Where to Stay in Sapa, Vietnam: The Best Sapa Hotels, Homestays & Ecolodges
Planning a trek and wondering where to stay in Sapa, Vietnam? Sapa has a wide range of options for travellers—from hostels and hotels, to ecolodges, to family-run homestays.
Here are some of the very best accommodations Sapa has to offer.
Accommodation can make or break a travel experience. Thinking back on the lowlights of our past three years of travel (don’t worry, there haven’t been too many), it was almost always our choice of accommodation that tipped a place over the edge into somewhere we loathed. By the same token, we’ve fallen in love with plenty of towns and cities largely thanks to excellent accommodation and the hospitality that comes with it.
Nowhere is this more true than in Sapa, Vietnam. Sapa is a land of contrasts. Sapa town, which gets busier and busier year on year, is a backpacker’s mecca and has the bars and tourist shops to match. Not 20 minutes away in the nearby countryside, you’ll find quiet hamlets and homestays that have a totally different feel.
Depending on what you plan to do in Sapa, you might find yourself staying in a combination of both town and village accommodations. For example, I arrived in Sapa after a day trip to Bac Ha Market and needed an easy hotel in the centre, close to a restaurant for dinner. After one night, I wanted to get out of town and experience something a little more authentic.
When I was looking for places to stay, I was overwhelmed by the sheer volume of accommodations in Sapa to choose from. This round-up of Sapa hotels, hostels, homestays and ecolodges—recommended by me and other travellers—is designed to help you decide where to stay in Sapa, Vietnam.
Where to stay in Sapa town
The Grand Blue Hotel
Recommended by Tasha, Backpackers Wanderlust
Sapa is a must-visit destination in Vietnam and has a variety of accommodation options. A favourite of mine is The Grand Blue Hotel.
After trekking in Sapa during February , which was a cold and wet experience, we decided to splash out and stay at the Grand Blue Hotel. We were well looked after in the cold weather with a heater, a warm bed and a hot shower.
A basic double room starts from a low 29 USD or, if you really want to splash out you can go for a room with a view of the surrounding mountains from 36 USD. Private bathrooms are standard with any room and some even have baths. The free WIFI is speedy, the hotel itself is a short walk from the main town, and there are plenty massage stores right outside which is a priority after trekking!
Sunny Mountain Hotel
Recommended by Claire, Claire’s Footsteps
Sunny Mountain Hotel is a great place to stay in Sapa. Located a short walk from the train station and Sapa Express stop, its entrance is slightly hidden. But once it opens out into the roomy lobby, you’ll get an immediate taste of luxury.
The room rates vary, depending on whether you want a street or mountain view and if you’re keen to go for a larger, luxury room. I was lucky enough to be upgraded on my second visit! The rooms have comfy beds, great showers and the mountain views are extraordinary.
Included in the room rate is a buffet breakfast with tons of delicious dishes—including some great vegetarian options. The restaurant on the top floor has a mesmerising view of the mountains around and is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Massages are also offered at Sunny Mountain Hotel for an extra fee—perfect if you need an antidote to sore muscles after trekking in Sapa !
Sapa Royal View
Recommended by Alex, Swedish Nomad
Royal Sapa changed hands back in 2014 after the previous owner didn’t do enough to please customers and keep the hotel running. The new management, however, is determined to give a great experience, and now Royal Sapa is one of the best hotels in the Sapa area.
The views from the rooms are beautiful, beds are comfy, and the price is reasonable, from 40 USD per night. I especially like their spacious Deluxe Double rooms, which come with a king-size bed, mountain views and WIFI. The hotel also has a restaurant and offers tours. Royal Sapa Hotel also arrange pick up from the train station in Lao Cai.
The Hill Station Boutique Hotel
Recommended by me
I didn’t get to stay at the Hill Station Boutique Hotel, but I ate lunch at the adjoining Hill Station restaurant and the manager kindly let me poke my head inside the hotel.
It’s the only boutique accommodation I could see in Sapa town—the branding and chic interior design make it stand out immediately from the other hotels in the area. The location is great, on the same sloping street as Sapa Unique and with similar outlooks from the back of the property. If I ever make it back to Vietnam and I’m wondering where to stay in Sapa, this will be one of the first places I look up. There are only a couple of rooms available, so advance bookings are essential.