—be sure to shop around online for the best rate.
Address: 5 Le Loi, Hue
T: (0234) 383 7475; F: (0234) 383 7476
Coordinates (for GPS): 107º34'49" E, 16º27'31.63" N
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Room rates: over US$100
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Superior double room|
|Deluxe double room|
Wide range of prices up to around $1,000 for the Residential
Stuart McDonald co-founded Travelfish.org with Samantha Brown in 2004. He has lived in Thailand, Cambodia and Indonesia, where he worked as an under-paid, under-skilled language teacher, an embassy staffer, a newspaper web-site developer, freelancing and various other stuff. His favourite read is The Art of Travel by Alain de Botton.
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