Photo: Terrific views.



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.

White Lotus
Midrange - US$20 to 50
8 Muong Hoa St
T: (020) 365 8668

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 wood flooring – a warmer option than the often used tiles – and modern wooden furnishings. All rooms come with minibar, a flat screen TV with cable, a heater in winter and air-con. Bathrooms are... Read our full review of White Lotus.

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Auberge Hotel
Flashpacker - US$10 to 20
7 Muong Hoa
T: (020) 387 1243

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 so the once pretty courtyard was full of rubble and the entrance is now up a grotty stairwell near Mimosa Restaurant — look for the sign on Cau May. Hopefully this will soon be completed.... Read our full review of Auberge Hotel.

Boutique Hotel
Midrange - US$20 to 50
41 Fansipan St, Sapa
T: (020) 387 2727

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 lack style, a bit like the reception and restaurant area, which are cluttered with a random array of items, including vintage motorbikes. Rooms look like an attempt has been made at adding some... Read our full review of Boutique Hotel.

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Cat Cat Hotel
Flashpacker - US$10 to 20
42 Fansipan Rd
T: (020) 387 1387

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 terrace cafe at the front of reception is a great place to relax and chat with other guests. Rooms are quite traditional in style but well decorated and comfortable with above average shower bathrooms... Read our full review of Cat Cat Hotel.

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Cat Cat View Hotel
Midrange - US$20 to 50
46 Fansipan Street
T: (020) 387 1946

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 terrace -- plenty of seating is scattered around. Views are of course better from the higher, more expensive floors. Rooms are standard fare; simply decorated with splashes of colour, open fireplaces... Read our full review of Cat Cat View Hotel.

Cha Pa Garden
Toprange - US$50 to 100
23b Cau May
T: (020) 387 2907

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 along Cau May. The four rooms feature hardwood floors, big flat-screen TVs and electric heating, while deluxe rooms come with bathtubs and balconies overlooking the gardens. However, bathrooms are... Read our full review of Cha Pa Garden.

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Gem Valley View
Backpacker - Under US$10
The 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 Valley View is the first place you'll come to, about a kilometre past the ticket booth. It's an art gallery, with some impressive pieces by owner Tran Trong Chien, on display and for sale, and serves up... Read our full review of Gem Valley View.

Pinocchio Hotel
Backpacker - Under US$10
15 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 bedding and basic bathrooms with shower or tub. Some comfortably sleep three so this is a good choice for a group. A dorm room is also available on the sixth floor with single beds, each with a locker.... Read our full review of Pinocchio Hotel.

Sapa Lake View Hotel
Midrange - US$20 to 50
12 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 options along Xuan Vien Street and the lake view doesn't get shrouded with mist like the valley and mountain views from Cau May and Fansipan. Sapa Lake View is a newly opened hotel along Ngu Chi Son... Read our full review of Sapa Lake View Hotel.

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Sapa Rooms
Toprange - US$50 to 100
18 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 served in the cafe below, are just delicious. Full of character and alluring touches it's about as close to boutique as you get in Sapa, Cha Pa Garden Hotel excepted. Rooms are well furnished and decorated... Read our full review of Sapa Rooms.

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Sapa Royal View Hotel
Toprange - US$50 to 100
34 Cau May Street
T: (020) 387 2989

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 expected hotel accoutrements: tea and coffee making facilities, hairdryer, telephone, cable TV and minibar. Bathrooms have a tub with shower but no curtain: still, it's better than a wet room...... Read our full review of Sapa Royal View Hotel.

Sapa Summit Hotel
Flashpacker - US$10 to 20
T10 Thac Bac, Sapa
T: (020) 387 2545

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,... Read our full review of Sapa Summit Hotel.

Thai Binh Sapa Hotel
Midrange - US$20 to 50
Ham 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 hotels, such as this one, have them. Rooms here are also equipped with heaters, a small fireplace in the corner and a fan -- covering all weather possibilities. Choose between twin or double beds,... Read our full review of Thai Binh Sapa Hotel.

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Topas Ecolodge
Luxury - over US$100
24 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 chair.On the edge of the clouds.The lodge is located 18 kilometres from Sapa town in the Hoang Lien mountains. Its 25 bungalows sit atop two hills, which jut out into the valley, affording them... Read our full review of Topas Ecolodge.

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Victoria Sapa Hotel
Luxury - over US$100
Above Xuan Vien
T: (020) 387 1522

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 — and also by road. The entrance is much like a hunting lodge, with a big stone fireplace and comfortable seating all around. Rooms are situated in three buildings around a central garden. Quite a few... Read our full review of Victoria Sapa Hotel.

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Baguette and Chocolate Cafe and Hotel
Flashpacker - US$10 to 20
Thac Bac, Sapa
T: (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 town square and craft market in a French-style villa. The rooms are swimming in natural light, with small balconies, but basic in their fittings, although bathrooms have shower cubicles, which is... Read our full review of Baguette and Chocolate Cafe and Hotel.

Chau Long Hotel
Luxury - over US$100
24 Dong Loi Rd
T: (020) 3871 245

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 classy rooms in their new wing (Chau Long II) and cheaper options in the old wing (Chau Long I). The Chau Long has a good bar and restaurant serving midrange Western and Vietnamese entrees; breakfast is... Read our full review of Chau Long Hotel.

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Fansipan View Hotel
Midrange - US$20 to 50
Down the steps from the Victoria Sapa
T: (020) 387 3579

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 Summit. Despite the name, not all rooms have a mountain view, but they're all priced the same. If you can't get a view we'd go elsewhere for the price but that said, the hotel has a boutique feel to... Read our full review of Fansipan View Hotel.

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Green Valley Hostel
Backpacker - Under US$10
45 Muong Hoa (Pho Cau May)
T: (0979) 110 800

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 special features -- twin beds, mossie nets, shower bathrooms, wardrobe and no fans – and they are showing notable signs of damp, but are clean enough and hot water runs around the clock. Dorm rooms... Read our full review of Green Valley Hostel.

Lotus Hotel (Huong Sen)
Backpacker - Under US$10
5 Muong Hoa (Pho Cau May)
T: (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. The rooms are nothing special -- unless you have a penchant for frilly mossie nets -- but are comfortable, with wooden flooring, and the mosaic staircase is quite something. The staff speak limited... Read our full review of Lotus Hotel (Huong Sen).

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Sapa Backpackers
Backpacker - Under US$10
6 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 an English-language school for kids, although the front terrace also appears to be a gathering point for local men. With no reception area it's a case of wandering over and waiting for one of the crowd... Read our full review of Sapa Backpackers.

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Viet Thanh Guesthouse
Flashpacker - US$10 to 20
10 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 – and they're cheaper. Beds have soft foam mattresses and are simply made up with white sheets and flowery duvets. There's not much in the way of furnishings, although rooms do have a TV. Bathrooms... Read our full review of Viet Thanh Guesthouse.

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