I love hotels but staying in one can be quite pricey if you plan to stay for a number of days in a place and since we were with a huge group, we opted to stay at a villa-turned-hotel in Dalat recommended by friends, YK Home Villa.
Actually, there are a lot of homey villas around so I think it’s quite easy to book for places to stay there. YK Home Villa is found just outside the city center so you’d probably need to book a car or ride a motorbike to get to the center. It’s quite near actually, maybe a 5 minute ride?
YK Home Villa is operated by a mother-daughter team. Mary, the daughter, is the friendly face behind the reception desk ready to be of service to all the guests. She speaks good English so it was a breeze doing the booking (via email) and organizing things in the villa for our group. We got 5 rooms (2 suites and 3 de luxe) and all were blissfully clean and tidy. All rooms are non-airconditioned because really, you don’t need this in Dalat. The rooms are chilly but for us people from Saigon, the chill is a blessing! And besides, its warm ‘neath the covers! 🙂
The suite includes a king-size bed, a twin bed, and a sofa bed. Really big! My brother who was visiting from Manila wasn’t able to get a room but he slept just fine on the sofa bed at the adjacent receiving area of our suite. Oh and we had a private balcony too but man, we didn’t get to use that because it was really cold.
We had a beautiful view of the field outside and during the evenings, you’d see it wonderfully lit up with the Christmas lights.
Since this is a 3-storey villa, it doesn’t have elevators — which is really quite fine by me. But if you’re nursing a sore knee, you might want to request to get the 1st floor room.
The common area at the first floor has computers guests can use but the whole villa has WIFI so you can surf in the comfort of your own room.