I booked a air/hotel package through aavacations.com for my family for Christmas Dec. 22-28, 2012. The Hyatt Regency Trinidad is rated four star and is considered the best the island has to offer, according to several travel sites and guidebooks. The fare from Piarco airport by taxi is $30 US which we found to be convenient, having just arrived and not wanting to attempt to find a bus or cheaper means of transport. The ride is 17 miles (27km) from the City Center; it usually takes 15-30 minutes, but can last longer than an hour when traffic is heavy.
The Hyatt is on the Cruise Ship Wharf, adjacent to the Chamber of Commerce and Parliament Building. Next door is the Breakfast Shed, an open air coop of fast food vendors which was mentioned in one local brochure as offering some of the best creole/caribbean food in Trinidad.
We checked in and found a standard room to be too small for three; we upgraded to a room with a balcony for a reasonable cost. Rooms are comfortable, including coffee maker, free bottled water (you can drink tap water) robes, hairdryer, the usual. I was happy to discover the electrical outlets are equivalent to those in the United States, so I did not have to use a convertor and adaptor.
Concierge was somewhat helpful. They advised us on restaurants and made reservations. They constantly discouraged us from using local transportation, such as maxi taxis and public busses and instead encouraged us to use hotel taxis which charged exorbitant prices. For instance a taxi ride to Maracas Beach would have cost us $170 US round trip while a ride in a maxi taxi amounted to the equivalent of $3.00 US per person in local currency.
We would recommend this hotel in spite of what I wrote above. It seemed to offer the best amenities, but honestly I did not go to other hotels on the island, I only know what I read about it.
The outstanding characteristics of this hotel include the view of the ocean. Its location is convenient to the city center and wharf.
In Castara, stay at Lillibets (http://www.lillibets.com/). It's an adorable set of 4 self-catered apartments. Get one on the second floor for a gorgeous wrap around deck and the best view of the bay. There were no bugs to worry about because of the beautiful breeze. There's no AC on the top level, but we didn't miss it at all. The downstairs apartments have AC.
We could barely motivate ourselves to go down to the beach it was so beautiful up there. It's a bit of a hike up and down the stairs, but so completely worth it.
While in Castara, buy some fresh fish on the beach and say hi to Nolan. We got the most amazing deals from him (and tell him his Obama t-shirt is coming!).
My husband and I were on our way to Bequia and had to stop over in Trinidad to and from and contacted Orchard View for accommodations for the two nights. Very nice place, with warm and friendly owners, who politely and with smiles saw to our complimentary transfers to and from the airport, which was very convenient for us, since we rathered not to have to find our own way there.
The room that we had was simple, yet contained a very big and ever so comfortable bed, a very good size bath, A/C and really all that we were looking for, for our short stay. What made our stay better was the friendliness and efficient service that they showed us. We would definitely recommend this gh to people we know, for the good location to the airport, lovely accommodations and great owners.
The Orchard View was booked, so they steered us to Sita Singh's place, The Airport Inn. She's 3 minutes from the airport, feeds you breakfast and gives you free airport transfers. It was very clean, quiet and in a nice neighborhood. I highly recommend this inn. The web site is www.airportinntrinidad.com or you can email her at email@example.com.
Loved the proximity to airport
very nice lady picked me up at nearby airport and provided me with a very clean comfortable room in big modern villa with wi-fi. The breakfast was no great experience but definitely a great value for the money and recommended if you are not going into Port of Spain.
Comfy bed, nice bathroon, quiet residential area
Due to insistence of my customer, I agreed to stay here one night. This was one of the nastiest & most miserable hotel experiences of my life. The (tile) floors, walls, bathroom were filthy and cramped. The restaurant was bad.
But the worst parts were the monkeys & roosters. Huh? Yep, in 2000 they kept monkeys & roosters in cages just outside of the hotel. As the sun would rise around 5.30am or so, they would start screeching & rattling their cages. Really pleasant alarm clock -- NOT!
Granted, things may have changed in 7 years -- but why risk it? There are many other fine properties in Trinidad.
This is a nice place to stay, if you love to stay near a lovely beach @ Manazinalla. They have a restaurant and stay is pretty good. We ventured in to the beach early in the morining for the Sunrise...its beautiful.
On the beach. Stay here to watch the Sunrise.
We ended up staying at Moniques the second time we were in Trinidad, basically we were after something near to port of spain, but not too close and this was perfect.
Moniques comes in two halves, there is the hotel, and then kitchenettes, we stayed in the kitchenettes, they were absolutely fantastic, large balconies with views up and down the Maraval valley, 2 double beds, cable TV, kitchen with everything you need, fridge, large bathroom and friendly room service and all for under $90 US!
I don't know what the actual hotel rooms were like but next time I go back to Port of Spain, I will be staying at Moniques (if she has room)
One thing to look out for if you stay at the kitchenettes is the super steep hill leading up to the car park, and then exiting into the traffic on the way out, be careful!!
Moniques is located about 5 minutes from the local superstore and video shops and about 10 minutes from port of spain, it also has a path between the two locations of the hotel so you don't have to brave the Trinidadian driving if you want to ask them something.
Self Containment, views, price, cleanliness, quality, size of bathroom, freedom to do what you want, you name it. Its a great place, again, I didn't stay in the hotel bit, only in ' Moniques on the Hill'.
For a central location in downtown Port of Spain, you might choose the unmistakable 243-room Crowne Plaza Hotel, which was renovated in 2004. Being 14 stories tall, it is one of the tallest buildings in Port of Spain and because of the spaceship-type restaurant on top, you can't miss this hotel. The Crowne Plaza Hotel gives you easy access to downtown, shopping, museums, and cultural sights. The hotel also has an outdoor pool, fitness center, on-site restaurant, a business center and free parking for up to 300 cars. This hotel is part of the Intercontinental Hotel Chain so booking can be done online through their site.
This hotel is within 1 mile of Queen's Savannah Park; Queen's Park Oval Cricket Ground; the National Museum of Trinidad & Tobago, and the Hasley Crawford Stadium; and about 15 miles from the historic Mt. St. Benedict, Asa Wright Nature Preserve and the Pax Guest House.
Room amenties include air-conditioning, hairdryers, coffee-makers, ironing boards & irons, and good bedding but the location of the hotel is also one of its best assets. Guest laundry facilties would definitely be a plus too!
A quick check of online room rates at the Intercontinental Hotel website showed prices began at about $195 per night d/o (2008 prices) including breakfast in July. September and October dates were very slightly less expensive. Prices could be less expensive at other online booking sites.
There are hotels around, but they are greatly overpriced.
You can easily stay with a family, or in a guesthouse for much reduced rates.
It's still pricey (and you pay in US $) but you can negotiate a cheaper rate for a longer period of stay.
Don't expect much in the way of the room, but if you are prepared to live in little or no luxury then you will be fine.
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