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“Noisy, and not a great stay”
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Cam Do Hotel
Ranked #60 of 78 Hotels in Da Lat
Calgary, Canada
Level 6 Contributor
127 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 111 helpful votes
“Noisy, and not a great stay”
Reviewed 15 May 2011

I got a room on the corner of the intersection and it was quite noisy throughout the night. The shower head had issues it would leak off the tub, so showers had to be taken pretty quickly.

The bed was not very comfortable and the location was still a bit far from the attractions.

I understand that Dalat is cold compared to the rest of Vietnam, but I missed having AC as I still found it hot.

All in all I've stayed in much nicer 3 star hotels.

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  • Stayed May 2011
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Dalat
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Reviewed 2 March 2011

before i went to this hotel in Dalat i read the reviews on tripadvisor and was very sceptic when i arrived. I was almost in a bad mood because i already did the booking before i read the the reviews and was a bit afraid if i like my staying in this hotel.
But now i'm in a good mood. When i arrived the crew helped me very friendly in some basic english, just like me ( i'm from Holland). I slept 3 nights in Cam Do Hotel and i slept really good. Sure to take youre earplugs with you, but in every hotel in Viettnam i needed them , so i guess its normal. When youre complain about the motorcycles better not come to Vietnam, in HCM alone are already 4 million motorbikes. So this is what you here at night in Vietnam!! In the early evening there was a lot of noise on the frontside of the hotel, i heared also the karaoke thing ( also normal in VN) but around 21:00h they stopped and the traffic was getting less.The fishmarket is on the corner and its very small. i didnt smell anything in my room, only some inscence of the buddistst. The next morning i was the first in the breakfastroom, i ordered Op La this is vietnamese for baked eggs and took coffee. The typical vietnamese french bread and some watermelon, butter and some meat for the bread. this is the breakfast you get in almost every VN hotel with 3 star, so don't complain about this again.For the rest they have enough asian food and some soup, but because i'm a western guy, i preffer bread and coffee. OK some jam would be nice, especially in Dal its famous of the jam. The coffe was good enough, if i may suggest, make an icecoffee, this taste the best! So what i need more?? clean room, nice staff, good bathroom, breakfast was fine, i slept as a rose had a nice massage and it was valueble . So 3 star is good for Cam Do do you expect more? take a higher ranked hotel?!

  • Stayed March 2011, travelled solo
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Sydney, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 February 2011

This hotel describes itself as '3 stars'. I don't really know why. The staff were nice enough which was one upshot. Our room was fine and the bed was comfortable enough, however the bathroom was small and the shower/bathtub not so clean (and with little hot water).

The weather was cold and there is no heater in the rooms. They do offer you a large blanket which helps. Our particular room sat above a large market which predominately sells fish. Consequently was had the delightful odour and sound of fish mongers slicing and dicing their produce from early in the morning until dark. This could be solved by windows which close, however the hotel has chosen small slats which can't be shut fully.

The breakfast was incredibly poor. They offered three items - bread (baguette style, but awful given Vietnam's normally lovely bread), jam and instant noodles. No juice. no tea, no eggs, no butter to have with the jam and bread. On the upside, we had the dining room to ourselves as the other guests presumably didn't come back for a second try. There were several staff in the room but when asked for an item (such as some tea) they were unable to understand or assist us. I don't care about breakfast being included in the price - but if you're going to say that there is a breakfast buffet, then provide it. If you don't want to offer breakfast, that's fine, just don't put it on and we'll all go to a nice cafe for some food.

The staff were nice enough and upon helping us to our room suggested that we may like a massage in the very reasonably priced 'spa' downstairs. I guess we should have known and frankly you get what you pay for. My girlfriend and I decided to have a nice foot massage and paid US$10 each for a nice hour long session. Four women arrived pulling their skin tight mini-skirts down lower as they took a seat on a stool and at this point it become rather clear that we were one of the few guests who would not be opting for the full service option and what is clearly a brothel. The massage was fine and my girlfriend and I could help smiling at the oddity of the situation. The masseuses seemed to find the whole thing somewhat amusing too and laughed along as they tried various ways of keeping the bust line on their tiny shirts closed to preserve their modesty. After some massaging and a what I'm sure was an attempted 'sexy' rub of foot on breast, they demanded a tip and sent us on our way. Relaxation never felt so freaky!

