Where to Stay for Carnival in Trinidad

Port of Spain hotels close to all of the action

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Masqueraders dressed in elaborate costumes taking part in Carnival in Trinidad

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If you are planning to go to Trinidad for the festivities of Carnival, you'll want to book your room as soon as you can. Trinidad offers one of the absolute best Caribbean carnivals—and everyone knows it.

Carnival is a lively two-day festival and dates are usually in February or March. It is a moveable feast time tied to the start of the Lenten season—ending on the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday or as it's known in New Orleans, Mardi Gras.

The Port of Spain (the capital city of Trinidad and Tobago) is ground zero for the festivities and has undergone a lot of changes to promote tourism. One such improvement, the Port of Spain International Waterfront Center, is an area that has seen great revitalization since the mid-2000s as part of the government's plan to launch the country into developed country status. The opening of the Hyatt Regency Trinidad in 2008 was one giant step forward for the two-island nation and is widely regarded as one of the best hotels there.

The accommodations in the port are the closest and most convenient to the carnival grounds. Learn more about the best hotel options for your trip below.

Hyatt Regency Trinidad

Living room-area of a suite at Hyatt Regency Trinidad

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The 423-room Hyatt Regency Trinidad is located in the Port of Spain. It is one of the most upscale, full-service hotels on the island. It includes 43,000 square feet of meeting space, a fitness center, infinity pool, spa, and business center—plus guest rooms equipped with flat-screen TVs and Wi-Fi. The views from the top of the hotel are hard to beat. Just steps away from the festivities, Port of Spain's crown jewel hotel typically offers Carnival specials.

Coblentz Inn Boutique Hotel

Coblentz Inn Hotel

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This boutique hotel is located in an upscale section of Port of Spain and is home to the gourmet-style Battimamzelle Restaurant. The posh 16-room boutique hotel offers cozy accommodations, an equipped kitchenette in each room, continental breakfast, free Wi-Fi, and a complimentary stocked mini-bar upon arrival. The hotel usually offers special rates during Carnival time. Staying here will keep you close to the shopping, entertainment, and business centers of Port of Spain.

Hilton Trinidad

Pool area at the Hilton Trinidad Resort and Conference Center

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This prime destination for Port of Spain travelers for 50 years had a major makeover in 2017. The Hilton Trinidad's hilltop location affords views of the city, historic Queen's Savannah, and the Gulf of Paria. Amenities include a business center, executive lounge and fitness center, two pools, tennis, and much more.

Kapok Hotel

Kapok hotel room

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This independently-owned, 94-room boutique hotel is located at Cotton Hill, St. Clair, close to the downtown Port of Spain. It is home to the Bois Cano Bistro and Bar and the Tiki Village Restaurant, an Italian and a Polynesian/Asian eatery, which both have excellent reviews. Breakfast is included with all stays. Other amenities include a small pool, a modern fitness room, and meeting rooms. A big plus is the hotel’s location up the block from Queen’s Park Savannah, the epicenter of Trinidad’s Carnival celebrations and a great spot for a jog. The Kapok Hotel also usually has special Carnival rates.

Courtyard by Marriott Port of Spain

Courtyard by Marriott - Port of Spain rooms

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This stylish hotel is a quick cab ride to downtown Port of Spain and is a 5-minute walk to shopping and restaurants. It is near the Hasley Crawford National Stadium, a major site for Carnival events as well as easy access to Emperor Valley Zoo, Nelson Mandela Park, and Queen's Park Oval. It's ​the perfect place to stay during the festival. They usually even offer special nightly Carnival rates, which includes breakfast for two, based on double occupancy.

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