Asia, History & Culture, Hotels & Resorts

Stay at MGallery La Residence Hue Hotel and Experience Hue’s Rich History

April 5, 2017

After our first family trip to Vietnam in January 2016 – we stayed at Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi and explored Vietnam’s intriguing capital city  – I wanted to see more of the country. In January 2017, we traveled to Huế and Hoi An in central Vietnam.

Huế, Vietnam, also known as the Imperial City, was the political, cultural, and religious centre of the Nguyen Dynasty and the national capital from 1802 – 1945. We stayed at the award-winning MGallery La Residence Hue Hotel and Spa, built in 1930 as part of the former French Colonial Governor’s residence. Thoughtfully restored and expanded before re-opening as a boutique hotel in 2005, the MGallery La Residence Hue, occupies a prime riverfront location overlooking the Imperial Citadel.

La Residence Hue hotel view from the Perfume River

View of MGallery La Residence Hue from the Perfume River. Photo credit MGallery La Residence Hue Hotel & Spa.

Architecture and Design

The interior and exterior of the MGallery La Residence Hue Hotel and Spa reflect the Art Deco style popular in the 1930’s. We weren’t too far into our welcome cocktails in Le Gouverneur Bar before we began to sense the hotel’s rich history. The impressive Art Deco design details, French doors opening onto a terrace and tropical gardens, and soaring ceilings reflect a bygone era. And the view from La Residence Hue across the Perfume River (Hương River) to the Imperial Citadel – once home to emperors of the Nguyen Dynasty and now a UNESCO World Heritage Site – took us even further back in time.

Le Gouverneur Bar La Residence Hue

Le Gouverneur Bar La Residence Hue

Location

The Perfume River flows through Huế’, and the MGallery La Residence’s riverfront location is ideal. From here you can look across the river to the Imperial Citadel, walk to the riverbank boat dock, and wander along the riverfront path. The centre of Huế’ is a short walk, taxi, or fun cyclo (bicycle taxi) ride from the hotel.

Cyclo La Residence Hue Hotel & SpaRooms and Suites

The 122 Art Deco designed and decorated guest rooms and suites offer modern conveniences along with historic design details like claw foot bathtubs & rotary dial phones in some guest rooms.

La Residence Hue hotel guest suite

Colonial suite La Residence Hue. Photo credit MGallery La Residence Hue Hotel & Spa.

Dining at MGallery La Residence Hue Hotel & Spa

La Parfum, La Residence Hue’s main restaurant, is available for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Choose to dine al fresco overlooking the Perfume River and aromatic garden, or in the light-filled dining room.

Breakfast at Le Parfum features artistic espresso drinks, fresh fruits, and made to order dishes like Vietnamese Pho and French crepes. The breakfast vibe is global – multi-lingual conversations, flaky European-style pastry, and authentic local dishes make Le Parfum a place to linger. And Nutella crepes along with heart-shaped waffles meant the kids weren’t in a hurry either.

La Residence Hue hotel breakfast buffet

We often ate dinner on the outdoor terrace at Le Gouverneur Bar, recognized by Robb Report Malaysia as one of the best hotel bars in Vietnam. Located in the hotel’s rotunda, Le Gouverneur Bar is the heart of the hotel. The gleaming bar, creative cocktail list, and central location make it a difficult place to walk past. And really, why would you walk past one of the best hotel bars in Vietnam?

Le Gouverneur terrace La Residence Hue hotel

Terrace at Le Gouverneur Bar. Photo credit MGallery La Residence Hue Hotel & Spa.

MGallery La Residence Hue Hotel & Spa Amenities

A hotel pool is important to me (and my kids), and the 30 m saltwater pool and hot tub overlooking the Perfume River at the MGallery La Residence Hotel is excellent. Relax after a day of sightseeing with drinks and snacks from the pool bar, or take a day off from touring and lounge poolside.