The hotel was not good value. If it had been a $20 a night place then fine, however at $50 a night there are much nicer places and better options.

All in all I would recommend avoiding this place and frankly avoiding Dalat altogether. It didn't have the charm or wilderness that you can find elsewhere in Vietnam such as Halong Bay or Hoi An, nor did it have the touristy attraction of somewhere such as HCMC or Nha Trang. Not worth the trip.

  • Stayed January 2011, travelled as a couple
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 February 2011

Breakfast buffet tables were depleted an hour before the advertised end of breakfast time.

The staff ripped us off by giving us a room with two beds instead of one because they claimed that one of us was too big to share a bed with her husband... Idiots!

The hot water only lasted for three minutes worth of a shower.

The reception staff were too busy playing on their comPuter to serve us.

No complimentary shampoo!

  • Stayed January 2011
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 24 January 2011

Do not stay here! When we found out our first 4 hotel preferences in Dalat were fully booked, we came across this place and thought it looked ok. We found out pretty quickly that we were wrong about that. The staff were rude, and we were constantly ignored in preference of local guests. We chose a 'quiet' room in preference of a view - however, like the other review say, this place is loud! Our room had a window (leading into the corridor!!) which seemed to filter any noise directly into the room. And yes, there was karaoke - we did have ear plugs, but they didn't help much! The room was smelly/dirty, with a whole corner attacked by rising damp. Was glad to get out of here!

  • Stayed January 2011, travelled as a couple
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Newcastle
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 January 2011

We stayed here for 2 nights and were woken at about 6am both mornings to ABBA blasting on the ground floor!! Rooms are spacious but we had a mouse leaving droppings all over our room. We were on the1st floor just above reception and it was very noisy. Especially in the morning!! The woman on reception wasn't helpful and didnt speak very good english. Very basic, noisy and if I went to Da Lat again I wouldn't stay here again!

  • Stayed December 2010, travelled as a couple
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Brisbane, Australia
Level 5 Contributor
75 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 November 2010

We arrived in DaLat 2 days ago by bus, and found that the Dreams Hotel 1 was full and came across the Cam Do hotel while walking around. The hotel is classed 3 star and we stayed in a suite (this was because it was the only room available - and got a bargain price of $30USD/night). The suite has 2 very comfortable beds, a queen and single, a large wooden wardrobe, bathtub/shower combination in ensuite with 1 wash basin (with independent hot water system!! A plus), 2 large windows looking onto the back of the hotel and also the side street. Apparently, it is not as noisy as the rooms facing the main street, but I beg to differ. The windows are not double glazed glass, so the street noise can be heard, however, the majority of the noise travels from the hallways and other floors due to the cavity from the lobby. I have had to roll up some towels as a door snake to try to block the noise, and smoke! We have discovered that Vietnamese people love to smoke in hotels. The staff at the front desk are very helpful even though they do not have fantastic English. We booked a countryside tour ($20) but this was cancelled due to rainy weather and dangerous road conditions, and we ended up doing the city tour instead ($14) and getting a refund for the difference.

The spa is on the basement level, and was too smokey for me to explore. The gym was closed. Internet is available on two very old computers on the lobby level next to the front desk. Note: the rooms do not have A/C and it is very cold at night at this time. Bring something warm to wear.

Please note that there are a few Vietnamese guides who speak extremely good English and try to sell you tours/hotels. We walked pass one gentleman selling a motorcycle tour to some European tourists at a local restaurant - tours should only cost $20-$30 for full day (depending on where you go). When we arrived by bus we were approached by a gentleman in a green jacket, who took us to a hotel he recommended since we did not have anything booked (the beauty of backpacking) - I have had this experience before, but decided to see if his deal was any good. The bus company offered free taxi to your preferred/booked hotel so we could have just got a taxi to Dreams Hotel 1, but ended up walking. The villa he showed us was close by, therefore it wasn't a concern. For other travellers, please be aware of this and do your research so you know what to expect.

  • Stayed October 2010, travelled as a couple
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Property: Cam Do Hotel
Address: 81 Phan Dinh Phung Street, Da Lat, Vietnam
Region: Vietnam > Lam Dong Province > Da Lat
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Ranked #60 of 78 Hotels in Da Lat
Hotel Class:3 star — Cam Do Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 41
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