La Residence Hotel and Spa has named Australian Craig Douglas as its new general manager.
The appointment marks a return to Hue for Craig who last worked in the area in 2006. Since then he has worked at a number of prestigious hotels and resorts – most recently SALA Samui Resort and Spa, Koh Samui, Thailand where he was also general manager.
Craig, 38, brings with him 20 years of experience in the hospitality industry including eight years in Asia. His reputation for being “hands on” precedes him and, according to Apple Tree Group hospitality division general manager Kurt Walter, it was a major factor in his selection.
“Craig has worked in some fine hotels including spells at both Hue and Dalat in Vietnam,” said Walter. “It’s clear that he obviously has a passion for this region, and in particular for this country. He’s known as someone who likes to work closely with staff and that very much appealed to us.”
Craig, a keen golfer, who hails from Brisbane, is the first non-European to run the hotel which is located on Hue’s Perfume River in two hectares of land.
“La Residence is very much one of a kind,” said Walter. “Its location, views and grounds create an atmosphere that is without peer in Vietnam, and that may be attributable to the feng shui that is very much a part of Hue’s heritage.”
ABOUT LA RESIDENCE
Set on a two-hectare site with 200 meters of frontage on the fabled Perfume River, La Residence celebrated its grand opening in December 2005 after a painstaking restoration of the former colonial governor’s residence. The hotel’s distinctive bowed façade, its long horizontal lines and nautical flourishes are hallmarks of the streamline moderne school of art deco architecture.
In 2007, Conde Nast Traveler selected La Residence for its prestigious Hot List. In 2009, the hotel was a Grand Award Winner in Andrew Harpers Hideaway Report.
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. The hotel’s fine-dining venue, Le Parfum, serves Mediterranean and French cuisine, as well as dishes from a complementary Vietnamese menu.
The conference facilities, including board rooms, can accommodate 140 guests. The hotel provides complimentary WiFi Internet access in the ground floor lounges and in Le Gouverneur itself.