This was the first time I've stayed in a hotel when visiting Trinidad - normally I stay with family members but my fiancé and I didn't want to impose during the Christmas season and also wanted some privacy and romantic time just the two of us. Anyway.. we arrived late on Christmas Day and given that I have a Trini passport we were given a special rate that included breakfast - ok great! The check-in agent also upgrade us to a higher floor, which we also really appreciated. We were a little surprised that the wifi wasn't included in the rate - but wha yuh guh do?
The room was just ok..the bamboo floors don't do it any justice in my opinion - they show a lot of wear and tear,,and the room did look worn in a couple of places (it def needed a fresh coat of paint)..but I suppose I don't expect as much when staying in Trinidad..even if it is at an international chain,,I just know that the standards are different in the Caribbean. But everything else was ok..the view was nice, there was more than enough room to store our belongings, the open plan layout allowed for movement and space, and the shower in the middle of the room..was quite……provocative. ;)
Breakfast in the morning was fantastic, with a ton of of healthy, not-so-healthy, and local options! We were actually surprised to see how busy the hotel was given the time of year. I suppose we weren't the only ones who chose to stay at the Hilton over staying with family. ;) Service was also quick, efficient, and friendly..Oh and we also frequented the coffee bar/cafe downstairs to get our morning cup of joe. Nice touch!
The gym was a good size, although the cardio machines were a little dated. As this is a business hotel, I really expected more from their gym. But again, it was satisfactory for our short stay there. If I was a business traveler and not a leisure traveler, I might have been a bit frustrated.
The infinity pool area was nice, and they have a few lounge chairs to relax in as well both in the sun and in the shade. I expected it to be more "adults only" than it was,,but there happened to be a lot of young families there during our stay. My fiancé didn't really appreciate the loud soca music or the kids running around and splashing (he is British after all),,but not much you can do about that! Can't doc the hotel for it's guests. The drinks were great (he had beer, I had mixed cocktails)..as was the food..order the fish tacos!
We drank at the lobby bar almost every night..and while the prices were steep (what do you expect?) the drinks were good. The roasted bar nuts were delicious as was the hummus appetizer we had. We did have a few sushi rolls as well during our stay which were surprisingly good. The service staff was friendly, although not super enthusiastic like other Caribbean islands i've been to - it's Trinidad after all, which isn't a tourist hot spot.
The hotel is located within close proximity to Downtown, which can be a little sketchy..but truthfully that is the case for all of Trinidad. It's not exactly an island where you can walk around very much. It is much more advisable to drive - unless you are one of those really adventurous types. That being said, there is a "breakfast shed" just a few steps from the hotel that serves delicious local food. Unfortunately it was closed during our stay, but I really recommend anyone staying at the Hyatt go there for at least one local Trini meal!
Our stay in the Hyatt was just ok, not the most memorable - it is a typical business hotel and definitely geared toward the business traveller..but it served its purpose and is probably the best option in Port of Spain. I wish there were more guest houses and B&Bs options in TNT but hopefully that will come in time. If we make it back to Trinidad this is probably where we will stay.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hyatt Regency Trinidad is a high rise hotel at the Port of Spain International Waterfront Development along the waterfront of Trinidad and Tobago's capital city. This 423-room hotel offers contemporary style and a comfortable luxury for Trinidad visitors. Featured in the design is a 16,000-square-foot Grand Ballroom, a 10,000 square-foot multipurpose facility and twelve smaller meeting rooms including two boardrooms. In addition, guests can enjoy a 9,000 square-foot spa with en suite facilities and a serene rooftop infinity pool and terrace with beautiful views of the Gulf of Paria and provides a relaxing escape for business travelers. Dining options range from a fine-dining restaurant, 24 hour café, sushi bar, lobby lounge and bar, in-room dining and poolside bar. Currently the hotel is undergoing a refurbishment. There is limited access to some areas but all amenities are available. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hyatt Regency Trinidad Hotel Port Of Spain
- Hyatt Regency Hotel Trinidad
- Hyatt Port Of Spain
- Port Of Spain Hyatt
- Hyatt Regency Trinidad Port Of Spain