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“A place to stay”
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Cat Ba Dream Hotel
Ranked #11 of 71 Cat Ba B&B and Inns
Denver, Colorado
Level 4 Contributor
24 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
“A place to stay”
Reviewed March 8, 2012

On arriving to Cat Ba island we were bombarded with offers from several hotels and hostels along the main strip. We had been told by some people to look out for rooms that are dry (the humidity makes floor, walls and ceilings damp with condensation- traveled March 2012.) So we started searching through a few places and asked to see the rooms. There were several places a bit closer to the bus terminal that looked nicer, but once we walked in to a large three bed room that was dry for $10/ night we couldn't say no. Apart from anything my back hurt and I was done shopping around. The room was basic and the bathroom was an all in one so got a little wet after taking a shower but I was happy with it. Only had a fan in the room so I can imagine that it would get quite hot during the summer months.

The front desk receptionist/ travel agent/ concierge/ waiter did not speak much English so I think he was a little hostile towards us, but we got by. Booked a 2 day 1 night cruise to Lan Ha and Halong Bay through him... boat was small but we had a blast. We had 7 passengers on our little junk boat where some of the bigger ones only had 4 or 5 and payed about the same price ($60 USD). If you are bothered search around a little, but for one night it was an experience and the food was great!

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with friends
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Dublin, Ireland
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26 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed January 24, 2012

This place is great value for money. Rooms are clean and some have great views over looking the harbour. Probably one of the best budget options in Cat ba.

  • Stayed January 2012
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Moscow, Moscow City, Russia
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15 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed January 22, 2012

Visited with his wife in the past year. Almost from the sea, opposite the pier. A very good location. Arranged value. But! When my wife got sick and I asked the staff - at me not even looked! The staff cleaned the garage motorcycles - for them it is more important! Only after I roughly, in four languages, including vietnamese) started to shout at them with the words "----" and"----" to me turn your attention.... AND advised him to turn TO ANOTHER person, who do not work here, but with which I am familiar.
P.S. In the cafe on the first floor - beautiful birds. One (black) is constantly screaming for-вьетнамски "Oh-Oh! Talking crap".

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled with family
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed January 22, 2012

Had a nice time on Cat Ba Island. Spent 4 nights here at Cat Ba Dream. Rooms were nice, some of the best for the price range ($10) we had in Vietnam. Way cheaper to see Halong Bay by basing yourself on Cat Ba and doing day or overnight trips from there.

The manager was nice as pie until we told him we had booked a tour through someone else. He was then very stand-offish and a bit rude at times. The prices he quoted and wouldn't budge on were a lot cheaper down the road. He then said after we had booked it he would have easily beaten the price. Tried to get some laundry done but again the prices were half the price down the road. The rest of the staff were really nice.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
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Copenhagen, Denmark
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14 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed December 19, 2011

This hotel is great value for money. I paid 8$ for a room with three beds and a big bathroom with Nice hot water and The Best water preasure in Vietnam:) The staff is frienly and helpful. I would for sure stay here again.

  • Stayed November 2011
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Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed July 11, 2011

First, they overcharged us - $20 for the night, when it seems like other people got a room for $10. The room had cigarette butts under the bed and the bathroom is permanently wet.

We were told there was Wifi and AC. When we got to the room there was neither. When I asked the guy why, he said there was no electricity, which didn't make sense as the lights and fans were working. He told us it would come on later.

Several hours later the wifi came back on. So I asked him about the AC - "no electricity in all hotels". The night before we had stayed at the Sunflower 1, with AC. After some discussion that left me with no answers, I gave up.

Best to stay away.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed May 24, 2011

We stayed only one night there, we had the room on the top floor with a beautiful view on the harbour. The room was clean and standard, nothing special but that's normal for the price we paid (only 350.000 VND as it was low season).
Reception very helpful, they helped us to rent a motorbike at also a really good price: 150.000 for 2 days.
It's perfect for people looking for a cheap and clean hotel.
The location: 15 minutes by walk to the first beach.

Room Tip: low season and ask the top room facing harbour
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  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
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Property: Cat Ba Dream Hotel
Address: No 226 - 1/4 Cat Ba Town, Cat Ba, Vietnam
Location: Vietnam > Cat Ba
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #11 of 71 B&Bs / Inns in Cat Ba
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 30
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Cat Ba Dream Hotel offers a number of tours for you to choose from: one day; two days, one night; or three days, two nights. You can go caving, kayaking, swimming, snorkeling, and daytime and nighttime fishing, and then relax on empty beaches. Choose to stay overnight on a floating hotel or on the boat. Every tour includes food, water and an english spreaking local guide. ... more   less 
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