As hundreds of previous reviews have stated, "Rooms" is not a 5 star all-inclusive resort. In saying that, it's exactly why we stayed there. We love to explore the shops, restaurants and culture when we travel, so not feeling the obligation to eat every meal at the hotel was wonderful. We paid only $940 taxes in for the week for BOTH of us, now that's a deal! You're right in the heart of town, so a 10 minute walk in any direction can get you a good meal for less than $5 per person. The salespeople in the streets and markets are aggressive, but anyone who's travelled expects and knows how to deal with it. The wonderful thing is that with the ones in Ochie, once you've made it clear that you're not buying, they stop, smile and tell you sincerely to have a nice day. The beach is beautiful and the water wonderful. The cruise ships dock on weekdays and didn't bother us a bit. Our room was cleaned satisfactorily each day. I had a reflexology treatment by Alicia at the "Rooms" spa and it was great. She knows what she's doing. We didn't eat lunch or dinner at the hotel restaurant at all as we love Jamaican food and wanted to experience as much as possible. "Mothers" and "Juicy Patties" have great Jamaican patties, and two people can eat for less than $5. We also went to "Captain's Grill and Bakery" and had their curried goat. Very good. Don't be afraid to get food from the street vendors. We did twice with good results. "The Ocho Rios Jerk Centre" is a 10 minute walk and the food more than exceeded our expectations. We were actually there 3 times because it was conveniently located at times when we were out exploring and found ourselves hungry. Also very reasonably priced. For our one fancy dinner of the week, we went to Evita's. Excellent! The restaurant sends and pays for a cab both ways for you. We shared the conch fritters. I had the jerk spaghetti and my husband the chicken and mushroom tortellini. We shared a piece of mango/pineapple cheesecake. All excellent. We had the BEST lobster ever at Fisherman's Village. If the thought of being the only tourists surrounded by locals makes you uncomfortable, don't go there. If exploring culture to see where the locals go and what they do and eat there is appealing, this is exactly the place for you. The people are friendly and hospitable. We privately hired a local cab driver (use only the ones with the red licence plates) for $130 who took us on a 5 hour tour through Fern Gully and up to the Bob Marley museum. Cheaper than a day excursion, and we didn't have to follow a specific schedule, or be concerned about what 20 or more other people wanted. Our driver's name was Kelly and we will look for him specifically when we go back. To save money, buy your beer/booze at the General Foods Supermarket located in the plaza directly behind the hotel. We had a full kitchen, which we weren't expecting, so were able to put beer/mix/groceries in the frig. Most rooms don't have kitchens, but buying a cheap cooler and filling it with ice would be cheaper than buying drinks at the hotel bar. We found it a little expensive. All in all a wonderful trip and should we visit Ochie in future, would very likely stay at Rooms again.
I've now written more than I had planned, and could write the same amount again. Please feel free to contact me for more info, or with any questions or concerns. I'm happy to provide as much insight and/or advice as anyone needs or wants about Rooms and our experience in Ocho Rios.
- 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