If you like hotels with a history, you can’t go wrong booking your stay in Hue here. It is the very first hotel in Central Vietnam and based on records, the hub of French colonial life here. Its history dates back to 1901 when a French businessman named Morin set up this colonial-inspired building around 2 beautiful courtyard gardens and a tiny pond. It was and still is understandably a perfect choice for milestone events and affairs, and grew to be a favorite of celebrities and business circles.
We got ourselves a big, spacious room with a balcony overlooking the bridge spanning across the Perfume River. The location is perfect. It’s right in the city center, just 10 minutes away from the famous Pho Di Bo walking street, which is the city’s heartbeat. In the mornings, breakfasts were served in the courtyard by the tiny pond. It would have been enough to sip your coffee paired with an assortment of bread and pastries here. But the breakfast spread here has gained its own reputation for being among the best — like the Bun Bo Hue which is served here like it was in royal courts of old. My only problem when I tried this specialty dish is that I had no one to share the beef and vermicelli soup dish with. I was overwhelmed by the generous serving — and seeing those huge chunks of beef nearly gave me a migraine so early in the morn. I must confess I wasted more than half of the bowl, hoping I can switch to other options from the breakfast buffet. But even half a bowl was too much for a morning upper. I actually felt I could skip lunch that day!
The lobby, the corridors, the courtyard gardens, the rooms scream history. The furnitures are of colonial vintage but hotel boasts of modern amenities including good WiFi connection in the spacious rooms. In short, we’re happy with this century-old Hotel. We didn’t have a chance to try the pool nor the spa, but those welcome drinks in the lobby were very refreshing, and the wet, cold towels surely peel away the summer woes. Service was excellent too. Would we recommend it? Por supuesto!