Where to Stay in Sapa
Most travelers in search of Vietnam’s most majestic landscapes make their way to the small town of Sapa, near the Chinese border in the northwestern region of the country. This has created an explosion of accommodation options in and around Sapa in recent years, which can make it hard to choose where to stay.
Depending on what your purpose of travel is, your stay in Sapa can include a mix of both hotels and homestays, of which it is imperative to choose wisely so as to have the best experience. Whether you’re looking for a bit of luxury, to get off the beaten track, cultural immersion, or a weekend mountain escape, Sapa’s got it all.
Read on for more help on choosing the perfect Sapa property for you.
While Sapa may not be the most quiet or aesthetic place to stay, it does serve as a good base for daily exploration of the region by day and a variety of restaurants and bars to frequent by night. You can find most of Sapa’s hotels clustered in and around the town, ranging from budget hostels and modest guesthouses to boutique resorts and luxury properties.
- The Silk Path Hotel, perched on its own hill overlooking the Hoang Lien Son Mountain Range, is a 5-star mountain resort featuring French-Indochine styled architecture and breathtaking views of glittering rice terraces.
- Sofitel MGallery’s 5-star Hotel de la Couple recently opened in 2018 with an enchanting mix of French art-deco design and ethnic minority textiles. This property is great for art-lovers who wish to be comfortable while discovering the surrounding area.
- The Victoria Sapa Spa and Resort is modeled after a French mountain lodge with views of Mount Fansipan, Sapa town, and the resort’s lush gardens. The hotel also has their own train from Hanoi, a lux upgrade from the regular transport which includes a restaurant and stylish cabins of 2 and 4 beds.
- Cat Cat View is a moderately priced hip guesthouse offering rooms and apartments with better vistas than the luxury hotels listed above.
- The Hill Station Boutique Hotel is an interesting property offering only 3 rooms with a chic design over a restaurant specializing in authentic hill-tribe cuisine from the area.
Keep in mind that due to Sapa’s building boom, occupancy rates remain low outside of seasonal peak times (like during the Vietnam Mountain Marathon or the Lunar New Year).
Be sure to book in advance when traveling during public holidays and major events to ensure you get the accommodation you want for the best rate.