I have stayed in Negril on most of my 18 trips.
I find the smaller hotels are the best. The Whistling Bird is across from The Jungle a very Large 2 floor nightclub. Dancing downstairs an a out door bar and restaurant up stairs.
Another place would be Roundel Village just up the road 2 resorts north of the Bird.
Idle Awhile is another resort to the north with special rooms with a deco looks.
Beach House Villas is one more resort to the south closer to town, they have very large rooms.
All these places share the seven-mile beach and have excellent security.
A few more that are more family orientated are Charla Inn and Coco la Palm resorts. The prices are cheaper and the security is also very good some of these have pools, Jacuzzis, some extras I don’t need when the ocean is just about as good as it gets on Negrils seven mile beach.