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La Residence completes first phase of refurbishment

Released at: 14:17, 07/02/2018

La Residence completes first phase of refurbishment

Photo: La Residence Hotel & Spa

First of two renovations now complete at Hue icon.

by Doanh Doanh

La Residence Hotel & Spa 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 after 12 years as one of the hottest new hotels in Asia.

“In true Hue fashion, we’ve been very conservative about changing the formula that’s worked so well for so long,” said Mr. Phan Trong Minh, the hotel’s general manager. “But the changes in the works now are only going to enhance the experience.”

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.

While the canvas of the hotel’s art deco appeal will remain unchanged, its brush strokes will paint a dramatically different picture. Every one of its 122 rooms is on the verge of an extreme makeover, and with a decided move toward an understated aesthetic.

Its spa stays in the same place but consumes more of its 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 hotel’s flagship restaurant, Le Parfum, and lure swimmers with a new pool bar. A new three-bedroom pool villa with a private heated pool will open on the banks of the fabled Perfume River as a complement to the hotel’s historic mansion and two annexes.

The hotels’ distinguishing all white facade is now ash-beige. The bar has been removed from the rotunda lobby and rebuilt in one of the mansion’s wings, providing guests with a more dedicated lounge experience.

There’s a 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.

There’s 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 installed.

Set on a two-hectare site with 200 meters of frontage on the fabled Perfume River, La Residence celebrated its grand opening in December 2005 after a painstaking restoration of the 1930s-built mansion. The hotel’s distinctive bowed façade, its long horizontal lines and nautical flourishes are hallmarks of the streamline modern school of art deco architecture.

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