The sight of intense fighting near the former DMZ during the Vietnam War, the central Vietnamese city of Hue is famous for its history. The last Imperial Palace built in Vietnam is located in Hue, as are – on the outskirts of town – many ornate tombs of royal family members.
A trip to Hue involves wandering around ruins and learning a thing or two at museums. Being Vietnam, it also means more than just a dash of culture, with great food and exciting night markets to explore.
You won’t have a problem staying in Hue either. Accommodation here is relatively affordable across the board, so you could opt for something truly budget-friendly, or splash out a little and grab yourself a chic room at a cool hotel. With free or cheap bicycle hire on offer, pedaling around the city is a great way to see the sights, too.
8. Indochine Palace
Indochine Palace is a fitting name for this hotel because it genuinely does look like a palace. A towering white building, this is a large hotel with an equally sizeable pool outside, surrounded by palms and sun loungers.
There is a fitness center and spa for guests to use, as well as a selection of dining venues and bars. The rooms at Indochine Palace have a chic mixture of traditional Vietnamese aesthetics crossed with contemporary, design-led detailing; they also boast views looking out over the Perfume River.
Set in the city center of Hue, it’s just a 15-minute walk from here to the Perfume River and the beautiful An Dinh Palace.
7. The Scarlett Boutique Hotel
This small but chic hotel is the place to stay if you love a touch of class. The interiors at The Scarlett Boutique Hotel are all about dark, wood-paneled walls with fine art adorning them, as well as classic furnishings mixed with plush carpets and draping curtains.
Rooms are traditionally decked out and feel like sumptuous places to lay your head. Amenities at the hotel include bicycle hire and a complimentary breakfast, which is a great way to start a day of exploration in Hue. The Scarlett Boutique Hotel is located only two kilometers away from the historic Imperial Palace.
6. Hotel La Perle
A budget-friendly option in Hue, the rooms at Hotel La Perle come with tiled floors, are decorated with simple whitewashed colors, and accented with green curtains. Some of the rooms even come with city views.
There is an in-house restaurant for evening meals at Hotel La Perle, plus a 24-hour front desk where you can book tours. Best of all, there is complimentary tea and coffee, as well as fresh fruit available in the lobby all day!
The Imperial City is three kilometers from this hotel, plus there are several restaurants, eateries, and bars to discover in the area.
5. Rosaleen Boutique Hotel
This hotel has some impressive and stylish bedrooms; spacious and comfortable, they’re equipped with high ceilings and funky feature walls, as well as wooden floors. There is a relaxing outdoor pool complete with a sun lounger area where you can chill – or you could unwind with a massage.
Guests can tuck into dinner at the stylish on-site restaurant. Located just five minutes from the riverfront of the Perfume River, as well as the ferry terminal, the budget-friendly Rosaleen Boutique Hotel boasts an airport shuttle service as well as a handy 24-hour front desk, so the staff are available whenever you might need some help.
4. Pilgrimage Village Boutique Resort
When it comes to style, this place might just be the winner of the coolest luxury hotel in Hue. Combining a strong sense of design-oriented aesthetic with lush, tropical nature, this is a rustic style hotel with a number of restaurants and bars for guests to choose from.
The outdoor pool is particularly cool, but there is also a spa with various treatments to enjoy. Guests can select from either a chic bungalow with minimalist trimmings or fun beach huts, villas and houses; some of these even have their own private pools and gardens.
Set away from the center of Hue (but with a complimentary shuttle bus), nearby lies the Tomb of Khai Dinh and Tu Duc.
3. Beaulieu Boutique Hotel
Located less than a kilometer from Dong Ba Market and the Trang Tien Bridge, this boutique hotel is simple yet stylish, providing a comfortable, calm place to stay in Hue. The rooms here are decorated in tones of blues and brown and feature large beds and wood floors.
Guests can appreciate a buffet breakfast that’s served up each morning as well. The staff at Beaulieu Boutique Hotel’s 24-hour front desk are extremely friendly and can help you to book tours and onward travel through the country.
There are also complimentary bicycles to hire, so you can pedal around exploring the history of Hue at your leisure.
2. Alba Spa Hotel
There is a beautiful, natural theme going on at this hotel, with touches of fresh design. Think rattan rugs, bamboo walls, polished concrete floors, and plenty of palms. The rooms are decorated in stylish greys for a laid-back yet sleek atmosphere.
There is a mineral spa pool for guests to relax in at Alba Spa Hotel, as well as a restaurant for evening meals and a bar where you can end the day with a drink or two. It is less than a kilometer from this incredible value for money hotel to the Notre Dame Cathedral.
The colonial-style, 1900s An Dinh Palace is also within easy walking distance.
1. Cherish Hue Hotel
This hotel is located right in the middle of Hue and is therefore close to many attractions, including the Dong Ba Market and the Ho Chi Minh Museum; the Perfume River is also right on the doorstep.
Cherish Hue Hotel is spread across 11 floors and is elegantly decorated, boasting a relaxing atmosphere. The rooms are spacious and well appointed, with polished wood floors and views over the city and the river.
The staff are accommodating, and there are many traditional spa treatments on offer. The onsite restaurant serves up Western and Vietnamese fare; as a bonus, there’s around the clock room service!