Cosy and comfortable
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.
To start off, you will not leave the hotel hungry in the morning. The generous breakfast spread served at a communal table capitalises on Da Lat’s bounty and doesn’t skimp on anything: bacon, ham, eggs made to order, bread, Da Lat strawberry jam, cheese, fresh passionfruit juice, yoghurt, whatever fruit is in season – and heaps of it. It’ll fuel you as you roll through the Da Lat countryside by motorbike or abseil down a waterfall.
Rooms are cosy and comfortable with clean white linens, flatscreen TV, WiFi, safety box, desk/vanity and mini-fridge. Rooms are bright, with windows and plenty of lights. Standard single rooms are small, with just enough space for one, though large/tall folk would struggle with the bathroom. If you fit that description, opt for a regular room. On the flip side, superior double rooms located at the front of house are overly spacious and come with a balcony.
There’s housekeeping every day, with beds made and all towels refreshed daily. Rooms also have air-con that can both cool and heat, which is a rare feature in Da Lat hotels. Though you’ll probably find the “natural air-con” to be sufficient in Da Lat (that is, opening and closing the window), it’s a pleasant touch and there if you need it. Otherwise, warm yourself up in the evening with the sauna and Jacuzzi on the top floor – superb after a long day of sightseeing.
Bathrooms are more functional than fashionable but it does come with hot water in both the sink and shower – so hot, in fact, that if you’re not careful you’ll scald your bits off.
A friendly family own the hotel and you can look forward to a warm welcome and big smile every time you return. The hospitable owner speaks English, French and is helpful with booking tours and tickets. The lobby has several computers guests can use. The location is great: steps to the tourist drag with cafes, restaurants and travel agencies, a 10-minute walk to the central market/night market.
There’s no lift and it’s not the newest hotel in town, but it’s the little details that makes the difference and Dreams Hotel gets it right.
By Cindy Fan
Last updated on 11th February, 2016.