Stayed one night mid-November and moved to other hotel next day. Great view, cold and damp. Shower doesn't work - no water pressure or enough hot water. Floor not very clean, ratty towels. Then the electricity went off all over town. This seems to be a common occurrence on weekends and many places have their own generator but not this one. They built a fire in the room at night that lasted all of two hours, no flashlights for you to climb staircase probably constructed by elves. Then at 11pm a large family with a hoard of kids moved into the room next door and proceeded to party hardy in their room AND the hallway. I called the desk to complain and about 30 minutes later loud pounding on my door and a staff member dressed up as if headed to the club demands to come into my room to ask why I called the desk - all the while the family is partying and kids are tearing up and down the hallway shrieking. Really? She needed to ask me why I was complaining? We left in the morning for hotel with generator and competent staff, if not quite so spectacular a view. The desk staff seems to change all day and night when they are there - about 50 percent of the time, not encouraging since your passport and keys are held at the desk and the hotel doors are wide open and close to the street for anyone to walk in. Sapa itself seems overrun with tourists and doesn't have the infrastructure to deal with it. The constant pleading by women/girls and children to buy the same products they all carry is just sad as well as annoying. On the other hand the countryside is spectacular. Just don't stay at this hotel.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Overlooking the breathtaking Muong Hoa valley, the Sapa View Hotel offers competitive rates for rooms with views of Mount Fansipan, the last major peak in the Himalayan chain and Indochina's highest mountain. Less than a five-minute walk from Sapa town's main shopping and restaurant area, Sapa View remains quiet and just off the beaten path. Wooden furnishings combined with locally-made decorative handicrafts provide a decor that is both modern and culturally specific to the area. With over fifty photographs and detailed descriptions of local customs lining entrances and hallways, Sapa View serves as a convenient gallery museum for its guests. Room amenities include bathrobes, a fireplace or electric heater, electric blankets and hair dryers for cold winter months, as well as flat-screen cable TVs, safes for valuables, tea/coffee/minibar and WiFi. Sapa View also offers a restaurant, bar, terrace, massage, bike rental, car hire services and free parking. All travel arrangements can be made through the hotel, including trekking and homestays in ethnic minority villages. Please inquire with the hotel for a full list of services. A partnership was recently made between Sapa View Hotel and the Sapa O'Chau community development project, which supports education of children and families from local tribes. As a guest of Sapa View you may support their efforts by responsibly purchasing from the craftstore or by scheduling a guided trek. There are also opportunities to volunteer during your stay. ... more less
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