My gf and I just returned from the Shaw Park hotel. A fabulous place all around. I stress to you 5 star travellers... just go somewhere else. If a few paint chips on the wall or a shower that drips bothers you then stay away. This is a 50 yr. old hotel, filled with charm and character. My gf and I booked it because it was a smaller hotel, only 100 rooms. For a few extra bucks we booked the 'superior room' which are located in the eastern wing.
The hotel is clean, refreshing, but it is not new. The rooms have hardwood floors, they creak, they have character. All the rooms have balconies that overlook the private, serene bay. No 5 star hotel in the area has this view, or privacy of its beach. The bathroom was fine, the toilet flushed, the shower had hot water and lots of it. The private beach had wonderful sand, docks you could suntan on, blue green water and a nearby coral reef to snorkel, or the river at the end of the bay you could take one of the free kayaks up. A humorous side note, in the one corner on the other side of the river is a small 6 star resort with a nude beach - but its so far away you can't see anything and they don't bother anyone.
It has one restaurant. It overlooks the blue green water of the private bay. This is where the attentive staff will serve you breakfast lunch and dinner. There is one bar. All the Red Stripe, and liquor/wine you want.
We found the food fantastic. Barbeques almost daily. Different food all the time. Simple buffets, as it is a smaller place, but very good food. My gf and I are easy going and we can't say enough about it. The staff dress formal, they show respect, they don't ask for tips or treat you different whether you do or don't. (and again on that note, a dollar after dinner left on the table is MUCH appreciated - it doesn't take much)
There was not much entertainment at night. Sometimes a singer, sometimes karoke and thats about it. Always a few people around the bar, or sitting at the tables late night enjoying the company. If you need the entertainment of others, or don't want to go to bed before 2am, you will need to go to another hotel, or head into town.
For the price, I cannot recommend this hotel enough. If you want to party all night, go elsewhere. If you want instant service from dozens of servants waiting your beck and call, book the five star.
If your easy going, want to spend some quality time with your spouse, friends, or perhaps a few other travellers, come here.
Other points: pay the little bit extra - get a top floor (3rd floor) superior room. They are a little bit away from the main lobby/bar/restaurant and are very quiet.
You can contact me for some #'s. Book a taxi, go pay respect to BoB Marleys home and take a wonderful tour (only 1.5hr drive away) and see where he grew up, his house etc (and where he is now resting)
Seen a waterfall before? Don't bother with Dunns River Falls. YAWN. Take the horseback trip that goes through the waters around Ocho Rios, or tour the original Appleton Estates Rum plant. Get smashed.
Final words... yah mon, respect to Jah
T & R
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- Shaw Park Beach Hotel Ocho Rios
- Shaw Park Beach Hotel And Spa
- Shaw Park Jamaica
- Shaw Park Beach Ocho Rios
- Shaw Park Hotel Jamaica
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