Vietnam’s archaic capital Hue gains a new 58-room boutique hotel in an ideal location that is quiet and yet only several blocks away from downtown attractions.

Designed with a French-Vietna mese influence, the hotel has an ambience that is casual and inviting, with decor that is contemporary yet organic with elements of bamboo, granite and natural tile artfully blended into the light and airy interiors. The eight-storey hotel also features a spacious meeting room and a rooftop bar. With water as its inspirational theme, Alba Spa Hotel’s speciality lies in spa treatments that have been designed by spa guru Florence Jaffre, offering a pampering stay for guests. Spa highlights include a unique set-up with a hot-water Jacuzzi with natural mineral water from the Truong Son Mountain Range and a cold plunge pool flanked by lush vertical gardens.