Dalat is one of the most beautiful cities we have ever come across in South East Asia, and it was a joy simply to be there, the fact that it was during the Tet celebrations just increased our enjoyment.
The Palace Hotel dominates the lakeside, and we have no doubts that it is something special. If you are looking for an international clone, then it is certainly not that. In fact, you can go through the list and it doesn’t fit into any category.
Almost Art Deco on the outside, with superb views across their gardens and the lake, the interior is straight out of early 20th century Versailles, reinforced by all the (rather poor) copies of French painting on the walls. Reception and public rooms are dark wood, quiet and attractive in their own way, the rooms something from the last century (I wonder if they still light the open fire in the room, or if “Elf & Safety” has reached even this outpost). The bathrooms almost defy description and do not meet any of the current demands, poor lighting, a shower that puts more water on the floor than in the bath, and decor out of an old film.
All in all, a throw-back - and we loved it.
Remember we were there on vacation, so were looking to enjoy our experiences, and this was certainly one of them. The staff were superb, the room extremely comfortable, and, an almost impossible ask in many parts of Vietnam, extremely quiet, although we didn’t have a lake view, a pity as it meant we missed the New Year’s Eve firework display over the lake.
It was within easy walk of Dalat centre, and the lake, and we had a pleasant interlude sitting on one of the recliners in front of the hotel, enjoying tea and ice cream.
Due to it being New Year’s Eve, we ate one night in the hotel. Horrendously expensive for Vietnam, but a reasonable choice, both for the food and winelist, well served and very tasty.
The only less than superb part was the breakfast, which was not up to the standard we experienced in other hotels in the country, with a small choice and less than rapid service, but that may simply be down to the time of year, and the low occupancy level.
In conclusion, the Palace was an extremely enjoyable experience for us, but I can understand the frustrations of some of the previous reviewers who were obviously looking for something less eccentric in an hotel.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- In the heart of Dalat stands a remarkable residential address – Dalat Palace. Built in the early part of the last century, in 1922, Dalat Palace offers luxurious elegance, gracious service and French colonial charm.The Hotel is located right in the city centre, within walking distance of the Dalat Market, shops, restaurants and tourist attractions. It is 30 minutes drive from Lien Khuong Airport.43 rooms of elegant colonial style feature ornate furnishings, wood floors, floor-to-ceiling French doors, chandeliers, cast iron bathtub, a working fireplace, luxurious bathroom amenities and high-speed Internet access. Each room offers a Xuan Huong lake view or Dalat Cathedral view. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Accor Dalat Palace
- Sofitel Dalat
- Dalat Sofitel