Guesthouses, hotels and resorts
Cat Ba Harbour
Practically every place to stay in Cat Ba is located along the harbour road (1-4 Street) or the Nui Ngoc loop. For our purposes, we'll refer to the two branches as Nui Ngoc (east) and Nui Ngoc (west). It's rare for places to include breakfast – we've mentioned it if breakfast is included, otherwise assume it's not.
A good all-round choice188, 1/4 Street, Cat Ba Island
T: (01696) 941 996;
We loved this hotel, despite the beds being as hard as boards – that's probably what they're made of – and the pillows not much softer. It's got three things going for it. Firstly, the staff are ... Read the full review of Nam Phuong Motel.Under USD 10 3 votes Backpacker
Rare midrange choice219, 1/4 Street, Cat Ba
T: (031) 368 8567; F: (031) 368 8418
You won't find many midrange hotels in Cat Ba, so it's just as well that Sea Pearl is a good one. Rated as three stars, it's a far better choice – in our opinion -- that the dreary Holiday View ... Read the full review of Sea Pearl Hotel.
A slight upgrade220, 1/4 Street, Cat Ba Island
T: (031) 388 8210;
Located on the junction of 1-4 Street and Nui Nuoc (West), from the outside Cat Ba Sea View looks more expensive than it actually is. For a large hotel with elevator, reasonably comfortable beds, ... Read the full review of Cat Ba Sea View.
A bit of character1/4 Street, Cat Ba Island (towards beach end of main strip)
T: (031) 388 7735;
We like Hoa Phuong Hotel. We're not sure if it was the smiley petite woman carrying around a toddler who showed us the room, or the rooms themselves that won us over, but either way the rooms are a ... Read the full review of Hoa Phuong Hotel.
Spacious and cheap309 Nui Ngoc Rd (East), Cat Ba Island
T: (031) 388 8324;
We couldn't find the Cat Ba Harbour Inn at first but when we did we wondered how we'd missed it: it's a huge green building, although in our defence is set back off the road. It's also an odd place, ... Read the full review of Cat Ba Harbour Inn.Under USD 10 1 vote Backpacker
Smart rooms at budget prices26 - 28 Nui Ngoc Rd (West), Cat Ba Island
T: (031) 388 8315; F: (031) 888 475
This is classed as a two-star hotel – whatever that means – but rates are in the budget range, and these were some of the smartest rooms we saw on Cat Ba Island in this price bracket. The hotel ... Read the full review of Sun and Sea Hotel.
A steal175, 1/4 Street, Cat Ba Island
T: (01672) 409 416;
Previously Ali Baba's Hotel was the Trang Anh. We're guessing they wanted to differentiate themselves from the wealth of other hotels with Vietnamese names, but Ali Baba still seems an odd choice. ... Read the full review of Ali BaBa's Hotel.Under USD 10 1 vote Backpacker
Convenient but noisy1/4 Street, Cat Ba Island (opposite the entrance to the pier)
T: (031) 888 363;
Slap bang in the heart of Cat Ba town, Noble House wins a spot in our listings for its location, not just directly opposite the pier but also above The Good Bar, which seems the place to be for ... Read the full review of Noble House.
Past its bestNui Ngoc Rd (East), Cat Ba Island
T: (031) 388 8899; F: (031) 388 7666
While once Princes Hotel was the superior choice in Cat Ba Harbour, it's now been out-classed by both places in the same price range and cheaper options. That's not to say it's a bad choice: the ... Read the full review of Princes Hotel.
Away from the Harbour
There aren't many places to stay other than town, but a couple of pricier options are located on the nearby beaches and Monkey Island, and a so-called eco-resort is found inland.
The luxury island choiceCat Co 3 Beach, Cat Ba Island
T: (031) 388 7360-3; F: (031) 388 7365
Sunrise is a beautiful resort with a big pool and plenty of umbrellas and sun-loungers along the short, narrow strip of beach it rests upon. The beach is open to the public so gets busy, but you can ... Read the full review of Sunrise Resort.USD 50 to 100 1 vote Toprange
Escape the crowdsXuan Dam Village, Cat Ba Island
T: (031) 368 8966;
This place, around 13 kilometres from Cat Ba harbour, used to be called Suoi Goi Cat Ba Resort, and remnants of that time remain, such as the branded bed runners. In fact, we're not convinced much ... Read the full review of Cat Ba Eco-Lodge.
Lovely spotCat Co 2, Cat Ba Island
T: (04) 3928 5786 (ext 227); F: (04) 3928 6388
Sitting right on its own stretch of Cat Co 2 beach, we wouldn't call this a resort so much as a selection of huts scattered around a pretty garden. Although to call the “seafront bungalows “huts ... Read the full review of Cat Co Beach Resort.USD 50 to 100 1 vote Toprange
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