Speyside Inn - Reader Reports & Opinion
Gillian Merry from Trinidad visited in December 2008 and awarded
Coming from Trinidad (i.e. not a first-world country itself), our expectations were probably lower than the average visitor to start with. However, even we were disappointed at the appalling service, bordering on rudeness from the staff at Speyside Inn. Although we had not appreciated the extent to which this hotel is a diver's place, frequented mainly by young European diver types (and as such not very suitable for us as family with children), we still were prepared to make the best of it. We were not too successful though.
Not knowing what 'the deal' was in the restaurant on the first night, we tried to enquire but got our heads bitten off by the waitress. We just wanted the system explained to us. It appeared to be a buffet but we wanted to know whether a la carte was also available, and if not, what were the dishes on the buffet. The waiting staff were almost abusively rude. They would not give the information and treated us like complete nuisances. We never did find out if the a la carte was ever available. Nobody would answer our questions. We were constantly ignored and in fact got to the point where we were afraid to ask for anything and at one point even went back up to our room to bring down our own drinks.
We had heard the fish was good in Speyside but our hotel never seemed to have any. There was one plate of fish on the first night but by the time we got to the buffet it had gone. When we asked if there was more, we were treated to a good ticking-off from the waitress for having the temerity to ask. Obviously we ate elsewhere on the other nights and the other restaurants in the village were very much better.
Breakfast was a similar fiasco. Tables were never set when we arrived and then it would take the waitress approx. half an hour to bring the cutlery, place mats etc. (usually one item at a time) and an equally agonising wait for the food. We never once managed to all eat at the same time due to the slow, uncaring and inefficient service. Be prepared to eat in relays and don't dare ask for salt and pepper or an extra knife or anything.
On our second night the dive shop located on the premises hosted some kind of party, attended by the divers/young Europeans. It was EXCESSIVELY loud, even by T&T standards and went on until 2 in the morning. None of us could sleep. Obviously sanctioned by the hotel itself, it was a disgusting way to treat the non-partying guests. It only stopped at 2.00 because it started to rain.
Speyside has so much potential. The rooms are nice (no TV -another service we would nomally take for granted in a hotel of this 'calibre'), but clean and comfortable with a lovely pool. However, it is poorly run, over-priced and aimed only at one sector of the market. We paid the same rate in Orlando this summer for an enormous apartment with jacuzzis, plasma screen TVs, enormous bathrooms/full-equipped kitchen, king-sized beds etc.(Speyside is stuck in the 70's with its single beds, one pillow each, no extra blankets etc mentality).
We can recommend the other restaurants in the area, and the area itself for an idyllic, get-away-from-the-crowds holiday. Blue Waters is a particularly gorgeous beach, as is King's Bay round the corner.
Claire Pulman from Trinidad visited in December 2008 and awarded
An unassuming gem of a place. Room clean and comfortable, well equipped bathroom. Internet cafe a nice touch.
Loved breakfast overlooking the sea each morning. Excellent evening meals. The fantastic staff made me feel very welcome Good value for money.
Dave Collins from U.K. visited in May 2008 and awarded
The room we had booked included a kitchenette, however this turned out to be unsuitable for human habitation as the cupboards, including those with platees etc were full of animal droppings and clearly had not been cleaned.
When we asked for a different room we we offered a room without the kitchenette which we accepted and had a very good stay. This room was clean and practical, although a television would have been nice.
Maria Quercetti from Italy visited in April 2008 and awarded
My friend Simone and me spent three nights at Speyside and we find it a beautiful place to stay. You can see the true Tobago! The hotel is nice and clean, our room was large, with a clean bathroom, without air conditioned but with a fan, the good breakfast is included with the room. Unfortunately can happen that they haven't the current but it's a problem of all Speyside! However the best things were the sea, the beach in front of the hotel, a good diving down the hotel and especially the panorama you can see from Speyside Inn and from all Speyside. Would love to return!
Speyside Inn Recently?
has anybody stayed at the Speyside Inn recently? How easy is it to get to do some snorkeling from there? Is the food there good? Any advice would be more than welcome!