The Imperial Hotel's goal is to bring five-star luxury and convenience to Hue. The hotel owners' aim is clearly to draw wealthy travelers and conventioneers. If you're looking for a cheap stay, look elsewhere, but if you can afford the rates and feel like a litte convenience, comfort, and pampering, it's an excellent choice.
There's nothing to complain about regarding location: the hotel is located right on the south bank of the Perfume River, and directly across the river from the Forbidden Purple City, the ruins of the 19th-century palace of the former Vietnamese emperors. The Purple City and other tourist attractions are an easy walk away from the Imperial, making it an ideal base for exploring the region.
The Imperial offers 194 rooms, including suites and apartments. 36 of the rooms are specifically designated as non-smoking. When ordering, you can specify whether you want a river or city view. The hotel offers all the in-room amenities you'd expect to have in a five-star hotel, including a marble bathroom with tub and shower, laundry and dry-cleaning service, shoe shine service, high-speed Internet, satellite television, and an international direct dial phone.
The Imperial Hotel incorporates three restaurants: the Imperial Restaurant, which offers a daily Vietnamese and international buffet; Yoshihara Restaurant, a Japanese eatery; and the Royal Dining Room, which specializes in traditional Vietnamese cuisine. At the latter, you can have what is called the "Royal Dinner," a banquet imitating those once served to the Vietnamese emperors, with traditional food, costumes, music, and ceremonies. The hotel also includes two bars and a lounge for further dining and drinking options.
For recreation, the Imperial Hotel offers an outdoor swimming pool and a gym. The Royal Spa offers high-end beauty and relaxation treatments. If you enjoy gambling, the hotel also has a casino, the Prince Club, located on the first floor.