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Da Lat

Da Lat has a large selection of quality accommodation, from clean, comfortable US$5 a night hostels to four-star French-colonial style hotels. Places to stay are dotted throughout the city and you'll find better value away from the main tourist centre concentrated around the central market, Xuan Huong Lake and Truong Cong Dinh Street. Unless we specifically mention it, places tend to not have air-conditioning as the climate is cool year-round.

Backpacker Inn Dalat
Backpacker - Under US$10
77 Bis 3/2 Street (alley off of Tran Phu Street, 1st lane east of Ba thang Hai Street), Da Lat
T: (063) 356 1777

Backpacker Inn Dalat is another hostel offering fantastic value dorms and private rooms. The city is saturated with choice but this one rises to the top with their sparkling clean dorms and solid wood bunks with wider than average beds. The bunks also have a locker drawer underneath as well as electrical outlets and individual reading lights. Unlike many other hostels in Da Lat, where beds are... Read our full review of Backpacker Inn Dalat.

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Dreams Hotel
Midrange - US$20 to 50
141 Phan Dinh Phung St, Da Lat
T: (063) 383 3748

Dreams Hotel in Da Lat feels more like a family-run guesthouse than a hotel – and we mean that in the best possible way. The rooms may be modest but guests are treated like royalty, with daily housekeeping and a breakfast fit for a hungry king. It is one of the best places to lay up in Da Lat, combining a backpacker atmosphere with midrange accommodation and service. Sweet dreams for... Read our full review of Dreams Hotel.

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Lam Vien Homestay
Flashpacker - US$10 to 20
444 Hai Ba Trung, P.6, Da Lat
T: (0913) 694 001

In Da Lat “homestay” is a buzzword that seems to be used liberally and interchangeably with “hotel” or “hostel”. But at Lam Vien Homestay, be prepared for a true feel-at-home experience with the sweetest, most adorable couple playing host. Though we paid a visit when their rooms were full, they insisted we sit on their front porch to have a chat and within seconds we were served a... Read our full review of Lam Vien Homestay.

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Lu Tan Inn
Toprange - US$50 to 100
2/6 Tran Hung Dao, Da Lat
T: (0902) 603 111

Opened in 2014, Lu Tan Inn is a bed and breakfast that feels contemporary and chic without sacrificing on homey comforts. Each of the nine rooms have a different theme, size and decor but whatever room you choose, you can expect it to be elegant, light and bright, with high ceilings, clean lines, natural materials such as bamboo, artistic touches and a pop of colour. Overall the property emanates... Read our full review of Lu Tan Inn.

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Sleep in Dalat Hostel
Backpacker - Under US$10
83/5B Nguyen Van Troi, P.2, Da Lat
T: (063) 3970 379

Located on a quiet, meandering local lane off of Phan Dinh Phung, Sleep in Dalat Hostel has clean, organised, modern 16-bed dorms comprised of spacious pod beds, tall enough to comfortably sit up in. There’s a lockable drawer underneath that can fit laptops and cameras but not entire packs. The private rooms are spectacular: new, spotless, enormous and very orderly. It comes with laminate... Read our full review of Sleep in Dalat Hostel.

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Villa Vista Highlands Home
Toprange - US$50 to 100
27 Le Hong Phong (40 Ngo Thi Sy), Doi Ong Su, P.4, Da Lat
T: (063) 351 2468

This little bed and breakfast will make you feel on top of the world, both in terms of hospitality and the view. Perched in the highlands two kilometres from town, all four rooms have floor to ceiling bay windows with a sweeping view of rooftops nestled in a valley below. The decor is indulgent and lavish Louis XVI style and the flair matches well with the dramatic scenery. Guests can look... Read our full review of Villa Vista Highlands Home.

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Ana Mandara Villas Dalat Resort and Spa
Luxury - over US$100
Le Lai St, Da Lat
T: (063) 3555 888

Ana Mandara Villas Dalat Resort & Spa is a retreat within the city, hearkening back to the days when French Indochina colonialists sought out Da Lat as a highland holiday haven. Located in a pocket of greenery, beautiful gardens and pines, guests are whisked back to the early 20th century. Curl up by the fire on a cold Da Lat night in the common room. Cobblestone pathways lead through the... Read our full review of Ana Mandara Villas Dalat Resort and Spa.

