La Residence gets fitness center

La Residence Hotel & Spa has opened its new fitness center with a full suite of state-of-the-art rowing machines, treadmills, upright bicycles, free weights and other pulley machines.

The air-conditioned center is housed in a distinctive, J-shaped space on the rooftop terrace of the hotel’s west wing. Its lengthy glass walls open up sweeping views of the storied Perfume River, the Hue Citadel and the colonial built trestles of Trang Tien Bridge.

“With views like this, we’re taking care of our guests’ heart and soul,” said Nicolas Josi, the Swiss general manager of La Residence. “I can’t think of a hotel or resort in Vietnam where you can have your workout, and do such sightseeing at the same time.”

For guests who prefer CNN, the center’s flat screen television should appeal. Other amenities include hardwood floors and a trained fitness staff.

In the hotel’s lush tropical garden, the hotel’s sal*censored*er pool stretches an ample 30 meters and is well-suited for lap-swimming. Further cardiovascular diversion awaits on the hotel’s tennis court or a fleet of single-speed bicycles.


La Residence Hotel was built in 1930 as part of the colonial governor’s residence in the former French colony of Annam. The hotel’s bowed façade, its long horizontal lines and nautical flourishes are hallmarks of the Streamline Moderne School of art deco architecture.

Inside, the hotel’s 122 rooms and suites, restaurants, lounges, bars and conference room are tricked out in complementary art-deco furnishings and décor that evoke both the 1920s and 1950s.