Sherwood Park Apartments - Review Page 2
The suites are located in the centre on the upper (first) floor, above the ground floor reception area. They are identical to the standard apartments, but marginally larger, with a gross floor area of around 33sq.metres, compared to the 29sq.m. for the standard apartments.
To each side of the suites are a pair of standard apartments; two on the upper floor and two on the ground floor. Each pair has a lockable interconnecting internal door, making them ideal for families. An additional bed can be added to any apartment for a small extra charge. The eight standard apartments are of identical size, but the upper apartments have vaulted open ceilings, whereas the ground floor apartments have a high conventional ceiling and are air-conditioned.
It is seldom that air-conditioning is essential in Tobago. Many first-time visitors, particularly those from North America where air-conditioning is almost de rigueur, find it hard to appreciate the cooling effect of the north-east trade winds and that air-conditioning is not essential. Consequently, many owners install it as more of a marketing tool than a necessity. That is not a criticism; it is nice to have the choice. However, how much nicer to throw open the shutters and balcony doors and let in the breezes aided simply by a large and slowly-rotating overhead fan to gently turn the air.
Being an upper floor suite, our room was not air conditioned – nor needed to be. All rooms, whether air conditioned or not, feature large overhead ceiling fans (highly effective when left running at medium/slow speed), plus an additional portable oscillating floor fan.
The ten apartments are furnished identically, with attractive high-quality Caribbean-style wickerwork tables and chairs. Each has a pair of single beds, pushed together to form a wonderfully wide and comfortable super-king size bed nearly 7-feet wide. The beds are fitted with firm, but comfortable, high quality box spring mattresses and a suspended mosquito net. It is hugely atmospheric lying in bed with the net down and just the bedside lights on; reminiscent, I imagine, of being in an Arab Sheik’s harem; but in truth, the net is more for decorative effect than necessity and we far preferred to leave the balcony doors open and let the natural breezes gently fan us. A cheap electric bug deterrent, readily available at local stores, was all that was needed to take care of mosquitoes during our stay.
In addition to the small bedside tables and, surprisingly, rather tatty-looking angle-poise lamps, each apartment is furnished with a 1m wardrobe and sideboard, plus a small concealed security safe for wallets, passports and other valuables.
Whilst the general quality of furnishing in the Sherwood Park Apartments is high, the plumbing and bathroom fittings slightly let the side down. The rooms would be enhanced if these were upgraded. The bathrooms are of adequate size (particularly in the suites) and everything worked as intended although the shower heads and drains were somewhat corroded. The large walk-in showers provide both hot and cold water, but this is the only source of hot water in the apartments.
Wide French doors open onto a narrow (0.9m) balcony running the full width of each apartment. The balconies are furnished with attractive marble-effect tables and a pair of wickerwork chairs. The ground floor apartments also have direct access from their veranda into the garden and down to the main terrace and pool. A washing line is fitted on each balcony/veranda.
Each apartment has a kitchenette equipped with a medium-sized refrigerator with freezer compartment, four-ring gas oven, microwave oven, filter coffee maker and a toaster. There is a reasonable selection of pots, pans and cooking utensils and all items were of high quality and clean. As mentioned in our original review, however, we have to say that the provided stock of crockery and cutlery was surprisingly limited: three knives, three forks, one teaspoon, two glasses and three plates. We spent most of time there washing up!
Against this slight negative, prior to our arrival the fridge had been stocked with a welcome pack of basic essential supplies – bread, margarine, eggs, milk, orange juice and water. This is a very nice touch because most flights arrive in the late afternoon and few visitors will relish the thought of shopping for groceries immediately on arrival.
All rooms are fully serviced every other day, including a full change of linen and towels. Management do request that the supplied towels are not taken to the beach, although use at the pool is perfectly acceptable. The linen and towels were of high quality and, like everything else about the apartment, immaculately clean.
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