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.
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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 included in the new wing room price. The hotel's most unique feature is a heated swimming pool. It's small, in a courtyard on a lower floor, completely closed in with windows, and only really tempting during winter. In summer, you'd feel like a fish in a bowl. There is also a massage and spa on offer with sauna and Jacuzzi. The location is good, so the views from the new wing in particular are fantastic. If you can get a room in the new wing at a promotional rate, it's definitely worth considering.
Type of room, low and high season prices
Room: Standard double room, low season: US$35, high season US$45. Notes: Chau Long I
Room: Superior double room, low season: US$50, high season US$95. Notes: Chau Long II
Room: Deluxe double room, low season: US$105, high season US$105. Notes: Chau Long II
24 Dong Loi Rd
T: (214) 3871 245
F: (214) 3871 884
Room rates: over US$100