YK picked me up at the airport, which meant the driver knew exactly where the hotel is located--it's a bit off the beaten track. Cost was only $10 for 19km drive. Young woman at front desk very helpful, with good English. The hotel is very quiet, but it's a strenuous, half-hour at least, hike from the center of town, assuming you don't get lost along the way and can navigate the unpaved streets, no sidewalks and constant stream of motorbikes. That's about the only downside. Hotel makes a very pleasant, lightly peppery pho for breakfast, coffee was good. Also will cook dishes for other meals upon request (no restaurants nearby that I could see). Dalat's temperature is definitely a change of pace from the steamy coast--light sweater needed in May, and there can be heavy downpours.
Sightseeing/Attractions Tip: the Buddhist temple is very peaceful with beautiful gardens. Crazy house is interesting, as is Bao Dai's summer palace, which allows a brief look into the history of the last Vietnamese emperor. If tour is booked with Sinh tourist, they will pick you up at the hotel for the tour, no extra charge. Their day-long tour of Dalat covered a wide range of local activities and attractions, and the tour guide spoke excellent English. On the street above the center market are vendors of coffees, teas, etc. Prices for Luwak and Vietnam's own weasel coffee were about 100,000 VND, while in Hanoi the weasel goes for 400,000 and Luwak is out of sight.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in the center of Dalat city, only 1.7 km from Dalat Market, near Domainne De Marie Church, Ana Mandara Resort and Tran Le Xuan Palace, YK – HOME Luxury Villa has 15 spacious unique rooms, a cozy bar and restaurant, a modern kitchen to bring the feeling of “being at HOME” for guests. ... more less
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- Yk Home Villa Hotel Dalat