Sherwood Park Apartments - Review Page 2
The Suites are located on the upper floor. They are similar to the standard apartments, but 10% larger, with a gross floor area of around 33sq.metres, compared to the 29sq.m. of the Standard apartments. All rooms are furnished and equipped in similar style.
There are four Standard apartments on each floor. Each has a lockable interconnecting door to the adjacent apartment; ideal for families. For a small extra charge, an additional bed can be added in any apartment. Those on the upper (first) floor have high vaulted open ceilings, whereas the ground floor apartments have a conventional ceiling. The upper apartments, both Suites and Standard, benefit more from the cooling breezes so are not air-conditioned, but do have a large ceiling fan and an oscillating floor fan. The four Standard apartments on the ground floor are fully air-conditioned with efficient and quiet modern split-units.
Until you have visited Tobago, it is hard to appreciate the cooling effect of the north-east trade winds and how these wonderful sea breezes can often make air-conditioning irrelevant. This is particularly true of properties built before the Tobago land-rush, as these properties tended to have been built on the best plots of land and the building orientated to face the prevailing winds. Being on the upper floor of the building, our Suite was not air conditioned – nor needed to be.
The ten apartments are furnished in similar fashion with attractive high-quality tropical wickerwork tables and chairs. Each apartment has a pair of single beds, pushed together to form a wide 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. We saw no sign of mosquitoes during our stay, so the net remained a decorative feature. Despite working in the apartment throughout the day, I never found temperatures other than wonderful and we slept like babes.
In addition to small bedside tables, each apartment is furnished with a 1m wardrobe plus a small concealed security safe for wallets, passports and other valuables. The Suites have an additional chest of drawers.
Whilst the quality of most furnishings in the Sherwood Park Apartments is high, the plumbing and bathroom fittings do rather let the side down and would benefit from upgrading. In fairness, this is a typical problem due to the corrosive effects of the sea breezes. The bathrooms are of adequate size, particularly in the Suites, and everything worked as expected. The large walk-in showers have both hot and cold water, but this is the only source of hot water in any of the apartments.
A pair of double-width folding shuttered doors open onto a narrow (0.9m) balcony to the front of each apartment. The balconies are furnished with marble-effect tables and a pair of wickerwork chairs. The ground floor apartments also offer 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 stove, microwave oven, filter coffee maker and an electric toaster. There is a small selection of pots, pans and cooking utensils and all items were of reasonable quality and clean. It is a shame that the provided stock of crockery and cutlery was so limited.
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.
Every apartment is fully serviced every other day, with a full change of linen and towels.Management do ask that the towels are not taken to the beach, but use at the swimming pool is perfectly acceptable. The linen and towels were of good quality and, like everything else at the apartments, immaculately clean.
In keeping with the nature of Sherwood Park Apartments, the apartments are not equipped with telephones or televisions. A small reception area on the ground floor is furnished as a lounge area and has cable television. Telephone calls can be made from the reception office, but this is only manned for a couple of hours each morning and afternoon. Complimentary Wi-Fi Internet access is available in every room, the main reception area, terrace and potentially even down to the swimming pool.
Terrace & Swimming Pool
A dozen steps down from the main building takes one to a large and attractive terrace. This is furnished with two large palm-thatched sunshades that provide shelter to sets of tables and chairs. Adjacent to the terrace, a charcoal barbeque unit is available for use by guests.
A final few steps take you down to the 13½x6½ metre swimming pool. The depth of the pool varies from 0.5m to about 1.9m. A pair of palm-thatched sun umbrellas, identical to those on the terrace, are situated on the pool deck and provide welcome areas of shade throughout much of the day. There are several chairs and sun loungers around the pool, but padded cushions would have made the loungers more comfortable.
We would certainly endorse the claim made on the Sherwood Park Apartments website: this is not a place where you need to get up at the crack of dawn to place your towel on a sun-lounger.
The Sherwood Park Apartments offer comfortable and affordable accommodation in a tranquil and central location. These factors alone should guarantee the continued success of the establishment. When you add the cheerful and friendly hospitality of General Manager Nigel Pirtheesingh and other members of his staff, you have a winning combination.
Everything about the property reflects the essential ambience and character of Tobago itself. It illustrates the very best of the island's relaxed, laidback, friendly personality.
As the Sherwood Park website states, "Arrive a stranger, Depart a Friend". Never was a truer word spoken. What more can one say?
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