La Residence Hue Hotel & Spa
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Hi from Hue,
Hue was a delightful, if quick, visit. We didn't arrive until about 2:00 p.m. and we left the next morning. But, I think, we might have seen what you "should" see. By the way, just in case you don't know, Hue is pronounced "way".
Our first stop was lunch at a delightful French restaurant begun twenty years ago by a …
Had a bit of a sleep in and then went on our tour to the royal tombs at 11am.
We drove to a number of tombs which were huge and interesting places. The first was the tomb of Tu Duc which was massive and filled with gardens and lakes.
The next stop was the tomb of Khai Dinh which was the newer of the tombs we visited. It had …
J: We have been traveling for a while and we knew this leg of the trip would be long and at times hard. No we are not roughing it so get the image out of your head with us spending overnights in fishing villages and going to the bathroom outside. However, being away during the holidays and spending this much time in Asia has us pining for home a …
Despite yesterday's problems we got up and decided we'd give the place another chance. We went down to reception to book a tour to the Imperial tombs near Hue and the airport transfer for Friday. While booking the tour we mentioned the problem we had getting suggestions for restaurants last night. The woman at concierge apologised for what happened …
We arrived in Hue a bit after 1pm and checked into the hotel, La Residence. Hotel is situated in old French governor's building, a beautiful hotel and grounds.
We decided to go down to hotel receptions to get some directions to the nearest supermarket and shopping centre to get some supplies and also to get some lunch. We went to the area …
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Historical Traveler Reviews La Residence Hue Hotel & Spa
We stayed for just 2 nights in La Residence in July this year, and were very impressed all round. The hotel is beautiful - a real treat from the hectic streets of Hue, the art deco interior is very well done and it really felt like we were stepping back in time.
Absolutely loved this hotel! Unfortunately we were only staying one night. The interior is exquisite - beautifully tiled floor, lovely décor. We had a corner room and the balcony was huge - with superb views over the Perfume River. The room was comfortable, well-equipped with lovely shortbread awaiting us after we had an early evening swim in the excellent pool. The restaurant is very reasonably priced given the quality of food and presentation - if you like steak well done as in cooked right through, do not order the steak - well done here is very much by continental standards and even though my friend specified absolutely no pink it was rare - not even medium-done by Irish/UK standards. After three trips back to the kitchen, my friend gave up and ate. The waiting staff were extremely apologetic and attentive and offered free dessert. My dinner was delicious and beautifully presented. Our only other 'issue' was minor - I asked for an iron and ironing board which of course arrived promptly and were put up for me but the ironing board was very wonky and actually collapsed while I was using it! I was able to put it up again and I was able to finish ironing. I think there may be a shortage of irons (or maybe people prefer to pay for full laundry service) as they did not leave the iron in the room and when I called housekeeping the following morning, no irons were available so they instead offered to press the garment free of charge. Excellent service!
Currently spending 3 nights here - it's all charming and tasteful on the surface and the staff are extremely helpful and trying very hard - but so many of the basics are just plain wrong. Soundproofing to the bedrooms is questionable - one can hear everything from the next door bathrooms, and that from inside ones' own bedroom! The hallways are tiled - nice interior effect but a nightmare when it comes to sound - a constant cacophany of slamming doors and footsteps from the hallway. On the plus side the pool is great, the food good and the staff, as mentioned really helpful. Pity that Accor seem to have got so many of the basics wrong - even the shower head is too low! And none of this comes cheap by Vietnam prices. One last note- would somebody please fix the CD player in the bar/lounge areas - it keeps jumping but nobody seems too fussed!
