We've been living and traveling in SE Asia for 7 months and this hotel was extremely disappointing. We found it because of it's "top choice" ranking in Lonely Planet which we've used in the past and been very happy. This was different; the food was mediocre and over-priced but they have you trapped out there with no other choice, service was sub-par, everything had to be paid out of pocket (including a bottle of water - unheard of in SE Asia usually 2 are complimentary), and you can hear everything going on in other rooms so what's the point of a tranquil location if you can't sleep well.
Maybe if the hotel was half the price, okay, you could let some of these things slide but not for $50/ night. You can find much more for your money elsewhere and avoid the hassle of being far away from everything, subjected to the hotel's flaws, and take a day trip to that part of the island instead.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Cat Ba Eco-Lodge is nestled in dramatic forested hills 13 km from Cat Ba Town. (Information on arriving and getting around.) We have a warm, friendly, Vietnamese staff and our restaurant proudly serves some of the best Vietnamese and International cuisine on the island. Even if you do not stay at our hotel you are still invited to stop by for a memorable lunch at our acclaimed restaurant. Our Eco-Lodge was designed and constructed with comfort in mind and it is immaculately maintained. The rooms are arranged in three separate buildings centered around the restaurant and common areas. Each room offers total privacy and has: Full Bathroom Hot Water Heating / Air Conditioning / Fan Mini-Bar Flat Screen TV Telephone Wireless Internet Luxuriously Comfortable Beds In the hotel's common areas you will find our restaurant and our full service bar and lounge. In the lounge computers are available with free, fast, reliable Internet. Scattered around the 7 hectare property you will find our garden, fruit trees and hidden hammocks at your disposal. We also offer free cooking classes for those interested. There are marked walking trails of different intensities leaving from our lodge's front door. A self-guided walking tours explain the area's natural features including the unusual karst landscape that makes Halong Bay so famously beautiful and a UNESECO World Heritage Site. Several beaches (including our gorgeous private beach) are within 15 minutes on bicycle. Many guests like to discover a new beach or panoramic mountain top everyday of their stay. ... more less
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