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We arrived in Port of Spain on a WestJet red-eye at 7:00am. Flying in over the city we were struck by the sight of massive traffic jams on every road. We knew we would soon be more than just observers. The good news was that we had plenty of time to absorb the sights, sounds and smells of the tropics as we made the 20km taxi trip to our hotel in …
Another early start, following a 6am microwave pinging wake
up call. Was at the bus station before 8am but a complete waste of time as the
ticket booth doesn't open til 8 on a Saturday and the bus left at 8 – the next
wasn’t til 9 though no-one will tell you that – the ticket person can’t be
bothered and information don’t seem to work at that hour and the timetables
shown are only for weekdays.
It’s a ...
Upstairs these lovely old colonial houses have all the rooms
off a central corridor with a covered veranda going all the way around the
outside so each room had light and natural ventilation – bathrooms &
kitchens were downstairs. Here, as downstairs is owners quarters, they have
slotted in kitchens and bathrooms in closed off sections of the veranda. My
move to get away from puking man and get better sleep has meant a room with 2
The big problem with these traditional houses is the thin
non-insulated walls that don’t reach the ceiling and the boards that run
through from one room to another – this means you can see and feel every
movement of your neighbour – in my case it was a very heavy footed guy who was
ill and had to get up every 25 mins thoughout the night to puke – his
thunderous run to throw up and the ...
... the Black Africans that had come to this island as slaves and had their descendents remain and eventual become free and helped form the independent and prosperous nation of Trinidad and Tobago. There was a long line passing thru port security that needed to be waited before boarding the ship. This turned into a great experience as we were treated by one musical vendor to a truly Caribbean version of Margaretville on the most Caribbean of instruments; the ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
Very pleased with this hotel! Our early arrival request (9:30am) was accommodated with a smile. Staff were uniformly courteous, efficient, and helpful - suggesting an excellent training culture. The restaurant was very good, but not cheap (lunch was $50 US.) Rooms were excellent - comfortable, quiet and well equipped. Prior to our stay we read reviews suggesting that the hotel was "run down" - an unfair assessment, in my view.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hilton Trinidad and Conference Centre Port of Spain
I stayed at the Hilton Trinidad over the Thanksgiving weekend. Let me start by saying that I have stayed at many hotels in many different countries and so I feel I know a thing or two about them. Anyway I booked the hotel on Hotwire for $85 US per night which is great because through Expedia, Hilton or over the phone it would have cost $ 130 per night. When I checked in they put me in room 6...something and it was scary! The balcony rail was shaky and the room to left off the balcony was condemed and they used it for storage. There was no view from the room except for a big tree. The room itself had a musky smell, a dirty green shaggy carpet, a small outdated bathroom. The room felt like a motel off the side of a highway. Even the hallway was gloomy and musky. After 1 night I decided that even though I was paying $85 a night I still deserved better, I went up to the front desk to discuss my scary room with them and they agreed that it was unacceptable. The next day they moved me to room 558 on the other side of the hotel. I felt like I went to a new hotel, the room was clean, modern, nice carpet, big modern bathroom etc. I had a great view off the balcony of the gulf or Paria and the mountains....it was night and day. So make sure you request a more updated room. The breakfast in the restaurant was great for about $15 US. Room service was slow and not that good....go out to eat. The location is the best on the Island and close to all attractions. If your looking for a bit of nightlife check out "51 degrees" nightclub on Cipriani Blvd Thursday night for Karaoke like no other or "Jenny's on the Blvd" for happy hour on Friday around 6pm.
Not a lot of choices in T'dad
I travel often to Port of Spain on Biz. There is little choice. the Hilton tries in some areas, but is lacking in others. beds are cheap, the linens and towels are cheaper. The property is nice with great views of the Savanah. Great Breakfast Buffet with lots of local dishes. dinner is forgetable. The Biggest problem is the hotels tendancy to have bands playing all night long around the pool. you really can't escape the noise. i sleep very poorly when i am in POS.
Outdoor poolside dinning, June 2003
Had a sunday brunch, food was ok but over price there should have been a band playing, started really late and play for a very short time the meal wasnot worth 40.00 us dollars per person.
A little scary for a Hilton
I have stayed at this hotel several times as an airline crewmember. We had a guard on our floor, but this place just gives me the creeps. Hot water seems to be a problem. This hotel would be great if Hilton would renovate and brighten up the guest rooms.
What a Relief It Was!
The MOST COMFORTABLE BEDS I have slept in, for a Trinidadian hotel. Yes, the bathrooms are a little outdated, but who cares? The staff were most gracious, warm, and courteous. The short walk to the Savanah is great. The breakfast buffet is excellent. I prefer this hotel to any in which I have stayed in Trinidad.
A nightmare from the 70's
A magnificient bit of architecture. An upside-down hotel. While the staff try their very best to please the liming clients, the gloomy daunting feel of a 70's sitcom film stage gone-wrong awaits to welcome the tired visitor.
The rooms are in desperate need of upgrading. the flowery feel has to go. Having spent two months staying in this hotel I'm definately in need of some IKEA shopping.
The plus points include: 1. The excellent gym 2. The proximity to the Savanah
Nice older hotel. Staff was friendly and helpful. Nice gym. Good breakfast buffet. Decent water pressure, good A/C. Only negatives were: ants in room and lousy ironing board.
Needs a major overhaul
Staying here during carnival was a very disorienting and disappointing experience. Staff were abrupt and frantic, and rooms are rundown--worn carpet, outdated bathrooms--and very overpriced for what they offer. Don't waste your time on the restaurants here, either--all of the food is mediocre. Someday, someone will open a boutique hotel in Port of Spain and make a forture; until then, this shabby motel de luxe is about the only game in town.
All most perfect
The hotel was comfortable, however their tour desk is the worst.The best day was when I hired an outside independent guide.Try Stephen (868) 624 7281 He was fantastic.
Up is Down and Down is up
The Trinidad Hilton is a hotel built into the side of a hill. The lobby is on the top and the rooms are underneath. You go up to the lobby and down to your room. (I still get confused but I have fun each time)
I always stay at this fine hotel and have enjoyed the excellent service. I recommend it for anyone travelling, and expecially business travellers.