We were comfortable and happy in this modern, clean and spacious hotel. The reason I say Dalat is a difficult hotel town is because I think it is a less Westernized city than Saigon, Hanoi, Hue, etc - which of course makes it more interesting, and it also caters to many vacationing Vietnamese who have different expectations as to bathroom fixtures, whether there's toilet paper, food, etc. (By the way, if you're female and not yet in Vietnam, it will be helpful to do some research on Vietnamese toilet procedures, and do not leave your hotel without some toilet paper in your purse.) It appeared to me that there were just a few hotels set up for each Americans and Western Europeans, and I think there were other hotels many catering to Russians and Chinese, When I was trying to pick a hotel, it sounded like the Sofitel had seen better days, and the other leading contender had lots of steep stairs and other issues, plus they were a lot more expensive. I tried for weeks to get a room confirmed at the Dreams Hotel but although I got one email back, I never could get a confirmation. So, the specifics about this hotel. First, you don't need to use a booking website, just go on the La Sapinette website, get their email address, and write to them - it will be cheaper, more flexible and you'll get want you want. I had booked 2 nights thru Agoda, and then had to email the hotel anyway, and then I booked an additional two nights directly and it was cheaper. In our email correspondence I learned that I could only get a shower ( as opposed to just a bathtub) if I took a junior suite - which I did - at $80 a night it was not a problem. There is a hot water issue in this hotel! In our first room on the 6th floor, the hot water ran out after 5 minutes. We switched to the 3d floor after testing revealed that it had hot water for 8 minutes. After that we were careful to conserve the hot water during the shower and could comfortably extend it to 15 minutes without running out. Otherwise the room and bathroom were great. The breakfast was included and was fine. When the hotel was more full there was more selection. I think that the hotel is occasionally empty as it was our first night - we arrived late and frankly I was concerned about where I had landed us, as the street seemed dark and industrial. I was wrong. By morning, it was bright and lively, with a large store attached to the hotel, and the next day the hotel filled up, with both independent travelers and a German tour group. Mostly I want to say that the staff is extremely nice and eager to please. If you have trouble getting something from restaurant or housekeeping, just ask the front desk staff. I don't agree with comments about the location as Dalat is a large city and it's attractions are spread out, so I don't see why it would be particularly helpful to stay near the central market. Taxis are plentiful and cheap.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- La Sapinette Hotel Dalat is a 4 star hotel just build in Dec 2009, 91 well appointed with French Art Nouveau design included 32" LCD TV, Safe box and bath tub in all rooms, three-minute car ride from the central market.Guests can enjoy the cozy and tranquil atmosphere with 02 restaurant for Vietnamese and European cuisine, Gym, Spa and night chit chat at the Bar On the Rock. ... more less
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