La Residence Hotel & Spa

, Hue, Vietnam
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La Residence Hotel & Spa

, Hue
4 star

Rooms: 122

5 Le Loi Street - Hue - Vietnam Hotel Website | | (84) 054 3837 475
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I want to be back

from Panguin
I was on a package tour that was at a good promotional rate so I figured that I could upgrade to the Colonial Suite--on the wing facing the river. So I had the end of the building block. And there was the wraparound terrace--only thing was that in December it was either rainy or very windy.

The room itself was slightly odd--living are to the left and where the toilet was located--bedroom and shower to the left.

The shower was a bit of a nuisance--old-telephone handle and the hotwater ran colder after my wife used it.

But otherwise, the bathroom--two sinks--was wonderful.

The spa was pricey but certainly worth it. I went twice--once for the body and once for the face.

There is also a gym.

The restaurant was excellent--actually the Western food seemed to me better than the Vietnamese.

Breakfast we had once (it rained or was windy on the other two days) at the patio overlooking the river.

It was a totally relaxing holiday. I want to return.


from TravelingFool2000
Our favorite hotel in Vietnam! Beautifully decorated. Fantastic location on the Perfume river. Service is wonderful even by Vietnamese standards. It made our two rainy days in Hue VERY enjoyable. Would love to return to this hotel.

The find of the holiday

from kaw118
Built originally for the Gorverner - General in the 1930's, the hotel extensions are in keeping with the style. Overlooking the Perfume River (south bank) and west of the city centre, set in its own grounds, La Residence is a haven of peace; part of the Accor group, but not branded as a Sofitel.

We booked a deluxe room and found ourselves in the corner room on the top floor overlooking the lovely pool with views to the Citadel across the river. Wonderful.

The gym which was on our floor - we never saw being used, most of the equipment appeared to be for weight lifting. However, we did use the sauna (free) in the spa complex - book in advance. An ATM can be found outside the staff entrance.

Like many of the up- market hotels the food is more westernised/ French than in the Vietnamese style - so we ate out for dinner. The hotel will call a taxi, which in any case can be found just outside the main entrance - it cost 19 000 dongs to a city centre restaurant (a little over $1). We then walked home along the well lit and wide pavement [You can also find cyclos outside the hotel gate]. We walked to the Citadel & back also! The river boat station is 100m from the hotel entrance.

One final bonus was that the hotel is 5 mins walk from the station, having arrived there to continue our journey south, we discovered that the train was running some 3 hours late - so we simply towed our cases back to La Residence, had a lovely lunch (albeit more American that Vietnamise) and used the free internet.

Our only wish was that we would have liked to have stayed longer in Hue and at La Residence - there is plenty to see and/ or just simply enjoy the hotel's facilties

What a find

from spud33
We stayed for 2 nights on a whistlestop tour of Vietnam and it was without doubt the best of all the hotels we stayed at. The design is lovely, very subtle but completely individual. The pool and gardens are beautiful and the location overlooking the perfume river and the citadel is lovely. Unfortunately we didn't get a chance to try out the spa. I agree with one of the other reviewers that it is a little bit out of town but I think this is what makes it feel so special - like a little oasis. And it is so easy and cheap to get a cyklo that you can be in the heart of things in minutes. We loved Hue and this hotel so much that we tried to change our flights to stay another day but alas. I would recommend this gem of a hotel to anyone - it makes you feel pampered for a very reasonable price.

Not recommended

from AussieRambler
The pool is very nice and the art deco building is lovely, but there are too many negatives. It's out of the way. The buffet is generic - you could be anywhere - and it manages the quite amazing feat of serving the only mediocre pho in the entire country. They claim to organize boat tours but all they do is give your name to the boat tour operator next door. It is much easier to go to the riverside and choose from the dozens of options. The shower is lukewarm and only useful for the vertically challenged. Oh and be careful getting out of the bathtub.

Ooops not the Residence

from YetiBear
The staff I found to be most agreeable, helpful and kind. It's a nice enough hotel if you are not staying long, a little out of the way from all the action, so that means you have to consider transportation everytime you want to go somewhere. We were there for 3 nights. The room was ordinary and unremarkable. The hot water never really gets hot. The breakfast is pretty generic considering coming all this way to get a good cup of Vietnamese coffee, by the way they don't include with breakfast!? The best way to see if you are in good hotel is when something goes wrong and action has to be taken. Not a very luxurious hotel that makes the customer feel wrong.

s best

from Sabai
Have been in Hue 5 times over the years and have stayed at allo f the other decent hotels. La Residence stands head and shoulders above the rest--truly a five star experiance. From the location(on the south side of the Perfume River,across form the Citadel, to the food and service ,everything is perfect. Although a small hotel, it has all of the amenities of a lux five star like the Park Hyatt in Saigon including an excellent workout faciity and a terrific infinity edge pool overlooking the river. For my money, the best hotel in Viet Nam and one of the best in Asia.

