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La Residence Scores High on Condé Nast Traveler List of Asia’s Top Hotels 2016

NEW YORK — La Residence Hue Hotel & Spa earned a spot on a list of Southern Asia’s top hotels in this year’s Condé Nast Traveler’s Readers' Choice Awards, one of just four hotels in Vietnam called out for recognition.
La Residence placed No. 15 on the list, besting the likes of big-name hotels such as Fullerton Bay and Marina Bay Sands in Singapore, and coming within just a few beats of the Mandarin Oriental in Bangkok.
Announced in New York on Oct. 18, Condé Nast Traveler’s 29th annual compendium came together after a dramatic restructuring of the voting process. Though still reader-driven, Condé Nast took charge of its own survey this year after outsourcing the tabulation to an independent research firm in years past.

Between April 1 and July 1, more than 300,000 readers voted in competition, up from 128,000 last year. Another significant change is with the voting demographic. Last year, the median age of the Readers' Choice Awards voter was in his late 60s. This year, she’s in her late 40s.
Though La Residence won a No. 13 spot last year, the hotel was not competing against hotels from Singapore and Bangkok on last year’s list. This year it was.
“That readers who’ve experienced some of Bangkok’s and Singapore’s finest hotels hold us in as high or higher esteem is a thrilling development,” said Phan Trong Minh, General Manager of La Residence Hue.
The Readers’ Choice Awards and Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best Awards are widely considered to be the two most important awards lists for hotels worldwide.

 

La Residence Claims Spot on Condé Nast Traveler List 2015
     
La Residence Hue Hotel & Spa has won a coveted spot in the prestigious Condé Nast Traveler’s Readers Choice Awards 2015, placing No. 13 on a list of the top hotels in Southeast Asia. Announced in New York on Oct. 20, the results of Conde Nast Traveler’s 28th annual survey placed just four hotels in Vietnam on the travel magazine’s list of top hospitality properties. This is the second consecutive appearance for the hotel in the Readers’ Choice Awards; last year, the hotel debuted on the list at No. 19. The Readers’ Choice Awards and Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best Awards are widely considered to be the two most important awards lists for hotels worldwide. At the same time La Residence is winning favor at Condé Nast, the hotel is also building a reputation at Travel + Leisure. In Dec. 2013 and Dec. 2014, La Residence was named to the T+L list -- again, one of only four hotels named to this exclusive compendium.

“The awards that matter most to us are founded on evaluations made by guests who’ve actually stayed at the hotel,” said Phan Trong Minh, general manager of La Residence. “Nothing validates the work we do like great guest feedback.”

More than 128,000 Condé Nast Traveler readers took part in this year's Readers’ Choice Awards — the most in its 28-year history, and up more than 50,000 from last year. Voting is conducted through a secure website, with responses tabulated by Equation Research. Readers evaluate candidates on a set of criteria using a standard five-point scale.
 

Four Vietnamese Hotels Hailed as World’s Best

NEW YORK (Dec. 24, 2014) — For the second straight year, the same four Vietnamese hotels achieved coveted placement on the T+L 500, an awards list compiled by Travel + Leisure magazine in the United States.

The named hotels were the Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi, The Nam Hai Hoi An, MGallery La Residence Hue Hotel & Spa in Hue and Park Hyatt Saigon.

The Metropole, Nam Hai and La Residence also placed in Condé Nast Traveler’s Readers Choice Awards (RCA), announced in late October. Both the RCA and the T+L 500 are based on surveys completed by readers.

The influence of Travel + Leisure and Condé Nast Traveler in the United States is so strong that placement on either magazine’s awards list is considered a ‘gold standard.’

Travel + Leisure is the highest circulating travel magazine in the United States, with a monthly circulation of 960,000.

From Dec. 15, 2013, to March 31, 2014, readers of the magazine completed surveys online, rating hotels across a variety of categories, including rooms & facilities, location, service, restaurants & food and value.

MGallery La Residence Hue Hotel & Spa Vietnam Claims A Spot on Condé Nast Traveler List

After years of perfectly respectable placements on the prestigious Condé Nast Traveler’s Readers Choice Awards list, Vietnam has now won the No. 1 spot on a list of the Top Hotels in Southeast Asia. Announced in New York on Oct. 20, the results of Conde Nast Traveler’s 27th annual survey placed five hotels and resorts in Vietnam on the prestigious travel magazine’s list of top hospitality properties.

MGallery La Residence Hue Hotel & Spa in Hue earned a top spot on the list for the first time, placing No. 19 on the list, besting the likes of such storied brands as the Sofitel Legend, Four Seasons and Park Hyatt Saigon. While Vietnam’s neighbors - Cambodia, Laos and Thailand - each won spots for their top tourist draws - Siem Reap, Luang Prabang, Bangkok and Chiang Mai - none of Vietnam’s top destinations placed on a list of the world’s 25 most alluring spots.
 
