At first, this is not a noble hotel for rich people which expect the highest European standards during their stays (sry Mr.Tom) - but you get what you pay and there is no room for argue: this is very good.
The location is perfect - below the "main" street with all the restaurants. Right now, you will have (with the right room) an awesome mountain view! There are smaller rooms and there are a few larger rooms with two windows and a balcony. Speaking of European standards - we had a tub in every room (an old tube, however) with a working shower (the water is warm, but you have to find the right point between the cold to warm water oscillation circle).
Mr.Tom and the staff is very helpful and friendly. And here is our short story: We really wanted to have the mountain view feeling during or stay, but our room (for two persons) had just one small balcony ('oh the luxury'). As we realized that the 3 person room next to our room is free we kindly asked to switched and due to a temporal shortage of guests the answer was: "we only want to make you happy" - yeah! Without surcharge! I think that speaks for Mr.Tom and his family & staff.
Furthermore, they helped us with the sleeper train booking and the bus transfer back to Lao Cai. I also have to add that they gave us a very simple map of the town and showed as some touristic places on this map. But at no time they tried to sell us any trekking trip - maybe because we said that we just would like to stay for 4 nights and discover the town and surroundings but without any interest in trekking. No one forced us to to book something.
To the breakfast...it is simple. Very simple, but enough to survive the first two hours. But if you really want to have a real breakfast, then go to a real restaurant or stay in one of the non-charming more expensive hotels in Sapa. Again, this house has charm but you get what you pay.
I really hope that the last free place in front of the hotel will not be blocked by another new soulless hotel in the future. Because this could be the end of the original mountain view...sigh
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The wild beauty is seen, not only in the land and the sky, but also in the tapestry of colors seen throughout the spectacular rich region and in its lovely people. ... more less
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