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“Turtles and relaxation” 4 of 5 stars
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3.0 of 5 Resort   |   3 Hosang Street | Grande Riviere, Trinidad   |  
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Ranked #4 of 51 Hotels in Trinidad
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“Turtles and relaxation”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2012

Came here in April 2012 as a party of 5 (4 adults with a 14 month old baby). The drive here takes a while along the winding Toco roads, but you get some great views of the beaches and the Caribbean meeting the Atlantic. Not the best road to drive during the rainy season, so be mindful of when you come. We stayed in the refurbished portion of the complex on the 2nd floor of what used to be a horse stable. You can see this with the doors on the 1st floor rooms. Can easily see how this was a sprawling estate many years ago. The 2nd floor room had a newly refinished bathroom, 1 queen sized bed, 3 twin beds and some furniture. You get your own balcony with 3 lounge chairs. Mosquito nets were over the queen bed and 1 of the twin beds. We heard you can get cribs there, but we chose to bring our own pack and play which worked out great (wheels so you can cart it out to the balcony). CAUTION, the balcony has no railing, just afew metal wires routed through small metal beams in front of you. Not safe for small kids as they can easily fall through or crawl between the wire gaps. Thus, we kept the baby in the crib when outside, and at least always kept the balcony door closed. The room did have A/C, but we were told the first floor had only fans available. Ask for an A/C room if you want it. The restaurant food is ok and service can be slow, but we enjoyed it overall. They have Carib beer in a fridge by the check-in desk and they'll keep a tab on your room. Spent most of our time lounging around. The beach was nice, be aware though that as of SUMMER 2012 there had been some serious beach erosion and work was still ongoing to repair this part of hotel...namely the floor we stayed on as beams were about to give way due to beach erosion into the foundation. Recommend calling and asking about this. You're truly off the beaten path here as the town is remote but friendly. There are NO ATMs around, so bring cash (TT dollars), although it's ok to pay with credit card for the overall hotel bill. The closest gas station was in Toco. Like others have said, it's an eco-resort. No frills, no bellhops, no TV, no internet. We read books, sat by the beach/ocean, and enjoyed the sea breeze. It's rough waters for swimming, but the small river does afford some nice bathing if you want to do so. There's a restaurant/hotel next door. We ate there one night and had a good time. You come here for the turtles though. Everyone lucked out as the beach closed at 6pm and we started seeing turtles around 630. They come directly onto the beach in front of the hotel and all up and down the entire beach itself. For the turtle permits, you walk up the road to the hotel and hang a right where you see a turtle sign and a small building through a small parking lot. Bring cash for this. No plastic accepted here. Ran about $90+ TT each here, so again make sure you bring enough. After that, we met a guide with a group of others by the beach. Probably saw 30+ adult turtles that night alone. Definitely worth seeing. Planning to go back next season.

Leave your expectations of getting 5 star treatment and the need for amenities (TV/internet/7-11) in town, because you won't find any here. What you will find is a unique experience available in very few parts of the world. Bring sunscreen and insect repellant, and a flashlight with red lens if you have it.

Room Tip: As for a room with A/C, it does get warm during the day. The 2nd floor rooms in the newer complex ha...
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2012

Our stay at Mt Plaisir was excellent. We were looking forward to having a quiet and lazy weekend as we were extremely exhausted, and boy we were not disappointed. The room was absolutely beautiful and the view was amazing. Our room was air conditioned and we had no mosquitoes or sand flies, the bed was like heaven to me and we slept like babies and I especially loved to hear the waves from the sea. Our linen was fresh and clean and I loved the furniture and to top it off the food was excellent. Gillian and Alicia and the rest of the staff were superb, oh we cannot forget Terry and Nina whose company we enjoyed tremendously.

Grand Riviere is a beautiful fishing village and we will be going back there pretty soon, this time with an ice box to put our fresh kingfish and carite.

LBP from Santa Cruz

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Woodgreen, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2012

We spent six relaxing days here in August. We had plans to be a little more active but ended up just sitting on our verandah, reading, swimming in the sea and eating. It was difficult to find the time for anything else!

The recent flood has caused a lot of damage to the beach, including some of the main turtle-laying areas. It has also left the hotel teetering on the brink of a 3m drop where previously you could walk out onto the beach. Hopefully, before the turtles return next year, the government can manage to put things right (although their inaction, and then botched restoration attempts, caused most of the problems in the first place).

The hotel was quiet. We were often the only people eating in the restaurant. Gradually, through our stay, we managed to eat our way through the kitchen's stocks. Coconut ice cream (made locally and the only dessert on offer) was a big hit with the kids.., while it lasted. The food was excellent even if the menu was limited. We would have liked to have seen more local produce, even if it was just some fresh fruit.

All the staff were friendly and helpful. Nina and Terry at the bar looked after us brilliantly, were great entertainment, and even commissioned a local to bake us an enormous sweetbread when the coconut ice cream ran out and the hotel was dessertless.

