Historical Traveller Reviews of Hilton Trinidad & Conference Centre Hotel
from A TripAdvisor Member
Stayed here on a business trip. The first room the lights did not work and it was very scary being in a foreign country in a pitch dark room!
second room was nicer(barely) but lighted. Hilton used to mean "quality" but not any more!
Staff very nice but hotel needs renovations badly -- outdated guest rooms that are overpriced
good service, poor hotel, good security
I stayed at the POS Hilton July 11-15 with mixed results. The only internet connection is a wireless connection in the lobby, as more people log on it slows to a crawl (not good for business travelers checking email). The lobby and breakfast area roof leaks badly. During the afternoon showers, the carpet in the room became wet. The service at the front desk was fine, the food was good. The lobby and mezzanine bar were exellent (all local beers on draft), service good. Hurricane Emily visited while I was there, the staff handled it well. The Hilton also had a good amount of security. The view of downtown POS simply can't be beat.
The entire hotel is in need of immediate renovations. It looks like it was built in the 60's and never maintained.
Shame on Hilton That They Let Their Name Be Used Here!
I have stayed at many Hiltons around the world and this is by far the worst. Wow! My room was just awful. Mold, chipped paint...like hasn't been refurbished in years...decades. The cover on the bathroom light fixture fell down about a foot away from me while I was shaving! Surprise charges on the bill. An hour-and-a-half wait for a hamburger! At least the service and the food are in sync. I wrote Barron Hilton about this disaster. His response: "Sorry."
Put me off of Hiltons ever since. Sorry, Barron.
s okay for business travel
from A TripAdvisor Member
I just recently returned from a business trip to Trinidad. My company booked my hotel stay at the Hilton prior to my knowledge. If I knew before what I know now I would have had them change it to Cara Suites in Point a Pierre (had to visit Point Lisas everyday). This is a very old hotel. The carpet is very worn. My room actually had spots where the carpet did not cover completely. The bathroom is set up weird. The tub is to your left when you walk in and the sink is in front of you and the toilet is in the corner to the right behind the door.
They are currently suppose to be doing renovations but I didn't see any work going on. They have moved the La Boucan Restaurant to where the Pool Terrace Garden Restaurant was located. Therefore the prices are higher then the usual restaurant prices. The Gazebo Bar next to the pool is closed. They had a lot of events going on, so you kind of felt second to the local events (e.g. not being able to relax by the pool because people from the events or conference would be seating in most of the seats making alot of noise.
boring and backwards
I have just returned from a couple of nights stay at the Trinidad Hilton for a business conference. While I was very impressed by the friendliness of every staffmember i met there, i was really dismayed by the 1960s-mentality of the hotel. For example, while there was always music playing in the background, it was either muzak or the score from Phantom of the Opera (shoot me, please!), rather than Calypso or Soca or any of the other several local varieties of music there. And the hotel restaurant, which was quite ugly and did not open up to the grounds, had not one local food item on its menu. It was only when i ordered from off the menu that I received some local Trini food -- at several times the normal price, of course. Even the pool was a bit silly, with depths ranging from 2.5 to 16 feet, and with no lifeguard. I understand the hotel is in the midst of a renovation, but this really should have been done a decade ago.
This hotel is quite good
We overnighted there on our way to Tobago in February. OK, it's not the Four Seasons (and the price is much cheaper), but the staff was very welcoming and our room was more than adequate. I'd stay there again. We got there tired after a late evening flight from the U.S., and it was great to be greeted warmly and shown to a clean, comfortable room. Thanks, Trinidad Hilton staff! The brunch was good, too.
s Bond movie here!
This hotel desperately needs a makeover--they could shoot a 60's Bond movie here without changing a thing. The room carpets were so worn they were almost bare, the artwork looked like they salvaged it from someone's club basement, and the plumbing seemed to have a mind of its own--hot showers turned frigid then scalding in seconds! I stayed here during carnival and if you do, make sure you request a room away from the pool; unless you want to party until 3:00 AM every night. I finally got a quiet room, but it was in a detached wing that smelled of garbage (701-714).
Then they pulled the famous "Carnival Rate" routine and tried to charge me double for the days surrounding carnival Mon-Tues. I just quietly pulled out my copy of my internet reservation stating my low rate. Despite this, they tried to charge me again at checkout.
On the other hand, this IS a nice hotel. Room service was wonderful-fast and tasty if not cheap. Service was pretty good, and the grounds were clean. I noticed an article in the local paper that a new hotel is being built close by on the Savannah near the President's house. Hopefully this will force Hilton to keep up.
No Place for vacation
Trinidad is not a place to visit unless you are doing business or going for carnival,and that can be a nightmare also if you are not with the right crowd.When i left Trinidad 26 years ago..it was a paradise to live in if you were wealthy, it's so sad that i cant even walk the streets by myself day or night without worrying about being mugged or kidnapped.The people that work the hotels are so uncoot and desperate to make a quick buck even if they have to steal.I would not recommend anyone to go there unless the government do something about the crime situation.I can only see it getting worst...Thank god for the natural resorces..otherwise it would be another Haiti.
Not the most honest people!!
I stayed here for a week a few months ago. While the hotel was okay, I had $200 stolen from my suitcase. When I told the hotel mgmt., the brought in "security" to file a report. This happened my second day there, and after that I never heard a word from anyone. If you go, it's not a bad hotel but please use the safe or lock your suitcase! I've traveled quite a bit and only occasionally lock my things and have never had my bags rifled through before this trip to Trinidad. Just beware!
Check out Movietowne about a 10 minute ride from the Hilton
from A TripAdvisor Member
The Trinidad Hilton is the best of a bad lot in Port of Spain....However, try the new Marriott Court Yard at Invaders Bay...You will be pleasantly surprised...Its next to the best entertainment complex in the Caribbean called Movietowne...You will think you re in another country far better than the local offer...Great restaurants.... good service and a multiplex that can hold itsa own against some of the best in the world.....Its all very new and will leave a great impression of the little island....no problems with the security either...very safe and I heard they are expanding into a new night life strip with additional bars and a las Vegas style casino.....A must for every visitor to Port of Spain.....Marvin Heskey New York
Top Local Tips for Port of Spain
If you do stay at the Hilton and have some spare time, take a taxi from outside the hotel to Maracas Beach for about US$40 and visit Richards for some Bake and Shark. Delicous, and the beach ain't bad either.