Sapa Rooms Boutique Hotel
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A real find!
Aussies, if you are planning a visit to Sapa, don't miss the opportunity to call into Sapa Rooms and meet ex Canberra boy, Pete Wilkes who is owner/manager of this superb value boutique hotel.
He has carefully restored and decorated the large comfy rooms and established a superb restaurant that offers a great value set course menu and daily blackboard specials. Try the lemon grass icecream.!!
Pete is the perfect host and makes a stay there very special.
Love the Hot Pot
We only had our dinner there and had the pleasure to met Pete, the most hospitable hotel guy in Vietnam. We tried the Hot Pot (Steam boat served with pineapple and chicken soup. Beef, chicken, pork and lots of vegetable to add). It was great! Superb for the cold nights of Sapa. Hotel deco is good and will surely stay there the next time I go.
We wanted to find something out of the ordinary and Sapa Rooms really exceeded our expectations. Peter takes enormous care to ensure you have a great experience and will go above and beyond. Some of the rooms were still being finished while we were there in May 2008, but the level of care and the special touches more than made up for it. I'd love to see it in a couple of months when it's finished.
Peter comes from a cooking family and spends time each day preparing beautiful specialty dishes using the amazing fresh produce from the market outside his front door step.
He is also pouring huges amounts of energy, love and his own style into creating the ambience. This includes beautiful artworks around the hotel from a contemporary Vietnamese artist and stylish room decoration that you won't find anywhere else in Sapa, or anywhere in Vietnam.
All in all a great experience, which I'd highly recommend
I love it
Sapa Rooms Boutique Hotel is excellent. They provided warm, friendly, loving and flexible services to us. Their room and bathroom is nice and clean. It located in the heart of Sapa Town, daily markets and cat cat village, just few steps away. The iconic French colonial building is really outstanding and with its boutique interiors is really charming and unforgettable.
Thanks to Pete, the owner of the Hotel and all the staffs in the hotel which provided us excellent services. Thanks for Hang and Wing the receptionists of the hotel which is very helpful and try their best to fulfil our requirement. Thanks for the delicious breakfast make by Hua. Thanks for our tour guide Hung which is arranged by Sapa Rooms Boutique Hotel, he is proficient in english and very nice and friendly person. We really spend a wonderful trip with Hung.
Well done, Sapa Rooms Boutique Hotel and keep up for the good work.
Great place, great owner
I visited sapa in March 2008, and was booked into the Golden Seas hotel, a mediocre, very damp hotel in sapa by the hanoi travel agent responsible for our trip. However, on the train to sapa we met Pete, the incredibly helpful owner of sapa rooms, who happily showed us the insider sapa he fell in love with. We also took a sneaky peak at his hotel, sapa rooms, which is a beautiful old original french colonial house, and after renovation promises to be a real star.
We had a hilarious evening in the restaurant, and I can honestly say that the staff and guides we met could not fail to provide a brilliant experience. I'd love to go back and stay at sapa rooms now that it is a fully functioning boutique hotel.
You don't need to get sucked into a package trip to Sapa with this gem
In Hanoi they'd have you believe that the only way to go to Sapa is to sign up for a kind of package deal that involves transport, hotel, meals and treks but don't believe a word of it. I was lucky enough to find a listing for the Sapa Roms online and got my own train ticket and ventured on up to Sapa.
The Hotel was in the process of being transformed during my visit so i got a sneak preview of it's transition from somewhat run-down hotel into a boutique hotel dream! The building is an old colonial gem that is being lovingly and painstakingly renovated by it's new owner. Gorgeous wide staircases and great big windows in all the rooms make it a structual delight and then it is being decorated in exquisite local fabrics with incredible attention to detail. My room also had wonderful fresh flowers on my arrival and this kind of attention to detail was unusual for a Vietnamese hotel.
The service is great and the restaurant goes to great lengths to source the best local produce so amazing wild mushrooms, exquisite local honey and utterly delicious freshly baked baguettes and macaroons from a baker in the same street. It's also got a refreshingly 'fusion' approach to food and I was delighted to eat food that wasn't deep deep fried, cooked with MSG or loaded with sugar.
What really made my stay there quite so special was the owner Pete who is quite simply the best host you could hope for at a hotel. Pete is a Sapa evangelist and happy to share his local knowledge so i had a tour of the backstreets of the town, was pointed in the direction of great restaurants, orchid and lily farms, guided round the market and shops, had wonderful treks arranged, both with a guide and independently, enjoyed the famous Sapa BBQ and apple cider (unbelievably strong ;-) FYI ) and all in all had a great time.
I would suggest to anyone going to Sapa to avoid the package trips and book yourself a room at sapa hotels and then let the team there arrange as much or as little as you need help with. You can have the flexibility and independence that make for a great adventure, but also they can help you with as much transport logistics etc as you need.
Highly reccommended hotel. On the whole, as much as I loved visiting Vietnam, I wasn't overly impressed with hotels there and this was the shining exception for me.
Boutique CAN be the best
We had been travelling a month in Vietnam and "doing our own thing" when we found Sapa Rooms Boutique Hotel on Trip Advisor. It looked OK so searched the net for an email address so we could get some more info direct. What a pleasant surprise to get an email reply from someone so obviously keen on giving service and looking after his guests. Pete, the proprietor, is an Aussie who has only taken over the hotel a couple of months ago and is deep into the process of restoring the building and installing a friendly, genuine, service to those fortunate enough to find him. His email reply stated: " I want to make sure you are comfortable and well looked after whilst you are here in Sapa" - and he sure did! We were only there for 2 days and a night but he organised Hero, our english speaking guide, to take us on 2 days of guided walks Cat Cat, Lao Chai and Tarvan, and restored the Hot Pot with vegetables, meats, and the lot to the specials list that night when we noticed it had been a special the night before. Hung (spelling?), his leading girl in the dining room and reception areas personally cooked the hotpot at the table for us - the service was special. Pete is new to the hotel business but is assured of success. We helped Hung with her english and she helped us with our cooking. If your tariff band is around $30 you can't miss out here. It's huge value and the view from the top floors across the valley (mist permitting) is fantastic.
Sapa at it's best
Through my travels across the country of Vietnam, I never expected this amazing accommodation and hospitality within Sapa.
At Sapa Rooms Boutique Hotel I not only experienced the gorgeous views of the mountains from my window but hotel and the rooms in itself revealed an ecclectic beauty that was worth travelling on a overnight train for!
The owner/manager Pete (an Australian guy) and his local staff catered to all my needs- the village treks with local tribes, transportation and fantastic meals in their restaurant.
I would recommend this hotel to anyone wanting to experience all of Sapa- from the mountainous villages on the outside to the intricate hidden secrets behind closed doors.
Sapa Rooms def the place to stay!
Sapa Rooms surpassed all my expectations. The hotel is located in a truly breathtaking position, with fantastic views over the valleys of Sapa. The rooms themselves are comfortable, clean and well appointed - all for US30 a night (or about 14 quid!). Contact with staff is charming - in particular Pete, the owner/manager who is without a doubt one of the best hosts I have come across in all my years of travel.
I would recommend this hotel to absolutely anyone. You'll love it.