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.

Essential reading: How to travel from Hanoi to Sapa by train, bus or VIP van.

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.

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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.

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FLIGHTS: Find affordable flights to Vietnam using Skyscanner.

VIETNAM VISA: Use iVisa to check if you need a tourist visa for Vietnam and apply for an expedited e-visa online. Use OneWayFly to obtain proof of onward travel/hotel reservation if required.

TRAVEL INSURANCE: Insure your trip with HeyMondo, my preferred provider for single-trip and annual travel insurance.

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SIM CARD: Buy an eSIM and data package for Vietnam online before you go. My top choice is the Asia Link Regional eSIM by Airalo (10 GB for 30 days).

ACCOMMODATION: Find the best hotel deals in Vietnam on Agoda or book a Vietnam hostel.

TRAIN TICKETS: Reserve your Vietnam Rail tickets for the train to Sapa, Da Nang, Hue or Saigon via 12GoAsia.

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FOODIE EXPERIENCES: Find the best cooking classes and foodie experiences in Vietnam on Cookly. Here are my top 15 Vietnam food experiences to help you decide.

DAY TOURS: Find the best city tours and day excursions in Vietnam on Get Your Guide. Check out my top 10 best Vietnam day trips for more inspiration.

HALONG BAY: Consult my comprehensive Halong Bay guide to find the best cruises & tours.

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Where to stay in Sapa town

While Sapa town isn’t exactly the most atmospheric place to stay, it does make for a convenient base. Most tour companies collect guests from the centre of town, so it’s good to stay central if you need to get an early start or you’re arriving back late in the evening and don’t want to commute to a village. Sapa town is also where you’ll find all the restaurants and bars—so it’s a good choice if you want lots of variety come mealtime. Here are some top choices for accommodation in Sapa town.

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.
Sapa Unique Hotel.

Sapa Unique Hotel

Recommended by me

One of a collection of hotels set on a steep side street, Sapa Unique’s biggest asset are the incredible views you get from the gorge-facing balconies. It’s especially gorgeous in the early hours of the morning, when the valley is filled with mist.

Recently revamped rooms are clean and spacious, with daily service provided. Free breakfast is served in the restaurant at the front of the property—it’s basic, but it does the job. Rates are very reasonable, from 25 USD/night at the time of my visit (July 2018). I found staff friendly and helpful; they happily stored my luggage and booked a taxi for me after I checked out.

My only complaint is that my room opened almost directly onto the ground-floor bar/dining area. I wouldn’t mind normally, but I was travelling in Sapa alone and would have preferred something with a bit more privacy and security. You might like to request an upstairs room if this is something that might bother you.

Check rates & availability on Agoda.

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!

Check rates & availability on Agoda.

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!

Check rates & availability on Agoda.

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.

Inquirie via the Sapa Royal View website.

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.

Check rates & availability on Agoda.

Where to stay outside Sapa town

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.
Small villages surrounded by rice fields are an idyllic place to stay in Sapa.

If you have a chance to get out of Sapa town, the surrounding countryside is a wonderful place to experience local culture and customs, and tune out for a while. Village homestays, luxury resorts and ecolodges perched high on hills and tucked away in low valleys—Lao Cai Province has it all. Here are some options to consider.

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.
Indigo Snail Boutique Hmong Homestay.

Indigo Snail Boutique Hmong Homestay

Recommended by me

Located in Ta Van Village, about 40 minutes by bike from downtown Sapa, Indigo Snail is close enough to town to still be convenient, and far enough away to feel like an ‘authentic’ village experience.

Staying here was definitely the highlight of my time in Sapa. Sue, the host, and her family are delightful and extremely welcoming. The homestay is relatively new so they are still ironing out a few service kinks—but the exquisite decorations and styling of the shared room and private bungalows more than makes up for it.

You can tell that Sue and her family genuinely enjoy welcoming guests and sharing their Hmong culture, which makes staying here a special experience. Indigo Snail is one of few businesses in the area that’s owned and managed by a Hmong family.

Check rates & availability on Agoda.

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.
Topas Ecolodge. Photo credit: Wanderlust Storytellers.

Topas Ecolodge

Recommended by Jolene and Andrzej, Wanderlust Storytellers

Topas Ecolodge is by far the most amazing place to stay at when visiting Sapa, Vietnam. We had a pleasure of staying here in the month of September and we’re glad that we did!

Topas Ecolodge is well-known for its rustic stone bungalows, the eco-friendly aspect of the accommodation and of course for the picturesque views. This place is one of the most peaceful places we’ve ever stayed at. The bungalows are set high atop a hilltop surrounded by the spectacular views of the cascading rice fields of the Hoang Lien Son mountain range. Not to mention the views from the lookout, which are ridiculously beautiful.

