International brand name hotels
There are several big international chains represented in Trinidad, mostly clustered in Port of Spain and offering the kind of quality accommodation you would expect from these popular brands, including:
Port of Spain
- Hyatt Regency Trinidad: on the Port of Spain waterfront – www.trinidad.hyatt.com
- Hilton Trinidad & Conference Centre: on a hilltop overlooking the Queen’s Park Savannah – www.hiltontrinidadhotel.com
- Courtyard by Marriott: near downtown Port of Spain – www.marriott.com
Near the airport
- Holiday Inn Express: near Piarco international airport – www.hcltt.com
If you are looking for something more local, there are a number of independently owned and operated hotels on the island.
Port of Spain
- Kapok Hotel: locally-owned hotel on the residential side of the Queen’s Park Savannah’s periphery – www.kapokhotel.com
- Royal Hotel: Trinidad and Tobago was both independent and a republic by the time this hotel was founded in 1978. So why is it Royal? Not because it is housed in a house that once overlooked a sugar estate, nor because it was built by the son of a former mayor of San Fernando. It is on Royal Road – www.royalhoteltt.com
- Tradewinds Hotel: Founded in 1950, as a small (12-room) hotel catering mainly to oil industry executives, this establishment claims to be the oldest in San Fernando. It currently has 41 rooms, and amenities include a hairdresser, gym and mini-mart – www.tradewindshotel.com
- Cara Suites: a mini-chain of two hotels, one in Guyana and one in Trinidad – www.carahotels.com. The company also has an affiliation with guided tour company, Wilderness Explorers – www.wilderness-explorers.com
Inns we have in abundance. Boutique, budget, city, suburb, romantic, no-frills, we have them all, all over the island. If the guest-house is your preferred place to stay the range of choices is extensive.
- The Allamanda Inn: In Woodbrook, Port of Spain – www.theallamanda.com
- Par-May-La’s Inn: Another Port of Spain establishment – www.parmaylas.com
- Halyconia Inn: In Cascade, Port of Spain – www.halyconiainn.com
- CrewsInn: Marina and shore-side accommodation in Chaguaramas, Trinidad’s northwest peninsula – www.crewsinn.com
- Jammev Beach Resort: A retreat in the surprisingly remote northeastern village of Toco – www.jammevbeachresorts.com
We are, after all, a great birds-and-butterflies destination. Add to that some good hiking and lots of things to do outdoors, it’s no wonder some of the more enchanting places to stay are the ones accommodating the visitor who wants to be one with nature.
- Asa Wright Nature Centre: Guest House accommodation at one of the oldest, and most respected, nature centres in the Caribbean, includes guided morning orientation sessions and after-dark activities such as video presentation or night tours of the grounds – www.asawright.org
- Paria Springs Eco Commmunity: A network of eco-tourism service providers based primarily in the Northern Range village of Brasso Seco, the community offers accommodations in host homes or guest houses – www.pariasprings.com
Definitely a good option for extended stays or large informal groups. You’ll find them in or near most major towns and cities. There is an abundance of such places near many beaches, as popular with locals as tourists. They may be rented houses, apartments or small complexes. Particularly in-demand around Carnival, when hotel accommodation can be at a premium.
- Sundeck Suites: Self-catering apartments in Port of Spain – www.sundecktrinidad.com
- Crosswinds Villa Bed & Breakfast: hosted by the Lendor family in Santa Cruz – www.crosswindsvilla.com
For the dedicated sunbather, surfer or turtle-watcher, beach accommodation takes many forms, most of them listed above. No grand beach resorts in Trinidad, but some charming inns and boutique hotels.