We arranged for two nights in Sapa staying at the hotel and twon nights travelling on the Victoria train. It was meant to be a luxury part of our trip. We stayed in the hotel in late January and the fog never lifted so it was great to come back to a reasonable hotel. It is not 5 star but quite good although it only just meets the standard for adequately heated - the rooms have panel heaters and extra heaters can be requested. At $300 a night for a family room it can hardly be described as good value but We appreciated comming back to it in the afternoon. If you walk into town its is a steep climb up the hill
In relation to the train - who would have thought from the information provided that the so called luxury Victoria train would be no more than a few carriages tacked on to other carriages of other operators. We like the dining car.
The start and finish of the train trips can only be described as a shambles. When we booked directly with the hotel we were told the train was nearly full - it was half full. The train arrives at around 6.30am in La Cau. The lights were turned off and we had to pack and get off quickly in the dark. The end of the return journey was worse - the porters arranged for us to get into a dodgey taxi that riped us off badly - normally any Hanoi hotel arranges taxis with legitimate companies. It was a poor end and is a training matter for the company that should be addressed as these are not cheap train rides.
I'd suggest checking out one of the other operators
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Victoria Sapa Resort and Spa is unique 4 star with international standard, is located in one of the most beautiful and unspoiled locations of Northern Vietnam, (1,600 m), 380 km Northwest of Hanoi, among the highest peak Fan Si Pan (3,143 m), 38 km from Chinese border and 34 km from Lao Cai railway station. The Victoria Sapa Hotel is reachable by Victoria Express Train, which departs 6 times a week from Hanoi to Lao Cai and Laocai to Hanoi. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Victoria Sapa Hotel Sapa
- Victoria Hotel Sapa
- Sapa Victoria Hotel