La Residence Hue Hotel & Spa
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Just got back from dinner so thought I would try to do todays blog before we move on to Saigon tomorrow. Today we had two different tours with our guide Van. We started with a boat trip up the Perfume river. After about 30 minutes we stopped and visited the Thien Mu Pagoda. One of the largest in Hue complete with 50 novice monks.
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Loved this hotel
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.
The rooms are very nice - although a touch on the small side (and we'd have to agree on the height of the shower being a problem!), the pool is lovely - overlooking life on the perfume river, the restaurant is good - with both seats indoors and outdoors - we ate in the hotel one night and the food was delicious and the setting beautiful! The buffet breakfast was also very good and overall we had no complaints at all with this hotel. We would defintely recommend it to anyone visiting Hue - its located very near to town and one day we hired our own private boat for a perfume river cruise (not via the hotel.....it was one in the Frommers guide and only $12 USD for a half day!) - which picked us up from the river by the hotel.
The staff were very helpful and the free internet access is a nice change when so many places charge.
Lovely hotel - one of the best we've stayed at for original design and character. A real treat - and good value for the US$90 a night that we paid.
Wish I could have stayed longer
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!
I would definitely recommend this hotel - facilities are excellent (unfortunately I didn't have time to use the free internet but it seemed very popular) and staff were superb. It also is in an excellent location.
Holds promise, but not for light sleepers.....
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!
Don't bother staying anywhere else...
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!
Best choice in Hue
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.
Everything is very clean and the bathroom is perfect with a lot of amenities and a very nice design.
In your room, you'll find an Art Deco touch and the highest standards you expect in a Deluxe hotel. A turn down service each evening with a little cookie on your pillow and fresh towels in your bathroom.
But the hotel offers some other advantages like a free access to internet in the business center, a large pool with a well landscaped area and the only good place for dining in Hue where it's surprisingly hard to find a good restaurant... The buffet breakfast is particularly good with a large choice of dishes and a high quality of food...
The staff is very nice and a lot of employees will be happy to talk in french with you, this is a plus...
In conclusion, a very good 4 stars hotel close to the five stars level but please, change the music in the lobby area because all of the guests are not addicted of this type of music...
The good old times
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?
I travelled the world and I have to say that for that price (we paid 85$/N) I have never experienced a better place.
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.
Perfect right down to the details
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.
Speaking of which: the breakfast was the best hotel breakfast buffet we have EVER seen. Anywhere: Europe, South Africa, US, Australia. None can compare with the spread we found here. In fact all the food was spectacular, and very reasonably priced.
The kids loved the free Internet (6 high speed terminals), the pool, the garden and the attentive staff. The parents appreciated the first class fitness center, the lovely gift shop, the cool, quiet lobby areas.
Most amazing of all was the price. Excellent value for money.
The proximity to the train station (5 min walk) makes the lovely train trip to Danang a great option for the return journey.
Highly, highly recommend this hotel.
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.