However, prices can fluctuate wildly according to the volume of tourist traffic and they often double on busy weekends. Look around and negotiate. Needless to say, it’s wise to avoid the weekend rush. Accommodation is pro-arranged for travelers on tours booked in Hanoi, although it is worth checking the standard of the hotel in advance so you don’t get any unpleasant surprises.
There are now dozens of accommodation options, from a solid string of cheap guest- houses to a luxury resort. The hotels named here generally offer rooms and/or balconies with views – the scenery is, after all, one of the main reasons for visiting Sapa. However, be aware that the building boom can wipe out a view overnight: always check the view before you rent the room. It is a real shame the local government hasn't done more to enforce height restrictions on the valley edge. New hotels can be better value than the older ones, so it is worth taking a look if you hear of somewhere that’s just opened. Almost no hotels have air-conditioning as it is never hot enough to warrant it.
This is not an exhaustive list of places to sleep: there are plenty of other hotels in town that are also good value, especially in the newer part of town, but they lack the scenic setting.
Beware of hotels using old-style charcoal burners for heat, as the fumes can cause severe breathing problems if the room’s not v/ell ventilated. These caused a number of deaths in the early years of tourism; but most hotels have switched over toelectric heaters or open fireplaces for the winter.