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“A beautiful historical oasis”
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Pax Guest House
Ranked #3 of 3 Tunapuna B&B and Inns
Reviewed 26 March 2014

A historic guest house, up above busy Tunapuna. It is blessedly quiet, surrounded by birds and cooled by the breezes. Access can be a challenge if you don't have a car, but taxis will gladly deliver you. Rooms are simple, monastic, clean. The management is incredibly kind and accommodating. Our five year old was able to help "walk" the owners' bunny and guinea pigs in the evening, while we joined the manager for tea in the garden. A very special place, that has housed incredibly important political and intellectual figures over its lifetime. Highly recommended.

Stayed: March 2014
1  Thank Suzanne O
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Reviewed 14 February 2014

This guest house is several hundred feet up on the side of a hill with panoramic views. From the various balconies one can see many species of birds in the gardens and the valley below. The house is nearly 100 years old, is a listed building and has a lot of character and with it comes some issues if you are in the basic rooms on the first floor.

Good points- Gerard the owner and his staff are great and provide service with some style starting with a welcoming rum punch. The bedrooms are a reasonable size, are clean with a comfy bed. The food is excellent with good helpings of a selection of home cooked Trinidadian food. Lovely seating area and library of wildlife books in the entrance and various balconies to enjoy birds, views and sun. Wifi connection. Only 30 mins from airport.

Not so good. Quite a few of the rooms are not ensuite. This in itself is not too much of a problem as the toilets and showers are on same floor and provided you are not in a large party and all want to use the showers when you come back. Most of our showers were luke warm at best. The rooms have open ventilation at the top which along with the fan in the room keeps them a nice temperature. The downside is that the bedrooms are affected by light from the corridor and it can be very noisy in the night if someone is going to the toilet facilities with banging of doors. Your alarm call is at 6am with the bells of the Benedictine monastery ringing out over the area which is not too bad if you wish to go onto the balconies to see early morning birds.

Overall the good points probably just outweighed the others. Anyone in the superior rooms downstairs should have few issues. Well worth considering as a start or finish to your stay in Trinidad if going for bird watching.

Room Tip: Pay the extra for ensuite(if available) . Will be worth it.
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  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank ianatcambridge
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Reviewed 25 January 2014

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.

Room Tip: Only consider the odd few ground floor rooms which are quieter and have en suite facilities.
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  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled as a couple
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5  Thank JILLYAN R
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Reviewed 12 November 2013

A lovely place, simple, rustic with soul and charm. Comfortable and quiet you will be received with hospitality and will hear about the history of the place.
And if you're lucky you'll enjoy a rhum on the terrace and talk about life with the owner.

Stayed: November 2013, travelled with friends
1  Thank Nico D
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Reviewed 27 August 2013

A year back I was on a university trip which took us to Trinidad. We traveled around the beautiful tropical island, stayed in several different locations and the Pax Guest House was by far the best place we stayed throughout the island.

This guest house is located ~30 minutes outside of Port of Spain, Trinidad's capital. It is part of a monastery complex built in the early 1900s and is situated ~300 metres up in the beautiful Northern Range.

Each night there we were greeted with great hospitality as well as fed some amazing Trinidadian food. Supper was made each night for us by the cooks who worked there and it was a buffet style meal. The rooms were well cleaned and very comfortable, albeit got a little hot sometimes, however keeping the window open allowed for the fresh mountain/jungle air to cool it down during the night (didn't have any problems with bugs doing this!).

The best place to chill and relax with a nice Carib Lager was on the back patio just off the dining room. Both evenings were spent here talking with the ever so friendly guest house manager about Trinidadian culture, as well as the natural fauna and flora. The songs from all the jungle birds just off in the proximal canopy was also quite a surreal touch!

All in all this accommodation was well worth the value and with such a beautiful setting was the perfect place to just relax and take in the natural beauty that Trinidad has to offer. The hosts also showed the classic Trinidadian hospitality that you don't forget!

  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled with friends
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2  Thank Nicholas W
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Reviewed 14 August 2013

Bet you didn't know. You can actually book a romantic breakfast for two, or a quiet family breakfast, without actually staying overnight.

Visited with the family in Aug 2013, as part of the stay-cation. The breakfast which consisted of a fruit plate (pawpaw, bananas, watermelon), followed by homemade bread (toasted), eggs, ham and salad, was served quickly and tasted great. Of course tea/coffee service and juice was also provided.

The service was excellent and the price extremely reasonable. Will do it again soon.

2 thumbs up!!

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled with family
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4  Thank gsingh
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Reviewed 20 June 2013

We stayed here on our way out of Trinidad, and it was a peaceful way to unwind and relax before hopping on a plane. (it's surprisingly near the airport). The building and rooms are very nice, clean and comfortable, and staff are very professional. It was a step up from the very simple guesthouses where we had been staying and was a real treat. Not a lot to do there, but that was fine with us. The food was tasty (though we were hungry at lunchtime - few options). We enjoyed exploring the area around the church and along the hillside.

Stayed: March 2013, travelled with family
2  Thank Jennie M
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Address: Mount St. Benedict, Tunapuna, Trinidad
Region: Caribbean > Trinidad and Tobago > Trinidad > Tunapuna
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Ranked #3 of 3 B&Bs / Inns in Tunapuna
Price Range: £57 - £94 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Pax Guest House 3*
Number of rooms: 35
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