When it comes to the Port
of Spain hotels, those looking for budget-minded options will be happy to
know that there are quite a few well-priced inns and guesthouses to choose from.
Guesthouses are akin to hostels, and are generally small, family-run establishments
that are low on room counts and overall amenities. While basic, they are hard
to beat when it comes to value. When more luxurious lodging in Port of Spain
is what you’re after, there are a handful of brand name options with more amenities.
Whenever booking a room at one of the Port of Spain hotels, you’ll want to make
sure to do so in advance if you are choosing to visit during the Trinidad
and Tobago Carnival. The Carnival takes place during the week leading up
to Ash Wednesday. During the festivities, it can be rather difficult to secure
a Port of Spain accommodation and rates increase significantly. Other cities
on the island of Trinidad,
such as Arima and Chaguanas,
simply don’t boast many hotels, so Port of Spain is really the best place to
base yourself if you want a good selection of hotels to choose from.
When finding luxury lodging in Port of Spain is part of your plan, it’s hard
to do better than the Hyatt Regency Trinidad. This modern hotel promises both
business and leisure travelers a comfortable stay and is easily among the top
luxury hotels in
Trinidad and Tobago. In
addition to upscale, modern rooms, the Hyatt Regency Trinidad also boasts a
fine restaurant that specializes in both Trinidad and Tobago cuisine
and international food. Other facilities here include a Tapas bar and lounge,
a rooftop pool, a 24-hour gym, and a relaxing spa. The Hyatt Regency Trinidad
is found in the new Waterfront Centre near the harbor, and for business travelers,
that means easy access to the large Waterfront Conference Center. You’re also
not far from the Brian
Lara Promenade. As for the hotel’s own meeting and event space, there are
no less than 43,000 square feet of it. The skilled meeting staff can help you
arrange anything from a corporate affair to a lavish destination wedding.
There are 428 well-appointed rooms at this top of the line Port of Spain accommodation,
and whether you opt for a more standard Deluxe or Double room, or choose instead
to go with a suite or a Regency Club room, the in-room amenities are complete.
Besides cozy signature beds, these amenities include a flat-screen television,
an iPod clock radio, a dual-line phone, high-speed internet access, complimentary
toiletries, a coffee maker, a hair dryer, an iron and ironing board, and 24-hour
room service. Parking is available at an onsite parking garage, and car service
to and from the airport can be arranged.
While not as new and elegant as the Hyatt Regency Trinidad, the Courtyard by Marriott Port of Spain is another excellent choice for amenity-filled Port of Spain hotels. You’re within walking distance of the city center when staying in one of the 119 rooms at the Courtyard, so you can easily access a number of shops and restaurants, and there is also a movie theater close by. While the rooms and suites here are not overly spectacular when it comes to design, they are rather well-appointed. Guestroom amenities include luxury bedding, a work desk, internet access, cable television, in-room temperature control, a clock radio, a tea/coffee maker, a safe, a hair dryer, and an iron/ironing board. Room service is available from 6 until 11 p.m., and the onsite restaurant serves Trinidad and international cuisine for both breakfast and dinner. Other facilities at the Courtyard by Marriot Port of Spain include a fitness gym, airline and car rental desks, and almost 25,000 square feet of meeting space.
There are other chain brand Port of Spain hotels to choose from in and around town, but for those looking for a smaller and more quaint stay, the city’s inns are often a good way to go. Among the best inns in Port of Spain are the Coblentz Inn and the Forty Winks Inn. The Coblentz Inn is the more expensive of the two, and it is found just outside of the city in the quiet suburb of Cascade. Chic is a good word for describing the Coblentz Inn, and even if you don’t stay here, you should enjoy at least one meal at its restaurant, which is one of the best in Port of Spain. Most of the 16 rooms here carry a themed decor, which is a nice touch if you get one that does. All of the rooms are charming and comfortable, and each features a full kitchenette, a desk, internet access, cable TV, air conditioning, a stocked mini-bar, complimentary bath accessories, a robe, a CD player/radio, a safe, and an iron and ironing board. Room service is available and a complimentary breakfast is included in the rates. The Coblentz Inn is a wonderful place to come back to after seeing the sights around town, or perhaps after a trip to the beach at nearby Maracas Bay.
The Forty Winks Inn, which is found in a central location, is a more affordable inn for those seeking cheap hotels in Port of Spain. It only has 5 rooms to choose from, and while these rooms are pretty basic, they are also clean and comfortable. Amenities are limited, but include cable television, complimentary internet access, and a telephone. Each room has a private bathroom with soap and towels, and a warm breakfast is included in the friendly rates. Speaking of friendly, the staff at the Forty Winks Inn goes out of its way to please, which is aided by the fact that there are only 5 rooms here. Be sure to check out the rooftop garden when staying at the Forty Winks, as it is a wonderful place to enjoy a break.
For something a bit different when it comes to lodging in Port of Spain, you might try getting one of the 3 rooms at the recently renovated Gingerbread House Bed and Breakfast. Originally built in the 1920s, the Gingerbread House is a nice example of a traditional Trinidad house, and it can be found in the suburb of Woodbrook. Should you stay here, you are within walking distance of a number of good restaurants, and you can be in the heart of town in no time if you hail a cab or hop on a maxi tax bus. Among the charms of the Gingerbread House Bed and Breakfast are its agreeable rates, and while the rooms are not luxurious, they offer charm and comfort. Each features an ensuite bathroom, cable TV, air conditioning, a fridge, a telephone, and a ceiling fan. A full breakfast is included in the low rates, and there is a small splash pool and sunning deck where guests can relax while planning their next Trinidad tour or shopping excursion. It will prove hard to find another Port of Spain accommodation option that offers as much overall value as the Gingerbread House B&B, which is a big reason why it’s worth a look.