Dalat Palace Heritage Hotel
What We Love
- The 1920s charm and if-these-walls-could-talk sense of history
- French Colonial-era traditions like afternoon tea
- A posh restaurant, Le Rabelais, with a fireplace and garden views
- European-meets-Southeast Asian treatments in the spa
- There’s a golf course, tennis court, and full fitness center
What To Know
- Breakfast isn’t included in the room rate
- No pets allowed
- Free WiFi
- The town of Dalat was built around the hotel, and it remains one of its premiere attraction
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
This palatial resort set in the southeastern past of Vietnam’s Central Highlands was built under the watchful eye of the French Governor in 1922, and the property’s air of genteel splendor lives on today. The hotel faces a man-made lake; outdoorsy pursuits like golf and tennis are encouraged. Guest rooms feature an abundance of flounces, from canopied beds to heavy damask curtains and Oriental rugs, but there are plenty of modern must-haves among all the nostalgia, like free WiFi and a fitness center. Continuing the Francophile theme, the elegant dining room serves classic French cuisine, while the spa offers a combination of European treatments and Vietnamese techniques.
In the Area
Explore the town of Dalat, with its grand villas and wooden homes reminiscent of the Swiss Alps. Swing by the modern monastery Truc Lam, then check out the rather splendid Bao Dai Summer Palace, an Art Deco gem built in the 1930s by Vietnam’s last feudal king. Finish your architectural tour with Dalat’s kookiest dwelling, Hang Nya Guest House, also known as “Crazy House”: one look at its trippy, Gaudi-on-steroids silhouette will tell you why. Afterwards, find out why Dalat is sometimes called “The City of Flowers” at the Dalat Flower Park, where you’ll be surrounded by thousands of blooms including orchids, roses, and hydrangeas.
How to Get There
This place was made in 1922 and has every bit of the feel of the traditional classical French luxury. Restaurant has the perfect baguette and breakfast is top notch. They make their own breads. Room was great for us with a view of the lake. Service staff is prompt and helpful. This hotel made us feel special and pampered.
Nice hotel for short visit . Room is ok all furniture is very old . Without air con . Only they provide fan . It’s not for me
Breakfast is average not much great .
Remember after10pm there is no buggy to pick you from big gate . It’s little difficult to walk . The rest service is also good . Personally I recommend this hotel for age from 30/55 . It’s little far from main center but it’s ok if you can walk .
- Room was nice and comfortable.
- Gym was good.
- Front desk so cute, freindly, ms Anh was so helpful.
- Breakfast was not fully at 8:30. The beef noodle no more. Im very disappointed about this case.
We arrived a few hours before the official check-in time. But the room was ready so we were checked in immediately. Very well welcomed by sweet, smiling staff. We were seated in the beautiful lobby and got tea while the receptionist processed our check in.
Went for lunch on the beautiful front terrace after check-in. A bit disappointed to see totally just 4-5 dishes on the lunch menu and all were western dishes. Why not exchange some with some tasty Vietnamese dishes?
Our room was a Luxury with balcony. These roms are on the 1st floor, one stair up from the reception on the ground floor. Yes one stair, no elevator in this 1922 built hotel. The Luxury with balcony rooms face the very beautiful and well maintained park of a garden in front of the hotel and has a view of the Xuan Huong Lake. We stayed four nights. It felt kind of living in a museum. Mostly for good. The room was very spacious and had that old style look and feeling with real high ceiling! Really unique! Bed was good but the pillows were of the fluffy goose down filled type. So after two minutes, it had as much thickness as a newspaper!
The hotel website says the rooms have “a working fireplace”. When I asked, they said it was not working anymore. Just decoration. Website also states “high-speed Internet”. Well, we experienced “not-so-high-speed”.
The balcony was huge and has great views. But no pillows were provided for the furniture. Too bad!
The room had a quite limited minibar. The beer selection was only Heineken even though the minibar menu also mentioned “Special”. There was no room service menu so guess they do not have room service? However, in the reception they have brochures saying “24 hours in-room dining”. So did they forget to put the room service menu in the room or did they not have room service at all? Something was wrong here. This is not 5 star service.
