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“Almost Paradise” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Shaw Park Beach Hotel & Spa

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Shaw Park Beach Hotel & Spa
3.0 of 5 Resort (All-Inclusive)   |   Cutlass Bay, Ocho Rios, Jamaica   |  
Hotel amenities
Ranked #28 of 40 Hotels in Ocho Rios
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Almost Paradise”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2013

We spent two weeks a Shaw Park (Jan 25-Feb 8) and overall we were impressed with many aspects of the resort. Our room was very nice with a great balcony and an incredible view. The room was clean and comfortable. We had a leaky faucet in the shower which really wasn't a problem and on one occasion there was no hot water. The beach is fantastic, uncrowded (an understatement if there ever was one as there were very few people staying at the resort) and couldn't be easier to access. The lack of guests at the resort made it difficult for staff to organize any activities (billiards, table tennis, volleyball etc) so if that was a big priority you would be disappointed.
My biggest complaint with the resort was the limited food selection and again perhaps the lack of registered guests is the cause or result of that. If you are a meat and potatoes man, get ready to eat a lot of pasta.
As other reviewers have mentioned Shaw Park attracts numerous cruise ship passengers. The resort serves an authentic Jamaican lunch whenever the cruise ships are in port and the menu was basically the same every time featuring of course Jerk Chicken. Like most things it's good in moderation but gets tired.
There is no ala carte to speak of, for Sunwing customers we were entitled to one menu service per week and there were only three entrees to choose from. (fish, turkey and pepper steak) We did learn toward the end of our stay however that there is a limited menu that you can order from. Also bacon is available at breakfast but you have to order it directly from your server.

Stayed January 2013
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Alberta
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8 reviews 8 reviews
8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2013

We have just returned from our first trip to Jamaica, staying at Shaw Park Hotel and Spa (Jan 7-21, 2013). This hotel is about 100 years old, formerly part of a 26 acre estate. The hotel is small, and staffed by the most wonderful people. Smiling and happy, looking after our every need, they include Head Cook (Bergen), dining staff (Miss Rose,Tina, Regina, Pebbles and many more), bar staff ("maybe later" Darren, Smiley, Jimmy and others), beach staff (Gary and Kelly and Nathan), the carpenters who worked so hard on rebuilding a gazebo at the end of the big dock that had been wiped out by Hurricane Sandy, only to be crashed into by a catamaran a day or so after we left! Spa ladies, housekeeping (Hazel, Nadine, Janet and more), reception staff ladies...we could not ask for better! It is so nice to see period antiques, as well as the shining woodwork and flooring in the beautiful comfortable lobby area and other areas below, which lends a lovely feeling of warmth and coziness. This must have been a very grand place in its prime years ago! There have been some improvements made according to fellow travellers who were here 2 years ago.

Our room (#52) was kept clean and tidy and from our balcony on the second floor we overlooked the beach and bar area just feet away. Just a note here, shampoo is not supplied so bring your own. Lots of hot water for showers, so no complaints there. We wish there had been a screen for the patio doors in order to leave them open at night for fresh ocean breezes, but we had to close them to keep the few pesky mosquitoes out instead. We were not bothered by any during the day. Karaoke was held at the bar, starting at 9:30 pm (til sometimes much later) and was so loud we actually had to complain. It was then moved to an area further towards the end of the dining area which helped. The music was too loud, but we got used to it, and earplugs helped..that's a hint for you fellow travellers! During the day the music blared from the water activities hut, and while loud, it was more annoying in that there seemed to be only a few songs ever played and they got boring fast! Hint for Gary...perhaps a wider selection of Jamaican music would be a good idea....and quiet time is enjoyable too.

Food was fine, lots of choice at mealtimes, lots of Jamaican flavours to sample. Cruise ship tourists descend 2-3 times a week for lunch, and another hint is to go for your lunch around noon in order to beat the influx of hungry cruise people. The beach is easily walked to and from the river area. There is an old fellow there (George) who paddles around in a small boat showing his mahogany carvings to any interested buyers. We booked an all day "Port Antonio" tour thro our Sunwing Rep, Patrick (a very nice fellow) which included a van pick up and a tour down to Port Antonio, a swim in the Blue Lagoon, waterfalls, lunch on a beach, finishing up with a 2 + hour leisurely trip on a bamboo raft built for two and poled down the Rio Grande River to the ocean. Spectacular vegetation along the way.

