James Holiday Resort - Reader Reports & Opinion
James Holiday Resort
James was disappointing. The room were very small and bathrooms sort of run down. The owner chases you out of the pool at 8pm every night. What I found especially hilarious is that the picture you have posted in the Accommodations section is misleading. It appears that the pool is in front of the two wings when in fact it is at the side of one. In the picture, the where you see the pool, the carpark is actually situated there!! There is a gate that can be locked to restrict the pool access so it is not as you see it in front of the rooms. We had to ask for towels. A/C is very loud and works poorly...atleast my room. The only plus is that is is indeed walking distance to the Airport and Store Bay.
Eventually, I switched to Sunshine Holiday Apartments on Milford Road. Accommodation there was 100% better. They have different types of rooms: single, double, with lofts, rooms to accommodate 6 etc etc. Even more affordable than James and very clean and tastefully furnished. Maybe just 3 minutes drive from Store Bay.
James Car Rental
I stayed at James Holiday resort around June 03 as it was highly recommended by a Tobagonian friend. What a mistake but this is not about the 'resort' since everone else has covered that.
I rented a car from him and found myself with an old beat-up looking car whose A/C was not working and windows gave problems to go up and down. To make things worse, we decided to drive around Tobago but only made it as far as Roxborough. After stopping for gas the car wouldn't start and after checking around, we realised that the battery was bone-dry! thank god a guy had jumper cables and the nearby roadside vendor had some club soda (a good substitute for battery water). We made it back to Amadeas restaurant with the intention of having James come and collect the car. well, we waited a good two hours for that to happen even though he is located no more that 20 mins from the restaurant. He strained himself to give us an apology and would not even think of giving even a partial refund.
Without reservation, Iadvise all to stay clear of James' resort and car rental until he changes his attitude and improves his facilities. I suspect this will be never.
Scuba Diving In July
I am planning to visit Tobago in July and i am wondering about the water conditions, visability, currents etc. Also i would like to book a diving package with hotel included, unless the weather/conditions are too dodgy in which case i would just book dives when i get there. I am bringing my son who is a diver as well so i need buget/nice accomodations. Not asking for too much hopefully.