My husband and I have been traveling through SE Asia for 3 months, and this is our favorite hotel.
I booked via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) and received a very prompt response. A young woman met us at the train station, holding a sign with our name on it, just as we were told to expect in the confirmation email. We were led to a minibus that was filled (though not over capacity) with Vietnamese tourists staying in other hotels; the driver dropped each of us off at our hotels. This service is $3 a person.
Even though we arrived at 5:30am, someone from the hotel met us and led us straight to our room. For $25, we got a clean room with heat, a soft bed (with the thickest, comfiest blankets yet), cable TV, balcony and tasteful furnishings. The bathroom was large with an enclosed shower (our first in 3 months) and plenty of hot water. For the most part if was very quiet. But as is ubiquitous in Vietnamese hotels, the halls are all tile, so sound can travel. Regardless, my husband and I both slept the best we had in weeks. Breakfast is a choice of 4 set meals that is served downstairs in the restaurant and is included in the price of the room. The staff is friendly and not at all pushy about selling tours or food. While we did not opt for any of the tours, they seemed reasonably priced and other guests seemed very pleased with them.
At the time I booked, The Gecko did not have many reviews and I could find very little information on it. But based on all the reviews I read about others' experiences in other Sapa hotels, from staff that take advantage of guests to the mold on the walls, I did not have high expectations for our stay. Not only was I pleasantly surprised at the quality of the room, but my expectations were proven totally wrong. I highly recommend this hotel.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in the center of Sapa town next to the postal office, Le Gecko (Restaurant-Hotel) is known as a unique and trustful destination for tourists when they come to visit Sapa. With a special architecture of traditional French and Vietnamese, you will feel the warmth as soon as you put your first steps into this place and our people will make you feel like home, your 2nd home in Vietnam. ... more less
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