La Residence Hue Hotel outdoor pool

The MGallery La Residence Hue Hotel and Spa features a dedicated kids club – it is small compared to typical North America offerings, but looks like a fun spot to hang out. The hotel’s main floor contains a business centre and lending library with books in various languages, including Vietnam travel guides. A gym and outdoor tennis courts are available for hotel guests with energy to spare. There is a ping pong table on a covered terrace and a boules pitch in the garden near the pool. For intense relaxation and pampering, the MGallery La Residence Hotel Hue has an award-winning spa.

Experiences

The MGallery collection of boutique hotels, dedicated to lovers of life, literature, and culture, offers curated local experiences at each property. At MGallery La Residence Hue, guests can choose from experiences including a cruise on the Perfume River, a market tour and cooking class, or picnic under the pine trees on Thien An Hill.

The Taste of Hue Cooking Class at La Residence Hue Hotel and Spa was an incredible experience – we like to explore markets and learn about local cuisine when we travel and the experiential tour and cooking class at MGallery La Residence Hue was the best yet.

Travel Tips – MGallery La Residence Hue Hotel & Spa

  • The MGallery La Residence Hue’s address is 5 Le Loi Street, Hue City, Vietnam. Telephone: +84 (0)23 43 83 74 75 Fax: +84 (0)23 43 83 74 76. You can also email the hotel at resa@la-residence-hue.com. Click here for the hotel’s latest offers and packages.
  • The MGallery La Residence Hue Hotel and Spa has inter-connecting guest rooms so families can stay together.
  • Vietnam Airlines and Vietjet Air offer daily flights to Hue from Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi. Hue is also accessible via rail and bus.
  • Plan to spend three or four days exploring Hue’s rich history & culture.

We enjoyed a media stay at La Residence Hue Hotel and Spa. As always, if I don’t love an experience or property, I won’t recommend it to you. 

Have you been to Hue, Vietnam?

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10 Comments

  • Reply Janice April 5, 2017 at 5:40 pm

    What a fascinating place to visit. Such a lovely venue to relax in after a day of sightseeing. I would love to experience it all❤

  • Reply Bilyana | OwlOverTheWorld April 8, 2017 at 9:47 am

    This place looks amazing. And the view of the river is perfect. I haven’t been to Vietnam at all, but if I visit Hue someday I would love to stay at this hotel if I can afford it.

  • Reply noel April 8, 2017 at 10:12 am

    Wow, such a gorgeous hotel and location, I love the Colonial look and would love to stay here one day

  • Reply danik April 8, 2017 at 12:27 pm

    This place looks… AMAZING! I would so visit and stay in this hotel when I get to this area. But it does look like the ideal location to chillax after going out for the day. I bet the food was tasty there as well

  • Reply Fiona Maclean April 8, 2017 at 1:35 pm

    I love art deco. And, the spa looks very, very inviting. This is the sort of place I’d book if I was visiting Vietnam

  • Reply Julie April 9, 2017 at 7:22 am

    I really enjoyed visiting Hue a few years back and I actually think I visited MGallery for a drink one rainy afternoon. I can’t be 100% sure, but the view from the river SURE looks like the place where I wished the rain away with a cocktail or two. Isn’t Hue just lovely? (Side note, envious of your 2 visits in just a year to Vietnam…what a treat!)

  • Reply Annie April 10, 2017 at 11:04 am

    Wow. That looks absolutely gorgeous. You’re right the MGallery La Residence Hue DOES occupy a prime riverfront location, need to get to Vietnam!

  • Reply Jen Joslin April 10, 2017 at 8:46 pm

    I just love the look of this property, especially the art deco style. That is one of my favorite architectural eras! The global breakfast options look delicious, and of course we’d have to check out the acclaimed Le Gouverneur Bar. Thanks for sharing about this place! Will keep it in mind for when we go to Hue.

  • Reply Claudia April 10, 2017 at 8:58 pm

    What a gorgeous place! The MGallery La Residence Hue Hotel looks like the perfect hotel to enjoy while discovering Hue. Your photos make it look just decadently luxurious. Adding this to my list for our Vietnam adventures.

  • Reply Megan April 11, 2017 at 12:59 pm

    I remember reading about Hue in my history classes but I haven’t thought about visiting. Thanks for putting it back on my radar. Looks like there is a lot to explore and that the MGallery La Residence is the perfect launching spot.

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