Where do I start?. On arrival the industrial smell of varnish filled the rooms. On closer inspection they were painting the columns below the rooms. The painters had on facemasks to protect themselves no such luck for the guests. Dinner consisted of frozen crinkle cut chips, unidentifiable fish with the texture of clay, frozen western style vegetables, assorted other ordinary course followed. After over 3 weeks in Vietnam this was clearly the worst meal we have had on our trip. Off to bed to be awaken my some large mammals (rats!!) running through our room, very difficult to sleep over the sound of gnawing as they ate through plastic bags and decided it would be fun to run over the tops of the bed. Nothing worse than feeling a rat run across your sheet, during the night. Next morning you guessed it, worst breakfast for the entire trip. So being an eco lodge maybe you can hire a bike noooo ….not enough bikes four people so you might like to hire a motorbike!!!! Just to add a to the whole experience friends of the manager were driven to the ferry in the air-conditioned Eco lodge resort bus. Which left us, the paying guests to be transported by an unroadworthy non air-conditioned truck. A perfect ending to awful eco "lodge"
Overall thank goodness we had such great accommodation service and food before we arrived at Cat Ba Eco Lodge
- 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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