Trinidad and Tobago Travel Guide
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This weekend, President Obama headed to the Caribbean islands of Trinidad & Tobago with a US delegation for the Fifth Summit of the Americas, and, as we know, he and his ginormous posse shacked up at the Hilton Trinidad, renting out the whole place for the weekend.
But the three-day summit itself was held over at the Hyatt Regency Trinidad, which HC commenter thirteenright, who has stayed at both the TT Hilton and the TT Hyatt, mentioned was "a much nicer hotel more suitable for this kind of thing" (we assume "this kind of thing" means hosting bigtime world leaders). The conference was a place for the western hemisphere's leaders to get together to discuss "the theme of securing our citizens' future by promoting Human Prosperity, Energy Security and Environmental Sustainability."
Rates in this posh 428-room property start at $159, and the place features a rooftop infinity pool, a 24-hour fitness center, a restaurant with gulf views, and a lobby lounge where someone important surely toasted to making progress in the world this weekend.
Another day, another hotel fitness room in which President Obama can go work out. This weekend, while he's heading down to the Caribbean islands of Trinidad & Tobago with a 1,000-strong US delegation for the Fifth Summit of the Americas, the Prez will be shacking up at the Hilton Trinidad, all of whose 380 rooms have been reserved for him and his massive posse.
Hopefully, during the three-day summit which convenes the 34 "democratically elected leaders of the Western Hemisphere," Barack will have some precious alone time for paddling in their pool shaped like the island of Trinidad and hitting their squash and tennis courts. The Hilton itself is no stranger to hosting high-security guests, and in the past have made people like former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, Britain's Prince of Wales and former South African President Nelson Mandela feel right at home. Here's hoping that the secret service has already scoped out the hotel's jogging track and fitness center; we wouldn't want Obama to have to spend an entire long island weekend cooped up in office chairs just because the rowing machine is broken.
Once the US delegation departs at the end of the summit on Sunday night, the Hilton will return to its normal, non-commander in chief duties, which focuses on offering regular vacationers like us the very same rooms starting at $169 a night.
The Hyatt Regency Trinidad has been open not much more than a year, but it's already being trusted to host Barack Obama and a bunch of his friends when the Summit of the Americas heads to Trinidad in April.
This is the fifth time that leaders of the 34 member nations will meet up, and this time round they'll be discussing important stuff like human prosperity, energy, security and environmental sustainability--all on the ocean-front location in Port of Spain.
The hotel is actually (but not surprisingly) completely sold-out during the summit, which runs from April 17 to 19. Now we just wonder how the hotel's general manager decides who gets the Diplomat Suite and who gets the Presidential Suite. The good news is that even the politicians at the bottom of the pecking order will be able to run their countries from their room because there's WiFi throughout.
Jaunted opened our eyes last week to the party central that is Trinidad and Tobogo when Carnival rolls into town. The festival, which celebrates several religious and cultural events (in the form of nearly naked dancers), takes place this year on February 25 but Trinidad and Tobogo will actually start kicking off the celebrations in a few weeks.
If the debauchery of Mardi Gras in New Orleans has gotten a bit tiresome for you and you can't quite make it to Rio de Janeiro, then this could be the easiest way to try out Carnival. For a safe, reliable choice in Trinidad and a way to earn up to 20,000 bonus loyalty points, consider the new Hyatt Regency.
The east coast is starting to really feel like fall--or worse yet, winter--and just like clockwork, the New York Times used their travel section this past weekend to go ga-ga for the Caribbean. In addition to an article gushing 39 reasons to go tropical this year, they wrote a mostly positive review of the Hyatt Regency Trinidad in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad.
The hotel opened last January, and the NYT reports that the obligatory opening kinks seem to be mostly smoothed out by now. That equals a solid addition to the sparse Trinidad hotel scene, particularly for business travelers, where travelers have long lamented Trinidad’s outdated hotels and inflated prices. Rooms start at a reasonable $179, the staff is apparently attentive and professional, and guests have the run of a gym, spa, pool, and four eateries. So far, so good, minus one big caveat: guests pay about $14 a day for WiFi.
Such an odd name but such a great deal.
The hotel is small but ideal if you are looking for lazy days on the beach and scuba-diving activities. Nightlife is slow so you may have to go to the other side of the island for some action.
Recent reviewers seemed to love the place and surprisingly almost all of the reviews came from Europeans. So if you want to hook up with a Euro, this might be the spot.
Offer good through April 15.