The owners of Carpe Diem have put a lot of consideration into their property. It has all the basics, a good quality cookware, and a very useful book with information about the town of Castara. The room was perfectly clean when we arrived, which was well appreciated. The studio has a nice balcony, which is great for bird watching and enjoying the view. The room itself is very nice and comfortable. I didn't care for the setup of the washroom, the shower is open to the rest of the washroom, so the whole floor is constantly wet.
We had a bit of trouble during our stay. The housekeeper was sick, so we didn't receive any service during our stay. We also didn't have a cell phone (I had understood that one would be available). Because the studio has wireless internet, we were able to contact the owners, who promptly responded to our concern. However, I wasn't thrilled that the cellphone was borrowed from the housekeeper's son... I had hoped there would be a communal cellphone that the guests shared.
All issues aside, I would definitely stay here again if I was visiting Castara. The rates are reasonable and despite some small hiccups, the studio is a very nice place to stay.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- In the top 5 Speciality Accommodation on TripAdvisor with 129 reviews for last 6 years. All suites have queen size beds and en-suite bathrooms with hot and cold water. Fully equipped kitchen areas with larger than usual refrigerator, real stove/grill, toaster, juicer, water filter etc. Personal safe deposit box. All the rooms have great views of the ocean, without even getting out of bed, and great sunsets as it faces almost due West! ( Banana & Cocoa trees may obscure the studio view a little depending on how they are fruiting!!(House faces 240Degrees). We have just built the "Garden Room" an annex to Studio 2 to accommodate a child/adult so as to give the parents a little more privacy. The 2 safe beaches are 100 yards away and all village amenities are within walking distance. Wi-fi hotspot/5GB broadband! Check with your partner if you are allowed to use it though! A recent couple ended up arguing because he stayed in daily contact with his office...... Ideal for birdwatchers as you can see most of the island's birds from the balcony. We can arrange diving, car hire, rainforest walks etc. Smoking allowed outside on the balcony,( well it is a wooden house! ) A lot of couples seem to get engaged while staying with us so yes we can sort out wedding arrangements as well........................!! We have been awarded the Trip Advisor "Certificate of Excellence" for the last 6 years for which we have to thank our guests for their reviews and trust it means we are getting it right! ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Carpe Diem Villa Hotel Castara
- Carpe Diem Villa Tobago/Castara