Blue Waters Inn - Reader Reports & Opinion
Just back from Tobago. We stayed one night at the Blue Waters Inn. The location is superb, with the views out to Goat Island and Little Tobago making it one of the best locations we came across. However, we felt that you paid for that location. At $160/night it represent poor value compared to other places we stayed at (and heard about). The Speyside Inn probably represents better value.
If you want to step straight from your snorkel or boat trip into your room then its location is hard to beat. The rooms are OK. The reefs are OK but not perhaps as fabulous as they are hyped to be. Angel Reef at Goat Island is pristine, but not particularly colourful or teeming with fish.
The bar is a nice place for a drink but the staff were surly.
The Speyside/Charlotville area is wonderful, but the Bluewaters is not value for money.
Blue Waters Inn Review
My husband and I just returned from 8 days at the Blue Waters Inn, which I have just rated on the poll as "Very Good". (You can see photos and commentary from our trip at: http://ktravers.smugmug.com/Travel/12476 )
The Inn itself has a fantastic location, and we opted for one of the bungalows, which was quite lovely. Several issues keep this at the "very good" level, in our subjective opinion.
1)I wonder who told them that the institutional green color all the buildings are painted with looked good?! I'm guessing they were going for a bright Caribbean feel, but it looks medicinal to me.
2)Also, my husband and I chose a bungalow because, well, we're spoiled by travel in the South Pacific where MOST accommodations, even budget ones, are in bungalows. Our bungalow was spacious and comfortable, and indeed right up on the beach. However, a footpath was situated directly in front of our deck, so one had to be prepared for passers-by quite often.
3)The Fishpot Restaurant lacks ambiance. Stringing nets up on the walls and tacking up fish models doesn't quite do much.
1)Food in Fishpot Restaurant was only ever just passable, rather than great, with the exceptions of the buffet of local food offered one night, and the consistently good breakfast buffet.
2)Food in the Shipwreck bar was quite nice, contrary to some reports I'd read. We really enjoyed their fried flying fish, nicely battered (not overly so as another review pegged it) and meaty. The bar is also casually decorated, with an easy ambiance much preferred to the Fishpot.
As anticipated, some of the staff was a bit surly. This attitude came and went over our 8 day stay. We were not surprised, given previous reviews, but were happy to see that some staff were very pleasant indeed.
In any case, we really did have a great time here- it's easier to pick out the negative aspects, isn't it, and I don't want people to be dissuaded. Go with the right attitude yourself, and you're sure to have a wonderful time as well. It's value depends on what YOU value- for us it was the simple pleasure of having a spacious place to ourselves, a great location, and reasonable food nearby, both on hotel grounds and environs.
Hope this helps people out!
Blue Waters Inn Query
We're planning a visit to Tobago in May. In reading the posts and reviews about the Blue Waters Inn, I was wondering about the comment about "missing hair dryers" and other amenities. Aren't hair dryers accommodated by the outlets in the rooms?
I found your site to be full of great information. Thanks for all your hard work in providing such a useful resource.
Blue Waters Inn. Any Questions?
We're off to B.W.I on April 19th. and i will post my views on it when i return [hope they're only good ones!] If anyone is considering staying there and has any 'specific' queries regarding this hotel,however small they may seem, i'll try to answer them. If anybody wants to know the strength of the rum punches i'll willingly try them out,providing of course that i don't end up falling sideways clutching my zimmer frame and startle all the other guests in the bar!! Seriously though,if you want me to check anything out ,i'll see what i can do. Stella.
Blue Waters April 2004
My boyfriend and I have just returned from 2 weeks in Tobago. We stayed at several different hotels and travelled all over the island. We had a wonderful time.
We stayed 2 nights at the Blue Waters Inn and it was by far, the worst place. Here are the reasons:
The staff were positively rude. Having stayed at other hotels, where the staff were friendly and welcoming, the staff at the Blue Waters took us by surprise. The barman could barely be bothered with us at all!
The food was bad. The food in the Shipwreck bar was Ok but the food in the Fishpot restaurant was not good. Breakfast was also a joke. Poached eggs that you could bounce on!
The beach was not that clean. For a hotel that is based on the beach and makes much of this fact, you would think they could get out and clean it daily. It had bottles and rubbish on it.
It was not good value. It is a relatively expensive hotel and for much cheaper rates, we stayed in far better places.
Well, that is enough reasons I think. I would honestly warn anyone not to stay here. Tobago has plenty of beautiful beaches and hotels so there is really no need to stay at the Blue Waters. If you do stay and need decent food, take a trip to Jemma's where the food is fantastic, the staff are friendly and you will feel welcomed.