My wife and I spent a glorious week, enjoying the beautiful beach, the fabulous service, and the wonderful people who make Jamaica Inn so special. This was our third trip to JI, and we have met many other guests with far longer track records. We think Jamaica Inn is the perfect place to slow down, and relax..Everyone at Jamaica Inn is glad you are there, and it shows in many ways. the service is excellent. Normally, we require nothing out of the ordinary, but have found that simply asking for something will make it happen. We told Chris at the beach that we liked the lounge chairs under the almond tree, and each morning he had them all made up with towels and reserved for us. Not that there is any shortage of chairs, more that the staff wants to make it just right for you. Patrice in the bar area remembered our names from last year and made us feel extraordinarily special. This is particularly noteworthy in a resort where tipping is already included and not encouraged. Teddy at the beach bar has been at JI for more years than my grown children have been alive. Rupert has been training guests in the correct approach to English croquet on the beach-side court for many years, and he is a highly recommended partner, particularly if you want to be on the winning side.
The staff is well-trained, the grounds and beach always beautiful. The sand is clean, the water beautiful.
Jamaica Inn is perfect for us, but not for those looking for a high level of activity. This is a place for reading on the beach, not beach volleyball. The guests we have met are in their 40's (not too many), 50's and 60's (mostly) and some older. The food is god and getting better. Mary (GM) told us that she sends the chef to NYC in August to work in other restaurants and develop new skills. Just in the past two years, we have seen measurable improvement. The fresh fish at dinner is always good and some of the dishes are really excellent, way beyond what you might expect in Carribean cuisine. This trip, we enjoyed each meal, and some were in the extraordinary category. I was surprised and delighted with the quality of the beef at two meals. The wine list was better than I remember from past visits, many more reasonably priced bottles and a wider range of choices. Breakfast in the room is lovely, delivered on time, and well presented, with a fresh white table cloth. But "in the room" is really not a fair description. It is served on your porch, looking out over the wonderful water and green lawns. Meals are not cheap and we have always opted for a meal plan (breakfast and dinner), which allows us to have whatever we want on the menu. This has worked out very well for us.
We think the rooms are great, love the old fashioned porches, but recognize that the old-fashioned shutters that close off the bedroom from the porch are not always easy to open. No, they are not fancy, but we really like that style and approach. We are not into glitz. The Jamaica Inn has everything you want and it has a staff that makes you feel glad that you chose to come there. And Mary is doing a wonderful job of making sure that contiues to happen.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Since 1950, Jamaica Inn has consistently been ranked as one of the top resort hotels in the Caribbean. Jamaica Inn is a small, elegantly timeless resort located in beautiful Ocho Rios, Jamaica. With just 52 suites spread over 8 acres, there are sweeping views of the Caribbean Sea from every suite. This property boasts a 700-foot premier private beach, which is often considered to be the one of the best in the Caribbean. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Jamaica Hotel Ocho Rios
- Jamaica Ocho Rios
- Jamaica Inn Ocho Rios