Hotel Review: La Residence Hue
La Residence Hue is a luxury hotel in the historically famous city of Hue. Despite the lack of competition, I found the hotel to offer a great value for the money as I’ll explain in this extensive hotel review.
In Vietnam, there are several Accorhotels. Due to the French influence, the brand is quite dominant in the country. Thus, it’s not surprising that Accorhotels is the only international brand offering a hotel in Hue either.
- Classification: Five Stars
- Room Category: Superior River View Room
- Month of Stay: February
The Residence Hue is a member of the MGallery Collection, which is a collection of independent hotels under the umbrella of the brand. The hotels have a very special touch, but still offer all benefits and comfort elite members are used to from all over the world.
That’s also true for La Residence Hue, which is located directly on the river, a few minutes-walk from the city center as well as the historic citadel.
Superior River View Room at La Residence Hue
After a very friendly with a lot of focus on my Le Club Accorhotels Gold Status, we were escorted to a Superior River View Room, which was actually a double upgrade as our room featured direct views of the river. The room at the Residence Hue wasn’t any big, but felt quite cozy and comfortable.
Upon entering, there’s a wardrobe to the right and the bathroom to the right. The room itself comes with a comfortable bed, flanked by two nightstands. Opposite of the bed, there’s a large desk, which doubles as the working desk and the TV stand.
On this table, an amazing welcome amenity with nuts, fruits and much more was already waiting for us. Just amazing!
Between the bed and the room’s balcony, there’s also a rather random chair. The balcony with views of the lush gardens, the pools and the river definitely is the highlight of the Superior River View Rooms at La Residence Hue.
Other than that, the rooms are okay, but feel a little dated and not very spacious either.
Bathroom of the Superior River View Room
The bathroom of the Superior River View Room didn’t amaze me either. There’s a free-standing sink, a shower-tub combo and a toilet.
Nothing feels very modern or particular luxurious, but instead rather basic. The décor fits the overall scheme of the former residence of the French governor, but that’s about it.
Yet, the toiletries and towels are high quality.
Dinner at La Residence Hue
As we were given two welcome drink vouchers, we had a light dinner at the bar one evening. We were craving for European food at that point and thus had a lasagna, which sadly was rather disappointing.
You should just stick to the Vietnamese food when in Vietnam… The drinks were quite good though.
Breakfast at La Residence Hue
One of the highlights of the stay at La Residence Hue was the breakfast, which is served in the main restaurants. Most tables are located inside, but there are a few on the very nice terrace, too.
That’s where I’d recommend sitting as the atmosphere is very relaxed and calming. The buffet options are plentiful and consist of all the typical continental options alongside a selection of hot dishes, a very good display of fresh fruits and a few local options.
There’s also a egg station, where you can order eggs your style or Vietnamese Pho.
The latter is particularly great and my personal recommendation to start your day with at the Residence Hue.
Pool, Gym & Gardens of La Residence Hue
If it’s not that breakfast, the gardens of La Residence Hue are the absolute highlight of any stay at this gem. The hotel is located right at the river, but due to the natural conditions, this one isn’t directly accessible from the hotel. Instead, there’s a little nature reserve of sorts right in front of the hotel.
The Residence Hue itself has very well-maintained gardens, which I’d recommend taking a walk through if you want to escape all the buzz of the streets in Vietnam. Here, you can also find the hotel’s pool, which is located outdoor.
It’s very big and ideal for swimming laps or just relaxing after a long day. There are more than a dozen loungers around the pool, too. While the pool isn’t heated, you can actually use it all year round if you are not too sensitive to temperatures.
Other than the pool and the gardens, La Residence Hue offers a gym and the spa. The latter is located by the pool and offers access to a sauna and a steam bath as well the option to book treatments for a charge. The gym is located on the highest floor of the secondary wing of the hotel (where the Spa is located, too) and is quite big.
There are several machines for cardio and strength training as well as two benches with a few free weights. While the gym is big and offers very nice views, the equipment is showing age and isn’t in the best condition anymore. That’s not a big issue, but at least worth mentioning.
Overall impressions of the Residence Hue
There’s hardly any hotel on my journey through Vietnam, which surprised me as positively as La Residence Hue. The hotels offers a very good value for the money with rates between 100 and 200 Euro and is a real sanctuary after exploring the many amazing sights of Hue. The rooms aren’t that great as they are rather small and dated, but everything else about the experience is great. The staff is doing a phenomenal job, the breakfast is very nice (especially on the terrace) and the gardens as well as the pool are just amazing. All in all, I’d highly recommend staying at La Residence Hue when touring through Vietnam.