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Royal Decameron Montego Beach
3.0 of 5 Resort (All-Inclusive)   |   2 Gloucester Avenue | St. James - Jamaica, Montego Bay, Jamaica   |  
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Ranked #23 of 63 Hotels in Montego Bay
Binghamton, New York
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4 hotel reviews
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“Fantastic experience!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2013

I would definitely recommend this resort. It's not top of the line luxury but is an excellent resort for the cost. The beach area isn't huge but there are 5 different sections so we never felt crowded. The rooms were clean and large. The food was always good and although there aren't a huge number of places to eat - the selection was plentiful. The staff was polite and friendly. The hotel is adjacent to the hip strip so we ventured out during the day many times. Although going out to shop wasn't necessary as they have one area of the resort that allows 3 or 4 different vendors in to set up every day.

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  • Stayed February 2013, 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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London, Canada
1 review
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2013

My husband and I just came back from a week of sunshine at the Royal Decameron Montego Bay. We had a wonderful time and would return anytime. The resort is a little bit older and the room we stayed in could be updated, but the staff and location make up for it. The food was good, lots of variety and the service superb. The staff was very friendly and courteous.
One thing I would like to point out the resort including our room was spotless.
If you are looking for a romantic dinner, just sit at the tables close to the railing and have a look towards Montego Bay. Absolutely stunning.

Thank you Royal Decameron
Rainer&Erika
London, Ontario

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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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New York City, New York
1 review
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2013

My sister-in low,my friend and me traveled to this resort on november.Our room was 218 over looking the garden not the beach.We got our good mood leaving NYC.Got even a better mood arriving in MB at Royal Decameron.
Nothing bad to say here,because we are laid back peoples and made our vacay 100% super good.Food was great(Try all ),pool super,swim -up-bar so nice ,made few friends there.Location is to die for Five minutes from airport and you dip into a clear sweet Caribian sea.Hey ,you can't beat that!Rooms are nice !We spent 4 hours sleeping ,the rest on the resort.Ya man!!!
Going back soon that's for sure!!!!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Newark, New Jersey
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2013

The best part we liked about this resort was the food and theboard walk, the food had great flavour...specially the Jerk chicken and seafood was yummm! They had good vegetarian food choices too! The resort had everything to offer what we could expect from a good allinclusive resort. Throughout the day there were some activities going on, and every night they had amazing Jamaican dance performances based on different themes till late after dinner. We really enjoyed our stay there and definitely want to go back :)

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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 February 3, 2013

Returning to this resort for the 5 th time was some what disappointed to see that some of our favourite staff had left or been fired but guess you can expect that where ever you go we had invited friends to join us who arrived a few days after us even though we had told the hotel they where arriving given there names when they arrived they had no rooms for them and told us we could move with them or rather be bumped to the sister hotel, I was not very nice About the way we where being treated after lots of talking our friends shared a room for the first night and where promised compensation which never happened first or last. Managed to sort a room out for them late the second day. The new gm was approached numerous times about what had happened and really did not seem to care spent more time drinking and smoking while his three kids run through the dining room and around the resort causing havoc. Don't get me wrong we had a fab time but only because we went with and meet new friends otherwise I would have been some what disappointed not the same as it was

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 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
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Lake Mills Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2013

It was our first trip to Jamaica so we didn't know what to expect. We had travelled to several places in Mexico and were looking for someplace different. We try to stay at the smaller hotels cause we feel they are more personable. Upon arrival they gave us drinks and upgraded us with no problems to oceanview rooms ground floor even though that's not what we booked which turned out awesome! Rooms were nice and big and always clean. Regardless how much time do you really spend in your room anyways. Spent a lot of time at the swim up bar which was awesome! The bartender's were great and the entertainment staff went out of their way to get to know you and involve you. All of the wait staff were very friendly and accomadating.
The food was average. Between the snack bar and the restaurant you could always find something to eat. The jerk chicken and pork were very good but breakfast was my favorite. They had different themed nights for food so try and be open minded and I'm sure you will find something you like.
We went uptown a couple nights and we felt very safe. People will approach you from their shops to buy stuff but they are just trying to make a living. Don't let it discourage you. We walked to Margaritaville which was a very short walk. Also a must do is to eat at The Pork Pit. DELICIOUS!! Its a local place and it is also within walking distance or you can take a taxi which were kind of expensive.
If your looking to experience Jamaica I thought this place was great. There were several guests that keep coming back for years so they are obviously doing something right. If you are expecting something very fancy then this place isn't for you.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Tulsa, Oklahoma
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2013

