We took the overnight Victoria train from Hanoi and were lucky enough to be able to book the two berth carriage so had no problems regarding sharing or lack of space. The journey was comfortable and we slept well.
From Lao Cai (the train terminus) it takes about one hour by road to Sapa along some very windy roads.
On arrival we were given our room straight away, which we really appreciated. It was a good room overlooking the delightful gardens. It had all the usual amenities and a balcony which we were able to use as the sun shone all the time we spent here. The bathroom was a little dated but everything was clean and well maintained.
Staff was good, efficient and friendly and we had no problems with lack of English.
Our meal in the restaurant was excellent and we were asked if we wanted to sit by the fire or by the window. Breakfast was also good.
We cannot comment on tours/transfers arranged by the hotel as we had arranged ours through Sapa O'Chau, a volunteer organization which strives to help the local hill tribe people.
After checking out we were able to use the excellent pool just up the road where we sunbathed until our transfer back to the station.
There are probably lots of good hotels in Sapa but the Victoria stands out as being the most luxurious.
- 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. In December 2015 the Luxury Victoria Coach will be launched from Hanoi to Laocai with 6 trips/week. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Victoria Sapa Hotel Sapa
- Victoria Hotel Sapa
- Sapa Victoria Hotel