We stayed at Shaw Park from Jan.18 to Jan. 25 2013.
First I would like to say not to rely on all the travellers photos prior to 2011 as many things has changed such as the main bar, beach chairs, umbrellas have been changed and/or renovated. While we were there some exterior painting was being done and I was told that they were preparing for a photo shoot.
We arrived at SP six hours later than was scheduled but that's another story with Sunwing which by the way has disappointed us again!
Ok, back to SP, check in was quick and we were courteously greeted, signed in and told to follow the porter/bell boy "Speedy" who took us to our room.
We had a deluxe room with very standard decor yet very colourful. We alway had hot water and the pressure was good, not excellent but ok. The bed was very comfortable. Bring your own shampoo and hair dryer. There is no fridge and no coffee machine in the rooms. (I had my own one cup travel coffee machine). The only thing I missed was a bit more counter space in the bathroom but it was ok.
Don't forget this is a three star so go with an open mind and you won't regret your stay! If you prefer to stay in 5 star resorts when you travel, then this place is not for you.
The decor is old country style. This is a simple, beautiful, fun place to stay and we loved the laid back atmosphere. The grounds are clean and beautiful. All rooms face the ocean. You fall asleep and wake up to the sound of the waves. Location and security is very good.
The food is delicious and tasty with varied selections. I can't believe the negative reviews! Yes it's true there is always pasta in the buffet but prepared differently every time. There is breakfast, lunch, then at 3:00 pm BBQ hamburgs, hotdogs & fries. Then, dinner at 7:00pm with entertainment (sax player, reggae band, two singers Danny & ? who sing at your table while you dine). There was one A La Carte during our stay and it was delicious.
Tip for breakfast: Ask your waiter for an order of bacon as there is none in the buffet. Also, start by putting your bread in the toaster before going to the buffet as the toasters are very slow. lol
As for the cruise shops that stop at the resort, it's ok... they add tables at the far end of the dining area and there is plenty of food. Did not bother us at all and did not cause any line ups. (They were there only twice in the week we were there)
They have a beautiful sit down lounge with a bar but it's closed. Don't know why but it would give the resort a +++
The waiters and bartenders are so friendly, energetic, always smiling and you can feel they are very happy to work at SP. They do not have a "wait for tip attitude" though... please tip for good service! Smiley and Willie we miss you!
And Kelly, she takes care of the kayaking and lifeguard at the beach and pool, she never stops! Always making sure everything is ok and that you are enjoying your tan! (which is what she says, so cute!). She is so adorable! As Stephy says in her review, "give her a nice tip for her service!".
Most of us on the resort were 40+ years old. I would not recommend this resort if you want to party all night. The bar closes at 11:00pm but there was one night we had Danny the guitar player and singer with us and a bunch of us reunited together and the bar stayed open til midnight. Danny sings at tables at dinner time with his partner (twice a week). We all pitched in for the memorable entertainment he has given us way past his duty! When Danny goes at your table and asks if you have a request... ask him to sing "Hotel Ocho Rios" (version of Hotel California). Thank you Danny!
You can enjoy lots of sun and/or shade under the palm trees. The beach is very clean. As of 6:30am the groundkeepers are raking and the beautiful sandy beach awaits for you! And there is plenty of beach chairs. As for the ocean, there is a slight drop after walking a few feet in. Reason I mention is for children supervision but I must say I did not see any children during our stay...
I cannot comment on the pool as we are beach lovers but it seemed quiet, nothing fancy, not to many people, nice place to relax.
Bring your own travel mugs as the drinks are served in small plastic glasses which by the way I've seen at 5* resorts.
My husband helped the local fisherman bring in their catch every morning. Many of us at the resort pitched in and we collected enough $$ to buy them "part" of the sides of their fish net which was all torn. Herby who is so nice is the lead fisherman with his father and two helpers.
They really work hard for not much. We went to town at the marina with Herby and purchased the net and a roll of string for repair! They could use a new pair of paddles...
To sum things up... We loved this resort and will definately go back!!!
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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