Nestled in the heart of the magnificent “Black Forest of Vietnam”, 1500 m above the sea, Dalat Edensee is the perfect starting point for trips to highland regions and is a hidden gem of Vietnamese luxury resorts. Elegantly appointed rooms and villas give guests their own little piece of paradise, with sweeping views over the pine forest, gently undulating mountains, or the emerald water of Tuyen Lam lake.
The resort offers 30 separate villas of European style, nestled on the lake side or among the pine trees. Each room delights you with quintessentially European details, such as marble fireplace, antique style chandelier, intricate wall cornices and polished floorboard. Other luxuries include your own private Jacuzzi in the bathroom, walk-in shower and a beautiful balcony, with spectacular view that stressed-out metropolitans always dream of.
Hang Nga guesthouse, known as the “Crazy House” or not so politely Crazy Woman's House, is an unconventional building constructed by Vietnamese architect Dang Viet Nga. The hotel looks like it is build in the three, all rooms seem to be different and you might find an inch thick spider's network from the area. You can easily find a relation to Caudi, Dali or Disney, probably she read Donald Duck when she was young.
There are only few right angles and then themed guest rooms, and animal in each (ah, dead of course :) Tiger, kangaroo and eagle are among the animals. It's not only the animals, the architect says that: "The tiger room represents the strengths of the Chinese and eagle room as beeing "big and strong".
The house was a personal project to the architect and she got deep debt. That's the reason being a guesthouse and she opened the house to paid visits by tourists in late 1990.
The whole building is unique. A French tourist has said: "Thanks for showing me the meaning of life. The fairy tale house took me back to my childhood, to when things were pure and natural".
Arrived at the doorstep of this hotel after a 5.5hr long bus journey from Mui Ne. This is a family run hotel claimed by some local businessmen to be the Vietnamese version of the Mafia but I can't say that we experienced anything other than friendliness and professionalism from the minute we arrived. Our room was absolutely huge and in generally good condition (a little dusty). The main drawbacks were that it was 3 flights upstairs and the wi-fi didn't work for the duration of our visit!
Breakfast was the biggest disappointment - banana bread literally consists of a banana...and yes, you guessed it...a giant baguette roll...without benefit of butter! And tea/coffee with condensed milk! Took some getting used to!
Since we arrived in the evening, the hotel owner 'Rot' suggested a local restaurant down the hill called Vinh Loi which was ok for us and we did eat there a couple times. Hygiene in this establishment does carry a question mark and could cause a problem with those who have a delicate disposition...
The location is great with exception of the giant hill that one must climb to get home - but town is close by.
And yes, it is a giant pink building...
Rot, the owner, had tendencies to be a little creepy but actually provided an exceptional day out for us on his tailor-made private moped tours out into the Da Lat countryside. A great excursion, although long and very tiring, this remains one of the finest experiences for us in Vietnam. All in all, a 120km long round-trip through local markets, a huge waterfall, coffee plantations, meeting a tribal minority community and eating noodles at a farmhouse.
It is a very long day out starting at 7am and getting in past 5pm if you're lucky. One of our party had a puncture on the way and we had to wait for them (on a motorway...) which invariably meant we ended up driving back in the dark. This was horrific because Vietnamese driving is awful at the best of times and at night it is just downright dangerous. Being overtaken or incessantly hooted at by trucks and cars without/bad lights on, our own lights were poor and Rot refused to fill up our full tanks which resulted in a couple of people running out of fuel as well...serving only to delay us even more! We could have done without that last hour of stress but that aside, a very good and educational day out.
After the trip and an opportunity to freshen up, Rot insisted that we all attend dinner at a restaurant which he highly recommended and which we were led to believe was an authentic Vietnamese place...but it was westernised and expensive. This was a shame.
This is a local large hotel right in the centre of Da Lat. While it is probably at the upper end of the price scale for locals, it's considerably cheaper than the Sofitel in town. It's no grand hotel, but it was quite good enough. The Lake-view Superior room was huge with two double beds, a huge bathroom, and a separate entrance room/seating area. The small balcony looked directly over Xuan Huong Lake. We had no complaints about service.
If I returned to Da Lat, I would probably take the Sofitel if we could afford it at the time, but I would recommend this hotel for anyone travelling on a more modest budget.
Sammy hotel is a new 4 star hotel that is bight white and kinda has a colonial and very classy touch to it.
The exterior is really nice and the rooms are very fine too.
It´s very popular with vietnamese weddings that you will often see there and the place also has a nightclub connected to the hotel.
I have stayed there twice and the staff has always been very good at accomodating my needs and i have enjoyed my stay there big time.
Be ware that the breakfast is not the typical international breakfast that you see in most 4 star hotels in Vietnam, but a more vietnamese breakfast.
In my opinion that just adds to the charm though.
Very pleasant and clean no AC but one does not need it in Dalat. If was to return I would certainly stay there.
I had great street views from my balcony.
This Hang Nga guesthouse is in did the The Crazy Woman Guesthouse. A very popular place where you can not only visit but also spend a night in such crazy place, enjoy special atmosphere on the house and its special garden in the yard. Just be aware that visitors are coming and going all day long here and might try to get into your room to check it out :)
We stay in this Saigon Dalat hotel which is one of the popular and probably of the best in this city. It is really a luxury hotel with fantastic rooms, great view, good service and very nice Vietnamese breakfast, even if the dining room was little bit too crowded.
