Twelve years after opening as one of the hottest
new hotels in Asia, La Residence Hotel & Spa in Hue, Vietnam is
wrapping up work on the first phase of a two-step renovation that
will stand as the most dramatic pivot in its short history.
While the canvas of the hotelís art deco appeal
will remain unchanged, its brush strokes will paint a dramatically
Every one of the hotelís 122 rooms is on the
verge of an extreme makeover, with a decided move toward an
Its spa stays in the same place but consumes
more of of the ground floor location, and will feature new
facilities, furnishings and equipment.
The rooftop fitness center
will relocate to a new venue beside the spa, and likewise come
back online with a new line of fitness equipment.
The swimming pool will be nudged from its present location to a
new spot outside the hotelís flagship restaurant, Le Parfum, and
lure swimmers with a new pool bar.
A new 3-bedroom pool villa with
a private heated pool will open on the banks of the fabled Perfume
River as a complement to the hotelís historic mansion and two
ďIn true Hue fashion, weíve been very
conservative about changing the formula thatís worked so well for
so long,Ē said Phan Trong Minh, the hotelís General Manager. ďBut
the changes in the works now are only going to enhance the
Minh said the hotel has pursued a
compartmentalized approach to the first series of changes, and
will pursue the same subtle approach to the second phase so that
the redevelopments will be as invisible as possible to guests.
Already, the hotel has realized notable departures
from its first dozen years. The hotelsí distinguishing all white
facade is now ash-beige. The bar has been removed from the rotunda
lobby and rebuilt in one of the mansionís wings, providing guests
with a more dedicated lounge experience.
more elaborate breakfast buffet, featuring a new array of fresh
juices and detox drinks. The walls, curtains, blinds and
upholstery throughout Le Parfum cultivate a more muted ambiance in
pearl gray, complemented by a new lighting system that sets
different moods for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Thereís a new menu to match the new mood, with lobster from the
Mekong and salmon from Sapa.
Outside, the gardens are in the midst
of subtle changes, with the hedging curtailed and new lights