Clean rooms, good views
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 one as a walk-in, except in peak periods. Despite gloomy hallways rooms are of a very good standard for the price: spotlessly clean, with cable TV, minibar, kettle, balcony and very good bathrooms, all with rain showers. Standard rooms are small but could be described as shabby chic, with characterful white painted furnishings. Deluxe and VIP rooms, on higher floors, are larger and more modern in decor, particularly the VIP rooms which have ample windows for good views of the surrounding mountains, although beds are hard. Rooms on one side of the building lack views, so if you book in advance make sure you confirm you'll have a room with a view of the valley. The downside is the trek up and down the hill to get here, but there are compensations.
By Sarah Turner
Last updated on 14th October, 2013.