Sapa Rooms Boutique Hotel
Travel Blogs from Sapa
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 …
What an amazing place. The only place I have seen to rival Sapa are Alie's photos from the Himalayas. While I know the elevation there is much greater this is the first experience I have had of being in the clouds. It really is quite special.
Before I get into Sapa a few notes on the second day of our journey. After our challenging breakfast we returned to the hotel room to put on our clothes still damp from the previous day. Why ...
... Temple on Hoan Kiem Lake. We paid 20,000 dong ($1) each to enter and that was about all it was worth. Nothing impressive at all or anything that we haven't seen one hundred times already but the view over the lake from the temple was pretty nice. Most of the temple is now a gift shop and toilets. We hung around for a while to get our moneys worth and to waste a bit more time.
Next was lunch and we dragged this out as much as possible. We went to the aubergine ...
... beds was for Adam and Davina and the other single slept two of Mama Chu's daughters (her son was at his Aunties that night we think because there was no room). Along the edges was the upper layer which had stacks of corn and wood and another bed area for the Andy's.
I stood in the rice fields watching the sunset and have never seen anything like it. Everyone came out and in the end I stood with Andy having a heart to heart. We went back into join Adam ...
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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.