Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Sapa Rooms Boutique Hotel

Sapa Rooms Hotel

Visiting Sapa in the summer is developing into a bit of a tradition amongst Hanoians largely to escape the heat of the capital. Recently, I joined the throngs of locals and foreign tourists for the overnight train journey up to the hills. Unfortunately, we arrived on a day of heavy rain which did not bode well in our search for a hotel. Looking like drowned rats after a few knock-backs, we found Sapa Rooms Boutique Hotel which is located close to the markets and main road. Offering great views back up to Sapa town as well as a panorama down over the rice paddies and up to the mountains, the hotel is on the road down to Cat Cat village. It is such a brilliant location and we were so glad to have found this hotel completely by chance and luckier still that they had some vacancies.

Sapa Rooms Hotel

The Sapa Rooms has been thoughtfully designed with original paintings and artwork, furnished and decorated in contemporary tones with touches of local tribal culture. A feature of the comfortable lounge area is a large golden bust of ‘Uncle Ho’ which strangely did not seem out of place amongst the eclectic mix of art and handicrafts. The rooms themselves all have views – something that is imperative for a stay in the mountains, especially when you’ve come from the city. Each room has some lovely cosy features, including shaggy rugs on the floor, marvelous tall vases and books laying on the beds on arrival.

Sapa Rooms Hotel

The hotel restaurant serves excellent interesting food with the menu changing regularly according to whatever seasonal organic and free range produce is available from the local suppliers. I especially loved their grilled green banana and tofu casserole, the grilled Sapa pork fillet marinated in lemon grass and the exotic side dish of grilled pineapple and chilli. Another favourite was the baked fish wrapped in banana leaf. Lunch and breakfast or drinks after a hard day trekking can be enjoyed on the outdoor terrace, perfect for a glass of crisp Australian white or a cold beer. If trekking doesn’t appeal, a lazy day with coffee and a good book can also be spent here.

Sapa Rooms Hotel

I highly recommend this hotel as their staff was so helpful and friendly; I also like the fact that the owners are putting something back into the local community. They are committed to improving the living standards of ethnic minority groups by contributing to local development and education projects. The Sapa Rooms proprietors invest all of the profits from trekking for such purposes in addition to providing decent wages to the young girls they employ as guides. These girls are truly delightful and really make the whole Sapa experience worthwhile so the investment made by the hotel is already having positive impacts.

The Sapa Rooms is a winner all round.


Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing about this hotel. We are just arrived in Hanoi and will go to Sapa next weekend. We will check out this hotel. Keep up the great work.

Anonymous said...

It seems a nice cozy hotel. Is that expensive? I am going to Sapa in November with some friends, can you let us know about the price and address. Thanks in advance

Mai said...

Thanks for sharing. Although I'm not going back to Vietnam anytime soon. I'll definitely keep them in mind when I do. It is great to see a business giving back to the community.

Your trip to Australia is coming up soon, right? Have a fun & safe trip. I'm looking forward to your posts from there.

Van Cong Tu said...

Hi, Thanks for all comments.
Chi Mai, Yes, I will leave on 14 Oct.
Have a great weekend!!!

Anonymous said...

Wow! It looks like a nice place. We stayed at the famous Victoria Hotel last time in Sapa. But this place looks newer and cleaner. Too bad I don't know when I'll be back in Sapa.

Vietnam720 said...

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Great entry. Can I share this post with my visitors on my site also? It's and if you check it out, you'll see that proper credits and links are always given to the owners.

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jnguyễn said...

I can't wait to go to Sapa... This was helpful! Thanks. I love great businesses.

tarfin said...

sapa rooms boutique quite frankly is a ripoff as the guys says he does this and does that but really is just interested in the tourist dollar and gullible people.i wouldnt, bother staying in this overpriced hotel when you can stay in much betterplaces like cat cat for 1/4 the price from around 6 dollars for nice room,
australian traveller

Vietnam tours said...

It is a great place, I like it.

Vietnam travel guide said...

I like your post.

Đăng Quang said...

I like Hotel.