There are a number of Hue hotels for you to choose from including comfortable budget properties and fine luxury hotels. But this is a small albeit picturesque city, and few visitors stay here more than a night or two primarily only to see the temples and pagodas that are the main attractions. Some Hue accommodation is even possible in beach resorts a little south of the city, although the closest is about a 30-minute drive away from the city. Very few people come to this city for vacations on the beaches, as most of the best resorts are around Da Nang and along the coast further south.
For a unique experience, you can try the Villa Hue, a deluxe Hue accommodation that is staffed with second-year students of the Hue University of Tourism and Hospitality. With only twelve rooms, this boutique property offers service by some of the most eager-to-please young people in the country. It is also centrally located in the center of the Old City, close to the temples and pagodas of the historic Citadel.
One of the best hotels in Hue Vietnam is the beautiful La Residence, set back a little from the banks of the Perfume River across from the Citadel. It is housed in a former French colonial governor’s residence, with beautifully manicured grounds leading down to the river’s edge. There is a full-service spa and shopping in a fashionable boutique. Some of the best dining in the city is available here. Similar five-star lodging in Hue can be found at the Pilgrimage Village and Spa, located right on the river’s banks. This is a beautiful Hue accommodation with good transportation across the river to the city’s Old Quarter and the Citadel. The Imperial Hotel was the first of the five-star Hue hotels and is located in a high rise building with wonderful views of the city and the river.
The best hotels in Hue Vietnam for those on a budget are located around the Citadel on the northern bank of the river, although you will find some on side streets across the river. This is the area that has the most things to do in the city, and staying in this area means that almost all the main attractions are within walking distance. In fact, many of the streets in this area are reserved for pedestrians only.
Virtually all hotels in Hue Vietnam will assist you with tours of the ancient city, including cyclo (trishaw) tours that generally last a couple hours. There is not a lot of lively nightlife in the city, and what there is you will find to be fairly low-key. However, there are some good bars around the Dong Ba Market, and several of the deluxe Hue hotels have cocktail lounges with music. The Starlight Cocktail Lounge at the Imperial Hotel is on the sixteenth floor and boasts fabulous panoramic city and river views. There is a little more low key, but very cultural, nightlife on sunset cruises in the river. If you are staying in one of the hotels along the river, a traditional dragon boat will pick you up for a cruise with sundowner cocktails and performances of traditional folk songs.