Returned from the Grafton a couple of days ago after a relaxing two-week stay. The hotel is in a good condition, with rooms of very reasonable quality for the three-star rating. The only gripe was that the hot water can run out from time to time, so those people taking late showers may find the water tepid as opposed to hot! While we were there the hotel was nearly full and consequently it was hard to get a sunbed around the pool much after 0900 and pool/beach towels tended to run out frequently - although a fresh supply of these is never too far away. The Grafton is currently one of the most popular resorts on the island and this is a great endorsement - but it needs to find ways to cope better with periods of high demand. The food is in vast quantity and very good indeed - one must try Marcia's Omlettes out in the morning - yum! The beach bar is a good alternative for a lunchtime snack if you fancy a quick sandwich or burger - the local Roti dish is a must-try also! The Neptune seafood restaurant is well worth a visit but BOOK IT the minute you get there - it's very popular! Reservations are also required for the main restaurant and I strongly recommend you book a day in advance or you will be eating at 1830 or 2200! The bar service is fine as well, with staff coming around to fill your glasses if you don't feel the need to wonder up to the bar. The bar manager is fairly quick to lay on extra staff if they experience 'busy moments' , additionally some of the bar staff (like Candice) are quick to learn your tipple of choice and be one step ahead of you! 99% of the staff were very friendly and helpful but sometimes the reception staff are a little overworked and therefore can be quite abrupt - don't take it personally! The evening entertainment is OK, but nothing special. It always finishes by 2300, so there isn't much in the way of all-night partying. The beach is fantastic (could do with a few more sunbeds), but avoid the Aloe Vera man ... he's a right royal pain in the $%#% to be frank. The other vendors watch from afar and don't really bug you. They are also very protective of the bay and its reputation and will tell you if they think the sea is dangerous (this calm looking bay can catch you out when the waves are big but swimming in the sea is an absolute pleasure)! As with most of the southern Carribean islands, be sure to put on plenty of insect repellent after dusk or you WILL be eaten alive - this especially applies this time of year (rainy season).All in all a resort that represents good value for money. The Tobagan population are renowned for their slow easygoing attitute to life, bear this in mind during your stay :)
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- Also Known As:
- Grafton Beach Hotel Black Rock
- Grafton Beach Resort All Inclusive
- Grafton Beach Resort Tobago/Black Rock