Dalat Palace Hotel,
Vietnam, Central Coast and Highlands
Info : Dalat Palace Hotel
Located in the very heart of Dalat surrounded by a superb park at the edge of the lake, the Dalat Palace Hotel stands majestically tall and proud. Built in the 1920s as the pleasure palace for holiday makers during the colonial period, the hotel has been beautifully restored to its true period grandeur.
The original style and charm from the 1920s is reflected through genuine period furnishings and fittings. Staff still wear period dress and the hotel is perhaps one of the only grand period properties in the region not to have undergone any structural alteration whatsoever. From the tall ceilings and windows to four poster beds and cast iron bathtubs; staying at the hotel is like stepping back in time. The dining room has to rank amongst the finest of its ilk, with ornate furnishings and genuine French gourmet cuisine.
The hotel has 38 grand rooms and 5 suites. As well as the gourmet restaurant, international and local cuisine is served at the brasserie. A piano bar and Larry's bar have live music and there are a selection of meeting and banqueting rooms which can handle functions, meetings, weddings and parties for up to 300 people. The hotel is the heart of Dalat and there are plenty of shops, Tennis courts and a Golf course nearby.
Dalat is a charming mountain town which enjoys a favourable climate year-round. The nearby Ana Mandara Villas have their contemporary take on the colonial hill station experience. However, a stay at the Dalat Palace Hotel is truly like stepping back in time to a bygone era.
Ultimate - There are very few hotels we would describe as 'ultimate'. Hotels in this category must have absolutely everything anyone could want and really be aiming for the stars. These hotels generally go well above and beyond and they would always be at the very top end of the market. These are for clients looking for that extra special place.
We feel that we've seen Vietnam and Cambodia in some depth. The real parts, not just the tourist areas. The holiday has provided us with great insight into both countries. David was right when he said it would be better to have our own Guide and driver. It really did make a big difference to the holiday overall!