Tropikist Beach Hotel - Reader Reports & Opinion
Paul Mangan from U.K. visited in November 2007 and awarded
I've been reading the reports from dissatisfied people and all I can say is that it is a 3 star hotel and you cannot expect 4/5 star treatment.
My wife and I spent 14 nights there and apart from the air-conditioning breaking down one night (which was repaired the next day), we had a smashing time there.
Yes, the meals at lunchtime can be a bit boring - but walk out of the hotel and turn right and there is a little haven called SYP'S that serves all sorts of food and so cheap that it doesn't matter if you are all inclusive as it is a nice break.
Evening meals are fine with fish and chicken on the menu every night plus beef or belly pork, but if you get tired of the menu - once again try SYP'S next door. They have steaks, lamb, beef and all wonders of fish and try the garlic roast potatoes - it's like eating heaven.
The rooms are adequate and lets face it, you are out all day in the pool or at the beach next door and only use the room to shower and change at evening mealtime and going to bed at night.
The entertainment has improved a lot and there is usually something on 4 or 5 nights a week.
Robert Wilkins from U.K. visited in November 2007 and awarded
We have stayed at the tropocist twice and the staff were excellent accomodation was clean and well serviced we could not fault how stay we will be coming back next year .idont know exactly the names of all the resturant staff but hyacent was the main lady also the resturant manager was very helpfulas were every one at the tropokist CArole my wife and myself robert look forward to seeing you all again I work for british airways and recommend you to every one going to tobago
regards bob and carole
Sarah Box from U.K. visited in September 2007 and awarded
My friend and I went to stay at the Tropikist recently and were initially happy with the reception we received. We had booked a Superior room, and were initially given a Deluxe room which we were pleased about, however when we got into the room, realised we had 1 bed instead of 2. We were then moved to a Superior room which was fine exept that there was no safety deposit box, which you would expect when paying a little more. They did not have any to rent at reception either which was highly inconvenience and made us feel slightly worried for our valuables. For a superior room, I would have expected the bathroom to be in a better state and the plugs looked quite dangerous, as they were broken and falling off the wall. The beach was lovely except that you cannot swim there, however if you walk a short way you have access to Store Bay which is very nice and you can hire umbrellas/chairs also (which there are very few of at the hotel beach, 4 in fact). The pool area is nice, although could have done with having more capacity for sun chairs, we frequently were unable to get a chair around the pool as early at 8 in the morning. We had heard reports about the hotel before we went and had booked room only to take no chances. We did have bakfast there for convenience, and on the odd day we spent at the hotel, were able to pay for all inclusive on request which was very reasonable at 180 TT dollars per day. We are very glad we did not pay for full all inclusive as we would have been very dissapointed. The breakfast was not great, lunch was nice but not much choice and there was not much variety in the evening menus either. (If you were a vegetarian, you would have had to eat rice and salad for the whole holiday). One day, we arrived for lunch at 2.15 to be told they had stopped serving, when they were supposed to serve it until 2.30. They then brought all the staff meals out and ate in front of us, as if adding insult to injury! When we complained they said we would have an afternoon snack served at 4.30. When this came out it was fish sandwiches and fish rosti, this is fine except that my friend does not eat fish! When she complained again that she had not been able to eat since breakfast, the catering manager went and made her a burger and chips himself, which was good. My last point would be about the general service. With the exception of a few, the staff were generally unhelpful and uninterested in their guests. You can stand at the bar for a good 15 minutes before you get any acknowledgement, if at all, mostly you have to call them over, and thats when they are not even doing anything! The bar manager (Leeroy) is an exception to this, he was excellent, and it is a pity he does not have the staff to support him. As an overall summary, I would not recommend this hotel. As a cheap room only hotel is if sufficent, but only if you are planning on not spending too much time there. One positive point though, the beauty spa at the Tropikist was excellent, with courteous and friendly staff, and great value for money, my pedicure was the best i have ever had! I would recommend a visit even if you are not staying there.
Kate Collier from U.K. visited in July 2007 and awarded
Before booking this hotel I was a little worried, as I had read the negative comments on this website and others. However, I decided to take the chance as it appeared that in recent years it had improved, and I was offered a bargain deal.
I travelled with my boyfriend, and we booked room only. This was as we wanted the hotel as a base to see the island and did not really want to be eating in the hotel a lot, especially considering all the bad reviews seemed to focus on the food. Consequently, this review only rates this hotel on a room only basis, as we did not eat there once during our stay, although this does not reflect our impression of the food, just the fact we were out a lot and had so much to choose from in Crown Point.
Overall, the Tropikist was perfect for us. We were upgraded on arrival, and our room was huge, with a beautiful sea view and spacious balcony. It was cleaned daily, with fresh towels, and the cleaning staff were always friendly and courteous, a comment that applies to all the staff we encountered at the Tropikist.
The main pool was amazing, very pretty with the waterfall and tropical plants, and the second more traditional square pool was good for if you wanted a proper swim. The Jacuzzi was also very picturesque, looking out to the sea and surrounded by foliage. I personally observed the pools being cleaned every day, and they were always pristine, apart from the occasional leaf or flower that inevitably dropped in from the surrounding plants. The beach, although not suitable for swimming, was pretty enough, and due to the rocks excellent for spotting crabs!!!
Another major advantage of the Tropikist is the location. We could not hire a car as we were too young, but did not find this a problem due to the central position of the hotel. I have previously stayed at the Toucan Inn, and found this hotel far more convenient for amenities. We regularly walked to Pigeon Point, and I think this was probably the furthest touristy attraction the area. Store bay was a mere meander away, as well as many restaurants. We managed to get a taxi too and from Sunday school for both of us for 100TT, less than £10, and found it easy to access Scarborough, and the Fort James hospital as was necessary!! We also went on a fabulous jeep safari from the hotel, which I booked before going, which I will fully review in the forum.
There have been comments previously about security, and although there was not a safe in the room, we paid for one at reception for the duration of our stay, which was probably safer anyway.
Overall the Tropikist was an excellent base for us, and we thoroughly enjoyed our stay. I would recommend it to any one in our position. Please ignore the old negative comments!!!!
Mahadeo Samsundar from Trinidad visited in June 2007 and awarded
This place cannot be beat for value for money. It is not a "luxury hotel". It never claims to be so people do not expect a 5 star hotel.
My wife and I stayed for a few days and nights at the hotel. We took a package deal that included a buffet breakfast and dinner with drinks included (not to bad).
The room was nice...lots of space not to confining and a great view of the sea and a large, soft bed(that was a definite plus).The pool is so cool...love the design and the fact that there are stools in the pool close to the bar and it is well kept. The beach is not for bathing but we were very close to other well known beaches so it wasn't a problem.
The only thing I have to say that is negative is the staff is not very informative maybe they were new but the supervisor at the restaurant was definitely very polite and helpful.
Overall it met our needs and we will stay there in the future when time and finances permit. I will definitely recommend this place to an