Guesthouses, hotels and resorts
Sapa has loads of places to stay, particularly in the flashpacker to midrange brackets, with a few choice luxury and boutique options. Most hotels overlook the valley, and feature views of Mount Fansipan and the Hoang Lien mountains, to varying degrees. Sapa stays cooler than the lowland coastal areas, so few rooms feature air-con or even a fan, but your chief concern, arriving on a cold winter's day, should be heating -- go for a room with a fireplace that works or decent heater. Hotels that don't offer tours, train tickets, visa arrangements and market trips are rare.
Sapa can get extremely busy, particularly at weekends and peak holiday periods, so if you've set your heart on somewhere or don't fancy trekking around trying to find an available room then book in advance. It's also worth noting that prices tend to go up at the weekend, promotions in summer are common and hotels can be vague and inconsistent when providing hotel prices, so those cited here should be taken as an approximate guide only.
Modern and friendly8 Muong Hoa St
T: (020) 365 8668; F: (020) 365 8669
A 2012 addition to Muong Hoa Street, White Lotus is a solid flashpacker/midrange option, even without having any of the views of some of its neighbours. Rooms are spacious and bright with laminate ... Read the full review of White Lotus.
Rooms with character18 Fansipan
T: (020) 650 5228;
Sapa Rooms is a socially responsible business, working with local communities and employing staff trained by KOTO in Hanoi. It's a small hotel, with just six rooms, and the rooms, like the food ... Read the full review of Sapa Rooms.
Clean rooms, good viewsT10 Thac Bac, Sapa
T: (020) 387 2545; F: (020) 387 2969
The Summit is not quite at the summit, but it's one of the last hotels you'll find along the road as you climb Thac Bac. It's popular with tour groups, but with 70 rooms it's usually possible to snag ... Read the full review of Sapa Summit Hotel.USD 10 to 20 2 votes Flashpacker
More intimate than its neighbour42 Fansipan Rd
T: (020) 387 1387; F: (020) 387 2944
The views aren't quite as good here as at the neighbouring Cat Cat View, but rooms are slightly better value, staff members are more welcoming and it has a more intimate and homely feel to it. The ... Read the full review of Cat Cat Hotel.USD 10 to 20 2 votes Flashpacker
A training work in progressThac Bac, Sapa
T: (020) 387 1766; F: (020) 387 1766
Part of the Hoa Sua school for disadvantaged youth, the Baguette and Chocolate Hotel is mostly a cafe that has four rooms above for training staff in hotel management. It sits up the road from the ... Read the full review of Baguette and Chocolate Cafe and Hotel.USD 10 to 20 3 votes Flashpacker
Chateau de Sapa24 Dong Loi Rd
T: (020) 3871 245; F: (020) 3871 884
The ramparts of this modern take on a castle stand in view of the Delta Restaurant down a sidestreet leading away from Sapa's main drag. They have a reasonable selection of unreasonably-priced but ... Read the full review of Chau Long Hotel.
A welcome alternativeKm 6 Sapa-Ban Ho Road, Sapa, Lao Cai
T: (020) 6505 228;
Those seeking to relax in stunning surroundings may not find what they’re looking for in busy Sapa town, but out of town accommodation, like H’mong Mountain Retreat, which overlooks the ... Read the full review of H'mong Mountain Retreat.
Fancypants out of town option24 Muong Hoa Street, Sapa
T: (020) 3871 331;
Topas Ecolodge is a fancypants accommodation option outside Vietnam’s Sapa town, overlooking the valley, and is a perfect choice if you want to savour the scenery from the comfort of a balcony ... Read the full review of Topas Ecolodge.
For all weather eventualitiesHam Rong St, at the start of the steps
T: (020) 387 1212;
None of the rooms at this small family-run hotel have views worth talking about, but the rooms are good quality and the location convenient. De-humidifiers are a great idea in damp Sapa, but only few ... Read the full review of Thai Binh Sapa Hotel.
Quality rooms with a lake view12 Ngu Chi Son St
T: (020) 388 7387;
If you're not bothered about proximity to Cau May Street, then a hotel overlooking the lake is a good option. It's peaceful, except for the Sapa minibuses, convenient for the multitude of dining ... Read the full review of Sapa Lake View Hotel.
