It isn’t often that one can claim to stay in the same hotel, much less the same floor, that hosted the Emperor of Japan, the Queen of Denmark, the King of Thailand and the Grand Duc of Luxembourg.
The royal connection is not accidental. Hue, some 100km from Danang through the Hai Van Pass, was the last imperial capital of Vietnam. From the hotel’s terraces, the walls and ramparts of a vast citadel are visible. Within this is the Imperial City and the Purple Forbidden Palace – a complex of remarkable beauty and resilience damaged during the Tet Offensive and slowly being restored.
La Residence Hue was the former residence of the colonial French envoy. It became La Residence Hue Hotel & Spa in 2005. Handsome art deco touches were retained and new ones built. The two room wings are new, expertly built to mimic the original’s lavish atmosphere. The 122 rooms range from river-view dens to themed suites. Most have views of the citadel, underscoring the royal connection that only La Residence Hue can boast of. At Le Parfum, the menu has roots in Hue’s imperial cuisine along with more international fare.