The Romance was not our first choice. It was booked for us as our other choices were full. We hadn’t realised the huge biennial Hue Festival was on at the same time we were there. It was 42 years since I was in Hue, under different circumstances, and I am pleased to say it is bigger and brighter than ever considering the hiding it got all those years ago.
The Romance is only a couple of blocks from the Perfume River and quite central to the bars and restaurants around the river. It is a large hotel. We were on the fifth floor looking towards the river, which at night with the festival happening was quite spectacular with searchlights into the sky over the bridge with its ever changing coloured lights and the festival stage on the river itself.
The rooms were huge with chairs and table along the windows, fresh fruit provided and opening windows. Comfortable bed and pillows and free wifi completed the picture. Interesting, our friends had adjoining rooms but had a totally different configuration with a large bathroom with separate rain shower cubicle whereas we had the inevitable shower over bath – all for the same price? Also interesting was the internal rooms, two to each floor with no external windows opening on to a large internal atrium. Not sure I could have handled that.
The cost is reasonable and there is a “garden” bar opening off the lobby. Not much garden considering it opens on to the street but the staff tried hard with their limited English. There is also a nightclub that we never saw operating and a gift shop. There are also four computer workstations and a travel desk in the large lobby. The reception staff seemed very dour and unfriendly at first. Again limited English didn’t help, but considering when we arrived there was a busload of tourists checking in, and again when we were leaving, I guess they may be forgiven. We did find that when we went to reception with no one around, seeking guidance for restaurants that they were much more relaxed and readily got into jokes and fun with us for the rest of our time there. Guess the laconic Australian humour helps at times.
The restaurant is on the top floor with the swimming pool above that again. It was a large area with both inside and outside dining and attentive staff and supervisors present. Again a large variety, but again it wasn’t hot, neither was the tea and coffee. Must show someone sometime what those burners under the bain marie are for.
Hue at night time is very pleasant. The streets around the restaurant area are lit with fairy lights in the trees and it has a lot of atmosphere. There is a great variety of restaurants catering to every taste, plenty of action around the river and backpacker area – the DMZ bar in particular, but our favourite was the Tropical Garden, bit more upmarket but well worth it. The food and service were excellent.
A trip to the Citadel when visiting Hue is well worth it for the history alone, and if you have any interest in the Vietnam War take a tour with the cyclo drivers, they know it all. Cheap, slow and informative; they take you everywhere for an hour and are very entertaining. It is very quiet and peaceful in the Citadel compared to outside and a welcome relief.
Hue is a good place to visit with a long history in Vietnam, and the Romance, while not our favourite was comfortable and more than satisfied our needs.
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