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“Satisfactory for a short stay” 2 of 5 stars
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Hibiscus Lodge Hotel
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   83 Main St | St. Ann, Ocho Rios, Jamaica   |  
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Ranked #10 of 40 Hotels in Ocho Rios
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“Satisfactory for a short stay”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2005

We arrived on a Sat. night - downtown Ocho Rios was teaming with people. Our car made it thru the throngs and to the Hibiscus Lodge. After a day of travel we decided to stay and have dinner at Hibiscus' restaurant the Almond Tree, having heard many good reports. There was a wedding reception inside, so we were seated on the patio. We had a very hard time reading the menu in the very dim candlelight. The service was spotty and slow (i.e. Jamaican). We decided on 2 different fish dishes. They were okay, but not outstanding considering the price.

Our room, #25, was at the end closest to downtown. The partying went until after 3:00am - we could hear the loudspeaker and music very well from within our room with the TV and A/C going. Even if it had been quiet, the bed was so hard and uncomfortable, I doubt we'd have slept very well. Our room was upstairs; there are no elevators and the stairs are a little on the steep side. Have someone help you with the bags - worth every penny you might tip. To be fair, I must add that elevators don’t seem to be the norm in Jamaica – even at the Sans Souci they didn’t have elevators.

After having been out all day Sunday on a tour of the surrounding area, we arrived hot and ready for a cool room. Unfortunately the power was out (there had been a few clouds and light rain that day which seems to affect the power supply in Jamaica). The Hibiscus offered to find us another room if the power didn’t come on soon. Thankfully cool air was blowing once again in short order. Except for this short time of no A/C, it worked extremely well. The first night we couldn’t believe finding a blanket on the bed and just laughed. In the middle of the night we were so glad to have that blanket – it was cold! There are no room phones, which would have been okay, but the hotel phone system was out for 2 days. The desk clerk was kind enough to make calls on her cell phone for us to arrange the bike tour.

The bathroom lacked an A/C vent (using a hair dryer made it quite warm so I moved out into the main room to dry hair), and the sink was in one spot and the mirror over to the right - a little unusual. They have a nice little closet with bottom shelves (no hangers), but the door wouldn't open more than 8-10" due to the bottom of the door not being able to clear the rug, so we really couldn’t make much use of it. The room could use some sprucing up; they were painting the room next door so perhaps they are in the process of updating the rooms.

The complimentary full breakfast is served on a delightful covered patio overlooking the water. While the choices for breakfast are not large, the portions are ample and the food arrives hot. Additionally, a plate of fresh fruit, choice of pastries and a slice of delicious cheese is promptly brought to your table upon being seated. An almond tree, the namesake of the restaurant, grows right up through the breakfast area. The food and service were both very good. They remembered us and saved the same table for us every morning (3 mornings). The Hibiscus has a nice bar and they accommodated us one evening and let us order a hamburger without going to the restaurant. The bar is known for the "swing" chairs instead of the usual bar stools. Don't drink too much while sitting on these moving chairs.

The view of the ocean was glorious. Early in the morning men would slowly row across in front of us and just a little ways out past them you could see the cruise ship slowly make its way to port.

The grounds are attractive; there is an aviary with a couple of parrots included and a nice pool area. There is a small man made "beach" you can walk down to that is actually a bricked in raised area, with some chaise lounges. Never saw anyone down there.

This would be a good location if you were interested in exploring downtown.

The staff was courteous and accommodating, but I wouldn't call them overly friendly.

Our stay was satisfactory, with a few minor annoyances. If we were to go to Ocho Rios again, we'd probably try other non-inclusive lodging just to compare.

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  • Location
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  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2005

We'd heard mixed opinions on the Hibiscus Lodge from both Tripadvisor reviews and other people on the island. You have to take it for what it is, and it won't suit everybody. This is not an all inclusive hotel, and it's not expensive. The room we stayed in was fine. It overlooked the pool and sea, and was perfectly comfortable. It wasn't special. The Almond Tree restaurant, on the other hand, is special. Every night the food was excellent, and the staff were very friendly and attentive. The shrimp in cream and pepper, which was flambéed before our eyes, was fantastic, as was the chateau briand, and the plantation rice, a kind of Jamaican biryani, was the best jamaican dish we had anywhere. The other attraction of the hotel is the atmospheric garden, with waterfalls, bridges over ponds with numerous fish, turtles and a couple of caged parrots. We took our little boy for numerous walks round the network of paths - he loved it. The hotel pool area is very nice and there is a private beach, albeit artificial, from which snorkelling trips are launched at your convenience. It's not the lap of luxury, but it is good value and the food is to die for. We stayed in February 2005

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2005

I give this two-stars not because the Hotel was super bad, but because the local experience wasn't very nice. We stayed for 5 nights from 2/20 through 2/24. You'll have hot water, and a beautiful view. The free breakfast is a full sit-down breakfast offering eggs/bacon etc. The rooms are modest. The room door locked, but you had to put some effort into it. The bathroom in our room needed renovations. It was missing aerators. Very safe off-street parking and a very nice tropical garden with macaws in cages. The staff was very nice. Marvin the lifeguard /snorkel guide was very truthful and helpful. We gave him a gratuity of 5 US dollars to take us out to see stingrays, skates and trumpet fish. Walkways to the water were wonderful. The Mohagany Beach, a 5 minute walk away, is not large, but has food and drinks. The hotel was a very quiet place, but once you left the grounds things changed. To get to a grocery that'll accept a credit card you'll have to walk through the local section of town. If you are caucasian you will be harassed to buy goods, get taxis, and buy pot, etc.. Sometimes it seems everyone is shouting at you all at once. The locals never leave you alone. It gets unbearable sometimes since you try to keep to yourself but it never stops. The "resort patrols" mentioned in our tour book to keep harassment down simply don't exist in this part of town. We left town to visit Bob Marley's mausoleum and I was called a rude name en route "whitey". On the day we left Ocho Rios we had to take a detour through the mountains because a riot broke out over a police shooting. We spent one day at Dr.'s Cave Beach in Montego Bay and found it much more relaxing, cleaner, and better snorkelling. No one harassed you. If visiting Jamaica for the first time, I would suggest staying in Montego Bay instead of Ocho Rios at a hotel adjacent to, or near Dr.'s Cave Beach. Take a cab back to the airport and rent a car for a day and drive over to Ocho Rios to see Dunn's River Falls. Then drive back to Montego Bay. You won't be missing anything in Ocho Rios.

  • Stayed February 2005
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 83 Main St | St. Ann, Ocho Rios, Jamaica
Location: Caribbean > Jamaica > Saint Ann Parish > Ocho Rios
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#6 Family Hotel in Ocho Rios
#8 Spa Hotel in Ocho Rios
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Hibiscus Lodge Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 27
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Also Known As:
Hibiscus Hotel Ocho Rios
Hibiscus Lodge Hotel Jamaica/Ocho Rios
Hibiscus Ocho Rios

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