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Disgusting Hotel and Horrible Ripoff
This hotel is one of those rare gems which belongs in the "no star" category. We made the mistake of ignoring all the reviews on Tripadvisor, thinking that people were just exaggerating and that the hotel couldn't be that bad. Boy were we wrong! In retrospect the right thing to do was to stay in Port of Spain. Even the locals have a bad image of Bel Air. My sister was promptly informed by the tourist information desk at Piarco Airport not to stay there and a gentleman who overheard her conversation with the agent told her he would "absolutely never" stay there, especially with small children.
The room had a funky musty smell that permeated everything as if the place had not been aired out in weeks. The pillows and sheets also reeked of BO and I had a sneaking suspicion that it was the result of decades of caked on funk. The furniture was from the 70's including white plastic lawn furniture for the table. The TV was nice though there was no cable or satellite so we only picked up one local channel. Seriously, the impression I had of this room was of an inner-city place that rented by the hour. It didn't even have real windows but rather frosted shutters! And the most awful aspect of this whole thing was that we paid $107US for it!!! In the US or Canada a hotel room like this would have gone for at most $30US.
Though the room and appearance of this hotel leaves much to be desired I will say that the service was actually pretty decent. It was efficient and the staff seemed to have much experience in dealing with overnight travellers with early morning connections. The waiter in the restaurant was quite friendly too. It was a stark contrast from the actual accommodations.
Where is the standard?
I stayed there because its convenient as I was told ,and as someone mentioned you can avoid Port spain traffic and be early at the airport because its practically there, but..
sheets, pillows, Air conditioning without control, no remote for Tv which by the buy catchs only one channel.. welcome to a very low standard
please do not fall on the trap of their photos, it is really bad!!!
My God! It's definitely the worst hotel I've ever visited
This hotel is terrible. Unfortunately, I have had to stay there on a number of occasions to facilitate an early morning departure. The rates are high, the service is terrible. It hasn't been redecorated since the seventies, the A/Cs are archaic, the beds unconfortable, the bed linens tacky, the pillows lumpy and smelly, and not to mention the buffet which is many times cold. They really, really need to do something about their standards urgently.
Avoid it if at all possible
The architectural drawings of the planned new hotel posted in the main lounge (which look like they've been there for years), only serve to magnify the bare-bones rooms and run-down quarters. I have never stayed in a worse hotel (and been soaked about $100 US with taxes), and I've been a world traveler (on a budget) for years. There was a double bed in the room and a night stand, and that was it. The bathroom was so uninviting I never showered there (was there only one night), and rarely used the facilities. Two other couples who had stayed overnight there the next night, shared similar stories when I met them the next day on the same live-aboard dive boat. Though its very close to the airport (in fact, all rooms open out to a smelly [airline fuel] view of the airport runway with jet planes just a stone's throw away), you would better to find a hotel in Port of Spain, about a $20 taxi ride away.
I wish I slept in the airport.
This place was awful. For more the $100 for two people, we had dingy sheets, a scuzzy bathroom, a rickety old a.c., and planes shaking everything all night. The airport benches would have been uncomfortable, but cheaper and cleaner than the rooms here. Its much better to stay at a guesthouse or find a hotel in Port of Spain. The tour books don't say anything about the place being so bad, so we thought it might be okay, but it truly is a waste of $ and made us worried about the rest of the hotels we had booked for our trip in Tobago, (although the others were a joy). Don't begin or end your holiday here just because its close to the airport!
Don't Always Believe What You See!
I was born in Tobago, but have lived in the US all but 4 of my 31 years of my life. I started going back home at least once a year since 1998 to visit my relatives and just to connect with my heritage. I don't have to stay in the hotels when I go to Tobago, but do have to overnight it in Trinidad. I always stay near the airport because I usually take the first flight out of Trinidad on the Tobago Express the morning after I arrive in Trinidad. In 2000 I made reservations via the internet to stay at Bel Air International Airport. My decesion was based solely on the appearance that I saw online, and the attractions that were offered (i.e. wake up call, pool, continental breakfast, etc.). Let's just say, when the car pulled up to the front door, I wanted to tell the driver take me back to the airport. It was a complete mess there. A good case of false advertisement at it's best.
Because I had to pay in full in order to make the reservation, I was stuck. I decided to take the loss and stay at a relatives house near Trincity instead.
Avoid at all costs
Worst hotel I ever stayed in, and it has left scars on my soul even though it was only for one night. For 103 us-dollars I got this: Dirty sheets with stains and pubic hairs, broken AC from the sixties and rotten roof that was practically falling in (actually the whole building seems to be made out of cardboard). Cold coffee in the morning for wich they will charge you a vast amount of money. Did´nt see any roaches though, I guess they´re standards a little higher than this...
Good for one night
We had to stay there because we missed a connecting flight. It is not bad but It is only a place to stay if you have to and no more than one night. One good thing is that it's near the airport so you avoid the long ride to Port of Spain. Ask for a room in the building, not by the pool (those are the ones with roaches...)
My experience in this hotel was lousy. besides hotel guests, they have roaches as their guest as well.
its a disgrace to call this hotel "belair"
The worst airport hotel...
I had the misfortune to pick this hotel and stay there in April. For what they charge they have a really lousy hotel. The only experience worse than this was staying at the Transit Hotel in Sheremetyvo,, Moscow.
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