My wife and I just returned from 2 weeks in Vietnam and stayed at La Residence for 4 days. La Residence was originally Hotel Le Loi #5 but was renovated last year when taken over by Accor/Sofitel. The renovations stayed true to the original Art Deco style of the main building which was once the French regional governor's mansion. Bottom line - the hotel looks well restored and the rooms in the wings are brand spanking new. So new that a few of the hallway light fixtures are still being installed. The hotel is absolutly beautiful - best of the lot we saw while exploring Hue. Don't bother looking anywhere else if you are looking for the best joint in town - the perfect place to relax along the Perfume River. The hotel personnel were exceptionally friendly, efficient and helpful. The room was great - each has its own balcony. The bath was clean, well designed, and stocked with great smellies and the like. One of the things I really liked is that the hotel was small and personable enough that within a day or so you met the wonderful manager Nicholas and the brilliant executive chef, Mr. Stephanie Leforestier (incredible) either while at the pool or during cocktail hour (great lobby bar). Incredible attention to detail - I can't say enough. The food was so wonderful (and we usually avoid hotel food) that we ate every meal there - just wonderfuly prepared, presented and suprisingly reasonablally priced. The pool is just awesome - a large salt-water pool about 1.5 - 2m deep throughout (w/ a small attached tank for children). The staff was exceptionally friendly and wiling to teach Vietnamese while they practiced their exceptional English. They also speak French and Japanese... All told, I'd stay here again, and wouldn't bother looking anywhere else. Oh yeah, also don't miss hiring a boat for a day and traveling to see the tombs along the Perfume River. You can go w/ a group for $3 a head, but my wife and I hired our own boat for $20 for the day - the hotel front desk arranged it. It was one of the best parts of our trip. Also, the hotel has some bicycles you can rent - a great way to see the citadel. They aren't the best of bikes (we ride high-end road bikes) - they're new (relatively) and the same bikes the locals ride - so it is cool to get that experience. Keep in mind that when riding in traffic, anything on 2 wheels will accomodate your passage, but the cars will NOT stop. Once you get used to the local rules of the road, you'll be fine. Also stop by the market - it's quite a place. Have a great trip!
If you travel to Hue, you'll have only one choice for staying and this is a really good place nammed The Residence, an hotel under the management of Accor hotels extremly well located in front of The Perfume river. The building is very charming with amazing rooms large and very comfortable, some with huge terraces overlooking the river and the old city.
What to say about this amazing hotel? Just enter the door and you are under a spell. The place is incredibly charming. A gorgeous garden with a big pool and an amazing view on the perfume river and the Citadel of Hue. Edith Piaff is beeing played the lobby which is beautiful decorated with colonial painting and black and white photos of Hue. You can spend hours looking at them and discover what life in Vietnam was in the 20s. If that was the Nile I would picture Agatha Christie waiting for me in the lobby. Of course I have nothing to say about the rooms and the service which were perfect. Like everywhere in Vietnam, the staff could improve a little bit their English (or French) but who cares?
Best in Hue
Don't even bother going anywhere else as long as it's not outside your budget. While seemingly not much when first approaching the hotel, it is beautiful inside. Art deco has been brilliantly done with some Vietnamese touches. The pool area is great with lovely views. Service was excellent. It's far and away the nicest hotel in Hue.
Absolutely loved this hotel. The details in the design, from the fabrics to the floor tiles, the feather duvets, the loofah and spa products in the bathroom, everything was just captivating. The staff were attentive from the moment we arrived and they invited us (2 adults and 5 kids) into the bar for a welcome drink. They arranged tours of the area (boat ride to the tombs highly recommended), booked and bought our train tickets to Danang, and gently speeded us along through checkout and into the waiting taxi, concerned that we might miss our train when we lingered too long over breakfast.
Great Hotel - pity about the shower
La Residence is an exceptionally pleasant hotel. The rooms are a little on the small side but very pleasantly furnished. Take care having a shower though as you may flood the bathroom floor as the glass shower partition is far too small. The swimming pool is wonderful but deep so non swimmers beware. The staff are first class and the food in the restaurant is absolutely fabulous. Situation is excellent and it's an easy walk to the Citadel.
I was pleasantly surprised when I first arrived to La Residence Hotel and Spa. I stayed in Hue only one night and unfortunately it was down pouring when I arrived and the next day so I didn't have the opportunity to tour the city. The staff at La Residence were great. They arranged a car to take me Hoi An the next morning in addition to a few other travel related requests. The rooms are small but elegantly furnished in an art deco decor. I spent my day at la Residence as some spare time to relax and unwind as I have been moving from one city to the next. The hotel was delightful and I would certainly stay here again.