Past its best
Nui Ngoc Rd (East), Cat Ba Island T: (031) 388 8899,
(031) 388 7888,
(0988) 557 755 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 suite room is a good option if you like some space, as it comes with a corner sofa and coffee table in a side room, and the bathrooms are smart with tubs. The overall set-up isn't bad either: the rooms are arranged around an interior atrium several storeys high, with skylights at the top (and a net rigged on the bottom to catch people if they fall over the balustrade). The standard rooms, however, are far less appealing and only slightly cheaper. Common areas are interesting: look out for the white swing chair in the first-floor lobby. Prices include breakfast.
Type of room, low and high season prices
Room: Standard double room, low season: US$35, high season US$35. Notes:
Room: Superior double room, low season: US$40, high season US$40. Notes: