We rearranged our plans to spend a very special Christmas at Sapa Rooms together with our friends, and were so pleased we did. Whatever the weather may be or the hotel may lack in insulation - the decor, the atmosphere and certainly the staff make up for. If you have high expectations, perhaps this is not for you. The decor is a little 'rustic' and very local. We loved it. We arrived off the train on a very cold Christmas morning to a hearty breakfast and cuppa. We wandered around the town and ate lunch at the Village Noshery - yummo - hearty Pho. Then in the evening we waited on approx 80 village children who enjoyed a hot Christmas dinner. They were all given some donated clothes as gifts and little party favour bags also. It was wonderful to see how much it meant to them. After a quick clean-up we sat down and enjoyed our very tasty fare. The next morning we went to Ma Cha School with all our 'gifts of stationery etc for the kids. Another special experience. I would love to have spent longer there. Those children touched our hearts. We then did a 9 km walk through a couple of local villages with our entertaining guide ?Suemay (sorry if I have spelled incorrectly). The young people who run this hotel and the Noshery deserve much credit. Some speak English better than others, however, their eagerness to learn is commendable. Peter Wilkes, you do an amazing job. I only wish we had the opportunity to meet you. Despite being fogged in, we had an amazing time in Sapa, and I personally would love to return at a different time of year. It will be a Christmas we will treasure for a very long time. One slight hiccup - hotel forgot to return our passports and in the rush to leave, WE forgot to ask. So sitting in Than Son Restaurant in Lao Cai, with our train tickets, the alarm bell rang. A few phone calls later and with ten minutes to spare, a lovely guy had ridden down the mountain in miserable weather with said passports. A huge thank you to all concerned.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Sapa Rooms is a community focused hotel with a big heart. Established by its Australian owner in 2007 to assist the local ethnic minority communities who inhabit the Sapa region. Sapa Rooms is a popular destination for people wishing to experience the real Sapa in a way that no other business in Sapa can offer. Through out their properties their guests are encouraged to make conscious decisions which impact their holiday destination in a positive way. If you wish to travel with generosity and give back while feeling a real connection to the culture then Sapa Rooms will be more then a hotel stay for you, it will be a real moving experience. We encourage our guests to assist with our numerous community projects when they stay in our lovely relaxed boutique hotel because we believe our business has a responsibility to give back to the local community. Our staff team over more then 90 people comprise local ethnic minority people and disadvantaged youth who have been trained in the hotel’s ongoing vocational training program. Our team of chefs have been thoroughly trained at KOTO the school for disadvantage youth, in Hanoi. Our rooms are inspired by the romance of the surrounding mountain ranges, a haven of simple style and comfort. With crisp white linen, flowing silk curtains, and original art works. Each room has a 80cm plasma TV, DVD library, cable TV, book and games library in 5th floor lounge room. Our restaurant is very popular as all the produce is organic and grown on our retreat. An extensive wine list, local Vietnamese and fusion international dishes with many vegetarian options on the menu. The Australian owner comes from a chefs background so guarantee you will enjoy the food his enthusiastic team serves up each day. Homemade ice cream, freshly baked cakes and real coffee is just the beginning. Every piece of art in Sapa Rooms tells a story, they have all been hand crafted by the owner using the local artisan talent and tools, the owner sources all the materials locally by trekking into the jungle to free and fair trade with the ethnic minority people. Sapa Rooms believes socially aligned sourcing is a step in the right direction for positive change. The entire team in Sapa Rooms looks forward to welcoming you to Sapa and are waiting to look after you. ... more less
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