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Cat Ba Dream Hotel
Ranked #14 of 75 Cat Ba B&B and Inns
Reviewed March 27, 2013

What a find, very good value for money, the room was big and clean with all the little extras to make you feel at home. The tours where equally great value for money, I couldn't believe it in the end. I first wanted to come to Cat Ba for the rock climbing but found it was even cheaper to go out deep water soloing, this is when they take you out on a boat and you just need climbing shoes to rock climb all over the place and if you fall you are only going to get wet. Dream hotel not only offered this for much cheaper but they managed to add in a monkey island, biking, kayaking, snorkelling around the islands for as long as we wanted and was still such an organised service. Unlike other companies they offer half day tours so you can do two tottaly different things in one day. Boats and taxis where waiting for our arrival with pleasant people. They are actually a very good laugh, especially Mr Loung (Mr Vietnam) He must be the best table football player there is. I cant speak highly enough for the place.

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed February 24, 2013

We spent 3 nights at Cat Ba Dream Hotel...it´s a very nice place directly at the sea...we had a room in the 7th floor with seaview...we liked the big nice windows there...every evening you can enjoy there a wonderful sunset!! We had breakfast included, you get bread and fried eggs.

Mr. Loung is one of the nice people we met on our vietnam journey who we will never forget. He is a very friendly and nice guy, his english is very good and he can help and organize everything for you...for an example, he helped us to get a last minute train-journey to the south of vietnam in the tet time, what wasn´t easy in this time!
You can also book a lot of day trips at his place, they offer a lot and have their own boats for boattrips.
He can give you also a lot of informations about Cat Ba Island, the Halong Bay and different vietnam destinations. One evening we spent with him eating some nice seafood at a place he recommended to us - it was delicious and very nice!!

All in all - thank´s to Mr. Luong (or Mr. Vietnam as we called him ;) for 2 very nice days at the Island!

Room Tip: Rooms with seaview (5th floor up)
  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 24, 2013

We chose the Cat Ba Dream Hotel after looking at two similarly-priced hotels, including Vien Dong Hotel across the street. This was by far the cheeriest and cleanest (although, on closer inspection, some of the bedding was stained and mildewed). Overall, great value for the money. We had two rooms facing the bay, very hot showers, great wifi, and decent cable channels. The staff was responsive, if not overly friendly. When we asked, we were brought thermoses of hot water or tea service to our room, a nice perk.
We also booked a 2 day/1 night cruise in Ha Lang, Han La and Ba Tu Long Bays on a private junk with Mr. Luong at the hotel. It was a beautiful cruise and the price was much better than what we were quoted online for larger operators from Halong City or Hai Phong (also less expensive than other companies on Cat Ba). While our boat was pretty basic -- several berths and a bathroom downstairs (no soap or towel), rather uncomfortable benches and tables upstairs, no awning -- we sailed in tandem wth a couple other boats from the same company that looked more deluxe. Food was surprisingly good -- best tofu in tomato sauce we've had in Viet Nam -- and the pilot took us away from the crowds. However, neither the cook nor driver spoke English, which made things somewhat difficult. Like the hotel, the cruise provided good value for the money.

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed January 23, 2013

For $12 a night for 3 people, this was a great place. Good views from the 7th floor,convenient location,and a clean, modern room, although wifi only worked in the hallway,not in the room.
Manager was very helpful,arranging tours, and also a hotel for our next stop,near Ninh Binh,which was also very good

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed December 31, 2012

The place overcharges for a basic acomodation. The room is nothing out of this world, was quite dirty and the bed sheets were smelly. We asked Mr Luan, the guy who runs the place to change them but when we were back at night, nothing had been done. When we found again Mr luand and confronted him he become rude and even violent. We left the following morning and found a much cheaper and nicer place. Avoid Cat ba dreams!

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 28, 2012

My friends and I arrived in Cat Ba after a long long day of travel and were more than tired. We were bombarded by hotel owners trying to get us to stay at their place. We chatted with a few, and looked at a couple, and then decided on the Cat Ba Dream. We had an amazing view, beautiful and clean room, and got it at a great price, $8!! We stayed here for longer than planned because of the great place and great location. Definitely worth checking into!

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed November 28, 2012

We had perfect view. (on stayed at the 6 floor), the owner was friendly and helpful, the price was good and the double room was.... hmm ok. Thats it! compare to other offers it was a quit a good stay. Cat Ba is nice to avoid the party people for halong bay.

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about 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 #14 of 75 B&Bs / Inns in Cat Ba
Price Range: $16 - $24 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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