Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : August 13th 2017 Contents Taking the elevator ride up twenty-two floors
of the Hyatt Regency hotel in Port-of-Spain,
is the first part of a unique experience that's
about to take place. Nestled behind the elegant
wooden doors of room 2201 sits the newly-ren-
ovated palatial presidential suite. A number
heads of state and presidents, world-famous
athletes, movie stars and musicians have all
graced this luxurious space since the hotel
opened it's doors to the public.
As the door breaks, the marbled floors immedi-
ately stand out. The room doesn't feel overwhelm-
ing but its understated luxury is noticeable. It's
a very modern space. To the immediate left, is
the first restroom area. It's for those visiting room
guests' who won't dare be allowed to step foot
in the master bedroom space.
It's nice and typically familiar of what you'd ex-
pect to see in a luxury suite like this. No surprise
there really. My guide suggests that we hit the
kitchen area first---a good choice. The flooring
transitions from marble to white oak as we saun-
ter through the room. The massive see-through
refrigerator is stocked. Local beers and foreign
sodas adorn its shelves. In the midst of the hard
and soft drinks, a bottle of white wine peeks out.
Did I say the refrigerator was massive? "We
keep it stocked for our guests" my room tour
guide says. The kitchen is sleek. Neatly tucked
away in a discrete corner.
As we exit the kitchen area, the temperature
begins to change. The air-conditioning begins
churning. "The entire room is energy efficient
and equipped with sensors that tracks motion
so the temperatures adjust automatically," my
guide says with a wry smile on his face.
Moving through the living space, three things
stand out: the furniture, the view and the art.
Essentially, there are two recreational, open areas
adorned with modern seating and sophisticat-
ed carpeting in this vast space. Contemporary
chandeliers accent the living area. On one end
a 65 inch TV hangs from the wall. Nice, but not
that big of a deal really. But what hangs from
the other walls is impressive. Paintings by artist
such as Sarah Beckett and Shannon Hutchinson
outfit the space---tasteful.
While caught up in an "art moment" the room
tour guide quietly adjusts the remote controlled
blinds. As the blinds ease apart, at 4.45pm the
view is clear and pristine. It's really something to
behold. There is a straight shot view all the way
down to Point-A-Pierre to the left and according
to my guide, on a really clear day, the outline of
mainland Venezuela can be seen to my far right.
Taking the tour deeper, we exit the main space
and head to the balcony. We agreed to save the
master bedroom for last. Twenty-two storeys up
looking over a ledge is not for the faint of heart.
My guide for one, admits he's afraid of heights. So,
smartly, he opens the door but does not enter to
the outdoor space. Again, another stunning view.
Queen's Park Savannah, the President's House,
NAPA, even cricket legend Brian Lara's house
can be seen perched twenty-two storeys high.
"When it's Independence Day in T&T, this is
the best seat in the house," my guide says from
inside, still reticent to share the balcony space
with his guest.
Next we move to the moment we'd all been
waiting for: the master bedroom suite. Enter-
ing, a huge stand up mirror and counter vanity
framed in lights sits to the right of the room.
It's perfect for the beauty conscious visitor. The
bed is massive. Of course it's a king size, cus-
tom-made, and with a frame design that's not
that easy to describe.
The interior shower connected to the master
bedroom is layered with marble accents. The
jacuzzi tub is contemporary and big enough to
accommodate more than one person. The rain
showerhead also adds a nice touch.
Questioned about the price of staying in the
room for a night, the tour guide says that the
cost of the presidential suite varies according
to occupancy levels and typically starts from
US$700 per night.
"We've had guests who've stayed here for
weeks, and a few for months," the room tour
guide says with a chuckle as we all quietly begin
to tally the numbers in our heads.
All told, at 2122 square feet, the presidential
suite is a pretty sophisticated space. Its not overly
flashy, but its layout and attention to detail cap-
tures a modern, contemporary aesthetic.
If that's your style, then the Hyatt Regency
presidential suite is designed for you.
August 13 . 2017
Waterfront luxury in the city
Hyatt Regency: Presidential Suite
"We've had guests
who've stayed here for
weeks, and a few
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