As with our previous visits to Grenada, we hotel-hopped on our most recent trip to check out a couple of hotels, and revisit a couple of our favorites.
We started our trip with a two night stay (Oct 9 – 11, 2011) at Kalinago Beach Resort
Kalinago is located on beautiful BBC beach aka Morne Rouge beach (my personal favorite beach in Grenada). This property is fairly new and we have been looking forward to checking out the accommodations ever since we took a tour of the property last year. It did not disappoint.
Our room was a ground floor unit which was spacious, nicely furnished, and with modern amenities. The bed was soft and comfortable which allowed me to get a good night’s sleep. I’m very picky about the comfort of beds and have been known to drag down a featherbed with me on a previous trip!! I would rank the bed at Kalinago as second comfiest among the many hotels I’ve stayed at in Grenada. The room has a mini-fridge, electric tea kettle, a nice-sized flat screen tv, and of course the requisite A/C to keep you cool.
The bathroom was also very spacious and the shower had great water pressure.
The hotel has a nice-sized pool overlooking the beach, with a bar conveniently next to it to keep yourself fully hydrated with some potent libations.
The staff at the hotel were all very nice and friendly, in particular the young lady who checked us in late at night on Sunday (forgot her name…too many Stags… we had stopped at 3 bars prior to checking in that night!!), and Areeno (sp?) the young man tending the bar on Monday night, as well as our server at the restaurant at lunch on Tuesday.
Monday night they had a Manager’s welcome reception held at the bar with plenty of cocktails and finger foods, despite the low occupancy at that time. Quite impressive. The owner, Ms. Julia Moore, was our host and it was a pleasure to meet her. She is genuinely warm and welcoming, and embodies the Grenadian friendliness that we’ve experienced time and again.
We dined at the restaurant for lunch one day and found the food to be delicious, the service attentive, and the views fantastic! (I will post a separate review of the restaurant.)
If I could fault Kalinago for one thing, it would be the bad wifi internet connection in the room. The connection kept getting dropped. I did not see an option to do a wired connection via an ethernet cable, and I did not bother asking since it was a short stay for us. So, if reliable internet connectivity is important to you, take that into account.
The other thing that Kalinago can improve on is the driveway from the top road. It is quite steep and only the last part is paved. We found that taxi drivers generally avoided using this driveway and instead would opt to pick-up/drop-off using the Gem Holiday Resort driveway next door. Not a big deal to walk over since both properties are small and literally right next to each other.
Overall we were very pleased with our stay at Kalinago. We thought it offered a great value. It’s on our list of hotels that we would stay at again.
Stay tuned… Next post, my absolute favorite hotel!!