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Phong Lan Hotel

No 214 - 1-4 stress, Cat Ba island | Cat Ba Town, Cat Ba, Vietnam
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Ranked #22 of 38 Cat Ba B&B and Inns
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5 of 5 stars reviewed 3 weeks ago
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3 of 5 stars
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    3 of 5 stars
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    3 of 5 stars
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Sydney, Australia
13 reviews 13 reviews
5 hotel reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A double room was only USD 15 per night. I came here because it was recommended in my guide book. The place was basic but has everything you need to feel safe and comfortable. I thought it was great place to base because it is in the center of the main strip on the water. I asked for, and was... More

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Kelowna, Canada
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27 reviews 27 reviews
22 hotel reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We took a quick one day/one night detour from Nam Cat to check out Cat Ba Park. Phong Lan is a basic guesthouse which offers tours, moto rentals and also operates a restaurant. I don't have too much to say about this place as there wasn't anything outstanding about it from a service perspective or the rooms. WiFi signal is... More

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

The sea view was great. Otherwise our stay here was very unpleasant and I would suggest avoiding staying here. Staff were not only unfriendly but tried to charge us $39 as we left rather than the $19 advertised which led to a 2 hour argument conducted through a neighbouring hotel owner as the staff/owner at this hotel speak no English... More

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Toronto, Canada
5 reviews 5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2014

We paid $24 for a triple room at phong lan that was supposed to have a sea view but instead it was at the back on the building with no real windows. We the moved to a hotel for $10 a night that was nicer, cleaner and had a view! People keep talking about mr tom, and perhaps he was... More

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
5 reviews 5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014

Mr Tom is very friendly and speaks good English. He is very willing to arrange all that is needed for your stay in CatBa, whether it is tours around the area or transport to and from. The rooms are very clean and the view over the seafront is wonderful. I went to other hotels first and they were more expensive... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

The view from the balcony is just amazing, the owner Mr. Tom is very friendly and the price was super cheap as well. The Bathroom was clean, the beds were very comfy. I would definitely stay again! There is no Lift in the building, but that was no problem for me and my friends.

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31 reviews 31 reviews
10 hotel reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2014

Mr Tom is certainly fun, helpful & convincing! We didn't stay at the hotel but used the travel services and were sold a boat trip that was on a nice, clean boat, with a good guide who speaks English very well and we would see a cave, kayak, visit monkey rock and have squid for lunch! All for $25 (should... More

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Landau in der Pfalz, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2014

the hotel is good and cheap, had a room with great seaview for 8 dollar. tom is really a good guy and helps you all the time. if you want he organizes tours for you, but does not try to force you booking tours if you dont want´. you can get motobikes for 4 dollars for one day, great! i... More

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Leipzig, Germany
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2014

I stayed at this hotel for two nights in late December of 2013. After walking into a couple of hotels I found that this one was the best choice: I had a room on 4th floor with amazing sea view and paid 7 USD for the night. Mr. Tom, the hotel manager was friendly and spoke English well. He also... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2013

Mr Tom met us off the bus from Hanoi, he was very helpful, enthusiastic and most friendly, speaking good English, Don't be alarmed when he meets you off the bus he is there to help, to offer he has motorbikes to rent $4 and many different trips and treks (some including rock climbing) Our Ha Long Bay tour $23 Mr... More

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Address: No 214 - 1-4 stress, Cat Ba island | Cat Ba Town, Cat Ba, Vietnam
Location: Vietnam > Cat Ba
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Good location, the hotel has private bancony, overlooking Catba harbour, WiFi, refrigerator, telephone, AC and fan. This place is one of the chosen sweeties of a very popular guide book, and it remains a reasonable choice, if only because the owner,Mr David speaks English quite well, and can be very helpful in sorting out tours, and activities while you’re on the island. However, we felt he was resting on his laurels a bit when it came to some minor house-keeping matters. Nothing too serious it’s just that — well…stained linens, even when clean, are always a little disconcerting. And, to be honest. But Tom’s a savvy guy, and he’s probably going to read this, so maybe he’ll do something about it by the time you visit. Recommended by the guide book Lonely Planet and ... more   less 
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