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Dalat Cozy Nook Hostel
Backpacker - Under US$10
Alley 33 & 35 Phan Dinh Phung Street, P.1, Da Lat
T: (063) 3500 442

If the name doesn’t convince you, then simply step into the cheerful lobby lounge with all the feelings of home. Soft classical music drifts from the speakers. Here you’ll find cushy seating to curl up with your iPad to read Travelfish or use the WiFi. There’s also a long communal table, a help yourself tea/coffee station, a white bookshelf with a flatscreen TV and magazines and there’s... Read our full review of Dalat Cozy Nook Hostel.

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Dalat Friendly Fun Hostel
Backpacker - Under US$10
281P Phan Dinh Phung St, P.2, Da Lat
T: (0919) 124 137

Just off Phan Dinh Phung Street is a small hostel that most days lives up to its name. The lobby and second floor kitchen/dining room are places you’d want to hang out and the very small dorm rooms of six or eight beds force you to get cosy with your roommates. The rooms are just big enough to fit the wooden bunks and not much else. There’s no space or privacy between beds either; if you... Read our full review of Dalat Friendly Fun Hostel.

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Dalat Palace Luxury Hotel
Luxury - over US$100
12 Tran Phu St, Da Lat
T: (063) 382 5444

Perched atop an impressive sweeping lawn and set of stairs that runs down to the lake, Dalat Palace Luxury Hotel (formerly Sofitel Dalat Palace) is a keystone building of the town. The scene could be plucked from a Renoir painting or Henry James novel and you can imagine well-heeled ladies and men in white suits playing crochet and boules. Dating back to 1922, Dalat Palace Luxury Hotel is... Read our full review of Dalat Palace Luxury Hotel.

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Dreams Hotel 3
Midrange - US$20 to 50
140 Phan Dinh Phun St, a block north of Dreams Hotel, Da Lat
T: (063) 382 5877

Opened in 2012, Dreams 3 Hotel is of a higher quality and cleanliness than your average guesthouse and more refined that the generic skinny Vietnam hotel. The Jacuzzi and sauna on the top floor, opened every evening to guests, is icing on the cake. It certainly is a nice touch to warm up on a cold Da Lat evening. The standard rooms feature laminate floor, a small window, TV, WiFi, safe and... Read our full review of Dreams Hotel 3 .

Duong Anh Homestay
Backpacker - Under US$10
A9 Nguyen Luong Bang St, Da Lat
T: (063) 357 9969

Dorm rooms at Duong Anh are enormous. Backpackers can look forward to big metal bunks with a locker underneath big enough to fit your entire pack. Fourteen beds are offered in total with space in between each bunk, but it’s doubtful that the room would ever be full or even half full; it’s a quiet place. The dorm also has a small attached balcony that would please smokers. The private rooms... Read our full review of Duong Anh Homestay.

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Backpacker - Under US$10
28/4 Bui Thi Xuan, a few shops from The Sinh Tourist/Trung Cang Hotel, Da Lat
T: (0913) 796 967

It doesn’t get cheaper than this in Da Lat, and luckily iDorm is also clean, modern and comfortable. Located just a couple of shops up from The Sinh Tourist bus office at Trung Cang Hotel, iDorm’s shared and private rooms are far better value than Trung Cang and worth walking the few metres. The dorm rooms are plain white boxes with white metal cots, big fluffy white duvets and very firm... Read our full review of iDorm.

Thien An Hotel
Flashpacker - US$10 to 20
364 Phan Dinh Phung, Da Lat
T: (063) 352 0607

Thien An Hotel represents great value for those in need of a private room. Rooms are spotlessly clean, orderly, spacious and well appointed with classy dark wood furniture. Amenities include a mini fridge, electronic safe, WiFi and TV. Bathrooms are big, bright tiled affairs with a bathtub/shower combo. Superior rooms are slightly larger and have bigger windows so you get more natural light.... Read our full review of Thien An Hotel.

