by Shayne Rodriguez Thompson
Located right on the beach on Grand Riviere Bay near the rainforest, Mt. Plaisir Estate Hotel offers various accommodations types, including units that sleep up to six people. Rooms on the ground floor offer direct beach access and second floor rooms have furnished verandahs overlooking the sea. All rooms are air conditioned and have mosquito netting around the beds.
There is an onsite restaurant that serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, featuring both international and local cuisine, as well as a cafÃ© offering snacks and alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages throughout the day. Room service is also available. Daily breakfast for two, parking and Wi-Fi are all offered free of charge.
The hotel’s location is a prime spot for guests visiting during the nesting season of the local leatherback turtles. Its beach is home to the largest colony of these endangered turtles. Rainforest hikes and bird watching are other popular activities in the area.
Our Editor Loves
- Beachfront location
- Turtle watching
- Bird watching
- Free Breakfast
- Free Wi-Fi
- Onsite Dining
The location is amazing, right on the beach. Many of the guests would have come to see the turtles, which I’m sure are amazing. Alas Turtle season but we came to see the other side of Trinidad. Rustic/Desolate/Windy North Coast.
Our room was 3a or b bottom left on the hotel picture.
The shower curtain was brown mould - Pic 1
Big hole in the mosquito net - Pic 2/3
Toilet broken - Pic 4
Plug sockets taped up with plastic - Pic 5
Couch mouldy - Pic 6
Grim screen other side of the shower - Pic 7
Cobwebs - Pic 8
Door didn’t fit so mosquitoes- Pic 9
Hotel - Pic 10
Going for dinner many starters not available. Same with the mains. To be fair it was quiet season and would be unrealistic to have everything. I got the lamb and it was simply a plate of fat. I ate a few bits and returned the rest which was uneatable. I ordered a bottle of red wine, and was told there wasn’t any.
The hotel room was expensive, the same as I’d paid to stay at the Hyatt. The meal was expensive esp when vat/taxes are not included. To not have any wine when gourmet dining and expecting to pay those prices was unacceptable. Dessert Menu came. The 3 choices on the menu were all unavailable. There was another choice, but I declined.
If I paid £50 for the room, and around £12-£15 for the meal (it was 2-3x that for a main inc taxes), I could accept the standard of the room, lack of wine and poor quality of meat. However it was £135+ taxes for the room alone.
The one great thing was the lady working “Lisa” I think. She was really nice, and she looked embarrassed when dealing with lamb/wine,seeing my pics, and showing her the room when we left. She did offer to get the manager, but it wasn’t about the money/trying to get money off. We were only there one night and I simply wanted an amazing night.
There’s rustic, and there’s run down. My room crossed over and was run down, and smelt. This place should be amazing but needs to combine rustic wood, with modern bathrooms and touches.
I notice there’s lots of good reviews, and maybe other rooms were much nicer, and maybe usually there’s Red vino available. Alas this ruined what was supposed to be a great night away.
Apologies for the bad review, I’ve tried to just state facts, and would love to have a better experience in Turtle season.
Fabulous time watching the large Leatherback turtles nesting and hatching up close at Mount Plaisir Estate. It takes a while to get to the beach - almost 3 hours from the airport by car - and the setting is untouristic-ly rustic, but it is comfortable and the welcome is pleasant. The food is also good. The whole reason for going is the fantastic and dramatic experience of being around the turtles each night or early morning, saving myriad hatchlings from the vultures and frigates, and then releasing them into the sea at sunset as part of the conservation program. Basically, you are watching the raw life to death cycle take place in front of you through these massive and gentle, dinosaur-like creatures. The Rainforest is also worth a trip. Our guide was David, who has a shack on the beach, and he was very pleasant. He also makes various craft items engraved with turtles that are for sale for around US$20. Very educational visit.