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“A Grande Time for a group of 37” 4 of 5 stars
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Sunset Jamaica Grande Resort
3.5 of 5 Resort (All-Inclusive)   |   P.O. Box 100, Ocho Rios, Jamaica   |  
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Ranked #16 of 39 hotels in Ocho Rios
Suitland, Maryland
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“A Grande Time for a group of 37”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2013

Before my stay at sunset i read many reviews and was very, apprehensive like other reviewers I've read in staying at this resort. However, my worries were soon put to rest with the welcome the resort gave us.
I would like to send a shout out to Ms.Jacqueline Edwards the conventions service manager ,as well as Alicia lynch guest service manager from Sunset Jamaica Grande & Spa because of these ladies this experience went as smooth as possible from the well organised way they checked us in along with making sure we were all put in the south tower together, as well as a Beautiful well put together welcome party that screams "let your vacation begin". These touches are what make this hotel something special.
Yes the rooms are a bit dated (in which with some renovation would take care of this problem quickly) but very clean. The hotel has plenty to help you escape your room anyway. From a water volley ball area to a beach volley ball court, a basketball court as well as a huge water slide. They have a entertainment area in between three pools with a bar and a grill open for almost the whole day. They have a great DJ by the name of crazy Chris who made the party happen in a instant. The resorts cuisine was adequate not the best but most definitely not bad. They have an authentic Jamaican breakfast that was pretty good and with three bars and three soda dispensing machines you will never be parched for long. No room service was a bit of a disappointment but its consider a want, most certainly not a necessity. They're on a strip with many stores and markets for your needs and have slot machines for those casino goers in the hotel.
Overall we would definitely return back to this resort. If anything I would have changed, it would be to add another week on to our vacation. Thanks so much for a wonderful vacation. Tarmra

Room Tip: I stayed in one of the Suites.
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
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    3.5 of 5 stars
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Santa Cruz, California
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2013

If you want bad service and overpriced hospitality, stay here. We received 1 bath towel for our family of 4 and 2 towels after requesting more. The buffet food was awful. Front desk was not helpful, pleasant , nor properly trained. Please stay at another property so you can enjoy yourselves. Sure wish we did

Room Tip: Not enough elevators for the mass of people.
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Leesburg, Georgia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2013

This was my third trip to Jamaica and the service that we received here was a disappointment to my family and I. Maybe we have been spoiled by Beaches and Couples resorts and am a little narrow minded but it was a let down after being to the other two resorts. First off we had trouble at check in. We had booked two rooms for 5 adults and 1 child. They had one of our rooms set to a king size bed for 3 adults and 1 kid. Impossible. It took well over an hour to straighten this out. Then they did not keep our rooms together. Oh well, I can deal with this. Moving on. On the way to the room we were hit with the smell of "stinky green" in the hallway. Being this is a family resort, I felt this should not be here. Smelt this the entire trip. First night there was approached by a local on the beach trying to sell their green and if you go down to the locals on the beach to get braids, you will see small rolled papers all over the ground. However, the rooms were clean and well kept. Problems with our patio door not locking but no biggie. Two towels in a room for three was aggrevating. Had to share towels the entire trip. And our guests in the other rooms, housekeeper would take their dirty towels and not replace with new ones. Multiple calls and still none being brought on one day and 5 calls before getting towels on another day. Food was ok with the Italian Restaurant being the best. Book it!! Eggs were soggy, rotten bananas were set out to eat, drinks run out as well as the cups to pour drinks. Cats roam around the dining area which I thought was gross and were also seen on the roofs. I like cats but not where I am eating. Our keys were deactivated on the day of check out before check out time. Another family had the same issue down the hall from us, not on their check out day. Activities at the resort were extremely slim. The staff were not outgoing and friendly. They just worked and never smiled or socailized with the exception of two. Waitress at the northside beach grill was extremely rude when my daughter could not decide on her dinner and took her menu from her before she finished. Nurse was not on staff during the day when needed and the day care smelt of rotting rodents. I will not be back here and will now just pay the extra and go back to Beaches and be spoiled.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2013

This is my 4th visit to the Grande in Ocho Rios and I must say, the food has improved in the buffet dining area compared to my previous visits. There is a better variety and the quality has upped a level. There is ALWAYS food available from 7am-2am, from jerk chicken to curried goat to burgers to chinese cuisine. The amount of bars and choice of drinks/cocktails/mocktails are really good. There are like 5 or 6 pools to match your different moods lol. The atmosphere has always been lively and staff members are always welcoming, especially Mario and Francine! Their private beach is amazing. The ocean-view rooms are tidy and gradually becoming more modern and the bathrooms are lovely. The only issue, in my opinion is the entertainment; at night there is a lack of it, though they do have occasional talent show nights and music shows. Will definitely visit again!

Room Tip: P.S. 1) Make sure you do not get a room directly next to the lifts as the noise will keep you up all...
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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New York City, New York
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2013

Hello, I just wanted to write a review for the great service I received from all staff during my stay from May 29th to June 2nd. I was pleased with the food, activities, and friendly service staff. The spa staff were wonderful and professional and provided a beautiful, clean and relaxing atmosphere; Michaelea was an excellent massuese. The service from the bar staff closest to the beach by the pool was always quick and with a smile. I had the pleasure of being serviced by Sonia in the dining area and my milk with peppermint tea was always enjoyable. Thanks to all staff at the resort for making my birthday vacation a memorable fantastic experience.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Centreville, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2013

First time at an all-inclusive. The bars were plentiful but closed a little early (2am). It would be nice if there was room service available for those days and nights stuck in the room. Bartenders were top notch and went the extra mile (even taking us off property to see some of the local bars including Margaritaville and Oceans 11 Watering Hole). Entertainment at the party pool was great! Crazy Chris is the best DJ around.

Room Tip: Oceanfront on the Southtower
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Connersville, Indiana
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2013

On our first day at this resort, we ran into the nicest waitress in the Dining Area / Buffet. Sonia Foster worked hard to make our stay very pleasant. Sonia anticipated our needs, had coffee waiting at our table before we even arrived from the buffet line. She was obviously a leader among her peers at the resort. Thank You, Sonia Foster!

Room Tip: Reserve a cabana room, they seem to have a few more expected amenities than the standard tower rooms...
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: P.O. Box 100, Ocho Rios, Jamaica
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Location: Caribbean > Jamaica > Saint Ann Parish > Ocho Rios
Amenities:
Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#8 Top resorts Hotel in Ocho Rios
#10 Spa Hotel in Ocho Rios
#11 On the Beach Hotel in Ocho Rios
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Sunset Jamaica Grande Resort 3.5*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Escape to the all-inclusive splendor of the legendary 730-room Sunset Jamaica Grande Resort in Ocho Rios with its spectacular variety of amenities, divine dining, spa and stellar location. A beautiful white-sand beach fringes the resort while five lavish pools meander through this beachside complex, featuring waterfalls, plunge pools, Jacuzzis, swaying rope bridge and swim-up bars. Amenities include five restaurants, two beach grills, eight bars, two kids clubs, non-motorized water sports, full-service spa, air-conditioned fitness center, tennis, mini casino, nightly entertainment, disco, shops, business center, conference facilities, weddings and much more. Services abound, offering the ideal getaway for singles, couples, families and groups. The sensational Lighthouse Waterslide opened in April 2007. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Sunset Jamaica Grande Ocho Rios
Sunset Jamaica Grande Resort Spa
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Sunset Grande Jamaica
Sunset Jamaica Grande Hotel
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