Hotel Du Parc, Dalat

Last updated September 2017 | Words and photos by Vietnam Coracle

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The Du Parc Hotel (formerly the Novotel) offers excellent-value, mid-range accommodation in the Central Highlands city of Dalat. Housed in a French building dating from the 1930s, the Hotel Du Parc provides colonial ambience and modern amenities at very reasonable prices. With cosy double-occupancy rooms averaging around $40-$50 a night, including breakfast, this is a great option for anyone seeking to experience the charms of ‘old’ Dalat, without having to pay the high rates of similar colonial hotels, such as Ana Mandara Villas Resort or The Dalat Palace. [Average rates are between $40-$50 a night. To check current rates, availability & make a reservation for the Hotel Du Parc please BOOK HERE]

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Address: 15 Tran Phu Street, Dalat City, Lam Dong Province [MAP]

Price: $35-$70 | Phone: (+84) 63 3825 777 | Website: www.dalathotelduparc.com

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Dalat is a former French colonial hill station, 1,500 metres up in the pine-forested mountains of Vietnam’s Central Highlands. Many travellers come here hoping to find a romantic mountain town dotted with fading colonial villas. However, these days Dalat is more of a concrete jumble of hotels surrounded by industrial scale agriculture. But you can still live out your colonial fantasy by staying in one of the few hotels housed in colonial buildings. The Hotel Du Parc is the most affordable and unpretentious of these. A long, imposing, cream-coloured building with red roof tiles, the Hotel Du Parc is a grand but plain example of French colonial architecture.

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Colonial architecture: the imposing French facade of the Du Parc Hotel


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After passing under the Art Deco entrance, there’s a wide lobby with a bar on the left, reception on the right, and a classic old elevator in the middle. The latter, with weighted wrought iron doors that have to be manually opened and closed, and glass sides revealing all the mechanisms, is the hotel’s showpiece. It’s great fun to watch the cogs and pulleys operating as the lift takes you to the third floor (at a speed marginally quicker than taking the stairs).

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The antique elevator is part of the fun of staying at the Du Parc Hotel

The rooms have wooden floorboards, windows with views over Dalat, ceiling fans (there’s no need for air-conditioning in the cool mountain climate here), and all the modern amenities you’d expect, such as satellite TV, bathroom with bathtub and hairdryer, complimentary coffee and tea, writing desk, and free Wifi. Rooms are comfortable and cosy with plenty of character. Rooms at the front (facing north) have views over the city but can get a little noisy because of the road, while rooms at back (facing south) are quiet and have views over the Dalat suburbs and pine-forested hills in the distance. My favourite little touch in the rooms at the Du Parc is a heated lamp in the bathroom, which, in the cold mornings and evenings here, takes away the chill when stepping in and out of the shower.

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Comfotable & cosy: rooms at the Du Parc have wooden floors & furnishings

The buffet breakfast (included in the room price) used to be served across the street at the Cafe de la Poste. Sadly, this is no longer the case. Instead, breakfast is in the light-filled Bistro Restaurant, behind the hotel. Although not quite as atmospheric at the Cafe de la Poste, this is still a bright and clean setting, and the breakfast is still very good, especially considering that rooms prices are rarely higher that $45 a night


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Breakfast used to be served at the Cafe de la Poste across the street, but now it’s in the Bistro Restaurant

The Du Parc is centrally located, just a short walk from popular sights like Ho Xuan Huong Lake and Dalat’s central market. Staff are friendly, well-trained and speak pretty good English. The Hotel Du Parc shares many facilities with its more luxurious sister hotel, the Dalat Palace, just across the street. The tennis courts, spa, gym, and bar of the latter are all open to guests of the Du Parc, and deals are also available for the golf course across the lake. The hotel can organize any number of excursions in and around Dalat and there’s a shuttle service to the airport.

Colonial ambience: Le Cafe de la Poste

The colonial era wooden bar at the Cafe de la Poste, across the street, is very atmospheric

Prices for standard double occupancy rooms are around $45 a night, including breakfast and all taxes. This is excellent value for the kind of accommodation that the Du Parc offers. Suites can be up to $100 a night, but at this price you’d be better off spending the same money on the more luxurious colonial rooms at Ana Mandara Villas Resort or the Dalat Palace Hotel. There are 140 rooms so, unless you’re travelling during a Vietnamese holiday, rooms are usually available even at short notice. [Average rates are between $40-$50 a night. To check current rates, availability & make a reservation for the Hotel Du Parc please BOOK HERE]

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The Hotel Du Parc is excellent-value colonial accommodation in Dalat

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