just back from Hanoir and around, here are my thoughts on a couple of places I stayed at.
Cat Cat View Hotel, Sapa
Room: ‘Standard room’. Fantastic views, high up. Spacious, comfortable room. Bed, chairs, table, small tv (not switched on at all), shower and tub in bathroom, continous warm water, window that opens out to the corridor and therefore- did I mention- fantastic views.
Location: Location per se is not very relevant in Sapa town, I think, except in terms of the view it offers. Like I said, the views from here are unobstructed, largely clear ( a couple of lower hotels in your vision as you look out). Its on the road that eventually leads down to cat cat village, and so rather quiet and peaceful.
Misc: Nice café that overlooks the valley and the hills in the distance. Really good omelettes for breakfast, and nice food overall- all made fresh and piping hot right in front of you. Pleasant and cheery staff. Not pushy about tours while being helpful with information. We hired our bike from there as well. We wanted a fan (Sapa was surprisingly warm) and one was brought without much fuss. Did not bother with a forced checkout time for us. In fact, when I said we can check out now (in the morning for a 5pm departure), he said “later, later”, which was really good- postponed packing our bags till the last hour.
Pickup from Lao Cai was in a minivan, return was in a 4WD. Our return ticket (pre bought from Hanoi) was endorsed by the Cat Cat guy (wearing a kangaroo café tshirt) onto another company. The quality was the same, but I don’t know why it happened in the first place. I met a few people who this happened to, and have read about it before too- their tickets were for company X’s carriage but endorsed by the agents/hotel guys at Lao Cai to company Y. I have no idea what they achieve by doing this, as I am not paying any (extra) money to anyone. Since it did not affect my trip much, I got over the initial indignation pretty quickly.
Overall, I’d definitely stay here again. A bit higher than what I’d like to spend (20 bucks w/o breakfast), but I loved the place.
PS- yup, there’s a lift now, upto the 7th floor. Then one or two flights of steps depending on your room.
#1 shakester has been a member since 5/9/2006. Posts: 37
Hi shakester, did you stay in the Standard rooms (US $20 or $25 with breakfast) or what they call "Rooms with better views and/or balconies" (US $30 or $35 with breakfast)? Am having a little trouble working out whether the Standard rooms also have mountain views and/or balconies!
It's also confusing that there's now the Cat Cat View Hotel (previously called the Cat Cat Hotel as noted in the e-Fish & other guides) and also another Cat Cat Hotel! The location of the Cat Cat View is Cat Cat Road according to the e-Fish but Fan Xi Pang Road according to their website so I'm starting to get them all mixd up!
#2 liquefiedstars has been a member since 25/4/2008. Posts: 15
This is the site
I stayed in the 20buck room without breakfast. You end up spending that much on breakfast there (5), but i could pick my omelette! :)
I was told that all rooms had views but the superior ones were better. I was eminently happy with my standard room view, and couldnt quite tell which were the superior views (one set had a larger balcony). I'd say the 20usd ones are very good value.
You can take a look at a few pics here-
but the place does actually look like it does on the site!
they are all of/from the corridor balcony outside our room.
have a great stay!
#3 shakester has been a member since 5/9/2006. Posts: 37
gosh the view is amazing! all your other vietnam pics are gorgeous too (if you don't mind that i had a peek at those as well).
thanks for the reply! i think i'll happily go for the $20 rooms without breakfast :)
#4 liquefiedstars has been a member since 25/4/2008. Posts: 15
you're welcome, and thanks! :)
but the food there is pretty good. i absolutely loved the omelettes :)
enjoy your time there!
#5 shakester has been a member since 5/9/2006. Posts: 37