The only person I knew to go to Trinidad was my old buddy Kevin. He doesn’t talk to me anymore because his wife and I got in a little spat, but I remember him telling me that Trinidad was a dump and he couldn’t wait to get the hell out. He was an IT guy who never left his hotel which he claimed was a pit. Although that was at least seven years ago I never forgot it as I was shocked a Caribbean island could be called a dump. Fortunately, Kevin was wrong (just like his judgment in women) because outside the Port of Spain is the Hyatt Regency Trinidad and it was sweet! I was pleasantly surprised about both but unfortunately, I lost the first 18 hours of photos since my camera had a meltdown so I can’t show the pics — starting with the bellman bringing me bottled water at check-in (I believe they offered champagne as well but I kindly declined).
The 428 room, 23-story hotel has a contemporary design with awesome waterfront views of the Gulf of Paria. Comfortable “Hyatt Grand Beds”, a working desk with plenty of electrical outlets (no adapter needed), Wi-Fi for $14 a day, 32″ LCD TV, iHome stereo with iPod® docking station, air conditioning, and a snazzy glass shower in the middle of the room with a rainshower head was all I needed. The only thing I didn’t like about the hotel was the smoke alarm, which had a really annoying flashing light (bring duct tape to cover it up). That, and I could hear neighbors and hallway traffic when they were being noisy. But without a doubt this is a solid hotel to stay in no matter whether you are there for work or pleasure. They have a 24-hour café, a great restaurant with a fantastic breakfast buffet (eat inside or out) and a stylish outdoor pool and fitness center. Room rates begin at $144. The Hyatt Regency Trinidad (1 Wrightson Road, Port of Spain; 868-623-2222)
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