We arrived very early in the morning (7am-ish) and the desk clerk had just woken up (or maybe we woke her up??). While check in wasn't until early afternoon, we were allowed to check into our room (one night stay), which was very nice of them. They also served us tea while we waited.
The room was very spacious, although, the furniture was date (no biggie). The bathroom was a bit funky - the lock was on the outside and the shower had a gas operated water heater that didn't really work that well for hot water. The outter door seemed thin - could hear people talking outside (from the building next door I suspect) and the one night there was a dog barking very loudly for a bit (15 mins at least - I thought the dog was outside our door!). Breakfast was good (baked bread bun - pretty good, eggs). And the staff helped us book a trekking tour during our last day in town - they even offered us a room so we could shower following our tour despite us having already checked out - that was VERY thoughtful of them. They offered laundry services (~C$1 per kg of clothes), which was also helpful.
The hotel is ideally located - all the other people in our bus that were dropped off before us (we were last) were swarmed by locals greeting them but also trying to sell them things. Ours was a bit off the busy and noisy main strip, which was good. It's right at the base of Dragon Jaw Mountain (or Ham Rong Mountain), which is a good place to do some exploring. Restaurants and the market is a short walk away too. The hotel is reasonably priced as well (again, it's above a hostel but below the higher end hotels).
The hotel is very basic (no amenities such as gym or pool) but there's more than enough to do in Sapa to keep you busy. Overall, I really liked this hotel despite some of the minor issues (shower, dog). It defiintely had a certain charm to it and the staff were exceptional in my opinion. I would definitely recommend this hotel.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Thanks for your time to read the information about Thai Binh Sapa Hotel. We renovated our hotel recently and now we have 2 DOUBLE, 2 TWIN and 1 FAMILY (A connecting of 2 rooms with interconecting door, 4 beds and 2 bathrooms). To make it convenient for your trip to Sapa, we can also assist you to book train tickets from Ha Noi to Lao Cai and return, pick up from Lao Cai railways station and transfer to my hotel. We also have local guides (speak good English) to be with your for your trek in the beautiful villages of Sapa. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Thai Binh Hotel Sapa
- Sapa Thai Binh Hotel