I was on business in Port of Spain from May through August 2011 and was looking for a long-term place to stay. When inquiring at many different guesthouses throughout the area, it was easy to choose Thanna's. The owner, Anna, was responsive from the very beginning and promptly answered all of my questions and was quick to address any of my concerns. The reviews of Thanna's were good, and the rates that Thanna's was charging were excellent (compared to the nearly 2,000USD monthly rates of her competitors).
My only concern before I arrived was about the safety. I had heard that Belmont, the area of Port of Spain where Thanna's was located, was not particularly safe. However, Anna was quick to reassure me that Thanna's was in a safe part, and I was comforted to learn that Thanna's was gated, with two locked gates in addition to the lock on my individual room. Also, Anna and her family lived right next door, so if there were ever any problems, they would be close by.
As soon as I arrived, all of my worries disappeared. Anna was extremely friendly and welcoming. Her hospitality was especially touching considering her daughter had given birth on the very day that I arrived! Yet, she went out of her way to make me feel comfortable and to let me get oriented around the neighbourhood.
My room was small, but immaculate, and had everything I needed - a bed, linens, satellite television, and air conditionining. Since I was staying for a longer period, Anna even moved a desk inside so that I would have some working space. The washroom that I used was always clean, and I was given fresh linens whenever I needed. I was given a lockable cupboard in the communal kitchen to store pantry items, and I was invited to make use of the refrigerator for any of my groceries. The kitchen was equipped with everything that one might need, so it was easy to prepare meals for myself. I know that short term guests are treated to breakfast made by Anna in the morning.
Other common areas such as the dining area, sitting areas and garden were always clean and quiet, and I enjoyed making use of them. My only complaint - and it is a slight one - was that the internet was occasionally a little slow; however, during my stay (a year ago) I know Anna was making a business centre in the lower level of the guesthouse, so I expect that would have improved by now.
The location was perfect for me. It was a 10 minute walk for me to get to work. Thanna's is also a short 5 minute walk to the Queen's Park Savannah, a large park where people go jogging, where cricket is played and where many food stalls, concerts, and festivals are held. Surrounding the Savannah are a few good restaurants, a gym, and an arts and music hall where nice concerts can be seen. Thanna's is also relatively close to Woodbrook (a great spot for nightlife in Trinidad), which is about a 20 minute walk away.
Anna is also great at arranging any taxis or transportation that you might need. She is also very knowledgeable about Trinidad, and can make a number of suggestions for sightseeing. Thanks to her, I was able to join an exciting hiking and trekking group during my time in Port of Spain.
Best of all about Thanna's is that you really feel it is your home away from home. Anna and her family are always there to help and make you feel welcome. It was so nice to come home every day from work and see Anna and have a chat with her after a long day. She truly made my stay in Port of Spain an unforgettable one, and I would recommend Thanna's to anyone going to Trinidad - whether for a short trip or long stay. Thanks Anna!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We are a "Trini home away from home" haven which boasts friendly, helpful and courteous staff. Thanna’s Place is a family run business with a unique feature of privacy - "you call us when you need us." Thanna’s owners are just a stone’s throw away. Located 15 minutes from the heart of the capital, Port of Spain and a 5 minute walk to the Queen’s Park Savannah, Thanna’s location offers you convenient transport when planning a business or pleasure trip. Whether for shopping, eating out or night life, there is a choice of public transport or private taxi service at your doorstep. At Thanna’s Place you can look forward to convenience, affordability, comfort, warmth and a friendly atmosphere! We welcome you to your Trini home. Come join us at Thanna’s Place, Bed and Breakfast. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Thanna's Place, Bed & Breakfast Trinidad/Port Of Spain