Our top pick in Hue
If your budget doesn’t stretch to one of the more salubrious riverside properties in Hue, but you’d still like to stay right by the water, the mid—priced Hue Riverside Villa is extremely hard to beat and is one of our favourite properties in the city.
Set on the southern bank of the Nhu Y River (a tributary of the Perfume River), Hue Riverside Villa is hidden away at the end of a rambling alley running off Nguyen Cong Tru—follow it down past Kore Cafe (which has excellent riverside coffee under a huge shade tree here) and keep going—the brick–faced reception area will sneak up on your right. Most likely one of the especially friendly staff will spot you as you approach before you them.
The property has just a handful of rooms organised in a staggered building a little back from the water. The block of land is only of a moderate size, and while they’ve tried to make the best of it, this does mean that few of the rooms actually have a river view as some are staggered behind each other. This isn’t a huge deal, as the garden is right by the river and is a comfortable spot to hang out, chat withy other guests and the owners and staff under the shade of a 100+ year old tree.
Rooms within are well sized and have some imaginative design flairs—ours had a glassed off atrium in one corner which let the early morning light refract into the room slowly waking us—and the general fit out is modern and comfortable. We loved the bedding and slept very well here. Both our bedroom and the bathroom (with stylish mismatched wall tiling) were immaculate.
Hue Riverside Villa has few rooms and is very popular—it took us two attempts to swing a room and when we went to extend for a second night (as we loved it so much) they were full again. Reservations are essential, though do search around online for a discounted rate as we found rates online significantly lower (like half the price) of what they offer direct. If the rates work with your budget this is our top pick in Hue. If you’d like something larger and more hotel style, consider the nearby Hue Serene Shining Hotel.
Address: 16/7 Nguyen Cong Tru, Hue
T: (0234) 381 8018; F: (0234) 381 8028
Coordinates (for GPS): 107º35'46.75" E, 16º28'22.57" N
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Room rates: US$50 to 100
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Superior double room||US$70||US$70|
|Deluxe double room||US$80||US$80|
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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