Before booking my trip to Sunset Beach I read most of the reviews for this hotel both good and bad. I was traveling with my wife and 2 baby boys (18 months and 4yrs old). I was mainly interested in keeping them busy,. I decided to book the trip for the week of 7/3-7/10... We were also joined by brother and wife. During the ride VERY short ride from the airport (less then 5 minutes) I was a little worried by the neighborhood but thats how most carribean islands are. When we arrived at the hotel that changed by opinion of Jamaica. From the time we stepped foot on hotel property we were treated like celebrities. Not sure how people have had issues with the staff.. From the Bellman, front desk, bartenders,excursion desk to the entertainment crew everyone was Super Friendly.. The hotel is not a 5 star resort but the people treat you as if it is. It can use a paint job here and there and some updating, but your there to have fun not complain the entire time.
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FOOD-- Breakfast and lunch buffet were great. Nice selection... Dinner you have a choice of the Buffet of 3 different restaurants which are very good. We ate at the Asian restaurant 3x which is a little like PF CHangs. The Italian restaurant was good. The carribean rest was to my surprise very good. I never eat food with a lot of spice.. was not the case there.
POOLS-- There are 5 pools plus a kid pool in the day care area. 2 of the pools are connected to the swim up bar.. Another pool over looks the beach.. The best pool is connected to the AWESOME water slides. The pictures don't show the slides best features. The structure can use some paint, but who cares.. The lazy river is nice.. My 4yr old
LOVED the water slides and I enjoyed them also.. That same pool is good for small babies-adults. The pool starts at a few inches then increases to 4-5 feet. Even my 18month old loved the pool. Bring your own float toys..
Beach-- The beaches are rather small. Good for snorkeling. We purchased our own but the hotel had plenty.. There are Kayaks, Paddle Boats and they even had body boards with a window so kids can go snorkeling. my 4 yr old loved it.. Few negatives for the beach are Rocky beaches bring watershoes and the seaweed a few feet from shore.
Entertainment--The fun starts at the pool, The entertainers try and get everyone involved from pool volleyball games, beer drinking games and dance contest. If your looking for a good time they will bring it out of you!!! There is one entertainer RICHIE RICH.. He is a nut.. He really has a great time and makes you feel good. Through out the entire day there are activities. I think it was great they want everyone having fun.. At night they have different entertainers. For the 5-6 days we went to the night show we really enjoyed ourselves. On the 4th of july there was a Michael Jackson impersonator who performed for a good 1/2 hour AWESOME>> Other activities were very amusing..My 4yr old even got involved during musical chairs!!// The people who work for the entertainment crew really made the trip special. There is a small casino and small club in the hotel lobby
ROOMS-- We booked out trip on Expedia with just a garden view to save money. When we checked in we were all upgraded to a OCEANFRONT room on the 3rd floor no extra charge!! So were very happy when we saw our room with view!! The room is a typical island room. Very comfortable King size bed in which all 4 of us slept in comfortably, ( the crib we request was hilarious) bring your own pack n play.. The TV reception wasn't to good but most channel were clear.. Bathroom weren't bad.. The rooms are ok. Its not fancy buy for a vaction it good.. I wish there was a clock in the room! The Air Conditioner is freezing!!!!
Outside the hotel-- We took a ride to the Hip Strip for solvenier shopping. It cost $10 per adult.. There it becomes interesting. We went to few stores the driver drover to. THe shop was like a store you would find in the US. Always negotiate!!!! I decided to go to a different store where the natives were. better prices and better selection..Then we went to a local flea market looking place.. This is behind some store where the people are dam near begging you to look in there shack of a store.. This was very intimadating.. I don't recommend people go there.. You can also set up JetSking from the hotel $60 per ski
Sorry for the long review. But we really loved this hotel!!! If you can get over a little outdated room Come here. If you want a hotel with uptight people and a place where people dont smile go elsehere. If you want a good time and want to see good friendly people this is the place.. My 4 year old son had a great time and they treated up great!!!!!!
We are planning our return next year..
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Consists of two 10-story Sunrise and Sunset Towers. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sunset Beach Resort Jamaica
- Sunset Beach Jamaica
- Sunset Beach Montego Bay
- Sunset Beach Resort Spa Montego Bay
- Sunset Beach Resort And Spa Jamaica
- Beach Resort Sunset
- Sunset Beach Resort Montego Bay Jamaica
- Sunset Beach Resort Spa Jamaica
- Montego Bay Sunset Beach Resort