La Residence Hue Hotel & Spa, MGallery By Sofitel
Located on the calm banks of the Perfume River amongst a lush garden, this renovated Art Deco mansion was once a Governor's residence, where parties for Ambassadors and Generals were hosted during the 1930s.
The 5-star La Residence Hue is full of rich history, with uses including an American command center, a hospital for Vietnamese soldiers, and a government guest house in the 1960s. The mansion was repurposed in 2005 and added to the prestigious MGallery Collection in 2011, recently joined the Sofitel Universal, which is now MGallery by Sofitel. Over the years, La Residence Hue Hotel & Spa has won some serious accolades, and all for good reasons. Among these awards are two years on Conde Nast Traveler’s Readers’ Choice - Best Hotels in Southeast Asia list 2014 and 2015; Travel + Leisure’s 500 World's Best Hotels in 2014 and 2015; winner of the World Luxury Spa Award 2013; and multiple other awards throughout the years.
Placing an emphasis on preserving its historic architectural style, La Residence Hue is one of the best representations of Art Deco in the Indochina. The original wing of the mansion has 10 signature rooms and suites that preserve the feel and look of an era long past - perfect for those who wish to experience the luxurious past of the mansion in accurate detail.
The hotel’s 122 guest rooms and suites follow the Art Deco concept without flaw - louvered shutters, hardwood floors and high ceilings are romantic, charming and absolutely unique to sleep in. The hotel’s room service is available between 6 a.m. to midnight, with a selection of snacks and hot dishes from Le Parfum’s A la carte menu.
Evidence of passionate artistry runs throughout the hotel. Le Gouverneur Bar features a stunning fresco by French artist Roland Renaud, the piece inspired by the wall of the Musée des Colonies in Paris and Lyon’s famous main post office, is an atmospheric place for great cocktails. Two of the signatures, La Residence Madame and La Residence Monsieur, are highly recommended. The bowed facade, nautical flourishes and clean pastel colors are excellent representations of 1930s Art Deco - simply walking around here is a pleasant experience, and observing the attention that went into bringing the style to a contemporary era is a treat.
The hotel is about 20 minutes from Hue’s Phu Bai International Airport, and less than a five-minute drive from the city center. The hotel is also close to the Imperial Citadel, an incredible UNESCO World Heritage Site. While remaining near Hue’s central attractions, the mansion maintains a serene distance to ensure guests feel comfortably secluded.
Other notable attractions nearby include royal mausoleums, Dong Ba market, Thien Mu Pagoda, Thuan An beach, Alba Thanh Tan Hot Springs, Lang Co beach and Bach Ma National Park. The hotel is also a short walk from great local restaurants and bars.
Standout feature, besides the ambiance and preserved Art Deco style, is the award-winning luxury relaxation experience at Le Spa features a steam room, herbal sauna, jacuzzi and seven treatment rooms. The Swedish Massage in particular is superb, a true display of the resident masseuses’ skills. In fact, the service in general easily exceeds international standards. The team at La Residence Hue consists of educated, highly professional staff, both locals and international expatriates, dedicated to provide complete customer satisfaction. Staff go out of their way to make guest experiences memorable.
On the culinary side, Le Parfum Restaurant provides style and substance with not only respectable fine dining options for Vietnamese and French dishes, but also the unforgettable experiences. These include an Imperial Dinner, which allows guests to dine at the historic sites of Hue; a Dinner Cruise on one of Hue’s signature dragon boats; a Governor's Colonial Dinner - a poolside fine dining experience with views of the Perfume River; and other highlight experiences including a great cooking class, a historic culinary tour and more.
Facilities are top notch. The 30-meter saltwater pool is immaculate and highly pleasant to swim in.
Those who want to get some work done will find few places better than the hotel’s business center- Le Bibliotheque, available 24 hours with free Wi-Fi and computers for use. Books, board games, DVDs and travel guides are also available. Upon request, printing, scanning and photocopying are available if requested.