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“Classy, gorgeous, and laid back” 5 of 5 stars
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Jamaica Inn
4.5 of 5 Hotel   |   Main St, Ocho Rios, Jamaica   |  
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Wichita, Kansas
1 review
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“Classy, gorgeous, and laid back”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2013

If you're looking for an experience that is totally relaxing, Jamaica Inn is the place for you. The hotel is small, maybe 50 rooms, and the staff is very personal and helpful. You won't want to leave the lush grounds and pristine beach.

ROOM
We stayed in a balcony suite and had many meals on our private verandah. Room service is only $5 and they deliver course by course. Amazing!

TRANSFER
We took the bus on the way to Jamaica Inn, and I do not recommend that because you will waste an extra 2 hours dropping off other guests who live closer to the airport. Bite the bullet and get private transfer (which we did on the way back). Your driver will be happy to stop at the best and cheapest souvenier shops as well.

PEOPLE
The culture in Jamaica is amazing. Everyone caters to the tourists and is sincerely nice. Do expect to tip though.

ACTIVITY
The only time we left the resort was to do a Beach Horseback Ride with Hooves. Awesome!! You cover a good distance through an old plantation, a jungle path, and of course the beach. You get your money's worth and the horses are rescue horses, so it's for a good cause. This is not your typical nose-to-tail ride. The horses have personality and are well taken care of.

FOOD
Every meal is incredible, with the dinner menu changing nightly. On Tuesday there was a manager's cocktail party and beach barbeque, which is the equivalent of a private beach dining experience.

SPA
We did the Couples Moonlight Serenade-- incredible!! You have to be really specific with the therapists though because they seemed to have a hard time understanding what I wanted out of my massage.

Overall, we will definitely go back!! Apparently 90% of the guests in the peak season come back year after year, and I can see why. The crowd is more professional, and we learned that a lot of politicians and celebrities stay here for the privacy it offers. But for us normal folk, it's just an incredible vacation and was the perfect getaway for my husband and I.

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  • Stayed June 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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Allentown, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2013

The best testament that I can give to the Jamaica Inn is that I plan to visit again and have recommended it to my friends as well. It has a beautiful, quiet beach and lovely private rooms with fantastic verandas. Service is relaxed, friendly and impeccable. I returned home feeling very refreshed.

We stayed in a premiere veranda room with full ocean views and could hop over our railing onto the beach. I would choose such a room again. But as others have noted, it did look like every room had a nice outdoor seating area and good views. The beach was never crowded, and we had our choice of palapa-covered lounge chairs. While I did not get a chance to view the cottages, they looked like they had a fantastic location.

I am not a foodie, so meals are not the highest priority for me on vacations. That said, I found the food at the Jamaica Inn to be quite good and the setting was stunning. Beyond that, between 11-noon, a complimentary (and delicious) punch drink is brought to you on the beach. Between 4-5, there is complimentary tea service with tea sandwiches and cookies. From 7-7:30 pm, there are complimentary appetizers. Also, within 5 minutes walking distance of the resort (head right on the main road when you leave the hotel) is a small grocery store and pharmacy, in case you need snacks, drinks or incidentals.

We used the hotel's private transfer service and felt it was worth the cost. It takes about 90 minutes to drive directly from the Montego Bay airport to the hotel.

I got an amazing deep-tissue massage and a relaxing facial at the spa. I enjoyed both very much. While the spa is small, it has a lovely setting on the cliff.

The fitness facility is very small and open air with no AC, and has a treadmill, elliptical, two bikes and hand weights. (It does not look out onto the beach. The view is of hotel rooms.) It was fine for my purposes as I am an early riser and was able to workout before the heat got oppressive. Note: the location of the resort does not make it very amenable for talking long walks or running since it is situated off a busy road (but you never notice or hear the road once you are on the resort's property).

Next to the fitness room is a small TV room, in case you need to catch something important. I do not think anyone used it since this is the sort of resort to which you come to escape the world. Also, there is Wi-fi in the rooms and a computer in the lounge.

The resort felt very safe and I never worried about leaving my belongings out on a beach chair or on the veranda. An old-fashioned feature is that you use a key to lock your room safe. So you are told to hide your key somewhere safe or else you have to carry it with you. We chose to hide the key in our room. One young couple lost their key while at the beach. From what I understood, it was going to cost them $100 to open the safe and replace the lock since there is no master key at the resort.

In summary, I loved this resort and cannot wait to visit again. It combines the best features of tranquil, TV-free, resorts like Parrot Cay (in Turks & Caico), Caneel Bay (St John) and Pink Peach Club (Bermuda).

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 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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Helensburgh, United Kingdom
1 review
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2013

This Hotel is small and exclusive and the most elegant, romantic and beautiful place. Fabulous food beautifully prepared and presented. The staff are outstanding. I cannot fault it in any way at all and would dearly love to return one day.

