Just about all Dalat hotels will give you access to the most popular activity in the area—golf—meaning you can choose from a wide variety, including cheap hotels in Dalat and luxury golf resorts. This small hill city has been a golfing center since the sport was first brought here from France in the 1920s. International championship tournaments were played here even at the height of the American Vietnam War during the 1960s, and today there are several courses around the city.
For five-star Dalat accommodation you might choose the Sofitel Palace or the Ana Mandara Villas (pictured). This area in the foothills of the Annamite Mountains has always been a cool retreat from the city heat during warm weather, and the French expatriate community flocked here during the time they ruled the country. Both of these Dalat hotels exude the lazy and elegant atmosphere of colonial times, with large airy public rooms, graceful breezy verandas, and gourmet dining on superb French and Vietnamese cuisine. The Sofitel is set on the one of the mountain lakes, Xuan Huong Lake, and boasts its own 18-hole golf course—the country’s first course. The Ana Mandara lodging in Dalat is part of a respected international chain of properties. The Palace is rather reminiscent of the chalets you might see in the French Alps, and it has its own full-service spa. This is probably the most expensive of the lodging in Dalat and is set beautifully on the slopes of the mountains in beautiful countryside.
This is a university city, and you can find very inexpensive Dalat accommodation in the area around the campus, which is north of the lake and the main golf course. There are three three-star Dalat hotels called Golf Hotel 1, 2, and 3. These are all acceptable standard class hotels, but the Golf 3 has the most central location to the attractions of city and is probably the better one of the three. You might also try the Peace Hotel, home of the Peace Café that is well known among the Easyriders—the original international motorcycle touring group—as well as backpackers and cyclists from around the world. Many of the cycling tours and vacation packages will overnight in this hotel.
From all of the budget lodging in Dalat you can walk to many shopping places and other things to do in the city. Other city attractions include the lovely urban lake, museums, and Bao Dai’s (the last Emperor of Vietnam) Palace, which is actually an ostentatious art deco-inspired vacation villa.
For excellent mid-range Dalat accommodation that comes with the peace of mind that an international chain brings, you might consider the Novotel. It is located near the lake and next to the Sofitel Dalat Palace. It dates to the French colonial 1930s. Unfortunately its refurbishment and trendy modern furnishings detract a bit from the old colonial atmosphere, and you must cross a street to get to the restaurant. Otherwise, it has very good service and facilities, and can assist you if you need ongoing reservations in sister properties in other cities like Vung Tau on the coast. A very good similar class of hotel can be found at the Ngoc Lan.