Guesthouses, hotels and resorts
Cat Ba Harbour
Practically every place to stay in Cat Ba is located along the harbour road, or on one of the two roads running inland perpendicular to it. Both of these roads are named Nui Ngoc (it's actually one road that loops inland and returns to the harbour). For our purposes, we'll refer to the two branches as Nui Ngoc (East) and Nui Ngoc (West). Almost all the offerings are budget-hotel style -- private bathrooms with amenities, TVs and decent furnishings are standard everywhere. There are a handful of two-star hotels that offer the same thing with a bit more comfort and polish, and we counted two, three-star outfits: The Princes Hotel and the Holiday View. In the off season you'll no problem finding a room. Budget travellers can do well simply by going from place to place and saying, "Five dollars?" until somebody says, "Okay!"
A word of warning: A very popular printed guidebook recommends the My Ngoc Hotel as a great place to stay and arrange tours. This was true in the past, but the place has changed hands, and the new owner has reportedly been taking unfair advantage of the foot traffic the listing brings to his door. The Quang Duc Family Hotel, on the other hand, remains in the same hands and is still a good choice for accommodation and information.
A good all-round choiceKhu Cang Moi Rd, Cat Ba Island
This is a great little place for those staying in Cat Ba for more than a night. First of all, it's got an internet cafe on the ground floor, which is quite convenient, and rare for Cat Ba. Second, ... Read the full review of Nam Phuong.Under USD 10 3 votes Backpacker
Very helpful ownerKhu Cang Moi Rd, Cat Ba Island
T: (031) 888 231;
Yes, there's a very popular guidebook out there that recommends this place -- the name escapes us. Lonely...something. Anyway, usually places give up trying after such a boon and live off the ... Read the full review of Quang Duc Family Hotel.
Be sure to check a few roomsKhu Cang Moi Rd, Cat Ba Island
The Trang Ahn has spacious, clean, and bright doubles of a various sizes. There's a lot of difference from room to room, so look at a few before deciding. A good deal for the price, and it's near the ... Read the full review of Trang Ahn.
Goofy but funKhu Cang Moi Rd, Cat Ba Island
T: (031) 888 363;
Though we panned the food in the Noble House's sidewalk restaurant in our Eat and Meet section for Cat Ba, the rest of the place is A-okay. The English theme, while bit goofy, is still fun, and the ... Read the full review of The Noble House.
Spacious and a bit of funNui Ngoc Rd (East), Cat Ba Island
T: (031) 888 324; F: (031) 888 324
The Harbour Inn is an interesting and unique place for Cat Ba. The entrance is via a large courtyard with cafe tables, and inside the lobby one is struck immediately by the old-time, nautical theme ... Read the full review of Cat Ba Harbour Inn.
New wing is reasonableNui Ngoc Rd (West), Cat Ba Island
T: (031) 888 315; F: (031) 888 475
This is one of a handful of two-star outfits that do a lot of trade via group tour operators. There rooms in two wings here -- the standards are in the old wing and they are pretty shabby -- many ... Read the full review of Sun and Sea Hotel.USD 10 to 20 1 vote Flashpacker
A touch of class among the rabbleNui Ngoc Rd (East), Cat Ba Island
T: (031) 888 899; F: (031) 887 666
You can tell from the exterior that the Princes Hotel is a touch of class among the common rabble. The interior delivers on the promise, with a nice lobby, and the rooms arranged around an interior ... Read the full review of Princes Hotel.USD 20 to 50 1 vote Midrange
PopularKhu Cang Moi Rd, Cat Ba Island
T: (031) 888 605;
This place is one of the chosen sweeties of a very popular guide book, and it remains a reasonable choice, if only because the owner, Tung, speaks English quite well, and can be very helpful in ... Read the full review of Phong Lan Hotel.
DullsvilleKhu Cang Moi Rd, Cat Ba Island
T: (031) 887 200; F: (031) 887 208
This place is usually hopping with Vietnamese tourists, even in low season. Maybe that's why we found the staff a bit distracted. It didn't help that the lobby is one, big, massive echo chamber and ... Read the full review of Holiday View Hotel.USD 20 to 50 4 votes Midrange
Cheap rooms but only just cleanKhu Cang Moi Rd, Cat Ba Island
T: (031) 888 214; F: (031) 888 379
The Giang Son offers up some cheap rooms in a new and an old wing. The rooms in the old wing are a bit cramped, but acceptably clean. Try for one in the new wing for a little more elbow room. They ... Read the full review of Giang Son.
Popular with groupsNui Ngoc Rd (West), Cat Ba Island
T: (031) 888 429; F: (031) 888 451
This place does a lot of trade with group tour operators. There's a spacious lobby for queuing up and sorting out room assignments, and several dinning rooms for group feeds. We found the staff a ... Read the full review of Sunflower One Hotel.USD 10 to 20 1 vote Flashpacker
Away from the Harbour
There aren't many places to stay other than right on the bay, but there are a couple of interesting options. In addition to what's below, you can also camp in Cat Ba National Park, but you'll have to bring your own tent or scare up some gear in town.
Wooden huts and tentsCat Co 2, Cat Ba Island
At the opposite end of the spectrum, Cat Co 2 offers wooden huts -- gazebos, really -- and tents that can be rented out by the night, in an area right by the beach. People tend to rent a hut and a ... Read the full review of Cat Co 2.
A beautiful little boutique resortCat Co 3 Beach, Cat Ba Island
T: (031) 887 360-4; F: (031) 887 365
When the Sunrise Resort opened up on Cat Co 3, they tried to privatise the beach, but the government stepped in an made them open it up to the people. So, we guess communism ain't all bad. It's ... Read the full review of Sunrise Resort.USD 50 to 100 1 vote Toprange
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