Dalat began life properly as a colonial retreat for the ruling French in the early 1900s – and you can see why. Located in the Central Highlands area of the country, it’s not only cooler than the tropical lowlands but absolutely breathtaking as well. Mountain views, coffee farms, and glassy lakes are the order of the day here.
The town itself is strewn with French colonial architecture – former holiday homes – which creates the atmosphere of a European resort. Since then, some creative Vietnamese touches have been added, e.g., The Valley of Love and the Eiffel Tower. It’s popular with honeymooning Vietnamese couples.
Staying in Dalat is a matter of booking yourself into one of the varying types of accommodation on offer; from lakeside to central and from wood cabin to colonial luxury, you’ll easily find something for you.
Located a little away from the center of town, this is the perfect choice for those who would like somewhere quiet to stay, but still near the sights of the area. These include Bao Dai’s Summer Palace and the Lam Ty Ni Pagoda. The Himalaya Phoenix Dalat Hotel is just a couple of years old and is still pretty new inside, meaning that everything remains nice and polished. The rooms feature wooden floors, whitewashed walls, and large, comfortable beds for a good night’s sleep; – they also come with private bathrooms. Staff are accommodating and will arrange tours for you. There’s even bicycle rental available which makes getting around a breeze.
This large, Swiss-style building is located in sprawling manicured grounds and is a stylish, upscale option for those wishing to enjoy the finer things in life – with amazing views to match. There’s even an 18-hole golf course for guests to enjoy, amongst other amenities, such as a tennis court, a fitness center, and a spa. The bedrooms have views of the hills and feature full-sized baths, spacious seating areas, and hardwood furnishings. The center of Dalat is just over 10 miles away from this luxury hotel, but the Swiss-Belresort Tuyen Lam does provide a shuttle service. Datanla Falls are just over a mile away, however, and so is Truc Lam Temple.
iColor Dalat Hostel definitely lives up to its name; with an eye-catching, striped rainbow facade, it’s a fun and friendly option for budget accommodation in Dalat. You can choose from dormitory bedrooms which come with bunk beds, or opt for private rooms complete with en suite bathrooms; for the extra adventurous, you can even stay in a tent. The rooms are spacious and clean, boasting views of the pine hills and mountainscape. The location is a mile away from the Xuan Huong Lake as well as Lam Vien Square. Staff can arrange tours, which makes getting to the sights quite easy. There’s a breakfast served up daily, too.
Nestled among the tall trees of Dalat’s surrounding hills, this hotel is located on the shores of Tuyen Lam Lake. It’s perfect for people who enjoy the outdoors. From here, the center of Dalat is just over three miles away, but there’s a shuttle service to get you to and from the town. The rooms here have large windows so you can soak up all the stunning views for yourself; the decor reflects the natural scenery outside, too. There is a selection of villas and rooms to choose from to suit your travel needs. Guests will find an onsite swimming pool, spa, and even a tennis court to enjoy.
Ngoc Phat Dalat Hotel is situated inside a colonial style building; it’s a large hotel which provides a touch of class. The rooms here are modern, boasting plush carpets, subtle lighting, and contemporary design. In terms of location, this hotel has a great one: Dalat Market is a mere one hundred meters away, as is Yersin Park and many more central attractions. The hotel serves breakfast each morning, and there is also a coffee shop located inside, as well as a restaurant. Staff are helpful and can arrange tours and activities.
This high-end option is located inside a beautifully renovated 1930s hotel, and there is naturally a lot on offer here. Du Parc Hotel Dalat boasts period touches like high ceilings, fans, ornate colonial design, wooden staircases, and many other things that make it a charming place to stay. There’s a cocktail bar and restaurant – both of which are sumptuously decorated – and even a golf course for guests to use. Staying here in one of its rooms is all about reclining in old world charm. Location-wise, this hotel is close to the Cathedral of Dalat as well as Lam Vien Square.
A relaxing place to stay, Zen Valley Dalat is situated just a few miles from the center of Dalat. You will find a selection of different lodgings here, from wood clad bungalows to high-end hotel rooms to suit various travelers’ needs. Most rooms look out across treetops and the surrounding mountains. Guests can enjoy the stylish outdoor swimming pool, a spa with a variety of treatments on offer, dining in the onsite restaurant, or a few drinks on the terrace bar as the sun sets. This hotel also boasts charming hillside gardens to stroll around – yet another feature of this relaxing Dalat hotel.
The weird and wonderful Crazy House is something of an icon in the area. This unconventional building was designed by a Vietnamese architect and is said to resemble a tree. Allegedly inspired by Gaudi, there are intriguing elements spread throughout, with rock formation-like sculptures and stairwells that look like cave dwellings. Rooms are designed around various themes; for example, Tiger Room, Ant Room, and a Kangaroo Room – complete with a kangaroo sculpture with a fireplace in its pouch. Crazy House is a landmark in itself, but is also close to Bao Dai’s Summer Palace and Lam Ty Ni Pagoda. There is a restaurant on site which is as kooky as the rest of the place.