La Residence Hotel & Spa, twelve years after opening on the banks of the Perfume River in Vietnam, is wrapping up work on the first phase of a two-step renovation that encompasses its 122 rooms, fitness center, spa, pool, and more.
While the hotel’s Art Deco aesthetic will remain unchanged, every one of the hotel’s 122 rooms will get a redesign, sporting a more minimal, “understated” look. The spa will expand and sport new facilities, furnishings and equipment. The rooftop fitness center will relocate to a new venue beside the spa and reopen a new line of fitness equipment.
The swimming pool will be moved to a new spot outside the hotel’s flagship restaurant, Le Parfum, and include a new pool bar. A new three-bedroom pool villa with a private heated pool will open on the banks of the river as a complement to the hotel’s mansion and two annexes.
Phan Trong Minh, the hotel’s general manager, said the hotel has pursued a moderate 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.
Already, the hotel has realized notable departures from its first dozen years. The hotel’s all white facade is now ash-beige, and 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 also a more elaborate breakfast buffet, with new fresh juices and detox drinks. The walls, curtains, blinds and upholstery throughout Le Parfum cultivate a more muted ambiance, 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 going through small changes, with the hedging curtailed and new lights installed.