Main Photo: The Azerai La Residence
Date: February 2019
Location: Hue, Vietnam
Name: Azerai La Residence
No. of Keys: 122
Seller: The property was opened as a hotel in 2005 following a renovation partnership between a French entrepreneur and the government.
Buyer: The legendary hotelier, Adrian Zecha. Indonesian-born Zecha was the original founder of Regent International Hotels and Aman Resorts. This will be his 2nd hotel in Vietnam under the Azerai brand.
Zecha will undertake a re-branding of the hotel and oversee the conclusion of an extensive renovation.
The hotel’s expanded and completely renovated spa now features six treatment rooms and separate wet areas for men and women, and now has a fitness centre.
The hotel’s bar, Le Gouverneur, has been relocated from the rotunda of the historic mansion, while the hotel’s restaurant, Le Parfum, has been refurbished in the Azerai style.
Azerai La Residence joins the 60-room Azerai Can Tho, which Zecha opened on the Mekong last spring, and the plan is to add at least one new hotel every year.
Zecha’s mission is to “present the single-most compelling and elegant accommodation experience in a given locale at an affordable price-point”.
“In Hue, we wanted a hotel that would emerge as the quintessential hospitality experience in the city,” he added.
The hotel is within a 1930s mansion, the former residence of the French Resident Superieure, designed originally in art deco style.
The name of the new hotel brand is derived from Adrian Zecha’s initials and the latter part of a Persian word, caravanserai, which references old inns of the Middle East.
THPT Comment: Delighted to see this veteran of the hotel industry restoring an art-deco Grande Dame hotel in Vietnam.
First Seen: TTG – Travel Trade Gazette
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