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“Rather impressive, if a bit out of the way”
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Pilgrimage Village
Ranked #13 of 120 Hotels in Hue
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London, United Kingdom
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“Rather impressive, if a bit out of the way”
Reviewed 8 June 2014 via mobile

The Pilgrim Village resort was chosen for us by our Exotissimo travel agent. A retrspective glance at TripAdvisor suggested that it should be OK. It is located on the outskirts of the city, so you are dependent on taxis to go anywhere . As with most resort hotels, there is a free shuttle bus to get you to the centre of town. It is 20-25 minutes away from the town centre by minibus and the same distance away from the airport.

Hue is not a massive tourist destination when compared to Hanoi or Hoi An. This means that the price for accommodation is set a little lower. My brother-in-law joined us independently and booked separately. He was given a free spa treatment as part of his deal. My wife paid for a combi 90 minute treatment that was priced reasonably.The standard of the accommodation and facilities is at a mid point 4*. The layout of the complex resembles huts in a jungle undergrowth. It is nicely spread out, so that the guests don't feel on top of each other. However, this does mean that there is a bit of walking, which made it less than ideal for my parents. Obviously there is air conditioning and wifi throughout the complex.We had room 129, which is a 3 minute walk from the reception area and a couple of minutes from the main pool and spa. The rooms are huge. The bathroom is the size of most 3* hotel rooms. We were provided with gowns, slipper, fruit, a safe and a decent range of TV channels. There is a separate games room and "cinema" nearly. The pool, in late May, maintained a bath-like temperature throughout but was of a reasonable size and depth, so allowed more than just paddling. Spa treatments were of high quality and excellent value. The service, as with the rest of Vietnam so far, has been fantastic.

We arrived late and stayed only two nights. The staff even kept the restaurant open, beyond their usual last orders, to serve us dinner. The food here was reasonable and priced with the usual hotel supplement. Breakfast is served in another location, near the pool and on top of the main bar. It has a mixture of local and international dishes presented as a buffet plus a freshly prepared egg station. This appears to be ubiquitous when travelling 4* in Vietnam. We had late night drinks in the empty main bar, with our own private piano recital.

Ideally we would have stayed a third night to maximise our time here. It compared extremely favourably to the other places that we have stayed in over the past week in both price and service. The resort is a relaxing retreat, away from the bustle of Hue city.

Stayed May 2014, travelled with family
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 8 June 2014

The Pilgrimage village is easily by far the best hotel I've ever stayed in and probably ever will! Complete and utter peace and tranquility. We stayed as a couple for two nights - had initially only booked for one but soon after arriving booked in for another as it was clear one night would not be enough! Lovely apartment with both a front and back balcony. Got a great deal on it for just £44 a night as its low season. The pools were like paradise and the perfect way to relax after hectic hanoi. The restaurants/ bars at the resort are pretty pricey so we only ate lunch there once and went into Hue for dinner the other nights. (For which the hotel provide a free shuttle bus) Breakfast was a huge buffet spread of everything you could ever want, both Vietnamese and western options.
There was a promotion on at the spa so we booked in for a full body massage and scalp treatment which were amazing and great value for money.
Staff were great - pretty much got treated like royalty the whole time and loved the little gestures they did such as knocking on our door last thing at night with a handwritten Vietnamese story!
All in all, a brilliant experience. Didn't want to leave! Definitely worth treating yourself here and saving money on cheaper hotels in places like hanoi.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 30 May 2014 via mobile

Best hotel we stayed at throughout Vietnam. So quiet and peaceful. Amazing pool and rooms. Fantastic but pricey spa! Free transfers to town. Friendly staff. Massive bathrooms, absolutely spotless. Could have stayed here forever. Want to go back NOW!

Stayed May 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 30 May 2014

We immediately liked the Pilgramage when we checked in several hours earlier than expected (we caught an earlier flight) and apologized that we wouldn't be able to check in to our room for 20 minutes (it was 10:30 am!), and said that they had upgraded us from a room to our own cottage. Sweet!

The pool(s) are an amazing relief from the punishing heat and the grounds are immaculately maintained.

The value for the accomidations was incredible and had a lot of attributes of much more expensive resorts. The tours and the food, however, are a little pricey.

We had a great time on the DMZ tour that they booked for us and they even arranged for us to visit several attractions on our drive south to Hoi An.

The service was extremely profession and accomodating without being intrusive. They arranged many tours for us and helped us change our flights.

The shuttle service to/from town was easy to use, but we also had a great lunch at the vegetarian restaurant across the street from the resort.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 23 May 2014

I was in Vietnam and Thailand a couple months ago, and this was easily the nicest place I stayed -- in fact, one of the nicest hotel experiences I've had over many years of travel. To be fair, I should disclose that I was upgraded to a honeymoon suite (for no obvious reason), so the room itself was nicer than their average rooms, and perhaps I didn't have a "typical" experience. But the grounds are common to all rooms, and are just lovely -- a very peaceful landscaped-jungle setting, extremely quiet, fantastic huge swimming pools. lovely eating areas, an outdoor reception area that was tasteful, intimate and yet allowed for socializing...simply a gorgeous property with amazing services and just the right touches to create a sensation of both luxury and tranquility. They also have yoga classes every morning, and probably the nicest spa I've ever seen. It sort of like a hidden luxury meditation resort in the forest. And for a very attractive price. We enjoyed our time at the Village so much, that we had to drag ourselves out in order to see the sites of Hue (about 15 minutes drive from the resort, by complimentary shuttle).
For anyone who is in the vicinity of Hue, and can afford to stay at the Village, I think this is an absolutely wonderful experience. Not to be missed.
By the way, the staff were extremely friendly -- and this was true almost everywhere I went in Vietnam. Just the loveliest people...

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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 22 May 2014

This place really is superb, considering the price paid its incredible, stunning rooms, fabulous main pool and great second (peanut pool) pool, we loved this place, the butterflies , the food, the staff, the layout, the area, the service , it was all faultless, many thanks to all the staff for making our stay so magical, i highly recommend this place for chilling out and relaxation. And when you go look out for Mai, she really is special, thanks Mai.

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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 20 May 2014

It's beautiful here, gorgeous oasis pool and amazing spa. Best massage I've ever had. Only gripe would be with the cleanliness of the bed sheets - in the first room we had they had covered a small blood stain with tippex and the sheets in the second room (we got an upgrade) also had blood marks on them. I would expect that a spa resort like this could manage to properly clean or replace bed sheets.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Property: Pilgrimage Village
Address: 130 Minh Mang Road, Hue, Vietnam
Region: Vietnam > Thua Thien - Hue Province > Hue
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Top resorts Hotel in Hue
#4 Luxury Hotel in Hue
#5 Family Hotel in Hue
#6 Romantic Hotel in Hue
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Pilgrimage Village 4.5*
Number of rooms: 99
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Pilgrimage Village is a traditional Vietnamese boutique resort blending harmoniously in the local environment. Set amidst lush green gardens and lily ponds, Pilgrimage Village is a haven, where the pace of life slows down… looking for lost time? Immerse yourself in a myriad of experiences from the luxurious naturally inspired spa treatments to Tai Chi, yoga or perhaps some chakra cleansing. A sanctuary for the mind, body and spirit. Relax, rejuvenate and revitalize. ... more   less 
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