Sapa Rooms Boutique Hotel
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We left you on our second last day in Chiang Mai, and boy does it feel a lot longer.
Our last day in Chiang Mai was full of laughter and mayhem as we spent another day visiting sights in and around.
We started with a temple called Wat Umong, on the edge of Chiang Mai, which used to be a forest temple. It is still full of trees and …
After a flight via Singapore (we are feeling at home in Changi now) we arrived in Hanoi and took a taxi to a seedy little cafe to collect our train tickets...and then an overnight journey on the "express" to Lao Chai. A winding minibus drive to Sapa, a delicious breakfast and a wander around the amazing market area prepared us for our 3 hour trek …
... our progress slowed. The sign should of read, welcome to Ha Giang, **** you! Our first real views were worthy of a stop. The mountain peaks are ringed in cloud and the valleys are terraced by agriculture. You could paint it but photographs won't do it justice. Peter who would single handedly fight our scurvy over the coming days produced some Lychees, and after his quick foot dance with George we were off. It wasn't long before a landslide had us clinging to a narrow track on the ...
... the family buffalo. Later, after working in the fields, there was also Sese's eldest daughter (15) and son (22), Sese's husband (45) and his parents (75 and 85). Yes, Mama Van, 75yrs, and her husband still go to work on the land - and we witnessed Sese's 85 year old father in law carrying a huge bamboo pole up the steep hill past their house! Incredible! A beautiful evening meal was cooked for us and the family; pork, vegetables, mushrooms and plenty of rice. Rice was also on the menu ...
... certainly of a medicinal strength. Dusting does not seem a big thing for Red H'mong and the 'medicine cabinet', a plastic bag containing various proprietary medicines of varying antiquity is carefully pickled in the soot. Another long bus ride and we get back to Lao Cai. There is a thankfully short interlude when the bus springs a leak from one of its hoses. Sellotape held on with jubilee clips with the water replenished from a stand pipe across the road and off we ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Sapa Rooms Boutique Hotel
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.