I arrived in Dalat on the Sinh Cafe Open Bus at their office/hotel. After enquiring there about a room (which was $20) I walked down the road to this place and they were charging $12 for a double room. It's located a few minutes walk of the northern shore of the lake and about a 5-10 minute walk into the town centre. The hotel has 11 family rooms with two double beds inside, and seven double rooms. By far the best value are the doubles, which have enough room to swing a cat - the same can't be said about the family rooms. My double room had a double bed, bedside table, fridge, fan, wardrobe, 2 chairs, balcony, and a lovely modern bathroom with hot water shower cubical. There's a small place just around the corner that hires out bikes and scooters (100,000 VND/day).
We emailed this place ahead and they were very quick to respond.
Finally we were able to reserve a room with 3 beds!
$22 for the room including breakfast. Free cable & internet. Very centrally located. Great people to deal with. The husband spoke French as well as English. I would highly recommend this hotel.
Nice view over the town
We were recommended by our Easy Rider Tour Guides to stay at this hotel. Rooms are spacious with 2 double beds, a balcony, TV. Toilet was alright. Quite clean and spacious. No hair dryer unfortunately. However, we got a pretty good deal at 12 USD per night! It's walking distance to the city centre. Just up the hill on the left, walk for 2 mins and you're there.
What I like about Peace Hotel is the food! The baguettes with bacon, tomato and cheese omelette is delicious. A must try is the Vietnamese Ice Coffee with fresh or condensed milk (sometimes on the menu it's called Iced White Coffee). I went on a drinking spree in Vietnam and Dalat has the best versions.
Also, you get an interesting mix of people staying at this hotel as well. You get to meet quite a lot of fellow backpackers and budget travellers from all over the world. The owners are friendly and all the Easy-Riders hang out at the area, drinking coffee, beer, or just making conversation with the guests.
All in all a very nice experience.
We stayed at this hotel as part of a 2 night private guided tour package. The hotel is relatively new and I would estimate 2 or 3 years old and still in "as new" condition. The rooms were spacious, two queen sized beds, a nice bathroom and everything you would expect in a modern hotel.
The hotel is located on the side of a hill overlooking the town centre, market and the lake and is far away from the action that you do not have to worry about noise, however you obtain a great view of the activity from your window. There are also rooms with nice balconys.
Our 2 night package included flight from HCMC, hotel accommodation with breakfast, a driver and private tour guide for 2 mornings, lunch at a local restaurant on both days and private car with driver for the 7 hour return trip to HCMC. The cost for 2 persons being US $640. I would estimate you could arrange return flights, hotel, and hire a local taxi with English speaking driver for 2 days for all up half the price we paid.
On check in at the hotel room prices were displayed starting at US $80 per night.
We were very satisfied with the hotel and dined in the restaurant both evenings. The tour package cost was acceptable considering we were in a foreign land, could not speak the language and did not have the time or desire to organise ourselves.
A modern hotel with a great view.
I can't quite remember how we ended up at this hotel. Perhaps because it was a very noticeable building when we first drove into town. The hotel is a massive pink building located at the top of the hill on Bui Thi Xuan street. Our stay here was very pleasant: the staff was very helpful, the rooms spotless, spacious, quiet and very comfortable.
The entire hotel is furnished with black, white and gray marble floors. With simple, modern furnishings and artwork, it really is a fine, clean looking hotel on the inside. The room we stayed in (there were three of us, so it came with two double beds) was quite large, with a HUGE bathroom with a tub/shower combo that was just as huge. We also had a balcony overlooking the quiet street at the back of the property.
Breakfast was included in the rate, and though the hotel restaurant seemed to be closed the entirety of our stay, the reception room/ bar area where we were served breakfast was pleasant. The food was also very decent, in comparison to other hotel breakfasts we had eaten during the trip (try the local specialties on the menu, especially the strawberry preserves!).
Overall, this hotel greatly contributed to our impressions of Da Lat as a great place to take a vacation from your vacation.
2. Location -- right at the heart of Da Lat (near the central marketplace, the lake, and good restaurants/cafes).
3. Staff -- while the staff was very friendly at all the hotels we stayed at, the staff at this hotel was exceptionally friendly and provided exceptional service.
Amazing place. Warm welcome on arrival. After we had checked in, the owner suggested a restaurant Wild Sunflower for us to eat at. The rooms are bright and so comfortable. The first night we had a room with an internal window, then a room with a view was available the next day. The room is so spacious that you can run across it. Two double beds, sitting area, shared balcony, T.V, fan, hairdryer and even has shoe polish. I would recommend this to anyone. Double with internal window $13 a night, Double with a view $16.
Really great place with amazing prices. It's a family run place and so friendly. In of the best rooms we have stayed in and we have been traveling for nearly six months.
We stayed at this hotel for two nights in mid May, 2007. We paid $8/night for a room w/balconey, TV w/o english channels, no fridg and no A/c, which is not really needed in Dalat. None of the hotels we looked at had A/C. Room was large, with a large bath and was quiet for the area as it was in the back of the hotel on the 1st floor, overlooking farming fields. Room was clean, staff was friendly but did not understand much English.
City in the front, farmland in the back.
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