Characterful Comfort in the Mist, preceded by on overnight journey on their 'Victoria Express'.
Had a glorious couple of days in Sapa, despite the constant mist. We embraced the atmosphere which reminded us so much of staying in a snow lodge without the snow, but still cold outside. We stayed in a suite which was delightfully decorated with local knick knacks and was always snug. Yes, it's not new and perfect but this is Sapa, Vietnam not New York and it is miles from anywhere.
Enjoyed the pool and spa. Breakfast offered lots of choice for all nationalities and local fare with warm wood fire.
Arriving early on the Victoria Express expect to be homeless until 2pm. We managed to get into one of two rooms early as my wife was ill. Most appreciative but don't expect it as some guests don't check out till noon. That said, we left at 9am on our last morning to go to Bac Ha markets (a looooong drive, 2 1/2 hours at least) and dubious as to whether it is worth it, although you will not see buffalo, birds, pigs, horses, being traded elsewhere (and you may not want to!). BUT you do get dropped off at a restaurant near the train station and 'Ha' (our guide) made sure we were comfortable and looked after. So you avoid the trip back to Sapa but must leave at 9ish on the Sunday to make the markets if you chose to.
- 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