  • Stayed May 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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denver, co
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2013

You ever hear so many positive reviews about a movie that your expectations were through the roof, then you were a little bit disappointed when you actually saw it? I started to feel that way when we first got to the Jamaica Inn.
Please read this entire review before thinking I did not enjoy my experience there...

When we first arrived, we were greeted warmly by the reception staff. Promptly given a tour of the property and then shown to our room. While we were being shown the room, we were brought our complimentary welcome drinks. My very first impression of the room was less than outstanding and I was afraid that the resort would not live up to all of the glowing reviews I had read and lofty expectations I had in my head. The following is a list of the negatives I noticed about the room/resort, some of which are beyond the control of the staff.
-It is located right near a busy street and you can hear traffic, like trucks downshifting, cars revving engines, honking, etc, from time to time while you are relaxing on the beach (there are also some dogs near by that will bark loudly occasionally). Also, the resort isn't within walking distance to any stores or restaurants. Have to pay for a driver to get to just about anywhere. Although, if you want to eat at a great Italian place, ask the front desk to make a reservation for you at Evita's - they provide a free car ride to and from. Good food and great view too. BTW, if you want the name and number of the best taxi driver to use for just about anything, let me know.
-The 'king' beds are actually two twins pushed together. Not a problem for most people unless you are 6'3" like me. This is common outside of the US.
-There are tiny bugs all over the place. They were all over our bathroom sink and many places on the verandah and our closet. Within a day, we just learned to deal with it and realized this is a tropical place and it comes with the territory.
-Fan on the verandah broken, only worked on high. Ended up not being a problem as we only used it on high but maintenance never came by like they told us they would.
-Toilet seat broken
-Actual room was not 'large' by any means. Premier Verandah Suite. It took no time at all to figure out that unless we were changing, showering, or sleeping, we were either on the verandah or not even in the suite at all.
-When showering, water temp would swing vastly from warm to scalding hot. (resort is 50+ years old and I'm sure has old water pipes/system).
-Although having very good food, the menu is quite expensive (and limited for long stays) for the average Joe (like me). You can look on their website for menu pricing. As an example, the French Toast ($8.50) consisted of a single slice and this does not include any sides like fruit or a muffin or juice. Again, tasted very good, just on the pricey side for us.
-Spa. We did get a couple’s massage for our anniversary. The location was fantastic, right over the water. The masseuses however, left a little bit to be desired. Neither asked if the pressure was ok. Mine seemed like she was having a bad day, just had an unpleasant demeanor. She also went too long a few times between adding more oil, really felt uncomfortable on my legs as it started to pull on the skin and hair. She just seemed like she was going through the motions. Definitely not one of our better massages.

Now let me go over the positives of this resort. (Basically every thing else!)
-Beach. 700' of private, premier Jamaican sand and surf. I regularly heard locals, tour guides, etc, talk about how this was one of the best beaches in all of Jamaica. There were plenty of palapas for people to lay under in the shade. I know it was offseason but we never saw more than a half dozen people enjoying the water. Free kayaks, snorkel gear, paddle board, etc. There is a decent reef to snorkel around on the west side of the property. Nothing world-class by any stretch, but considering it's right on property, it is more than adequate. I saw dozens of colorful fish, urchins, rays, and even a lionfish. Some great fan coral & brain coral too.
-Staff. With only a couple of brief exceptions, we had great experience with the whole staff. Very professional, friendly, and eager to please.

Take advantage of the boat service to Dunn's River Falls. We went with Marvin. Short 20-30 minute boat ride to the falls. The best thing about using this service is that you arrive before the crowds. We got to climb the falls (with a guide) all by ourselves. By the time we got done and walked down to the bottom, there was a conga line of at least 30 people hand in hand going up the falls. So much better with just the two of us. He will offer to take you snorkeling too. Honestly, it wasn't any better than what is right there at the resort. Jamaica isn’t exactly a snorkeling/diving mecca anyway.

Our room. We stayed in a Premier Verandah Suite (#20) on the west side of the property. Our verandah was literally right on top of the water with the coral reef. We made friends with a bird (named him Wilbur) who would visit us every morning for breakfast. We would toss him some bread. Sometimes he would eat it, sometimes he would use it as bait to catch fish. Wilbur is a smart bird.
Best view on the property for sunsets. You did hear the music from the Sandals resorts every night, although it would end by 11:00 which was the same time the band at Jamaica Inn stopped. The verandah itself is the same size as the entire rest of the suite including bathroom and closet. Loved just sitting out there watching the sun go down, boats go by, water lap over the coral, etc.
The cleaning staff was top notch. The room was always very clean, fresh flowers, and they even gave a turn-down service every night. One lady even showed us how she makes the swans out of the towels. Saturday night we were surprised to walk into our room and they had left about a half dozen lit candles throughout the room. So romantic.

