We stayed at Rooms for one week in early November. We arrived early in the morning and were unable to check in to our rooms. The staff was very adamant that we not check in until 'check-in time.' This was an inconvenience but somewhat understandable. We were able to leave our bags behind the front desk until we got into our room.
The staff were all very friendly. Some were a little shy but still very friendly and helpful. The lifeguards were especially helpful, even checking to make sure we were ok when being approached by the beach vendors.
The continental breakfast - which we renamed the 'Rooms Carb Special' was good but consisted of 2 pieces of toast, 2 pieces of sweet bread, and a muffin (more like a cupcake). It was surprising to not have fruit included but it could be ordered. We ate a few meals at the hotel restaurant; the prices for all meals were reasonable and the food was good for the most part. Warning when ordering sausages at breakfast, they can only be described as pink hot dogs - not good.
The rooms are basic but were clean. We had a Junior Suite, 3rd floor. We thought it was great; we turned the couch around, opened the windows and enjoyed the beautiful view. The beds were comfortable enough. There was a safe in the room which was nice for keeping valuables in while out of the room, you can set your own combination. The days we left a tip for the maid, our room either didn't seem as clean or didn't get completed - no towels one day so we stopped leaving a tip and had better service. The water was finicky - usually hotels don't have hot water, this one had no cold or at least it took a lot of adjusting the taps to get an even temperature. Certain times of the day were worse than others as well.
We felt very safe in our room as well as out by the pool or bar.
We found out our second last day that there are fridges available to rent - it is not advertised but if you ask they are available for additional charge.
The location is great - close to restaurants and shopping - you just need to get through the cab drivers offering you anything and everything to get on to the street.
I would recommend this hotel to someone who does not expect something fancy and understands that this is not a 5 star hotel in any way. It is clean, safe, and friendly - these are the things that are important to me on a vacation. There is not a lot to do at the hotel other than hang out on the beach (can't beat the location) so it is best if you just want a good place to sleep. I would stay at this hotel again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located on the beach in Ocho Rios on Jamaica's North Coast. Just 5 minutes from the world's famous Dunn's River Falls and within walking distance of best shopping and night life in Ocho Rios. Singles, Couples and Families are welcome at Rooms. All rooms are air conditioned, equipped with cable tv, safety deposit boxes, hair dryers,coffee makers and most have a VIEW of the ocean. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Rooms Ocho Rios Hotel Ocho Rios
- Rooms Hotel Ocho Rios
- Ocho Rios Rooms Hotel
- Rooms Beach Ocho Rios
- Rooms Beach Jamaica
- Rooms Ocho Rios Jamaica