We stayed at Les Sapins (pronounced 'lay sapeens' by the locals if you are ever trying to explain to anyone where you are staying) for three nights at the meagre cost of 17dollars a night and the service given for this price was just great.
Of course little things like a kettle or a fridge in the bedroom or breakfast were not available for this price but there were tonnes of nice places for coffee and breakfast on the street (e.g the art cafe, the windmill cafe, another cafe a few doors down from the art cafe that has a bathtub inside for decoration and an old bicycle on the wall which was recommended by the lovely sister-in-law of the owner who also works at les sapins so ask her about it - she might even go for a coffee with you if you're lucky and tell you all about their interesting family) and there is a cafe/bar in the reception where you can get water and beer etc. Despite the lack of little extras like this, the room was very clean and reasonably spacious, the bed was great with good quality sheets that did not look at all worn or used. The bathroom was big enough and again very clean, the shower did soak the entire bathroom but this is pretty typical in hotels in Vietnam where the shower is not separated from the rest of the bathroom at all. The shower was hot, there was a tv in the room and stairs to the room.
We were at the front of the hotel with a balcony which we liked but I don't think it would suit everyone as the street below was very busy and not really picturesque at all. There was a considerable invasion of street noise into the bedroom so if this is bothersome for you you might want to ask for a room at the back of the hotel where it might be better.
The owner has fantastic English as does his sister-in-law (they are not always there though and the other staff seem not so proficient which was a little hard sometimes) and when they say they speak French they really mean it! The owner may look like a local Dalat guy but he is actually from Paris with French as his first language so great for French travellers (or French enthusiasts like us). Again though, I don't know about the French of other staff so you may struggle if you need help on a day when the owner is not in. He also told us his wife is a pharmacist which might come in handy if you get sick during your stay!
The only complaint I have about Les Sapins is that they close up the bar and reception rather early so when you come in from dinner (if youre out later than 9pm it seems) you have to ring a bell and someone comes to open the shutter and let you in. This wouldnt be a problem but one night we rang for almost 10 minutes before someone let us in when it really wasnt even late I think it was about 9.30pm.
Overall this place is in a great location (next to restaurants and tour operators and down the road from the market) and was a great choice for us.
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