Azerai La Residence, Hue Named One of Asia’s Top 30 Hotels

by Condé Nast Traveler Readers

HUE, Vietnam (Oct. 11, 2021) – Azerai La Residence, Hue, the historic 122-room Adrian Zecha property overlooking the Perfume River in Vietnam’s former imperial capital, was named one of Asia’s Top 30 Hotels by Condé Nast Traveler readers.

The 2021 Readers’ Choice Awards, unveiled last week, tapped opinions from more than 800,000 Condé Nast Traveler readers across the globe, who submitted tens of thousands of ratings and comments, sharing their travel experiences with the world’s top hotels, resorts, spas, cities and more. 

The US-based magazine’s awards are the longest-running and most prestigious recognition of excellence in the travel industry.

“The results of the 2021 Readers’ Choice Awards demonstrate the travel experience our readers longed for most when they couldn’t travel and decided to do first once they could,” the magazine said in announcing the winners.

The mansion at the heart of Azerai La Residence, Hue was built during the 1930s as part of the residence of the French Resident Superieure. Its distinctive façade, long horizontal lines and nautical flourishes are hallmarks of the streamline moderne school of art deco architecture. Two complementary wings, built in 2005, are contemporary in design yet echo elements of art deco aesthetics, and the overall style is “so charming,” Condé Nast Traveler writes, noting that “the place is pure Indochine.”

Earlier this year, Azerai La Residence, Hue launched an elegant 55-foot (17-meter) cruise boat, offering guests one of the most stylish and exclusive ways to experience the Perfume River in central Vietnam. The vessel accommodates up to 16 passengers and embarks on three different types of excursions: an afternoon tea cruise, a sunset cocktail cruise and a dinner cruise.

Private excursions can also be arranged for up to 16 passengers for an afternoon tea or sunset cocktail cruise, and up to 10 passengers for a dinner cruise.

The 2021 Readers’ Choice Awards are published on Condé Nast Traveler’s website at and celebrated in the November issue.


Azerai is a new story and brand of resorts offering guests simple elegance, refined design, and discreet and attentive service in places of unique beauty and cultural interest. The brand was formed by hotelier Adrian Zecha, and the name is derived from Zecha’s initials and the latter part of a Persian word, caravanserai, which references the storied old inns of the Middle East.

Azerai Can Tho is a peaceful retreat set on a lush islet in the Mekong Delta. Azerai Ke Ga Bay marks the brand’s first beach resort. And Azerai La Residence, Hue is a historic city resort overlooking the Perfume River in Vietnam’s former imperial capital.

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