Nearly 77,000 participants cast votes for properties nominated in this year's Readers Choice Awards. About the same number of readers participated in last year’s survey, up from 46,000 readers in 2012. The survey was first launched in 1988 by Condé Nast, one of the world's most prestigious magazine publishers. This year’s voting was conducted through a secure website, with responses tabulated by Equation Research. Readers evaluated candidates on a set of criteria using a standard five-point scale. Properties had to receive a required minimum number of responses to be eligible for an award.

Four Vietnamese Hotels Counted Among World’s Best in ‘Travel+Leisure 500’

Dec. 23, 2013 - HUE, Viet Nam -- Seasoned travellers from around the globe lauded four Vietnamese hotels among the best worldwide, according to the latest survey by Travel + Leisure magazine. Announced last week, the ‘T+L 500’ compendium of top international hotels listed five-star properties Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi, Park Hyatt Saigon, The Nam Hai in Hoi An, and for the first time, MGallery La Residence Hue Hotel & Spa in Hue.

Travel + Leisure, one of the globe’s highest circulating travel magazines, invited its readers to participate in the annual survey by answering a questionnaire and rating hotel candidates in five categories: rooms/facilities, location, service, restaurants and value. A minimum number of responses was required for a hotel to be eligible for inclusion in the World’s Best awards, considered one of the most important in the industry.

The 112-year-old Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi once again earned the highest marks among Vietnamese contenders, while all-villa resort The Nam Hai made its second appearance on the prestigious list, and art-deco hotel La Residence claimed its first win from Travel + Leisure readers.

Mombo Camp and Little Mombo Camp in Botswana led the winners with an average score of 96.60.

Conde Nast Traveller Readers place La Residence among Asia’s top 20 resorts

NEW YORK (1 Nov. 2011) – On the eve of its sixth anniversary, travelers have thrown their votes behind MGallery La Residence Hue Hotel and Spa in Hue to win the art-deco property its first appearance as one of Asia’s top 20 resorts in the Conde Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards 2011. La Residence’s debut in the Conde Nast Readers’ Choice Awards, considered one of the most definitive rankings in the hospitality industry, saw the resort claim the 20th spot among an elite line-up including three Four Seasons Resorts and one Aman resort.

“Few guests leave our doors without feeling a special connection to La Residence,” said Anthony Gill, general manager at the hotel. “It was just a matter of time before travelers caught on to what we and the experts have known about the hotel since the start; that it’s absolutely one of a kind in Asia.”

In August of this year, La Residence joined the elite MGallery Collection – a collection of memorable and unique hotels by Accor.

After winning a spot on the Conde Nast Traveler Hot List 2007 and the Conde Nast Spa Hot List 2007, in 2009 La Residence again drew attention when it was listed as a Grand Winner in the Andrew Harper’s Hideaway Report 2009.

The Readers’ Choice Awards polled more than 8 million votes from 28,876 readers worldwide, who rated properties across six categories: activities/facilities, food/dining, location, overall design, rooms and service. Only candidates that received a required minimum number of responses were deemed eligible for an award, according to Conde Nast.

 

Andrew Harper Grand Award 2009

Anyone making the journey to Vietnam and passing on Hue would be making a serious mistake. Roughly equidistant from Saigon and Hanoi and approximately five miles inland from the South China Sea, it is a charming small city with bustling streets that run along a multi- bridged canal. As well as one of the liveliest and most colorful markets in Southeast Asia, Hue contains an array of handsome French Colonial architecture.

La Residence is housed within the former governor’s mansion and is now a superb small hotel. Set beside the Perfume River, it is a handsome white structure, with two new wings embracing a central garden and exceptionally inviting pool. The interior of the hotel has been refurbished in an art deco style. Many of the 122 rooms and suites offer fine views of the river. All have large windows and are filled with beautiful custom-made furniture. Baths come with deep tubs and are spacious and well-equipped.

The main building houses a delightful bar, and the outdoor terrace is a fine prelude to dinner in the airy, high-ceilinged dining room. There, the extensive menu focuses on fine Vietnamese cuisine. The service proved engaging and efficient.

Hue is rich in historic sights, having once been Vietnam’s capital. Right in town, the remains of the ancient citadel are impressive and extensive. Much of the city was destroyed during the Tet Offensive, but extensive restoration is under way. Farther out in the jungle, the tombs of Vietnam’s kings are haunting and melancholy monuments, filled with exquisite art, statuary, wood carving and stonework.

After a day in the humid jungle, the enormous saltwater pool, lined with an intricate patchwork of blue tiles, is pure bliss. The hotel also has a full-service spa and a tennis court. http://www.andrewharper.com/hotels/la-residence-hotel-spa