Bathroom was big and had a really cool, antique look. Had bathtub and a shower. However the shower drain was partially clogged but they fixed that as soon as we told them. But the water pressure in the shower was so low that it could not be used. The pressure in the hand shower in the bathtub, was good. On the last day, we got good water pressure and could use the shower too. The toilet flushed OK in the begining but then we had to lift the lid on the cistern to get it to flush properly. We never got to tell them about that but strange the cleaning staff did not notice it? Guess they need to flush when cleaning the toilet??
We liked to use the air conditioner a bit at night time but it did not work. We told the reception about that. But it never got fixed. Luckily, the Dalat climate is not too hot…
Laundry service was quick!
The breakfas buffet was OK with the typical (but good!) Vietnamese soup stand and eggs to order. And the bacon was almost crispy, better than many other hotels. However, the waiters sometimes seemed a bit stressed. Even though we never saw that many guests, it felt like we did not have their 100% attention. Not sure if we were supposed to get our own coffee or they were supposed to serve us coffee??
We had dinner once at the hotel. And I must say, we got pleasantly surprised! We had some starters including smoked salmon and some salad. Main course were the beef short ribs and the rack of lamb. All pretty awesome! The lamb was perfectly cooked, nice, tender and red! My compliments to the chef! :-)
After that dinner, we wanted to have a drink in the Palace Club. Well, we went downstairs and were met with the same smiling and welcoming service as throughout the hotel. However, the interior was a huge disappointment! I had seen photos of the bar in the basement on Tripadvisor. Used to be Larry’s Bar. Now it is called Palace Club. It used to have real stone walls and real wood. Had that cozy mountain cabin look. Now it has been replaced with some horrible 1970s looking wood panels. And maybe to honor the old interior, they had put some wall paper with stones photos on the lower part of the walls. Pathetic and a terrible shame! No wonder there were nobody there. And this was a Saturday night! Why this terrible refurbishment!? What did they think!!? Somebody should be ashamed!
This hotel has five big stars on it’s facade but the only thing close to five stars, is it’s staff! I really like to emphasize the positive and smiling staff we met throughout our stay. But the management and/or owners need to think why the hotel has so few guests? During our stay, we felt that the hotel was almost empty.
Nevertheless, in general we really enjoyed the stay at this uniqe, old hotel. Just hope the management/owners understand it is not enough to be unique to survive as an hotel for the next 100 years.
This is an amazing place to stay. It is located on a hill overlooking Tuam Huong Lake. The view is idealic.
The hotel is located in a garden setting with the original hotel building being the centre-peice of a view looking up the steps leading to the front entrance. Alongside the historic building is a new building reportedly opened about three months ago. This building is decorated in a classic style that would have made Louis XIV happy. The rooms have feeling of opulence unlike the utilitarian appointment of many modern hotels.
We were originally to be in a room in the old historic building up on the first floor, but this room did not have a view of the lake. We were relocated to the new building where we were on ground floor level. Nothing was a trouble for the staff. The room was fit for a king and a queen. Note: they do not have a swimming pool.
Breakfast was in the dining room in the old building, with a view over the lake. Service was OK.
The staff at the concierge desk were great. They helped with organizing transport and promptly dealt with our other requests.
The hotel is a comfortable walking distance of the city centre, the markets and the Hang Nga Crazy House for those who like Antonio Gaudi's form of architecture. Mrs Dang Viet Nga is the architect of the house which commenced in 1990 and is still being added to. She is the daughter of Truong Chinh who was the successor to Ho Chi Minh. He was recognised as a powerful force as deputy in Ho's government during the war. This connection is significant, and influenced other buildings in Da Lat. All in all, the walk from the hotel to the Crazy House, to the markets and back to the Hotel is approximately 4 km of pleasant walking, and that is coming from someone who is in his sixties. Other sights one should see include Bao Dais Summer Palace, Datanla Falls, with its literally roller-coaster ride to the base of the falls, the Linh Phuoc Pagoda and, to a lesser extent, the railway station.
As with other places in Vietnam, as part of my four visits to the country, my experience with the Vietnamese people has always been positive. In Da Lat I found that particularly so.
The Dalat Palace is the jewel in the crown of the Central Highlands