The beach is beautiful away from the damaged areas in front of the hotel. We swam in the sea most days but you have to be careful getting in and out when it is rough (I have the scars to prove it). If you want to sunbathe, look out for the sand-flies. At this time of year, the beach is scattered with rotting turtle eggs and bits of scavenged turtle, so it's not really a beach for lounging on unless you are covered with insect repellent.

We didn't see any adult turtles - it was too late in the season - but we saw baby turtles hatching and helped with the nightly release of the hundreds that had been rescued during the day (keep up the good work, Junior).

Mont Plaisir is out on the wild frontier of tourism and you have to make allowances for that. The area is unspoilt and Grande Riviere is a genuine Trinidadian village. It's a magical spot and Piero has clearly worked hard to keep it that way. There are plans to renovate the hotel but, first and foremost, the beach has to be restored to its former glory. We'll be back, earlier in the year to see the turtles, and hoping for some more coconut ice cream.

Good luck, Piero! Thanks for a great holiday.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2012

We were expecting great things and were very disappointed - to the point we left early on the Sunday without breakfast. The turtles and the beach were awesome as were the bar staff (Terry and Nina and Lidia the receptionist) but the hotel was more basic than rustic, and uncomfortable. the only reason to stay is location, location, location you are right on the beach so ideally placed to see the turtles, but even then one or two nights max is enough. The beds were ok but seating limited - our children occupied the sofa bed, so the only seats were pretty solid wooden chairs on the terrace, there were few seats in the bar, so nowhere really to relax. The bar needs some decent seating - but the bar staff made us feel very welcome. There is no tv or internet, or bathroom toiletries which is ok, but it really would benefit from drink making in the rooms as the restaurant doesn't open for breakfast till 8am, and even then expect a wait. The food in our opinion was dire, in 20 years I've never sent anything back but after waiting over an hour for chicken and chips I sent back the chips as they were stone cold - only to get them back microwaved - along with the salad. The menu was limited and even then not always available.We would have complained at the time but our weekend had been bad enough we just wanted to leave, and as the owner who eventually checked us out didn't ask, we assumed he didn't care. I hate writing bad reviews but we really didn't enjoy it, we won't be back.The place really does need a refurb urgently but checking other reviews it appears its been needed for a while. Shame great potential, needs a lot of TLC!!!!!
Tips for visiting - take a kettle, mosquito repellents and accept the choice is limited, so with low expectations you might enjoy it more than we did.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2012 via mobile

We travelled with two kids of 9 and 6 years old through the Carrabean, and our stay at Mt. Plaisir is what they call the highlight of our travel. Piero is a great host as owner of the hotel: a great hearted man who does everything he can to give you a pleasant stay. The rooms are above expectations with AC, mosquito nets and even wifi. Staff is very kind and the restaurant is superb. Mt. Plaisir supports actively the turtle program, in which one can participate. This was truly a lifetime experience, we can recommend to any young family as well as it is easy to realise with à comfortable place to stay like Mt.plaisir.

  • Stayed July 2012
    • 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2012

My husband and I came here for the first time in a LONG time to turtle watch with friends. We stayed in the new large, very clean (I am particularly fastidious and always check the linen) and comfortable rooms, lovely wooden furniture and a lovely terrace overlooking the beach. The older rooms that are now closed were a little too rustic for me back in the 90s. Lidia who manages for the owner Piero is extremely accommodating and cheerful, the food is excellent and in fact Piero has brought in a master cheese maker from Italy and has started making estate cheese that is absolutely delicious.
Sadly because of rainfall the river extended in front of the hotel and it must have confused the turtles somewhat but it has happened before and will recover. No complaints, lovely stay, lovely people.
I firmly believe that if there is anything to complain about, take it to the owner, but then again there is always SOMEONE who will complain for the sake of it. It IS rustic so if you don't like that sort of thing, then don't stay!

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2012

Very basic rooms, but you are on the beach and very near the turtles. Rooms were clean, but food was overpriced and much better food and value available next door at the Le Grande. They had mosquito nets, but if I went again I would take a beach towel, a jug for tea and coffee, more insect repellant, bit soothing cream - you will get bitten, esky, shampoo etc as things are pretty basic. There is no wifi or tv, so lovely place to read a book or three. The aircon worked well, and plenty of parking.
At $125USD per night there is proabbly better value.

Room Tip: Try upstairs rooms as downstairs, you hear all the kids running around upstairs.
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 3 Hosang Street | Grande Riviere, Trinidad
Location: Caribbean > Trinidad and Tobago > Trinidad
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Top resorts Hotel in Trinidad
#5 Best Value Hotel in Trinidad
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Mt Plaisir Estate Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Mt Plaisir Estate is the only true Beach Hotel in Trinidad. Located on Grande Riviere Bay along the Caribbean North East Coast it hosts one of the largest colonies of the endangered leatherback turtles, the biggest sea turtles that every year nest here by the thousands between March to August. Mt Plaisir is an excellent base for forest hiking into the majestic Rain Forest. There is an excellent restaurant on the resort: Ylang-Ylang that offers Caribbean and Italian dishes. ... more   less 
Also Known As:
Mount Plaisir Estate Resort
Mount Plaisir Estate Trinidad
Mt Plaisir Estate Hotel Trinidad, Trinidad And Tobago

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