We just returned from RD this week on the 31st and let me start by saying that although my husband and I frequent Jamaica (this was our 10th trip in as many years) we rarely stay at all-inclusives preferring to rent villas or stay at boutique properties. However, with the goal of this trip being to just take a few days for R&R we didn't want to be concerned with providing our food, activities, drinks and long transports so we decided to take advantage of the really good rate at this property.

The facility although quite old is immaculately maintained. I agree with many other reviewers that thr rooms are in need of some updates. We were in room 30 in the Sunset building and it was well cleaned daily (we tipped). I have heard of others having things stolen from their rooms, thankfully we didn't have this problem. Our oceanview was stunning and we only encountered minimal noise from the band/music during entertainment hours. The water pressure was spotty and at times the water was only lukewarm but for us not a huge issue as we've had this problem at 4 star resorts on the island. There were so many lounge areas, never had to compete with others for chairs or beach space which was nice.

Although we didn't participate much in the activities there were plenty of things going on throughout the day ie, exercise classes, games, snorkel classes, etc. and others we spoke to seemed to really enjoy them. My husband being of caribbean descent really enjoyed the varied food choices, there was something for everyone. I loved the selection of tropical juices, soups and porridges...breakfast was my favorite. Wonderful breads and pastries, with being right on the ocean would have loved more seafood other than just occasional fish.

Now for our complaints, as previously stated we go to Jamaica on a regular basis and I've never encountered island drinks that weren't made with fresh fruit. Peach 'flavored' liquor, strawberry 'syrup', coconut 'powder'...what in the world??? Here we are at one of the places on earth with the best tasting produce and they're making drinks with fake crap? For breakfast and lunch the buffet was overflowing with fresh, sweet, beautiful tasting fruit...what's the problem? Even bars at the boutique hotels/motels of Negril make pina coladas with real coconut and real pineapple. With the exception of maybe 2 drinks they were horrible to me and I refused to drink them. White and red wine were offered with lunch and dinner, no particular type just white and red and they were ok. Also, I was told we couldn't take any food to our room in an effort to cut down on insects and pests. This is completely insane to me, I'm on vacation, should I feel like dining in my room there shouldn't even be a question about it. It was implied that with a tip the employees could look the other way allowing us to 'bend' this rule. Because I fundamentally disagreed with this ridiculous policy I refused to give anyone one red cent...RD you need to change this silly policy. It's your responsibility to control pests and your patrons shouldn't be penalized for it and yes I did see a large rat on the property the last night...ewww!

Overall we had a wonderful time at this resort, the staff was generally friendly (especially Baby Boy, Kerry-Ann & Rayon), the accommodations comfortable and prices reasonable.We did tip modestly for good service, $1 to $2 at meals and at the bar. We fully intend to return someday although we prefer Negril so it may be awhile.

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Address: 2 Gloucester Avenue | St. James - Jamaica, Montego Bay, Jamaica
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Location: Caribbean > Jamaica > Saint James Parish > Montego Bay
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#14 Romantic Hotel in Montego Bay
#16 On the Beach Hotel in Montego Bay
#18 Top resorts Hotel in Montego Bay
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Royal Decameron Montego Beach 3*
Number of rooms: 144
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located five minutes away from Montego Bay International Airport near the commercial district and the Hip Strip, Royal Decameron Montego Beach is a beachfront property on white sandy beaches with crystal clear waters. Its facilities and ensure a relaxing holiday environment. This hotel has two restaurants, PassaPassa and Souk, where you can enjoy different international and regional dishes. During the day, you can partake in different recreational activities including dance lessons, aerobics and non-motorized water sports like kayaks, sailboats and diving lessons in the pool. In the evenings, enjoy our shows and dance till you drop at the disco of the Royal Decameron Montego Beach hotel. ... more   less 
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