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“Bit rough around the edges but good value for money”

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Grafton Beach Resort
Ranked #2 of 2 Hotels in Black Rock
Reviewed September 21, 2003

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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Reviewed September 5, 2003

My family of 16 stayed at the Grafton for 5 days. After reading some reviews,I find I'm not alone in my oppinion of it. Although my room was nice,for 3 of the days my AC didn't work properally. My bathroom flooded our last night,and we constantly had to wade in puddles of water to get to the restaurant and lobby. The staff made it obvious they were not happy to be there. The service was so slow at times it was unbearable. I know the atmsophere was supossed to be laid back but this was rediculas. Green towels? They had towels? Not to sound totally negative there were at least 4 excellant employees who went out of thier way to accomidate us. To add insult to injury at check out my husband and I were treated so unprofessionally by the gentleman behind the desk we asked fro management that took 20 mins to show up and took so long to help us we litterally just left. After it took 2 days of constant calling and faxing I finally got my situation at check out resolved. They made a billing mistake,which they corrected without an appology. Tobago was beautiful the Grafton not so much.

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Address: Stonehaven Bay, Black Rock, Tobago
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Location: Caribbean > Trinidad and Tobago > Tobago > Black Rock
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Ranked #2 of 2 Hotels in Black Rock
Price Range: $111 - $207 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Grafton Beach Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 92
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Grafton Beach Hotel Black Rock
Grafton Beach Resort All Inclusive
Grafton Beach Resort Tobago/Black Rock

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