We stayed here for one night. After a very early arrival (5.30am), we were given a delicious welcome cup of tea to warm us up. Needed to visited the lobby toilet and it needed cleaning. They have a system in Vietnam where a hose is provided, so you can hose the toilet and or floor after using. Obviously someone had done that prior to us arriving, hence the wet area. The lobby was not heated, and after signing in we were taken to the restaurant for breakfast. The restaurant was huge with high ceilings and was freezing, so we just left our parkas on. Sapa is generally cold and it was winter, so we were surprised that these areas were not heated. The very good buffet breakfast is huge, with plenty of choice. The jam however was very unpalatable. After breakfast we were taken to our rooms, even though checkin would have probably been after lunch. The room was a good size, beds quite comfortable and quite clean.We had 2 three quarter sized beds in our room, but again the room was cold. It had an old fashioned oiled filled heater in the room which comes on at 5pm and goes off at 6am. I don't know if this is a cost saving exercise, but visitors to Sapa are generally out every day, looking at the sights. Apart from sitting in the lobby or in your room, there's nothing to do in the hotel, so perhaps they don't think it's necessary to heat it. I got a stomach bug on the first day, possibly from our lunch in a local restaurant. That evening after having dinner out, I felt extremely cold and feverish and asked why the hotel wasn't heated. They said that the heaters would stay on the next day. I asked and got an extra quilt for the bed, but threw if off during the night as the room was warm enough. The next morning the heaters had been turned off. I think everything is on a timer. On a good note, the views from our room were to die for. We were lucky that on our 1st day, there wasn't much mist, so we could see into the valley. Sapa in a wonderful place to visit and there's a lot worse hotels to stay in. If visiting in winter as we did, I would stay in another hotel that kept it's heaters on. At other times, this hotel would be fine. Free internet computers were available in the lobby.
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