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Mar 09 2015

La Residence Hue Hotel and Spa Review

After a long and bumpy overnight train ride from Hanoi, we arrived in the vibrant city of Hue, Vietnam. Hue is a great town to explore on foot or by bicycle, and has many bustling markets. The entire city is a UNESCO world heritage site and La Residence Hue is a part of that history and charm. Of the many hotels in Hue, this one is recognized around the world for its service and luxurious amenities.

La Residence Hue Hotel and Spa sits on 2 hectares of land partially surrounded by the stunning Perfume River with views of the Imperial Citadel. The boutique hotel was formerly a governor’s private residence and later an embassy before being restored to house 122 spacious rooms and suites. La Residence holds a firm place in the top 500 hotels in the world and we were not surprised at all by this distinction.

The Rooms

The rooms and suites are well designed and most are oriented to have a pleasant river view. Almost every room has a balcony or terrace. Our Delux Riverside Room had a spacious terrace where we could watch the boats cruising on the river through a row of palms. Interior rooms have a great view of the gardens as well as the river.

Our only qualms were that the bed was not very comfortable, and the awkward half doors in the bathroom were cumbersome. If we had run into them a few more times, we may have ripped them off the hinges.

Other rooms at La Residence have a living room large enough for an extra bed and a separate office space. Almost all the rooms and suites have balconies with beautiful views of the grounds.

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The Grounds

La Residence was completely renovated in 2005 and two additional wings were built to enclose the lush courtyard and saltwater pool. Sheltered by the surrounding rooms, the inner courtyard is beautifully manicured with trellises, flowers and trees. Fish swim in small ponds spotted with lilies. The paths running through the center take guests on a serene route to the pool or the spa and create a beautiful setting for any special event.

There is a full service luxury spa, tennis courts and a gym on site for a nice range of relaxation and fitness. The gym is located on the third floor with a wrap-around glass wall that follows the shape of a spacious outdoor patio. Working out with a your choice of river, garden and city views is great motivation. You can even select music from a several playlists for your workout.

Along the river, the land is farmed by locals. The occasional gardener can be seen tending to the rows of squash and other vegetables, adding to the peaceful atmosphere.

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The History

In 1930, the mansion a 5 Le Loi (now known as La Residence) opened as part of the residence of the colonial French Resident Governor. Art deco style was popular around the world and the mansion was designed to match the favorable design. The building hosted many official delegations and is said to have hosted Bao Dai, the last emperor of Vietnam sometime in the 1950s.

The Food

Our breakfast at La Parfum was delicious and the buffet offered a large variety of local and western dishes including a large selection of fruit, crepes and breads. We unfortunately did not have time to try dinner at La Parfum but we did have lunch at the bar and were not disappointed with the food. The signature cocktail list has something for everyone with ingredients from mango puree and vanilla icecream to lemongrass. During the afternoon, enjoy drinks and snacks by the water at the pool bar.

La Parfum offers unique gastronomy experiences and meals can be enjoyed while cruising on the river, in the lush gardens or on one of the many balconies. 

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Quick Tips

  • Bikes are available for rent from the concierge, take a ride around town to visit the markets and a nearby pagoda.
  • Be sure to ask the staff for local dining recommendations. We arrive famished from hanoi and were sent to a very small local spot for some beef and eggs, a Vietnamese favorite, and it has been one of our favorite meals in Vietnam
  • The signature cocktails are delicious: try the Madame Residence for a dessert-like option
  • Visit La Residence Hue Hotel and Spa online for more information and to make a reservation


Poplar Travels was a guest of La Residence. Our opinion is always our own.

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Evanne and Eric left jobs in Washington, D.C., headed for Chiang Mai, and look forward to exploring everywhere in between.

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