I'm a return guest at Moon Hill having stayed there in Feb. 2012 and then again this past March. My first visit was unexpectedly cut short by a night and Oliver was kind enough to honor that night upon my return visit. As other reviewers have mentioned, the location and surroundings are beautiful with lots of greenery and great views of Kingston as it slopes down toward the harbour. The house and pool are literally at the top of this area of hills (Barbican Heights) surrounded by well-kept gardens, a large lawn and mango trees. I stayed in the pool house both visits which lent the feeling of exclusivity for only a little more money. During both visits there were only 1 or 2 other guests currently there so even when in the main house (whose living area and "entertainment" room were open to use, and large) you still felt like you had the whole place to yourself. There's an extensive menu of good food available at meal time and a fairly well-stocked bar and fridge of beer (all reasonably priced) if you're feeling thirsty. If you don't have a car when visiting, calling for a taxi is a breeze. A ride to to Half Way Tree or Downtown Kingston will run you somewhere between $6 -$10 USD.
Oliver (Proprieter/Manager and author of Moon Handbooks Jamaica Travel Guide) is incredibly friendly and professional. He was able to recommend various activities around Kingston including where to eat, see live music or go shopping. Oliver knows Jamaica intimately and can point you toward things you might otherwise miss when only in Kingston for a short stay.
Related to an older post about the dogs being a nuisance, we experienced no problems or disturbances during either stay. It was a comfort knowing that the dogs were there for added security in what already felt like a very safe location.
I'm probably missing other highlights (the delicious complimentary breakfast was large with lots of fresh fruit, fresh squeezed OJ and Blue Mountain coffee) but suffice it to say Moon Hill is an incredible value and balances the hustle-and-bustle of Kingston with serenity of a private country retreat. I'll return when next able to visit Kingston again.
- Also Known As:
- Moon Hill Hotel
- Moon Hill Hotel Kingston
- Moon Hill Jamaica/Kingston
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to Moon Hill in Kingston, Jamaica :::Nestled in the Blue Mountain foothills on the edge of town, Moon Hill offers the ultimate home away from home in a comfortable hillside villa boasting spectacular views of Kingston, a private pool and expansive gardens. Whether you're a visiting executive with chronic hotel fatigue, a family looking to experience the most memorable vacation, a yoga instructor seeking the perfect retreat, or a producer or musician needing a luxurious base with easy access to the best of Kingston's music and entertainment industry, this four-bedroom villa is the only accommodation option of its kind. Coupled with personal concierge services to cover any need, Moon Hill offers its guests all-exclusive accommodation. Moon Hill is also a great stop-off point for those visiting other parts of Jamaica who fly into or out of Kingston, where a night or two at the start or end of a trip can give visitors a taste of the best the capital city, Jamaica's Heartbeat, has to offer! ... more less