To sum up, the Jamaica Inn was fantastic. If you are a person who enjoys a quieter, less hectic, relaxing vacation (and have the budget), I can't think of a better place to go. There are plenty of mega all-inclusive resorts for the people who enjoy that type of experience. On one of our excursions, our van stopped by one of the Sandals resorts to pick up a couple and we saw more people wandering around the lobby than were staying at the entire Jamaica Inn. There are only 48 rooms in the entire resort. The staff numbers near 150, do the math...
I loved not having to get on an elevator, walk through a crowded lobby just to search around for an open lounge chair to enjoy the beach.
I don't know if we will ever go back to Jamaica as there are many other Caribbean destinations we want to visit. But if we ever did, I would not even think about staying anywhere else but the Jamaica Inn.

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  • Stayed June 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Millsboro, Delaware
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2013

We came here when a friend of ours had a destination wedding at the resort. I was very impressed! It was a very clean and peaceful place. The food was one of the best all-inclusive buffets I've ever had, and the restaurant's food was delicious as well. It was a shame we could only stay a few days, but next vacation my wife and I take may be bringing us back!

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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100 reviews 100 reviews
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Reviews in 47 cities Reviews in 47 cities
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2013

As other reviewers universally stated below, the Jamaica Inn is outstanding. The staff is wonderful and extremely accommodating. We especially enjoyed Donald, the waiter who took care of us most of the time. He’s been at the Jamaica Inn for 45 years, which is a testament in itself—and he’s not the longest serving staff member! (The beach bartender has been there for 54 years.)

The rooms are very nice and the beach is spectacular. I would easily recommend it to friends who are seeking a luxurious, quiet & classy resort. This is not the place for people who are looking for a stereotypical Caribbean all-inclusive party resort. They do have snorkeling gear and several kayaks and surf board things that you stand up on that could be taken out, all free and without reservation. Otherwise, the main thing to do at the Jamaica Inn is simply relax.

As some have noted, after a week, the menu can become a bit repetitive. It’s not an expansive menu, so you find yourself repeating meals. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing as the food was all very good.

There was a band at dinner each night. Unfortunately, it’s the same (not great) band night after night. They even played the same songs each night—mostly in a the style of elevator music. While we enjoyed our nightly “name that tune” game over dinner, the evenings would have been much more enjoyable (and we would have been more inclined to hang around after eating) had there been some musical variety. (On 1 night the band was mixed up a bit with a different keyboardist and singer and those guys were great.) Jamaica Inn is so good though that even the eh band is sort of endearing and charming.

The rooms are very classy and are true to the overall traditional elegance of the Jamaica Inn. They all open onto their own verandah, with a couch, table, desk and fridge. All aspects of the room were very comfortable. The only thing I would change would be to add a small ceiling fan to the balcony as it would have made it more comfortable when the air was still in the evenings.

When booking, I was very confused about the differences between the “superior balcony”, “deluxe veranda” and “premier veranda” suites We picked the superior balcony suite and were very happy with it. The only difference that we could tell was that the verandah suites are on the first floor and have larger verandahs than the second floor balcony suites. (It should be noted that the balconies are NOT small—so this was not a problem for us.) On the other hand, when walking through the resort, you can see right into all of the first floor verandah suites, often even interacting with the occupants as they’re RIGHT THERE, whereas our balcony was a bit more private. The difference between the deluxe and premier suites seem to be that the deluxe suites open onto a grassy lawn that while premier opens directly onto the sand.

Keep in mind that this is a very small resort, (+/- 55 rooms). Our upstairs suite was one of the furthest from the sand but was still less than a 30 second walk to the beach.

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  • Stayed June 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Greensburg, Pennsylvania
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2013

We just spent 5 days at Half Moon in Montego Bay and 4 days at the Jamaica Inn. No comparison!!! The Jamaica Inn is the place to be in Jamaica. You will feel so welcome and the staff is absolutely wonderful. This hotel is smaller and has a family owned feel, we even met one of the owners during our stay and were offered a bottle of wine by the manager. We stayed in Cottage 3 and it is the most wonderful experience we have ever had: very private cottage feeling like your own little villa on the beach, heated infinity plunge pool, private access to the beach... I would like to thank again all the staff for making us feel at home. Spa was wonderful right on the ocean...Great excursion with Marvin on a private boat tour to Dunns River Falls and snorkeling. The beach is raked and maintained every morning, the rooms are well kept and flowered daily. 5 course dinner was very good quality with lots of choices. Amazing experience, we will be back at Cottage 3 for an anniversary...

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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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Address: Main St, Ocho Rios, Jamaica
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Location: Caribbean > Jamaica > Saint Ann Parish > Ocho Rios
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#1 Family Hotel in Ocho Rios
#1 Luxury Hotel in Ocho Rios
#1 Romantic Hotel in Ocho Rios
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Ocho Rios
#1 Spa Hotel in Ocho Rios
#2 Business Hotel in Ocho Rios
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Jamaica Inn 4.5*
Number of rooms: 52
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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