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Azerai celebrates debut of second hotel in Vietnam
Azerai La Residence, Hue, the second hotel in a new group formed by hotelier Adrian Zecha, held its official grand opening on February 19. The historic 122-room boutique hotel is located on the south bank of the fabled Perfume River in the one-time imperial capital of Vietnam. “In Hue, we wanted a hotel that would emerge as the quintessential hospitality experience in the city,” said Mr. Zecha.
Concurrent with the hotel’s rebranding is the conclusion of work on the second phase of the most extensive renovation in its recent, 14-year history. All 73 superior and deluxe rooms in the hotel’s west wing were stripped and redesigned with an understated aesthetic that affirms Azerai’s devotion to simplicity and elegance. Its expanded and completely renovated spa now features six treatment rooms (four singles and two doubles), each with a dressing area, vanity and shower. Separate wet areas for men and women offer steam, sauna and ice fountains. The spa’s menu of massages, therapies and scrubs draws from both Eastern and Western traditions.
The hotel’s gymnasium has relocated from the upper floor of the west wing to the ground floor beside the spa, and is equipped with all new treadmills, exercise bikes and an elliptical trainer, as well as free weights and other wellness resources. The hotel’s bar, Le Gouverneur, was moved from the rotunda of the historic mansion to one of the same building’s ells. The hotel’s restaurant, Le Parfum, has been refurbished with the same Azerai aesthetics.
After opening the 60-room Azerai Can Tho on the Mekong last spring, Azerai has embarked on a path that calls for a new debut every year. In each case, the mission is the same: To present the single-most compelling and elegant accommodation experience in a given locale at an affordable price-point.
Come spring, 39 more rooms in the hotel’s east wing will come out the other side of a renovation that will both brighten the rooms and update the aesthetics. La Residence opened in 2005 after a French entrepreneur partnered with local tourist authorities and renovated a 1930s-built mansion that was once part of the colonial governor’s residence. 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 the storied old inns of the Middle East.
Azerai is a new story and brand of hotels offering guests simple elegance, refined design, discreet and attentive service in places of unique beauty and cultural interest. Azerai is uniquely envisioned for today’s experienced urbane individuals, couples and families looking for distinction, quality and comfort at affordable prices.