All in all, we enjoyed our visit to Shaw Park with the chance to see more of the island with the tour.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Cantley, Canada
1 review
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2013

Although the rooms were standard, the rest of our trip was beyond expectations. Because the resort is small, we were able to meet many people and get personalized service every day. The beach was 10 feet from our patio door and the ocean only another 15 feet. We took out the kayaks, the jet ski and walked the extremely long beach. The food was great and there were varied selections. The jerk chicken was awesome.

We will definately go back to this resort...

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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wasaga beach
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25 reviews 25 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2013

loved our vacation, just read other review of person talking about the girl that helps with snorkling who is also a life guard, her name is Kelly. her and Geary in entertainment were great (they do not ask for tips but it is very appreciated they make peanuts ), there is not one bad staff member there, if you have a problem with your room or anything they will rectifiy it. bar and restaurant staff are 5 star. yes the place is dated, but its clean. one tip is make sure you bring lots of us small bills for tipping. we had only CDN $ and they could not change it at front desk. Any problem we had with room was fixed, ask for Welton in maitnence, he is more than happy to help

Room Tip: rooms in the first building only have showers
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Miami, Florida
2 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2013

I just love going back to Shaw Park for the 3rd year in a row, I walk the beach 2-3000 feet of
private beach belonging to the property......Smiley has a smile on his face serving up the drinks
all you can drink.....There is brkfst lunch and dinner. The rooms were nice and cool and lobby over the ocean front view was terrific. i cant wait to go back........ten days was just right.
Hate to leave and cant wait to go back

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  • Stayed January 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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belfast
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15 reviews 15 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2013

Just stayed at Shaw Park Hotel, and while we thoroughly enjoyed our weekend, there were some drawbacks. First the bad news: the hotel could do with a face lift. Little things that don't work. And, being a vegetarian, I could not get a good meal for lunch or dinner, though breakfast was had good choices. Eventually I spoke with the chef, and that gave me a delicious dinner on the last night. The good news is that it is in a terrific location, all rooms face the ocean, and you have the ideal Caribbean scenery, palm trees waving in the balmy breeze, the sea right at your doorstep, and a lovely open patio where they serve meals as you listen to the ocean waves. Comparatively speaking, the price is good, and that makes up for the glitches. I would recommend it, but don't expect five star. Location is good, and security is very good. Dunns River Falls is just five minutes away, and an awesome sight. But, go early, at 9am, if you are going on your own, so you can be ahead of the hordes of tourists, and be able to see it without humans all over the falls. And, ask at the front desk for a visit to Shaw Park Gardens. A truly magnificent example of a Caribbean paradise.

Room Tip: Ask for an upstairs room, as you have a better view, and more privacy.
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 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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1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2013 via mobile

First let me start by saying my husband and I are not wealthy people, and this was our first real vacation anywhere, let alone outside of the country. Therefore, I cannot compare this resort to a "5 star" resort. Nor are we accustomed to staying at such upscale establishments. Having said that, we went to Shaw Park in July last year, 2012, and we are going back in 2014!!! It was perfect for us!! It was "off" season, so hardley no one was there. And the location is to die for!! Because of it being tucked away in a cove, it was as if there was nothing around. It was literally like we had an island to ourselves!! Rooms are simple, but nice. And they all face the ocean, which is close enough to throw an indian almond in. The food was so good, and the view while eating is breathtaking! The staff was friendly. Everyone talks about Smiley the bartender in the reviews I read, but we spent more time with Willie, and he is great. We met some locals at the end of the beach where the river feeds into the ocean. Once you get past the initial pushiness to buy something, they are really great folks. We can't wait to go back. It's not a party, activity filled resort, but it's perfect for the ones just wanting to sit back and chill.

  • Stayed July 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Cutlass Bay, Ocho Rios, Jamaica
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 Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#12 Top resorts Hotel in Ocho Rios
#13 Spa Hotel in Ocho Rios
#15 On the Beach Hotel in Ocho Rios
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Shaw Park Beach Hotel & Spa 3*
Number of rooms: 94
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Also Known As:
Shaw Park Beach Hotel Ocho Rios
Shaw Park Beach Hotel And Spa
Shaw Park Jamaica
Shaw Park Beach Ocho Rios
Shaw Park Hotel Jamaica
Shaw Park Beach Hotel & Spa Jamaica/Ocho Rios

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