Conrado Beach Resort - Reader Reports & Opinion
Excellent Overall Stay 19 Mar 2013
RobertE from Sarnia,Canada visited in March 2013 and awarded
We just returned home from Tobago, six days of which were spent at the Conrado and my title sums up our (my wife,17 yr old daughter and I) stay there.
We stayed in Room 27 of which rooms 17-31 (odd numbers) are the 2nd floor beach/seaview rooms with generous front porch/balconys.
Our room was clean, fully functional and comfortable throughout our stay. It was not comparable to a suite from the "Villas of Stonehaven" , (with designer prints and infinity pools.. ) but was never presented or charged as such. It had a comfortable Queen and Twin bed, newer fridge, strong ,quiet AC and good bathroom,shower. Complete room cleaning with fresh towels and beach towels was provided every day if desired. We paid $150 US per day for 3 adults, all taxes/service charges inc. ... this included a Full breakfast (fresh fruit, juices, eggs ,toast, meat,fish, omeletes pancakes, cofee/teas.... (basically whatever you wanted ) and it was done well. We were also consistently served well, made to feel welcome and constantly asked if we needed anything.
Is the Conrado a bit tired ,... showing some age? Yes.... but so is virtually every other property mentioned/reviewed on Trip Advisor ..... and we looked at many other places throughout our stay and saw that.
The Conrado is located right on the beach. "On" the Beach means the surf washes up against the place/rooms during high tide.... NO other place on Tobago other than the Naturalist on Castara Bay (great looking place!) can make that claim. (Im sure I'll get a howl of nays on that one but show me wrong....)
The old saying, Location..Location...Location applies here and I would argue that the Conrado has the best location in Crown Point:
-Only property located on Pigeon Point (beautiful beach/park area.... especially early morning)
-easy walk to restaurants/ bars/stores/banks etc (Bago's was great!) and (Tobago Paradise and Grill) next door
-the beach/ocean/ boat activity views from our room patio and dining patio perched over the beach was a highlite along with the sunsets
I know other places had nice views but we liked being "On" the beach, hearing/seeing the surf from our room, we loved getting up early in the morning and stepping onto the beach and walking on beach... continuous... around Pigeon Point for roughly 1.5 miles and coming back to a great breakfast.... thats why we chose this place.
June, Lawrence, and Frieda treated us like family, provided for any reasonable request and their staff was attentive and deserve praise as well. I did not know this place or the owners/mgmt until I researched it/stayed there and I could provide more detail about why this place worked for us if anyone wants to PM me. I will also be submitting a general trip review of Tobago and submit reviews of the other place we stayed at and things we did.
I submitted this same review on the Trip Advisor Hotel reviews and added comments to rebutt a review which I felt was totally unjustified. I also see that this hotel is labeled "Budget" in this review section and I totally disagree for the above reasons.
My wife and I have backpacked all over the world......stayed in "Budget" places from time to time.... Believe me.... the Conrado is not Budget! What it is.. is a comfortable, small place with good ,friendly owners/mgmt and a million dollar location with million dollar views. Again... it is not the "Villas of Stonehaven" or "Bacolet Beach Club".... nor does it pretend to be but it works and Its location beats the above two... hands down.
Ashley from U.S.A. visited in January 2013 and awarded
Loved this place. The location was very convenient. It was away from the main area, but close enough to walk or use a motorscooter. The view from the hotel balcony was amazing! We loved waking up to the view of the blue ocean. The staff was very friendly and recommended some good sights to see. Breakfast was good. The were very accommodating, since we had an early flight and made us to-go breakfast sandwiches. There is a little convenience store across the street, if you need anything small. I wish we could have stayed longer. We would definitely come back to this place!
Kristin Vik from Norway visited in December 2012 and awarded
We stayed at the Conrado Hotel for 11 days in December 2012. The hotel is relaxed and clean with friendly staff. Conrado has a warm good atmosphere and feels like a home for their guests. The hotel is somewhat basic, but the rooms with oceanwiev lift the standard.
Bert Chaitoo from Trinidad visited in December 2012 and awarded
On december,me and my angel spent 3 satisfying days at conrado beach resort,we were treated like royalty.the staff were very friendly and always willing to help you,we had a beach front room and as you open the door to the balcony,the ocean is in front of you,only millionaires have these views,and the food was great,i even got dhal,rice and curry chicken to eat for lunch one day,and the water was great,so all who looking for a great place to stay,try conrado beach resort,you would not regret it,we will be back soon to conrado,thanks to the staff of conrado for taking care of us
Wolfgang Hellwig from Canada visited in December 2012 and awarded
In my extensive travels though out the world, I’ve experienced 5star and dives. Over the past 10 years, I have made repeated visits to Tobago, a scenic, relaxed island, not overrun by tourism. Two trips, I brought down a football/soccer team from Canada, and although we got our share of licks, both were enjoyable for all and created lasting memories. However, I do prefer do come solo, to relax and unwind.
On all trips save one, my accommodation of choice was/is Conrado Beach Resort, ideally located between Pigeon Point, Bon Accord and Crown Point, all within comfortable walking distance. Upon arrival at the airport, within minutes I am checked in and relaxing on a restaurant patio directly on the beach, to the sounds of calypso and breaking surf. Within a short while all is relaxed and serene as I switch to ‘island time’. A variety of small fishing boats down the coast remind of “the old man and the sea’.
The hotel itself, although older and not considered for multiple stars, is clean and well maintained. You immediately feel the connection to the island, its culture and people, as opposed to a secluded resort. The kitchen is well run and staffed throughout the day, offering an extensive menu of good variety, including special requests.
The charm of the Conrado, is the personal attention offered by the family management and their staff to all one’s needs and desires. The feeling of familiarity adds to the relaxation and enjoyment of my visits to Tobago. In closing I would like to offer my thanks and best wishes to June, Lawrence, Antonio, Frida and their staff.