In the heart of the capital, a warm hotel with a lovely, welcoming staff.
The often overused term of “a hotel making guests feel like family” is not out of place at this newly renovated property just a 45 minute drive from Piarco International Airport. Resembling a small boutique hotel, staff here are courteous, thoughtful and engage with guests on a personal level creating an atmosphere of luxury, without the price tag.
Rather than a formulaic ‘box store’ hotel, the property has gone to lengths to incorporate local purveyors and artisans with furniture and artwork that add authenticity and sense of place. Dark wood chairs are offset by brightly coloured paintings of local fruit, carnival dancers and cricketers on the field.
The adherence to local also extends to the menu at Centro, the on-site restaurant serving breakfast and an all day menu. Local dishes at breakfast like accra (salt cod fritters, see image below) and pumpkin chokha (sauteed pumpkin with spices) served alongside traditional continental regulars (cereal, bread, pastry, eggs, bacon) allow a taste of familiar with the more exotic. Lunch and dinner offerings include everything from chicken wings, flatbread and burgers to generous portions of meat and vegetarian curry with vegetables and rice, Italian inspired pasta dishes and fresh grilled fish with mashed potatoes.
Gregarious Stephon, a young waiter at the restaurant is both professional and attentive, all while informing guests about what musts there are to see, do and eat for a true “Trini experience” while on island (doubles, the local street food top the list).
The 119 guest rooms and suites are modern and spacious, with modern tech outlets ideal for the business traveler and the soft white, beige, blue and green colour palette in rooms echo the Caribbean landscape. For long stay guests, book the one bedroom courtyard suite, a 702 square foot home away from home complete with kitchen, dining and living area, separate bedroom with balcony, king bed and large bathroom with walk-in shower and double sinks.
The property is approximately 10 minutes from downtown Port of Spain. Guests will also find a business centre, 24 hour market, valet or self service coin laundry, fitness facility, and outdoor pool.
Invaders Bay, Audrey Jeffers Highway, Port of Spain Trinidad and Tobago; marriott.com/POSCY
This original article first appeared in the Winter 2019/2020 issue of City Style and Living Magazine.