Throughout my trip in Central Vietnam, I had been lucky to stay at budget accommodation which were value for money with amazing 5-star services. I stayed in a guesthouse located deep in an alleyway in Hoi An and a budget hotel situated along the riverbank in the countryside. As the saying goes, good things come in threes, and indeed, the third good thing came in the form of a hotel called The Scarlett Boutique Hotel in Hue.
You wouldn’t be able to identify The Scarlett Boutique Hotel right away on the main street unless your vision was clear enough to spot a small signage just above a shop indicating the direction of the hotel. Hidden away down in a lane, this hotel was a surprise from the moment I arrived at the entrance.
The ground floor area is divided into two sections by a partition and a luxurious tufted sofa upholstered in velvet: one side for the reception and sales desk, and the other side for dining. I was ushered into the dining area where I was served fresh fruits, passionfruit juice and a wet towel to freshen myself up while the hotel staff organized my check-in. Soon after, I was given my passport, the room card and an in-depth rundown on what the hotel and the city has to offer.
While the lobby area was welcoming and inviting, my room was unexpectedly delightful. Many a time, we often find that the actual hotel room is not exactly the same as the one shown on the hotel website. But not in Scarlett – the room looked exactly like the images featured online. I usually arrive at accommodation with low expectations, therefore when I walked into my room at Scarlett, I was relieved and happy.
What I really loved about my room was the royal blue headboard of the bed which I felt, created a contrast to the typical clean lines and minimalism that we often find in boutique hotels. The bathroom was not dull-looking either especially with that decorative mirror placed against the royal blue wall which seemed to be the colour theme of my room.
The attention to details in the bedroom were thoughtfully planned from the corset chair, bathroom, tap, toiletries, right down to the rose petals carefully placed on the bed, hand towels and the toilet seat! Other than that, the room has all the facilities that one would expect for a boutique hotel – clean and comfortable bed, writing desk, flat-screen TV, bar fridge, free bottles of mineral water, wardrobe and of course, fast WI-FI.
Breakfast is served on the ground floor at the dining area. Despite the small space, Scarlett serves an impressive variety of offerings of Western and Vietnamese food, something which is not expected of a small boutique hotel.
I didn’t expect much from the city of Hue but after spending two days in this small city, I became quite fond of it. In fact, I liked it better than Hoi An. And this feeling was made even better with a surprisingly positive experience at the Scarlett Boutique Hotel, and the following are plus points of the hotel:
- As the hotel is situated away from the main road, one can hardly hear traffic noise. Restaurants and shops are not too far away, only three minutes’ walk. And attractions such as the Citadel Imperial City, Perfume River and Dong Ba Market are situated 15-20 minutes’ walk from the hotel.
- The hotel staff displayed outstanding hospitality; they went beyond their duties to help guests ensuring that their questions were answered and that they were comfortable staying in the hotel. Although some hotel guests reviewed in TripAdvisor that the staff were falling over themselves to help guests, I don’t see anything wrong with that.
- The interior decoration of the hotel is tasteful. Rich colours that evoke romanticism, and paintings that pay tribute to ‘Gone With the Wind’ theme and rightfully so, since the hotel was named after the protagonist of the film.
If you are planning a trip to Hue, I would highly recommend that you experience The Scarlett Boutique Hotel for you won’t regret it!
*My stay at The Scarlett Boutique Hotel in Hue, Vietnam was generously discounted in exchange for this review. Opinions expressed in this post are my own.
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