Fodor's Expert Review Grand Turk Inn Bed & Breakfast
Front Street, Cockburn Town, Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos Islands, Cockburn Town, Grand Turk TKCA 1ZZ, Turks and Caicos Islands See on Map
Staying at the Grand Turk Inn Bed & Breakfast gives you a feel for the way these islands used to be, with its stately British West Indies architecture. Built 150 years ago as a Methodist manse, the inn was lovingly converted in 2005. Sleepy, quiet, and charming, the inn quickly feels like home, as you will certainly meet and mingle with the locals while staying here. Its refurbishment included adding all the modern conveniences, as well as the addition of a huge sundeck on the rooftop facing the ocean and historic waterfront. Incredible views up and down the west shoreline have colorful buildings from yesteryear as a picturesque backdrop against the myriad of blues and greens. Guests may easily stroll the length of the waterfront to enjoy a number of restaurants and watering holes, along with the local musicians that play along the main strip.
The five spacious air-conditioned suites all feature full kitchens, cable TV with DVDs, wireless computer access, personal in-room safes, ceiling fans, and daily housekeeping. Each room's decor is unique; while bamboo creates a tropical feel, antiques remind guests of times past. Each room's location within the inn also offers something special, whether it be direct access to the rooftop deck, out onto the covered front porch, or overlooking the beach and ocean beyond.
Chat with the owner-managers about what you may prefer in room location and book accordingly.
Bathrooms have all been renovated, offering new fixtures in an enlarged space as compared to the original inn's design. Toiletries are provided.
Immediately through the entry way is a tidy little front desk, situated in the hallway next to the stairs. A super little boutique is to one side, while one of the guest suites branches off to the other.
No pool on site. A small stretch of white sand beach and crystal clear ocean is but a few feet away, immediately on the other side of Front Street.
YOU SHOULD KNOW When weather is unsettled, guests will need to find a more sheltered beachfront to enjoy.
No gym on site. Diving, snorkelling, or strolling throughout Cockburn Town will be your fitness regime while staying on Grand Turk.
The small restaurant that is located in the inn's breezeway serves a variety of dishes from fresh fish and lobster, to pasta and steak. Asian fare featuring local ingredients is the chef's specialty. Guests may dine under cover or under starlit sky, with the lap of ocean waves as backdrop. You're given a menu at check-in so you can pick what you want for breakfast so that it may be brought to your room in the morning.
Drinks are available at the Inn's restaurant when it is open, along with at several establishments along the waterfront within walking distance.
Grand Turk is a fairly small island, therefore getting around is relatively easy and inexpensive. Car and scooter rentals are available, while cycling the entire island is also a possibility for the active visitor. The whole of Cockburn Town is easy to explore on foot, with rest stops along the waterfront. ATV and Segway tours are another way to get to see the main sights.
The inn offers a complimentary continental breakfast, while their little restaurant set up within the hotel's breezeway and attached elevated terrace offers dinner service. Other restaurants and eateries are within walking distance of the property.
A small bar is on-site, serving a range of beverages during restaurant hours. There are other bars within walking distance of the inn.
WHY WE LIKE IT
The Grand Turk Inn Bed & Breakfast is full of history, yet refurbished to include some creature comforts that are not present in many of the other historic properties. Centrally located, this property lets its guests immerse themselves in the local community, whisking themselves back over a 150 years ago.