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The hostel and the dorm in itself was good value for money, a clean bed, with own fan and a shared bathroom. But the breakfast was not good! I would advice people to go out in town and eat instead of having the one at the hotel because it was very boring and not prepared nicely. Staff tries to help you but it was only one person out of four I met that spoke English so you could actually talk. So sometimes one needs to wait until the guy is there. Good, nice, clean spot but a bit far away...
Owner made us instant noodles through the typoon! Rooms are a good size and staff very friendly. Hilltop location is fine if you like a workout or rent a motorbike. The bike we rented from here was a bit dodgy and the next day when being given a lift on it it broke down!
We had 2 beds in an 8-bed dorm and had a great stay there. Staff was very friendly and caring. The rooms were clean and everybody had his own locker under the bed.
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- Couple, 25-30
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This hostel cannot be more mediocre. It's located all the way uphill from Catba town. The room was pretty small and all night long bad Kareoke music drifted into our room. To make things worse, We found an ant infestation in our room. You get what you pay for right ($12/night for a private room)? Not really. We decided to move out of this hostel the next day and found a large clean sea view room for $9/night (you need to haggle for the rate). You can do better than this place.
Friendly, but not able to keep the promisses: laundry almost later ready than our departure, prices tours and bus-boat-bus verry expensive compared to downtown for the same buscompany, noisy airco, only one staffmember was able to understand a little bit of English. No lockers, keys stay just at receptiondesk. Good point: They managed to book a private boat for a two days/one night trip ready to start in only one hour.
A basic but friendly hostel a few minutes walk from the main street in Cat Ba town. The rooms are simple but have A/C and plenty of hot water and offer excellent value for money. The owner was friendly and other staff were always helpful. We rented scooters and booked our return bus to Hanoi with the hostel and had no problems. Breakfast is not included and the offerings from the hostel are not as good as can be found elsewhere in the town.
Loved this place and the beautiful location...a little walk from town but quiet and peaceful. So glad I chose to stay here instead of the overcrowded downtown. Also very helpful in planning day tours. Would definitely recommend. Thanks Cozy garden
A basic Catba-island hotel/hostel. Clean and quiet, a short walk off the main road and the harbour. Helpful staff. Wi-fi was free of charge, but didn't really work.
Small walk up the hill to the hostel, but if you're renting scooters this doesn't matter most of the time. The owner has just finished building the 8 bed dorm room which is good, lockers plugs and fans for each bed. Only 1 shower so can get busy in the mornings. Towels included and changed daily.
Had a lovely stay here, the owner is really friendly and provides you with a free map explaining where's good to eat and to go. We rented a motorbike from here too for only $5 and took the Halong Bay tour which included sailing around the bay, kayaking, snorkeling and going into a cool cave! Not too far away from the town but on a hill so can tire you out after a long day. Breakfast is good too.
Nice, clean hostel....but not hugely atmospheric
The staff were very friendly and the hotel room (single room) was more than enough for a tired traveler, especially for the money! Would stay here again and happily recommend to anyone visiting Cat Ba.
Only one night in this hostel. Basic but very good for the money!
I definitely recommend this place. First of all it is really cheap and you get private room for price of dorm. It is quiet and clean. But the most important thing is the best and the most helpful and friendly owners in all island! During my stay I've hurt my foot in motorbike accident. Bike rental guys cheated us... And the only really honest and helpful people in this island were CatBa Hostel's owner and his kind wife! And we really greatful to them! Thank you!
It met my expectations. Staff was friendly & efficient. A bit far from the center (~ 10 minutes walk). Booked a boat tour there and quite happy with that.