Sea Pearl Hotel

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So 219 - Durong 1/4 Cat Ba, Catba, Vietnam
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gingerbatik gingerba…
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Fantastic Location across the Ocean Jul 10, 2013
This hotel is part of the Halong Bay tour we booked through the travel agent in Ho Chi Minh city.

Originally we paid and choose “Holiday Inn Hotel” in Catba Island as part of our Halong Bay tour, unfortunately the travel agent changed our booking without consulting us and the tour guide just tell us when he drops us in front of the hotel door. We asked why he changed the hotel but the tour guide could not answer it, he only said our travel agent changed it directly and he was not responsible for it.

Luckily the hotel looks new, nice and modern with very big lobby, gift shop, and right on the beach front. The room was ready when we arrive there and we do not have to fill any form as it was part of the tour and mostly the tour guide arranges everything with the receptionist.

The receptionist speaks English well and only asked for our passports to make a copy and did not keep it overnight as other hotel did.

We have room on the seventeen floors and the elevator was a nice touch since it works really fast to reach the room.

The room itself quite spacious with big windows facing the beautiful Ocean. We actually sleep with the curtain open so we can see the ocean. It was very nice and relaxing to have a thousand dollars view and it was very quite at night time, except when the Chinese tourist decided to talk very loudly right outside the hallway at our room. Other than this incident, we have a very good night sleep at this place.

The room has one big queen size bed, big desk to do work if necessary, fridge, flat screen television and quite brand new working air condition.

I really like the bathroom as it was spacious, clean and modern looking. Everything works well in this hotel. So I am very happy.

Dinner and breakfast was included as it was part of the tour.

Dinner served on the top floor of the hotel with beautiful view toward the Ocean. The hotel has 2 restaurants on the top floor and we have privilege to dine at one of the restaurant, it was only us and the other two people on the tour during dinner. Whereas the other restaurant was busy with seminar or tourist group.

Buffet breakfast was a bit of nightmare as so many Chinese and local tourist early in the morning having breakfast and we could not find any table to seat.

I asked one of the waiters about the table and seat, unfortunately most of the staff do not speaks English. He goes out and then come back with someone who can speak little English.

Finally we get seat among the local tourist, which the waiter clears for us.

The food selection was enormous, from fresh fruits, salad, western and Asian breakfasts. It was so many choices and I have difficulty which one I have to eat first.

I would recommend this hotel to people who travel to Catba Island on budget.
the hotel building
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gift shop inside the hotel, next t…
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gingerbatik gingerba…
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Fantastic view but not so good food Jul 10, 2013
Have dined at one of their restaurant up stair on the eights floor, as it was part of prepaid tour package with Halong Bay tour. We cannot order the food as everything was pre order by the tour guide or travel agent. Basically, they only tell us that dinner served at 7pm at their upstairs restaurant. Foods were prepaid but drinks have to pay separately.

First of all, service were quite slow, the staff does not speaks much English, no explanation when we turn up at their seven floor restaurant where the restaurant was packed with people having seminar and food. We felt strange and wondered, what was going on, where we could seat as it seems no space left for us.

Finally, we get one of the waitress and told her that we were part of the tour group and have dinner reservation at 7pm. Then she took us to the eight floor building and it was the same size of the seven floor building but it only has 2 tables prepare for us.

The view from here was fantastic, we can see far ahead toward the Ocean and do people watch.

Unfortunately the food was not so good and the portion was quite small I thought for 4 people.

I do not eat much, but one girl on the group eat most of everything on the table and she said the food was better than her boat (we had different boat and on a different tour group while sailing the Halong Bay but the travel agent join us together when we go for Catba Island).

It was shame the food not that good as the view was fantastic from this restaurant. I suggest having food outside instead of the hotel restaurant. The hotel location is very strategies, Right opposite the Ocean with plenty of restaurants, bar and market next door.
chicken sweet corn soup
steam fish with mushrooms
fried ribs
potatoes
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