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.
“In Hue, we wanted a hotel that would emerge as the quintessential hospitality experience in the city,” said Zecha.
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.
With the departure of the colonial French in 1954, the mansion at 5 Le Loi Street served as a guest house for provincial authorities from the 1950s all the way through the turn of the century.
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 hotels and resorts offer affordable luxury, combining simple elegance, refined design, discreet and attentive service, in places of unique beauty and cultural interest.
The first chapter Azerai story started in South East Asia with Azerai in Can Tho in the heart of Vietnam’s Mekong Delta. This unusual location provides an insight into the brands philosophy of introducing guests to interesting destinations and providing elegant and comfortable accommodation at affordable prices.
The second hotel is now open in Hue, Vietnam. Azerai La Residence, Hue is an enchanting art deco-style hotel situated on the Perfume River, which reveals its French Colonial heritage in many subtle, charming ways.