The room rate includes a buffet breaky and free shuttle bus that can take you into Sapa town. And if you stay here in September, only if you are up for it, you can also join in on the fun of the Vietnam Mountain Marathon. Yup, I reckon blissful relaxation sounds so much better here than running on the hilltops, don’t you think?

Check rates & availability on Agoda.

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.
Song Sapa Homestay. Photo credit: Notes of Nomads.

Song Sapa Valley Homestay

Recommended by Jessica, Notes of Nomads

Song Sapa Valley Homestay is an extremely special place to stay in Sapa. It’s not organised by a tour company or a hotel, and you can’t find it on any booking sites. It’s run by a Black Hmong family who take in travellers wanting to experience local life.

To book, you simply call Ger, who has excellent English, on her mobile phone (she can speak it, but can’t read). If she has spare beds, she’ll arrange to meet you at the local church in town on the day you arrive, and then walk you the four hours to their house up in the mountains.

She doesn’t have a set price for stays, so you can contribute what you can. But the equivalent of 20 USD is a good guide per person/per night. This includes lodging, food, and any activities the family may do with you during the day, such as hikes. It’s an extremely authentic experience, with no set schedule; they will customise activities based on your interests.

We stayed in July 2013 and still often recommend it to our friends when they visit northern Vietnam!

Inquire using the phone number listed here on Facebook.

Zizi Mekhoo Sapa Homestay

Recommended by Mary, Move to Vietnam

I stayed at Zizi Mekhoo Homestay around January 2017. At that time, the homestay was only half-a-year or so old. It was already pretty popular; another backpacker in Hanoi recommended it to me. The dorm room was 7 USD, while the set up was really something I was aiming for: A place that felt like home surrounded by hospitable and kind locals.

The facilities are very clean and well looked after. We ate dinner together and shared jokes. I also booked a trekking tour with them, which was a great experience. The staff or hosts are very nice and speak English very well. Another thing to love about this place is the beautiful views the moment you step outside.

Check rates & availability on Agoda.

Over to you! Have you stayed somewhere awesome in Sapa, Vietnam that you’d like to recommend to other travellers? Let us know about it in the comments below!

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  1. Thank you so much for your suggestion about the homestay with Sue. You don’t even imagine how much joy I got by booking it. My trip will be in December and I cannot be more excited about! Again thanks again for sharing your experiences in this blog.

    1. Hi Jessica! I’m so glad to hear that! Sue is a wonderful host and an inspiring woman. I’m sure you’ll have a fabulous time with her and the family. Enjoy your time in Vietnam!

      1. Sapa is one of the greatest places in the world and a must-see to visit. Everything is reasonable and the atmosphere is amazing. My first encounter was renting a motorbike from Hanoi, then riding to Sapa for a week’s stay before my 1800km trek down south to HCMC. At that time, Sapa probably had about 10-20 hostels and hotels then, now its over 500 with luxury hotels everywhere. The Fan Si Pan mountain now has a aerial tram. The area has completely changed in the past 10-15 years. I will go back one last time to see it all. I would like to cross the border from Yunnan Province, China to Vietnam at Lao Cai. Its been a dream of mine to do this. The walking trails to the villages are unique, as the scenery is beyond imagination. Many ways to get here. Bus, train, car, or scooter. Not sure if there is an airport nearby but I would not be surprised. The train is cold and dirty – take an upscale tour bus next time. Taxis are everywhere, as is cheap transportation. I recommend Sapa first to start your Vietnam tour. Stay a week to see it all.

  2. I am planning my next trip to Vietnam and was looking for some kind of help to decide where to stay. After going through your blog, surely I am going to stay homestay. I think that is more comfortable then hotels and other places.

  3. They all look great! Definitely saving for the next time I go to Sapa. Unfortunately, when I was there, it was off the train, straight to office for hike, overnight homestay, finish hike, then back on train. It’s area that needs a longer time to be fully appreciated. thanks!

  4. I’ve been dying to go to Sapa, but have been feeling discouraged by the massive tourism as of late…but as with any other major destinations, I can see that you can always explore outskirts and still experience “local vibes” off the beaten track! I will definitely have to check out the “outside of Sapa” category 😉
    Thank you for putting this together!

    1. That was definitely a concern of mine too. I plan to talk more about it a future post—but I have to say, it wasn’t as bad as I was expecting (especially outside the city, like you say). Thanks for your feedback and thoughts!

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