Homestay without too much of a trekThe road to Cat Cat
T: (0912) 84 9753;
While Cat Cat village itself doesn't offer any homestay options, a couple of places on the way down provide accommodation if you want to stay out of Sapa town and live the more simple life. Gem ... Read the full review of Gem Valley View.
Check it out23b Cau May
T: (020) 387 2907; F: (020) 387 2906
This delightful place, set in a refurbished colonial villa, is located along the last set of stairs between Pham Xuan Huan and Cau May. It's a comfortable luxury option, an escape from the activity ... Read the full review of Cha Pa Garden.
Sapa's finest offeringAbove Xuan Vien
T: (020) 387 1522; F: (020) 387 1539
This is the grand dame of Sapa's hotels, a four-star hotel with a well-trained and friendly staff. It's set atop a hill, accessible by a set of stairs from Xuan Vien Street — opposite the park — ... Read the full review of Victoria Sapa Hotel.
Best views in Sapa46 Fansipan Street
T: (020) 387 1946; F: (020) 387 1133
The stand-out feature of Cat Cat View is, as the name suggests, the views. They are absolutely amazing — and although the balconies are communal – except for the suite, which has its own private ... Read the full review of Cat Cat View Hotel.USD 20 to 50 14 votes Midrange
Cheapest dorm in Sapa6 Ham Rong St, at the start of the steps, Sapa
Next door to Thai Binh Hotel, on Ham Rong Street, Sapa Backpackers pitches itself as a community centre with rooms. The community centre is primarily the small room on the ground floor that acts as ... Read the full review of Sapa Backpackers.
Budget lake views10 Ngu Chi Son St
T: (020) 3872 226;
Next door to Sapa Lake View Hotel stands small and budget Viet Thanh Guesthouse. Rooms here are not of the quality of their neighbour but those at the front still get the lake view – from a balcony ... Read the full review of Viet Thanh Guesthouse.USD 10 to 20 1 vote Flashpacker
Victoria Sapa's little neighbourDown the steps from the Victoria Sapa
T: (020) 387 3579; F: (020) 387 3466
Just down the steps from the Victoria Sapa Hotel, Fansipan View is a good midrange option if you want to stay away from the tourist hordes and hawkers around Cau May but can't face the walk to Sapa ... Read the full review of Fansipan View Hotel.
Cheap and cheerful45 Muong Hoa (Pho Cau May)
T: (020) 387 1449; F: (0912) 491 675
Tucked away down Muong Hoa, about five minutes past Bamboo Sapa Hotel and off the main tourist strip, Green Valley is a budget option where you might manage to get a last-minute room. Rooms have no ... Read the full review of Green Valley Hostel.
Good balcony41 Fansipan St, Sapa
T: (020) 387 2727; F: (020) 387 2678
It appears that Boutique Hotel has lost its new wing and now only offers rooms in the original building. That's a shame, as the new wing was excellent, but the original rooms aren't bad, they just ... Read the full review of Boutique Hotel.
Vietnamese and proud of it5 Muong Hoa (Pho Cau May)
T: (020) 387 1308; F: (020) 387 1308
This place sits right up against the Auberge, although is directly accessible from Muong Hoa Street up a steep flight of stairs, and while the views aren't quite as good, it's a much cheaper option. ... Read the full review of Lotus Hotel (Huong Sen).
A very popular backpacker option15 Muong Hoa (Pho Cau May)
T: (020) 387 1876;
This very popular backpacker option has a good reputation, and deservedly so. Rooms provide a top combination of low prices and good views. Rooms are reasonably spacious, with cable TV, cheerful ... Read the full review of Pinocchio Hotel.Under USD 10 5 votes Backpacker
Tasteful7 Muong Hoa
T: (020) 387 1243; F: (020) 387 1666
This is a fine old place with a French and English speaking staff, built in the style of many mountain-top retreats from the colonial period. Unfortunately there was work being done on our last visit ... Read the full review of Auberge Hotel.USD 10 to 20 3 votes Flashpacker
Good mid-range choice34 Cau May Street
T: (020) 387 2989; F: (020) 387 2992
Sapa Royal View's claim to be Sapa's only boutique hotel is no longer true but it remains an impressive option along Cau May. Rooms are spacious and light and though minimally furnished come with the ... Read the full review of Sapa Royal View Hotel.
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