I booked the Sapa View from Expedia and I am in two minds about this place.
I booked it as the rooms seemed well designed with modern bathrooms - however the overall stay has not been amazing mainly due to the very cold and damp room.
Firstly - to put thing in context - there are lots of hotels in Sapa - but it is a developing area and the standards - are not overall as high as Hanoi. Secondly to put things in context - the price of the hotel was quite cheap, nonetheless for Vietnam standard this particular hotel is quite expensive. We paid £40 for a deluxe room a night - which is at a mid / top end of Sapa - at least when I was looking for end of November stay.
The hotel has a great view over the mountains and valley and close the town centre.
The room has a nice design and the bathroom was neater than a lot of bathrooms I have seen on tripadvisor pics in Sapa hotels. The staff is nice although not as efficient as in some of the Hanoi hotel where the standards have been incredible (for example I emailed and asked for a transfer from Lao Cai station to the hotel but the transfer did not happen - fortunately it is pretty straight forwards a transfer to do ... nonetheless a first little disappointment)
However my main issue - and again it is all in perspective with the price of the hotel within Sapa - was how cold and damp the room was. On the first couple of days the weather was quite sunny and not too cold yet our room was cold and damp. There is a fire place which gets turned on but I found it very ineffective - and unless you constantly tend to it - it goes off. When the temperature lowered on our third day and started to rain the room felt even colder and damper. I think you can find in Sapa other hotels with proper electrical heating and if you are going in October / November or later you are going to need it.
After a day out - getting wet in the rain - the last thing one wants is a cold and damp room.
Shame as the hotel has good potential and the location is nice. But the cold ruined it for me.
- 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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