Top River Pearl - Reader Reports & Opinion
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Sarah Van Baak from Netherlands visited in March 2017 and awarded
We had a lovely stay at the Top River Pearl. The location is good and quiet, not even 5 minutes from the seafront.
Our room was fine for two with a nice balcony. It was equipped for self-catering but we availed ourselves frequently of the cooking skills of Martha and Joel for breakfast and dinner. Lovely food.
They were also very helpful in arranging transportation and providing local information.
from Germany visited in August 2015 and awarded
wir wollten dir auf diesen Weg nochmal danken, das du den Aufenthalt in Charlotteville, leider nur 3 Tage (nächstes Mal gerne länger), so bereichert hast.
Es war Urlaub im Urlaub;-)
Dein Apartment ist ein Traum, zum wohnen in der Karabik einfach optimal.
Über das Dorf muss man eigentlich gar nichts mehr sagen, wenn man in den Genuss gekommen ist und den traumhaften Ausblick vom Balkon geniesen konnte.
Dein Kaffee, so mal nebenbei, ist der Beste von der Insel.
Wir haben uns vom ersten Moment an bei dir wohlgefühlt.
Hoffentlich hast du immer viele Gäste, die du betreuen kannst, dass hat man gespürt, dass das Wohl, deiner Besucher, dir am Herzen liegt.
Danke für alles, und wir kommen auf jeden Fall wieder.
Die Familie aus Bayern
Mark Monkman from Sweden visited in January 2015 and awarded
We absolutely loved our stay here! Charlotteville itself really is a working fishing village, and Pirates bay is the beach to head to, it's simply divine! It was our first time in the Caribean, and when we stepped onto our balcony on our first morning, we were blown away by the verdant hillside, all intact rain forest, just stunning!
We stayed in the room on the first floor, the room itself was clean and had a little kitchenette, fine for simple meals. The balcony was amazing, really spacious and great for lounging on and drinking some of Rainers coffee!
The owner, Rainer, is a really nice guy, really helpful regarding the area and anything we needed. He told us not to bother buying the bottled water, and that we should fill our bottles from the natural spring at the top of the village. At first we were skeptical as there was a little moss in the gutter. He kindly explained that it is regularly cleaned, and in fact great water that he and the locals drink. So, we did drink the water all week and were perfectly fine! No doubt it is much better for you than sanitized bottled water! Thanks Rainer!
As seems to be common knowledge, there is little luxury accommodation out of Crown Point. If you want luxury accommodation and resort style places, then Charlotteville isn't for you. Restaurants and shops largely open as and when they want. So you have to be flexible and go with the flow. But if you want to get a feel for the real Tobago and chill out, it is the place for you.
We absolutely loved Charlotteville, and staying at Top River with Rainer only helped this.
Malin Lange from Germany visited in October 2014 and awarded
In October my husband and I visited Tobago and Charlotteville for the first time...and we can full-heartedly say we had a great holiday. Top River Pearl is a great and clean guest house located quietly but yet close to the waterfront and beach. It offers a spectacular view to the turquoise-colored Carribean Sea and Charlotteville Bay embedded in the ever-green hills of tropical vegetation.
Noel, the guest manager, did a great job. He was always friendly and helpful providing useful tips and hints on what to do on the island. He is also a fabulous cook. The enclosed art cafe is a relaxing place to enjoy ones vacation by having tasteful drinks, outstanding coffee and freshly prepared food.
Too bad we could only stay for one week. Surely we will come back soon! If a friend of ours asked where to stay on Tobago, we would not hesitate a second and recommend Top River Pearl. Thank you for letting us stay so close to paradise.
Malin Lange from Germany
Sherida Weaver from U.S.A. visited in June 2014 and awarded
My husband and I went here for a get away from regular life.
The stay was pretty bad. The caretaker Noel was awesome, but the facility itself is in disrepair and needs care.
1. The cold water faucet at the bathroom sink was turned off because it leaks so only hot water at the sink.
2. We decided to add air conditioning, but the portable AC had no vent hose so that made the hot air recirculate back into the room, so we got rid of it.
3. The toilet tank was a mess! The flapper was held down by a four inch long fishing weight and the arm that holds the flapper was broken and was tied together with 3 different pieces of wire.
This was only the first day.
On the second day some time into the evening hours the water went. There were tanks there, but they were empty, so we checked out on the morning of the third day.
Throughout this all Noel did the best he could and was very nice to us. We may have stayed had the water not gone.