The Best Hotels in Hue, Vietnam

Lush gardens surround the pool at Pilgrimage Village, Hue
Lush gardens surround the pool at Pilgrimage Village, Hue | Courtesy of Pilgrimage Village Hue / Expedia
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12 December 2020

Centred around the Unesco-protected Imperial City, Hue was once the seat of Vietnam’s emperors. The city is split in two by the Perfume River, which fills with orchard blossoms every autumn. Home to the Forbidden City and Royal Tombs, it has history galore and is one of the best Vietnamese cities to explore by bike. Read on to find the Hue hotel that best fits you.

Azerai

Hotel
4.8/5 (185 Reviews)
Azerai La Residence Hue
Azerai La Residence Hue | Courtesy of Azerai La Residence Hue / Expedia

Modernists will relish the interiors at Azerai La Residence, a riverside hotel with distinct art deco styling on the banks of the Perfume River. The design harks back to the days of Indochina with its hardwood floors, French colonial tiles and furniture with smooth, streamlined curves. It’s not all looks though: there’s an excellent restaurant and an award-winning spa, too.

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Pilgrim Village

Boutique Hotel, Spa Hotel, Hotel
4.7/5 (517 Reviews)
Pilgrimage Village Hue
Pilgrimage Village Hue | Courtesy of Pilgrimage Village Hue / Expedia

Serenity seekers will find repose at Pilgrim Village, a wellness hotel just outside the city. The hotel has a resort-like feel, made up of thatch-roofed bungalows that are connected by cobbled paths and surrounded by fragrant gardens. Start your mornings with one of the free Tai Chi or Vinyasa yoga classes, or cross the bridge to the floating spa, where therapists draw on both Eastern and Western techniques.

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Ancient Hue

Hotel
5/5 (2 Reviews)
Ancient Hue Garden Houses
Ancient Hue Garden Houses | Courtesy of Ancient Hue Garden Houses / Expedia

Ancient Hue captures the Vietnam of yesteryear, making it a hit with fans of Asian architecture. Made up of five imposing garden houses, the hotel is built according to the principles of feng shui and is very much in tune with Hue’s Imperial Citadel. Wood carvings, historic artefacts and traditional folk can be found in each house, each with its own private terrace overlooking the lush gardens.

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Morin Hotel

Hotel
4.4/5 (505 Reviews)
Morin Hotel
Morin Hotel | Courtesy of Morin Hotel / Expedia

Built in 1901 by a French businessman, Hotel Saigon Morin is one for the history buffs. This relic of French Indochina has quite a history, not least because it survived decades of conflict, including the 1968 Tet Offensive. The rooms here remain fittingly old-school, outfitted with polished parquet floors and colonial furniture. One of the suites is named after Charlie Chaplin, who honeymooned there with his wife Paulette in 1936.

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Nano Eco Hostel

Hostel
4/5 (1 Reviews)
Nano Eco Hostel
Nano Eco Hostel | Courtesy of Nano Eco Hostel / Expedia

Few hostels can match the clean, contemporary looks of Nano Eco Hostel Hue, a bang-for-buck option that will appeal to savvy spenders. The rooms are pared back and have a Scandi sensibility to them. Besides, you’ll likely be spending your time in the bar or outdoor pool, where guests get together over beers. True to its name, the hostel has bikes for hire, ensuring you do your bit to bring down the motorbike traffic.

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Spirit Hue

Hotel, Guesthouse
Spirit House
Spirit House | Courtesy of Spirit House / Expedia

Run by the ever-hospitable Mr Lun, Spirit Hue offers the chance to live like a local; one who happens to own one of the most characterful houses in town. A beautiful example of a traditional Vietnamese home, Spirit Hue is made up of several buildings with tiled roofs and wood-beam ceilings. Covered walkways wrap around the peaceful courtyard gardens – grab your book and pick a spot next to the pond or shrine under the manicured trees.

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  • Hue 1962 Inn

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    Hue 1962 Inn
    Hue 1962 Inn | Courtesy of Hue 1962 Inn / Expedia

    Hue 1962 Inn is just a few hundred metres from the walls of the Imperial City, built in 1789 when Emperor Gia Long ascended the throne. Just like the Hue of today, the hotel mingles heritage with modernity; the architecture looks decidedly mid-century, but the wood-framed windows, lanterns and artwork hark back to pre-industrial Vietnam. Take it all in over breakfast served on the terrace each morning.

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    The G Hotel

    Hotel
    The G.Hotel Hue
    The G.Hotel Hue | Courtesy of The G.Hotel Hue / Expedia

    The G Hotel is an up-to-the minute option on Pham Ngu Lao Walking Street, where night owls stroll through the early and late evening, sipping cocktails and snacking on street food. The ground floor is given over to a retro-styled café and bar with rattan lamps and colonial-era tiles. Rooms, on the other hand, are sleek and modern, particularly the Deluxe with its high ceilings and tactile fabrics.

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    Tovo Hostel

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    To Vo Hue Hostel
    To Vo Hue Hostel | Courtesy of To Vo Hue Hostel / Expedia

    Tovo Hostel punches well above its weight in the looks department, scoring highly with fans of bold, bright design. Located in the heart of the city, the hostel could easily pass for a boutique hotel with its arching windows and knockout mid-century furniture. Every room has a sleek kitchen if you’re the self-catering type; if you’re not, the attentive staff know all the best restaurants in town.

    Lana Homestay

    Apartment, Homestay
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    Lana Homestay 2
    Lana Homestay 2 | Courtesy of Lana Homestay 2 / Expedia

    One for self-sufficient travellers, Lana Homestay is an apartment-style stay with stripped-back interiors and mid-century furnishings. Each apartment has a lounge, a small terrace and kitchenette – although breakfast is available if you want it. For home-cooked meals and cosy nights in, hop on one of the free bikes and head to Dong Ba Market, home to stalls piled high with locally sourced produce, plus handicrafts and traditional textiles.

    These recommendations were updated on December 12, 2020 to keep your travel plans fresh.

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