We stayed at Pax Guesthouse for four nights as part of a birdwatching holiday. On the plus side the building has historic charm and the situation, half way up a forested hill, is very pleasant. It also has 3 verandahs where you can view birds. It is clean and the food is acceptable.
However the sleeping accommodation is very poor. Most rooms are arranged on a long wooden-floored corridor on the first floor. We knew, before we arrived, that these were not en suite but were nevertheless disappointed that there were only two showers to serve all the women. The men’s facilities were equally limited, though I am told that one of their showers did not work properly. This meant that there were inevitable queues every day with the added incentive that the hot water ran out after the first couple of users. The bedrooms each had a clean but rather cracked sink but only cold water was supplied and no plug so my husband had real difficulties shaving.
We are seasoned travellers and could have put up with the simple washing options had we been able to sleep at night. The rooms are built as adjoining wooden cubicles but the wall adjacent to the corridor stops about 2 feet from the ceiling. This gap ensures that the room is never dark since you cannot block out the corridor lights but by far the worst problem is the noise. You hear everything that occurs in neighbouring rooms however quiet and considerate the other guests. Every conversation can be heard, along with snoring and each journey down the corridor to the toilet through the night. When guests leave very early for a plane it is as though the trundling luggage (at 4am) is adjacent to your bed, which I suppose it is. Our room had a large wardrobe (but no drawers) so unless you are used to hanging up your teeshirts and undies on coat-hangers you have to live out of your case. The mattress on the bed was comfortable but we were supplied with no blankets, just a solitary sheet. A very thin “blanket” was supplied on request.
I know that Pax features on many birdwatching itineraries presumably because of its pleasant location and verandahs but we did not see any birds at Pax which we did not see elsewhere. My advice is that if you have the choice - go somewhere else.
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- Also Known As:
- Pax Guest House Hotel Trinidad