Zen Cafe
Midrange - US$20 to 50
27C Pham Hong Thai St, Da Lat
T: (0994) 799 518, (0163) 594 9311

Lovely old French villas dot Zen Cafe’s spacious grounds and guests have their choice of rooms – will it be a small room on the second floor or the large ground floor room with a walkout terrace? Each room is unique and the options seem endless but what you are guaranteed is old wood floors, beds with ornate carved headboards and big French doors and windows that look out to brambly gardens... Read our full review of Zen Cafe.

Du Parc Hotel Dalat
Toprange - US$50 to 100
15 Tran Phu St, Da Lat
T: (063) 382 5777

Formerly the Novotel Dalat, Du Parc Hotel Dalat is a 140-room classic dating back to 1932. A stay here is certainly a trip back in time and when you enter the lobby, you half expect to see moustachioed men smoking cigars at the lobby bar or women sweeping down the staircase carrying parasols. Even the lift looks like an Art Deco antique. The English-speaking service is sharp and bellhops still... Read our full review of Du Parc Hotel Dalat.

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Gold Night Hotel
Backpacker - Under US$10
06 Nguyen Thi Minh Khai, Da Lat
T: (063) 3822 268

Like its neighbour Golf 3 Hotel, Gold Night Hotel has a great central location right at the main market and night market. The private rooms are a decent value considering the location, but it won’t knock your socks off with style. The rooms contain a mishmash of furniture (dark wood, light wood), a few bright paintings, gold curtains, flatscreen TV and WiFi. The bathrooms are mediocre, dimly... Read our full review of Gold Night Hotel.

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Tulip 2 Hotel
Midrange - US$20 to 50
14 Nguyen Chi Thanh, P.1, Da Lat
T: (063) 3510 991

Tulip 2 Hotel is white, bright and the glossy floor glares like new. The hotel has a great central location at the top of the stairs overlooking the central market and is a short walk to the lake. The English-speaking reception staff are friendly and helpful. Rooms have a lot of positive notes: they are big, well lit, have bedside table with lamps, outlet and master switch, a kettle, mini fridge,... Read our full review of Tulip 2 Hotel.

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Villa Pink House
Flashpacker - US$10 to 20
7 Hai Thuong St, Da Lat
T: (063) 381 5667

Villa Pink House is a solid option if you’re in need of a comfortable private room. A friendly, cheerful family runs this guesthouse in a towering house with high ceilings and a lobby so big your voice echoes. The plain white rooms come with a TV, balcony, bedside table, WiFi, a mini-fridge, laminate flooring and a clean hot water bathroom. The lighting is rather dim though. There’s a quaint... Read our full review of Villa Pink House.

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YOLO Hostel
Backpacker - Under US$10
31 Truong Cong Dinh St, Da Lat
T: (063) 6285 455

The lobby doubles as a hip cafe and the back terrace is a bar with live music nights. That sets the tone of this backpackery hostel smack dab in the middle of the tourist drag Truong Cong Dinh Street – it doesn’t get more centrally located than this. A friendly, young, trendy team run this joint, and you’ll have to get friendly with your roommates as bunks are lined up side by side with no... Read our full review of YOLO Hostel.

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Zen Valley
Midrange - US$20 to 50
38 Khe Sanh, P.10, Da Lat
T: (063) 3577 277, 969 706 222

Not to be confused with Zen Cafe, Zen Valley is over three kilometres from the city centre and the property is surrounded by pretty green hills and farmland. The hotel’s bungalows are reminiscent of alpine cottages that match the scenery. The quaint two-storey bungalows are clad in stone and cheerful, warm pine while the interiors are a cosy mix of terracotta, exposed brick and more pine. The... Read our full review of Zen Valley.

Golf 3 Hotel
Toprange - US$50 to 100
4 Nguyen Thi Minh Khai, Da Lat
T: (063) 382 6042

It doesn’t get more central than Golf 3 Hotel, but that’s all the hotel really has going for it. Located next to the central market and overlooking the night market, it’s a dated seven-storey hotel – big by Da Lat standards – that caters to domestic tourists and bus tours. The lobby has zero warmth and the hallways look like they have seen far better days but the rooms are actually... Read our full review of Golf 3 Hotel.

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Where to next?

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