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“Don´t stay elsewhere in Charlotteville” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Cholson Chalets Ltd.

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Man of War Bay, Charlotteville, Tobago   |  
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“Don´t stay elsewhere in Charlotteville”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2012

We have stayed here twice now and would go back. The chalets are right on the front and are nicely equipped. They are serviced every day. We liked the ground-floor one because we were greeted by all the pasers-by. Our second stay was upstairs, where you are more private and have a very small balcony. Our second visit was a slight disappointment, because the fish catch was poor. However, after the first day we managed to buy a tuna, which lasted several meals!

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2009

The Cholson Chalets are two buildings with a central courtyard and back garden, located right on the ocean (on a stormy night, the ocean lapped at the front gate!). We spent four days in an upper apartment. Despite the heat, the apartment was cooled by sea breezes and we were never uncomfortable. The sounds of the waves on the shore were our constant companion.
There is an office which is staffed during the day where any issues can be addressed. The garden has fruit trees which are available to guests (I had never eaten a banana straight off a tree before!).
The apartment we stayed in was very comfortable, with an open area overlooking the view, a dining area, and a reasonably equipped kitchen. There was a television with local and a few international channels, including to my surprise, the CBC (Canadian TV!). There were three bedrooms-- we used one to sleep, and had a "dressing room" each! Important to ask the staff for mosquito netting-- my husband let his foot hang out one night and was ravaged.
Charlotteville itself is a sleepy fishing village. Provisions are not great--just a few small village shops-- so better to stock up on your way from the airport. There are often opportunities to buy fresh caught fish in the morning. Several different stands and restaurant shacks line the main road. We loved eating vegetarian roti from one particular stand and returned several times. Mostly we ate breakfast and organized snacks on our own, and ate out for other meals.
Our visit coincided with a period of rough seas (unfortunately). That made the Charlotteville and the lovely Pirate's Bay beaches unswimmable. But we did find that the beach at the Blue Waters Inn at Speyside was sheltered and calm, so we still got our swims in! Travelling between Charlotteville and Speyside required taxis-- we found the bus service completely unreliable and not worth the frustration on holiday.
Lots to do in the area including scuba, snorkeling, and kayaking. The locals were friendly and helpful. Food was not cheap, but tasty.
Overall, a wonderful experience. If we were to plan our trip again, we would drop the Trinidad portion and spend the whole time in Tobago!

  • Stayed March 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2009

We stayed at Cholson Chalets in early September this year. The apartment was very well maintained, kept clean for us, and had a great view over the bay at Charlotteville.

At the time of booking, Cholson Chalets didn't take credit cards, so a dollar-draft cheque was needed. Although this was inconvenient and added cost, it was worth it to be able to secure a stay at a really homely place.

We received friendly advice, a warm welcome and had travel from the airport arranged without fuss. Thank you for a memorable stay!

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2008

Staying at the Cholson was one of the highlights of our whole holiday in Tobago.
We stayed down the south end of the island for the majority of our trip but decided to spend a few days up north in Charlotteville.

Charlotteville itself is an absolutely beautiful fishing village/town. We had driven there with no plans or reservations and by chance The Cholsons was the first place we tried, and I am so thankful it was.

We were offered the first floor apartment facing out to the bay - you could literally throw a stone into the sea from inside the apartment.

I only wish I had a picture to show you the smile on my face as we were shown around. For $65 US (there or thereabouts) per night we had three double bedrooms a large living/dining area, large well equipped kitchen, Cable T.V. and best of all a sea facing sitting area with the most spectacular view out of a whole wall of windows that pivot open to give a completely open air impression. The apartments were immaculate throughout and well decorated with wood panel flooring and an overall colonial feeling.

There is no air-con but the apartments are very well ventilated so receive a refreshing sea breeze. Couple that with the fact that there is a very effective ceiling fan in every bedroom and two in the living area and the whole apartment stayed very cool.
Buy a few bottles of ice cold carib (local lager) from the small bar (small, as in garden shed sized) next door and watch the sun set in the bay either sat on the beach or in the comfort of the apartment.

Pirates Bay is only a ten minute walk away. It is a completely secluded beach (with decent snorkelling) that’s only accessible by foot or boat and was totally deserted when we were there.

When we next come to Tobago (we will be back) we’ll definitely be staying a few nights in The Cholson Chalets.

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  • Stayed May 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2006

The 1st floor appartment we rented for 3 nights at the Cholson Chalets in Charlotteville was the best value for money accommodation we had during our travels around Tobago.
A lovely wooden seafont building, capitalising on all the best features of the property i.e. polished floorboards, period furniture, bedroom and balcony overlooking the sea etc.
All rooms spacious, exceptionally clean, a well equipped kitchen, and excellent staff made this an excellent stay in beautiful Charlotteville

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Additional Information about Cholson Chalets Ltd.

Address: Man of War Bay, Charlotteville, Tobago
Location: Caribbean > Trinidad and Tobago > Tobago > Charlotteville
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 4 Specialty Lodging in Charlotteville
Number of rooms: 6
Also Known As:
Cholson Chalets Hotel Charlotteville
Cholson Chalets Ltd. Tobago/Charlotteville

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