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“A great little rustic hotel”
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Shepherd's Inn
Ranked #3 of 20 Crown Point B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
London, United Kingdom
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“A great little rustic hotel”
Reviewed October 19, 2012

We booked our holiday through Tropical Sky as it looked a cheap & cheerful (£700pp for a week) trip to the Caribbean. I thought we had excellent value for money as the hotel was well run, clean & the food was brilliant. Don't be put off by the fact that is only 10mins from the airport (we never heard a plane) or that it doesn't look like much from the outside. It is a very small hotel (only 20 odd rooms) and actually we quite liked this as after a few days we got to know everyone (all English holiday makers) and it felt really friendly and had a great vibe. We stayed on an all inclusive basis and although the menu is very limited in fact with the daily specials we found plenty of choice in the end. The breakfasts are very, very good and you can have a proper English breakfast but I fell for the thick pancakes with bananas & syrup which were heavenly. I would definitely recommend taking the all inclusive as there are not many proper restaurants around the area, in fact there are no restaurants at all. There are a few food stalls down by Store Point mainly serving fast food and a pizza place down the road and that's about it. Although we don't normally like an all inclusive (we like going out each night and sampling other local places) this is not the place to do that and you will be disappointed trying to find places to eat each night.

I would also stay in the garden rooms (instead of the pool rooms) as they are larger and look out onto beautiful gardens where you will see the lots of birds (including hummingbirds). If you save your fruit from breakfast and put it on your outside table/plants you will get the most amazing birds coming down. The rooms are all air conditioned, very clean but have no TV's, so take a few books. There is free wifi available but the reception is best at the restaurant. The pool is small and there are no loungers or many chairs, which was very disappointing and something that I know the owners want to change. I would suggest taking/buying a lilo with you as that is something you could lie on.

Mr B is the hotel's resident guide/taxi driver that you will find at the bar. He is a very interesting old chap (at times hard to understand with such a broad Caribbean accent) but will take you anywhere and give you running commentary on the island's history. We asked him to take us on an island tour as easy to drive round the island in a day and it is probably worth it, although there is not a lot to see. Tobago in recent years has had a huge decline in tourism and the sugar/coco plantations are long gone so it is a very rural island with lots of deserted beautiful beaches, thick rain forest and small very poor villages scattered around. It is not worth going into the capital (Scarsbourgh) as there is nothing really to see as it is very run down & poor. On the whole the island is more like an African island then a Caribbean one and we were a bit disappointed that were was not more to see & do. As a result of that I would only recommend a week, as we had enough to occupy us but 2 weeks would have been boring (unless you like lying on the beach each day).

Things I would recommend doing are:

1. If you have a day to spare, get Mr B to drive you around the island, he will take you to deserted beaches to swim and to see waterfalls.

2. Walk (15 min) or get Mr B to drop you off at Pigeon Point (£7 return), it is the most beautiful beach on the island (you have to pay a small fee to go into the beach but worth it) and one of the few places with white sand (once there you hire chairs/umbrellas). Rather go here than the closer (free) Store Beach which is a 7 min walk. I didn't like Store Beach as we were too hassled by people selling stuff.

3. Go on Mr B's Sunday School trip on Sunday Evening to enjoy the local steel bands playing whilst drinking Mr B's rum punch.

4. Get Mr B to take you to the Hummingbird Sanctuary at Black Rock. It belongs to an ageing hippy and is just basically his house in the mountains, where you sit on his veranda and watch the many types of hummingbird feed from the nectar feeders. I just loved it as have never seen so many hummingbirds in one place before! I would recommend doing this late afternoon/early evening as just lovely to sit there and watch them at the end of a day.

5. Take a day's boat trip out for snorkeling with Daryl or any of the local chaps as it is a great day out. They take you snorkeling and you see the most amazing fish & if you are lucky dolphins & turtles, you eat lunch on a deserted island (called No Man's Island) and then you swim in Nylon Pool. It is a must.

6. The two other tours you can do is take a jeep tour into the rain forest (good if you like bird watching) and jump onto a glass bottom boat which go out daily to the coral reefs. We didn't do either of these.

7. Walk to Coco Reef Hotel (probably the best hotel on the island) and lie on their beach (you can get day passes for about £10 pp which allows you to lie on their beach, order drinks and swim in their lagoon). Most days they didn't ask us to pay and it is a really beautiful hotel and worth just going to walk around and have a drink.

My only other tip is to take lots of mosquito spray and sun block and be prepared for very hot, sticky weather. It felt safe, although we didn't walk around at night. You can use US Dollars (that seemed to be the preferred currency). The hotel is quaint with no real frills but the food is rustic, fresh & hearty. If you are used to very high end places you would be best staying at the Coco Reef which is very beautiful but I should imagine at least double the price we paid. If you are happy with a small but friendly place than I think you will enjoy this hotel.

