Blue Haven Hotel - Reader Reports & Opinion
Mr. Brett from U.S.A. visited in November 2005 and awarded
My wife and I just returned yesterday from a five night stay at the Blue Haven Hotel. We had never been to Tobago previously, and had a difficult choice when making accomodation reservations prior to our arrival. However, we could not have been happier with the Blue Haven. Thanks to BWIA's behind schedule we were able to clear customs and make their last flight (9:15pm) to Tobago causing us to forfeit our 1-night layover stay at the Marriott Courtyard in Port of Spain. Therefore, now our new worry was arriving without a hotel reservation at 11:00 p.m. hoping for a vacancy. The Blue Haven's front desk staff and manager (Mr. Anderson) went out of their way to accomodate us, relieving our anxiety after a long day of travel. The room was not the same class as we booked for our stay beginning the following day, however, they assured us that they would move us with no problem, which they did in the morning. We were offered a drink upon our unexpected late arrival, and they also had the chef prepare us a sandwich since the restaurant had already closed for the evening. The rooms were clean and comfortable. The view was great all oceanview with a balcony. The property had a game room facility, private pool, access to Bacolet Beach with a beach bar and facilities, massage services, etc. All the staff were extremely nice, courteous and helpful. The front desk assisted us with diving arrangements and massages. We had our own rental car, therefore the location was good for us, being close to Store Bay and Crown Point (15 minute drive) and closer to Speyside (1 hour 15 minute drive). The waves, along the Atlantic side were noticeably stronger but not so much more to make a huge difference. The drive to Pigeon Point or Englishmen's Bay isn't bad for a better beach, but the beach at the Blue Haven was fine. The only downside was that the water was off for a short period one day for repairs, and the maid service failed to provide bath towels two days, but after calling, they were immediately delivered. The food was good, dinner better than breakfast. The wine list was complete. Since we were not on the dinner meal plan, we felt the dinner prices were a little high when compared to local restaurants outside the hotel. The hotel is exactly as promised, a fine property refurbished from ruin to rejoin its luxurious past with movie star prominence. We loved it and would definitely return if in Tobago again.
Wireless Internet? 18 Mar 2013
Chris from NRW
does anybody know if (wireless) internet is available at the Blue Haven hotel? To connect via smartphone, ipod etc.? I can't find any information.
On august 7th we will arrive at the Blue Haven hotel for 2,5 weeks. Any suggestions to do in these weeks, nice restaurants in the area, trips, best places for fishing and snorkling or diving...
Any idea what the weatherforecast is for the next weeks?
Whos has stayed in Blue Haven lately?
Blue Haven - Our Thoughts
We were in Tobago from 9 May - 23 May, and had a fantastic time. We stayed at the Blue Haven for the first week, and also for one night at the end of the second week.
On the whole, we really liked the Blue Haven, and I've given it a 'very good' in the poll. Things we liked were:
The beach, it's beautiful! It's a really lovely, enclosed little bay. The sea was quite rough the first week, and the waves quite strong, although they had calmed down by the end of the second (although of course the hotel can't control them!).
The pool - there's never anyone in it! (possibly due to the previous point)
The beach bar - nice food for lunch
The rooms - we also stayed in room 20 (someone else on here had too), very nice view, great room. Not only that, but from looking in the brochures, it's the same room as in the photos. That has NEVER happened to me before
The staff - great, friendly bunch. Especially the head waiter, the staff on reception, and the barman (thanks for the nightlife tips!)
The wind - what a fantastic breeze! It was 31 / 32 degrees when we were there, and quite humid on the Carribbean side - lucky we had our balcony to go back to, with a nice refreshing breeze.
Flexibility / helpfullness - all the staff were extremely helpful. One particular point of note was on our return visit, which was our last night. On the day of departure we asked if it was OK to keep the room during the day, so we could have a shower, etc. before going to catch our Virgin flight, which left at 9:00pm. "No problem" was the answer, and we checked out of the hotel at around 6.30pm. Great stuff - I'm sure they wouldn't be able to do this for everyone if the hotel was full, but they weren't, so they did
I'd also say there are a few things that could be improved, most of them aren't really complaints or bad experiences, just things that we thought would help Blue Haven. Again, just our opinion. We thought that the hotel lacked a bit of atmosphere, and was extremely quiet at times. I have no problem with quiet, but when you're the only people in the bar most nights, you start to think the hotel could be losing out a little on potential business. Maybe this is a conscious decision, to keep it quiet, and maybe that suits a lot of people, but we just found it a little stale. Suggestions:
Use of balcony space - Make more of the great space outside the reception / bar - do it up a little bit, put some more lights out there, organise music, events, etc. and open it up to the general public. This is begging to have something done with it.
Bar - Liven the bar up a bit, install a proper music system, and generally make it more appealing. Maybe a happy hour?
Restaurant - food was good quality most of the time, although one meal we didn't think much of at all. It really is a 'hotel' restaurant, not a 'restaurant' restaurant if you see what I mean. With only a choice of 3 main courses (which change daily), meat, fish, vegetarian, it doesn't really compete with the 'pure' restaurants on the island (or, in my opinion, with the restaurant at Blue Waters, which offered greater variety and more authentic local style food). If you're staying at the Blue Haven, unless you're prepared to drive or get a taxi in the evening to go out, there's very little other choice of places to eat (one other hotel just behind it). If it were me, I'd try to expand the restaurant offering, and encourage non-residents to come along. But maybe that's not the hotel's direction.
Anyhow, just my 2ps worth!
Blue Haven Review - Vintage/retro Style
just got back after 2 weeks @ Blue Haven ... I'll go later next weeks with a detailed review ... but just as quick as possible right now:
extremely interesting accomodation, romantic, quiet, unforgettable sea-view from every room ... do not expect overwhelming luxury, it's super-comfortable as it has to be, nice, clean and the restaurant food is simply super !!! Staff xtremely friendly.
Just some small remarks for details such as: missing matches, a little bit of paint in some corners cannot be a mistake , the deck overlooking the ocean could be better arranged, some shutters to be refurbished.
My vote for the poll is VERY GOOD.