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“A cute and quiet place” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Cat Ba Eco-Lodge
Ranked #13 of 49 Cat Ba B&B and Inns
London, United Kingdom
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23 reviews
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“A cute and quiet place”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 3, 2013

I stayed in Cat Ba ecolodge for a few nights in October 2012 and really enjoyed my time.
The rooms are confortable and clean. The location is in a nice valley off the beaten track, with very nice rice paddies and walks around. We spent a great relaxing time there.
I did appreciate the service, everybody was very helpful, and they kindly assisted us for any activity - even organizing some for us on the spot. They took the initiative to wake us up earlier as the ferry we were taking to leave Cat Ba was to depart earlier, and even went with us to the fery station in town to help changing the tickets.
The only disappointment was the food, which was a bit too chinese (quite oily) and not enough vietnamese style !

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
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Haiphong, Hai Phong, Vietnam
1 review
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 4, 2012

We stayed one night in weekend, very helpful manager, fresh atmosphere. The room is nice and good smell from wood. Perfect for relaxing and escape from pollution city. Sleep bed is very nice and clean. Dinning is good

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Gympie, Australia
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57 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 9, 2012

We stayed here for 2 nights before and after a kayaking trip around the bay with Blue Swimmer. The accommodation was very spacious and comfortable my only gripes are if you had the air con on or simply didn't want to let the bugs in you had to shut the shuttered, thus no daylight and you couldn't enjoy the view. Second moan, why or why didn't they put the shower in an enclosure instead of in the middle of the room, so when you had a shower so did the whole room! hate this and as the bathroom was newly done a real shame, my husband on the other hand was so impressed to have his own private urinal (as well as a very nice loo) he didn't notice the lack of shower enclosure. Third moan, very hard beds though better than Cat Ba Base Camp but still hard.

The food was excellent, some of the best we had in Vietnam and the staff, especially the young manager who was the only one who spoke English, couldn't do enough for you. We had a bundle of laundry done there, very cheaply whilst we were away kayaking. Have a mango smoothy they are fab - the best one was done by the manager.

The internet access was great so each day we could update Facebook with all our photos on our ipad, there were also computers there if you didn't have your own.

We had a great time talking to other travellers from all over the world over a drink.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Fort Wayne, Indiana, United States
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 6, 2012

I had no idea of how beautiful the view would be from our balcony room. The accomodations were very comfortable and the food was great. We tied our 2 night stay to a the Blue Swimmer company that picked us up and took us on a day trip through the Halong Bay.

What I like about ecolodges is when you are thirsty, you simply walk down and get a beer. You are hungry and they fix you food. What made this special was the value for the money and the quality of the food. p.s. order the fresh spring rolls (wow).

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Richard W
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San Francisco, California
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6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 19, 2012

The Cat Ba Eco Lodge was a great escape from days of exploring the hectic but fun Ha Noi. I was in contact with the lodge a month before the trip and they helped me arrange the bus ride (via Hoang Long Bus). This was pretty smooth and met up with a bus ticket saleswoman the night before we headed to Cat Ba island. THe only problem was the bus driver dropped us at the wrong intersection than arranged and had to deal with some predatory xe om operators, i would suggest just heading to Cat Ba town and catching the Cat Ba Eco lodge nightly (10am/5:30pm ) shuttle to the resort.

The room we got was adequate and clean and we had a great time exploring that part of Cat Ba island on foot and bicycle (for a small fee), we arranged a kayak rental with Blue Swimmer (seems to be closely affiliated with Sui Goi/Cat Ba Eco-Lodge) and explored the fish markets and monkey island. Food on the resort was above average and decently priced, we enjoyed getting a cocktail or beer and sitting in the gardens before getting dinner.

Overall a wonderful place and a nice change from your usual accomdations around Vietnam.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank myg606
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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43 reviews
32 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 23, 2012

I had really high expectations ahead of visiting the Eco lodge but it didn't live up to billing.
Pros
- location is great and a welcome relief from cat ba town (which is like a med resort town)
- staff really friendly and good fun
- good mix of nationalities staying there which adds to atmosphere
- close to nature so plenty of interesting things to see and hear day and night
Cons
- food was ok but the "barbecue" was underwhelming and expensive for what it was
- the website advertised trek bikes for hire but there was only pushbikes available
- walls between rooms are wafer thin. You need ear plugs for a decent night's sleep.
Good place to stay if you want to chill and relax for a few days.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank kevd112
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Newcastle, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 24, 2012

the surrounding area is really beautiful, which we appreciated even more after staying in cat ba town for a night. I would definately recomend not staying in cat ba town if you are going to the island and the eco lodge is a wonderful alternative. the staff are very friendly, however do not expect to be waited on hand and foot. if you need anything you have to go and ask, but this is good as it leaves you to enjoy the peaceful environment. the food is not the best i have experience in vietnam but definately not the worst, the meat BBQ is a bit expensive for what you get. we also did a tour which they recomended, we joined 10 others for a day trip and payed $40 each. it was lovely.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank alice228
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Additional Information about Cat Ba Eco-Lodge

Property: Cat Ba Eco-Lodge
Address: Lan Ha Bay | Xuan Dam, Cat Ba, Vietnam
Location: Vietnam > Cat Ba
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant Room Service Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #13 of 49 B&Bs / Inns in Cat Ba
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Cat Ba Eco-Lodge 3*
Number of rooms: 10
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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