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“No frills for an authentic Jamaican experience” 4 of 5 stars
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Toby's Resort
2.0 of 5 Resort   |   1 Kent Avenue, Montego Bay 00000, Jamaica   |  
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Ranked #27 of 63 Hotels in Montego Bay
Canada
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“No frills for an authentic Jamaican experience”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2011

A nice, basic, no frills hotel. We had a deluxe room with bamboo furniture which had a patio that opened to the main courtyard, and a small fridge. The room was cleaned daily and there were always lots of clean towels (5!), washcloths and hand towels. Sheets and bedspread were changed daily. The resort could certainly use some sprucing up (more maintenance and cleanup of the grounds) but I was very pleased for the price I paid. There is music at the pool and a bar open daily. A very diverse crowd at the hotel - single women, couples, families with children and sports teams. The bed was very comfortable and since there are no evening activities there is very little noise in the evening. Security regularly patrols the grounds and is posted at the gate 24/7. Free wi-fi in the lobby and (occasionally) at the pool was a nice bonus. The location is right at the end of the Hip Strip, across from RDMB. You are just steps away from Cornwall Beach ($) and Doctors Cave Beach ($) where great snorkeling awaits, or you can turn right from the hotel for a free beach. I had no issues during my stay. The A/C worked great, everything was clean, I could check email and the price was right. It was a different holiday than an AI, but that is exactly what I was looking for.

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Halifax, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2011

If you are going to relax and enjoy yourself this is the Hotel to stay,, I can't say enough good things about the friendly and helpful staff at this hotel . One week there and I felt like family.
I am going back again next year with out a doubt and I will be staying at Toby's Resort , close to the airport,, beaches and stores.
It was recommended to me by a friend who has been going there every year for 23 years..
Good work Shane and Paul,,and all.... Thanks again. See you next April,,

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  • Stayed April 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2011

I stayed in Toby's early March for a week called BRITJAM for my 30th and to be honest it was the best holiday every. The only thing i would say is the cleaners need to move a bit faster because where the rooms are cleaned so late it started to get dark and on 1 occasion i had cockroches in my room and the other i had a lizard so in the end I put up the DO NOT DISTURB SIGN!.

The staff are very friendly and very helpful. The pool at times was dirty but nothing that bad that you couldnt go in the water.

The only bad thng about my holiday is that on the last day i had my hand luggage stolen (and a few other people had stuff stolen) and as there isn't many cameras in there it was kinda hard to try and track it down but the staff and the amanger did try to help me find it as i was staying in Jamaica another week but at the Sunspree Holiday Inn down the road, so that was the only downfall of my holiday really.

so i would reccommed people to stay there but i did also tell the manager Shane that he does need to put in more security as anyone can walk on and off the premises (where as most hotels you have a wrist band to prevent such things happening).

  • Stayed March 2011
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Manager4370, Manager at Toby's Resort, responded to this review, May 4, 2011
The hotel offers 24 hour security with security cameras mounted around the perimeter of the property. This guest had already checked out of her room and left her bag with her friend, the room was not broken into. Not aware of any other guest missing items from their room as suggested.
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Peterborough, Canada
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2011

I am a 60 yr-old widow from Peterborough Ontario Canada who stayed (alone) at Toby's for 5 nights in early March/11.

After staying at an all-inclusive in Cuba 2 years ago, I found Toby's suited me better. I met and chatted with more people at Toby's from all over the world, including fellow Canadians. One Newfoundland couple had stayed (happily) at Toby's nine times.

I don't need many frills...I found all the staff professional and they seemed to be happy and took pride in their work. Security was always evident..Food was good (especially the Red Snapper, chicken with jamaican spices, stuffed crepes with bacon, julienned salad with chicken). Had MANY cups of delicious Jamaican blue mountain coffee and of course the famous Red Stripe beer.. Rooms, pools and grounds were very clean and well-maintained. My room was quiet, liked the rattan furnishings and covered patio area. Location is A+...I love to swim so close to several beautiful beaches....also restaurants, shopping, entertainment..even visited an art gallery close by where I was given a free original miniature painting.

This was my most inexpensive Caribbean trip and my most enjoyable...Toby's helped to make it this way! Love the Jamaican people....if you can, try the "Jamaican Farewell" drink at the "Groovy Grouper" by Doctor's Cave Beach...memorable...and if you go there about 5:30 in the evening, beautiful waterfront early evening views....about 5 minutes walk from Toby's....

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2011

Less then 2 minutes from the airport and at one of the ends of the "hip strip", it is a clean, comfortable place to stay. The room is a good size (ours overlooked the courtyard) good restaurant, and a couple of nice pools. If for some reason you need to stay in Montego Bay, I would recommend Toby's.

  • Stayed February 2011
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Omaha, Nebraska
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2011

We booked Toby's Resort as it came highly recommended by other friends. It is located right at the beginning of the strip, so to get to a couple of bars it is just a 5 minute walk. Don't get there after 11pm, there will be nobody at the reception (we got there 10:45pm and were lucky!). They have wireless internet but it does not work in the rooms, just at the reception. Staff is always friendly, as everywhere, don't expect to receive fast service, that is just the way it is. Swimming pool and pool bar are ok, just outside the rooms. They have security at night which is a plus. Rooms are simple but ok, with TV. We would go there again, it is inexpensive and central.

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2011

I have just returned from Toby's and felt inclined to write a positive review about this lovely little gem in Montego Bay. We booked a last minute getaway and usually stay in five star all inclusive resorts. This trip was during a what seemed to be a very week of travel to Jamaica and all the big hotels were already booked. We went out in a whim and booked Toby's. We loved the hotel atmosphere and the hotel staff. We met more people at this hotel than we ever have at the bigger hotel chains. Walking to the beach was a short 5 minute walk to Doctor's and it was beautiful. The local people will ask you to come and see their shops but if you just say "no thank you" they will leave you alone. We actually liked being able to walk in to town and not being stranded on a big chain hotel miles away from anywhere. The location of this hotel is superb. What really makes the hotel special is the lovely staff and owner that would go out of their way to make your stay an enjoyable one. The rooms were cleaned daily, towels were supplied, beds were basic but when you are so close to everything one would hope that you don't spend too much time in your room. Paul, the hotel driver, will take you all over the island and is a great tour guide. We went to Negril for the day and had a great time with Paul. I would definately go back to Toby's and definately back to Jamaica.

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Toby's Resort

Address: 1 Kent Avenue, Montego Bay 00000, Jamaica
Location: Caribbean > Jamaica > Saint James Parish > Montego Bay
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#6 Best Value Hotel in Montego Bay
#21 Top resorts Hotel in Montego Bay
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Toby's Resort 2*
Number of rooms: 65
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to our family owned hotel, geared towards the easy going, adventurous tourists and returning residents seeking for a peaceful and relaxing environment. We are located on the famous "Hip Strip" of Montego Bay, just five minutes away from Donald Sangster International Airport and walking distance from Doctor's Cave Beach and Cornwall Beach, restaurants, nightclubs and duty-free shopping. When you combine an ideal central location, affordability and genuine people who offer a heart-felt welcome and first-class service, the vacation of your dreams begins as our guest at Toby's Resort ... more   less 
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