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Reviewed October 18, 2012

Just got back and had a great time. I went on my own mainly for diving, but met some nice people - generally all couples. The all inclusive is more like full board with drinks as there are restrictions on times. The menu is limited, but has 6 dishes from the all inclusive option; fish - catch of the day (usually swordfish or another one), lamb, roast chicken, chicken - bacon wrapped, tuna, veggie. You can have additional supplemented choices, the food is very good. Theres a limited choice of drinks in the all inclusive package -just 4 cocktails. Bar prices arent too bad though. Shame about no sunbeds but I wasn't there that much, only the last day. Weather (rainy season) was a mixture of a big storm, overcast and sunny. And it always seemed to be warm/very hot - around 27c-30c + even at night. There's not tons to do at night as its not a resort (just restaurants and a few bars, which were generally quiet). The pool room I had was basic, but I wasnt in it much -it is what it is. Had no trouble with noise from the bar as most nights it shut at 10.30/11.00pm as people were out or in bed, but only half the rooms were taken. Staff do look after you. The beaches are great, locals might hassle you but it is generally safe unless you are a solo female. Some of us did go on a trip with Mr B round the island which takes all day, although the island is small it takes ages to get anywhere as some of the roads are windy. Its a 10-15 minute walk to Store bay beach which is nice and a bit further to Pigeon point 30-40mins. I would recommend this place, its is lacking in luxury but if you go with low expectations then you should have a good time.

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Tonbridge, United Kingdom
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Reviewed October 16, 2012

Ok the negatives first.......1. No sunbeds.
2. We only booked 1 week!

We would definately return again to both the island and this hotel for the right price.

Part of this hotels charm is that it only has 20 rooms and the lovely garden which helps to secure a great intimate ambience......enhanced by a lovely group of english people that were staying the same time as us (5th - 12th September).

Troy and his team also seal the deal for us in making this hotel a very special place ......whilst the menu is limited, the food is very good and there is always a special everyday for variety. Breakfast offers not only a large choice but waitress service too.....no buffet here!!!!!!!!!
Rooms and general decor tired ....yes ......but all kept spotless including the pool which we saw being cleaned daily!

The island is absolutely beautiful and we certainly felt at all times welcome and very safe by everyone.

I would reccomend Daryls tours Tobago ....you can find him on facebook. He took a group of us from the hotel on a great snorkelling trip,barbeque, trip to Nylon pool after all the other boats had gone....and last but not least we watched the sun go down over the sea.....worth every penny, and we would certainly think about doing the same thing again if we returned to this great island.

Lastly, hoping that the price will be right and we can return next year for 2 weeks this time and i will be writing another review saying sunbeds have now been bought and the hotel and island are just as magical as the first time around!

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crawley
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Reviewed October 15, 2012

our first time in tobago late sept wonderfull island,locals friendly ,we went all inclusive but hotel not all inclusive no food available between 14.30 17.30 more like full board with drinks..hotel very tired needs some tlc,no sunbeds around pool,food very good most of hotel staff very friendly special thanks to troy who makes sure his guests are enjoying there stay.we meet some wonderfull people while we were there.collin/audrey.clive/gillian.if you want to chill out then this is were you can.lack of entertainment .book garden room .we would return if the special offers were still available but not at normal prices.

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Witham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed October 15, 2012

Whilst searching for a holiday somewhere new I received an email offer from Tropical Sky for 1 week all inclusive at the Toucan Inn in Tobago for £699 each so we booked up straight away for the last week of September!

The Toucan Inn does require quite a bit of TLC and work…the swimming pool is absolutely fine to use (and very nice too!) but it does need some minor repairs and cleaning, the lack of sunbeds was very disappointing considering the hotel isn’t on the beach, the wooden garden furniture was very uncomfortable so that combined with the lack of sunbeds wasn’t great, however, we did manage to find some cushions from the restaurant. We’ll bring lilo’s with us when we return just in case they haven’t invested in any sunbeds!

The Restaurant offers a nice selection for breakfast which was always tasty, lunch was a little limited and monotonous but perfectly fine and our dinners were always very nice – the chef does know how to make a good soup and sauce, oh and the steak (you have to pay extra for) is certainly worth it (and my Fiancé loved the Rum Pork that much he had it a couple of times)!

The weather was fantastic, even though it was the rainy season we only really experienced rain during the day once and this didn’t spoil our holiday at all and the storms were great!

We were originally allocated a twin Garden room which was large, clean, basic with a large bathroom and very quiet, however, after our first day we requested to move to a double room and was offered a pool room which we took – this room was quite a bit smaller and the bathroom a little tight (you have to close the door to get to the sink) however, we knew this before moving into it and it was absolutely perfect. The pool rooms are much noisier than the garden rooms but again this didn’t bother us.