Loved La Residence

from mc582
I wish I could have stayed more. At La Residence you feel so pampered that you do not want to leave. As far as I know, this is the best hotel in Hue. Rooms are confortable, bathrooms are luxurious and the bar/lobby/restaurant are designed in a wonderful art deco style.

I would also recommend having your meals at La Residence. The restaurant is great, while in other places in Hue we had bad experiences, so we ended up having all our meals there.

The price/value ratio was amazing: 80$/room/night and never more then 12$/person/meal !!


from DenJenK
We are in our last few hours of a fantasic and extended stay at La Residence Hotel & Spa in Hue. This has definitely been a highlight of our trip to Vietnam which is impressive given that a typhoon hit the region on our first night throwing our plans into chaos and effectively locking us into the hotel for over 24 hours.

The hotel is just beautiful. The tasteful art deco design is incredibly interesting and we spent a lot of time wandering around admiring the furniture, art and finishes throughout the hotel. The gardens are gorgeous and the spectacularly large pool is heaven after a hot day of sighseeing.

The lobby and poolside bars were excellent (the welcome cocktail was a lovely touch at check-in) and the hotel restaurant is supurb (we typically avoid hotel restaurants in favour of getting out and about, however, due to the typhoon we had no choice but to eat in on our first night and it was so good that we ended up back there every other night of our stay in Hue). They also dish up incredible buffet breakfasts (amazingly the breakfast was included despite the fact that our booking was one of those bargain basement pre-paid internet rates). The rooms were on the small side but were lovely none the less with the continuing art deco theme throughout. Due to being locked in the hotel we also made use of the fitness centre (great!) and the Spa (heavenly - and incredibly good value).

The service has been a highlight. The place really managed to cope very well with in a crisis which is rare (they even managed to do laundry for us despite the fact that their laundry was flooded ). We were completely protected from the chaos of the storm (the only signs being the howling wind and the occasional power surges as the generator kicked in). It wasn't until we left the hotel the day after the typhoon that we realised how bad things had been (upended trees, houses without rooves and extensive flooding everywhere around). The staff organised movie screenings in the bar to keep us all entertained and even hotsted a cocktail function for us to meet the GM. Within a few hours of the typhoon finishing the staff had the gardens and pool up and running which was particularly impressive. When we decided to extend our stay so that we could see the sights of Hue that we had missed due to the storm the staff were incredibly helpful when it came to reorganising flights, bookings etc and just making us all feel welcome and well taken care of.

As I sit here in the library of La Residence (there are eight computers available for guests to access the internet free!) I know I will miss the place! If Hue is on your list of stops in Vietnam, La Residence is the only place to stay.

Best hotel in Vietnam

from kimmy1
We stayed here for 3 nights in July and loved it. We definitately felt relieved to have La Residence to come home to after the DMZ day tour. The pool is absolutely amazing, so relaxing!
The rooms are lovely and it's definitely worth requesting a room with a river view, the sunsets are gorgeous.
My only criticism is that while the staff were extremely friendly and eager, their English is not very good. This is not due to the quality of staff, but rather (in my opinion) a lack of management presence. There should be an experienced manager on duty in the restaurant and front office to help translate.
The spa was nice but over priced. Each time I went there it was empty, and it was difficult to understand the staff. I think the spa tries too hard to be European when all I really wanted was a relaxation massage, manicure and pedicure (which were not offered). Overall though, this was the best hotel we stayed at in Vietnam and definitely the best in Hue.

Top Local Tips for Hue

Many interesting old palaces Rent a motorbike ($5.00) all day and see the sights on your own. Be careful where you park the motor bike when out at sites as it has happened that tourists have their gas siphoned off.

Superb sights in Hue Do not miss the tour of the Royal Tombs and temples in Hue. They rival the best in all Asia.

Perfume River It is great to travel down the Perfume River by boat. However it is a long , slow trip with a couple of stops on the way to look at historical sites. I would recommend a private car meet you at the end and you come back this way rather than travelling back on the river .


Other names for La Residence Hotel & Spa

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  • Address: 5 Le Loi Street - Hue - Vietnam
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