The location of this hotel is great, right on the main strip of Cat Ba. We had the ocean view room which is additional but well worth it. Our room was very basic.
We were blown away by the level of care from the owner, this was the real gem of staying here. The owner took the time to explain the area to us and really made us feel at home. Everytime we came back to the hotel he would invite us to drink tea with his family and share some sweets. We were literally made to feel apart of the family which was a lovely feeling.
We booked a day tour of Ha Long Bay through the owner. The boat driver did not speak a word of English and we often didn't know what exactly was happening / where we were off to next. This made for a fun adventure and we made some friends on the boat who also found the clueless adventure amusing. The tour did include some caves not on most tours and we hardly saw any other tour boats along the way which is a plus.
The food was so great for the price at the Hotel! Essentially a lot of the food along the main road is basically the same (Vietnamese with Western mashed in) and we found this place to be the best value! The included breakfast was tasty. Although - vegetarians beware, the "vegetarian soup" still had balls of meat in it! There are plenty of vegetarian options though.
It is worth noting the lift is only from the second floor, so you have to lug your baggage up a set of stairs initially.
We would definitely return!
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