We booked a trip through our rep to do the Island Tour including the Fort, the Market at Scarborough, the Waterfall, Lunch at Jemmas and plenty of lovely views – when we booked this we thought we were going to get to go for a swim at Englishman’s Bay, however that didn’t happen which we think was down to the Traffic. We do recommend doing this tour, however, I wouldn’t bother with the Market and therefore wouldn’t do it on a Friday (Market day) so you can avoid the traffic at the same time). The Waterfall was fantastic though.

The beaches (which are far from crowded) and the sea in Tobago are like Paradise which helps you to forget about the fact that the hotel isn’t perfect. It’s just a 10 minute walk to Store Bay or 10 minutes in a Taxi (about £7.50) to Pigeon point which we highly recommend.

Both the flight there and back were fine as the plane was only a third full, however, you didn’t get a choice of entertainment which was a little disappointing for a nearly 9 hour flight.

We plan on returning next year but for 2 weeks (1 just isn’t enough) and we would consider staying at the Toucan Inn again for the same price – if we can’t get for the same price we would probably look elsewhere.

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Paphos, Cyprus
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Reviewed October 13, 2012

Our first visit to Tobago in mid September, was as a result of a promotion in Mail on Sunday, offering one week all inc. for less than £700 inc. flights. We booked a 2 week holiday.
Although it was the rainy season, the weather was very good, actually very hot, with a few tropical thunderstorms, which were quite welcome.
All of the arrangements through Tropical Sky were perfectly acceptable. The return flights with Monarch were both only one third full, providing more than sufficient space for everyone. In flight entertainment was very poor, unless you like Alvin & the Chipmunks.
As regards Toucan Inn, it is very tired, needing a lot of TLC.
On the plus side, the simple rooms are clean and fit for purpose. The beds were surprisingly comfortable but they creaked with every movement!
The restaurant served good quality food which was a little monotonous after a few days. Numerous local residents used the restaurant throughout our stay, confirming it's good reputation.
The Bar was very short of glasses, our Spritzers were served in everything from a wine glass, a lager glass, a sundae dish and a champagne flute!
The pool had not been cleaned after 8 days of our stay, I enquired about this and sure enough, it was cleaned later that day, although the oily scum around the water line still remained.
The poolside furniture was all very heavy duty hardwood, rather uncomfortable after a couple of hours. Cushions were borrowed from the restaurant and frequently returned wet. Some of the chairs needed urgent repair.
There were no sunbeds at all and guests either used their own airbeds or lay on the floor.
The Reception was never manned and was open to anyone. We never left our key in Reception, opting to take it with us whether in the Hotel or not.
The Restaurant Manager asked a group of us for our recommendations to improve the experience and after 30 minutes, he appeared shell-shocked although we didn't tell him anything he hadn't heard before.
All of the locals were very friendly and polite and at no time did we feel threatened.
The hotel is well situated for the local beaches, an excellent internet cafe and other hotels and restaurants. The airport is 10 minutes walk away but there was no serious noise problem.
There is a great deal to see on Tobago and it is a beautiful island. Excursions are arranged from the hotel, but a cheaper option is to speak to Mr. B, a local celebrity who will tailor-make an excursion to suit.
We took the opportunity to visit Trinidad (return airfare for 2 is less than US$100) which is much busier and whilst not so attractive, appealing in it's own way.
We would certainly return to the Crown Pointe area of Tobago but other hotels would be more appealing, at a higher price. As ever, you get what you pay for.
Audrey & Colin Keen (Cyprus via Leamington Spa).

Room Tip: Garden rooms tend to be quieter than those around the pool.
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Reviewed October 12, 2012

We are just back from two weeks all inclusive.

Lovely place,great weather,lovely people,great food and plenty of alcohol what more could you ask for.

Yes there's no evening entertainment,but as nearly all of us were their for a rest we were off to bed by 9.30.

Not by the sea but only a ten minute walk to Store Bay.

My only sadness was the poor state of some of the facilities. But in their defense in our 20 year experience of the Caribbean this is not unknown,getting things repaired reliably is virtually impossible.

If it is offered at the same price next year we would happily go again.

Thanks Troy and everyone for looking after us.

Room Tip: As others have said do try to pick a garden room and specify if you want a double bed.Use Mr B he is...
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Property: Shepherd's Inn
Address: Storebay Local Road, Crown Point, Tobago
Location: Caribbean > Trinidad and Tobago > Tobago > Crown Point
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Parking Restaurant Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
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Ranked #3 of 20 B&Bs / Inns in Crown Point
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Shepherd's Inn 2*
Number of rooms: 20
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Shepherd's Innis a small and friendly 20 room hotel with teakwood caribbean style decor set amidst am oasis of lush tropical gardens with a relaxed ambiance that keep guests coming back for more. ... more   less 
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