This was our second stay at this hotel, the first having been in 2011. We stayed this time 2 weeks in early May, 2014. Upon our arrival we discovered that they had lost our booking - again. Fortunately, this being the off-season of early May, the hotel was nowhere near capacity so they had no problem placing us in an oceanfront room, which we had booked. But come on, people. We're not even talking about a "mere" reservation here. Losing a party's prepaid booking? Seriously? We have travelled all over the world and this has never happened to us anywhere but here and it has happened twice here.
We had one of the oceanfront rooms over the restaurant. These rooms are huge. And that's just the room part. These rooms each have a huge covered deck with a glorious view of the beach and the sunsets. The water is about 50 feet away. In May, the advantage of the huge covered deck is that when it rains, we just moved our towels up to our loungers on our deck and continued to enjoy our time outside. It rained every day, but not all day. The days started out sunny and glorious and it rained for 1-2 hours in the afternoon, which was actually quite refreshing and gave us a nice break during the day. Other reviewers have talked about the noise from the restaurant and kitchen in these rooms, which I didn't find to be a big problem at this time of year as the restaurant closed after lunch so there was no noise in to the evening. Maybe there was the odd banging pot or pan in the morning but I already had my earplugs in in case of late night music from bars down the beach.
The only noise issue you should expect with oceanfront rooms is noise from music bars nearby. I should say that the windows and French doors on these rooms are very solid, better than patio doors and block out most of the noise at night but I am a light sleeper so earplugs did the trick for me. My wife is not a light sleeper and was never bothered. A lot of nights we were at those bars enjoying the dancing and live reggae music ourselves. If you cannot beat them, join them! 7 Mile Beach is very laid back and relaxing. It is definitely not Zen-like silence and tranquility. Jamaicans love their music and you are in Jamaica so it's like an ongoing soundtrack of their gregarious culture.
The beach has got to be the best ever. We love bathing in the ocean and the waters at Negril are warm, calm and clear. We were in the water several times per day. There is a low wall between the hotel's beach area and the public beach area near the water and the new security company is very conscientious about keeping hustlers out when you need a break from the hustlers. the hustlers aren't that bad. They are poor people trying to make a living so I don't get mad at them. I just stay respectful and firm in saying "no". Some of them are actually quite charming, very good conversationalists. What the heck - we'd chat with them for a bit. One more comment about the new security team - they are great and totally professional, at all times, including keeping track of you before you went out at night. Kudos to all of you. The hotel's staff are very friendly in a real and not cloying, fake way and we had lots of great chats and we shared stuff about our lives in general. This made us feel very much at home.
The continental breakfast was very ample. They always gave us too much ,so we took the leftovers up to our room and put them in the fridge to enjoy later as a snack along with our cocktail supplies, also in our fridge. The fridge costs 8 dollars a day (sigh) but let's keep things in perspective. It's a 3 star hotel and we got a smoking deal.
All in all, a very enjoyable vacation and 7 mile beach, Negril, Jamaica is what it is and what it is is a unique and magical place so relax, mon because you are in Jamaica - real Jamaica and not behind barbed wire (seriously) in one of those posh jails they call all inclusives.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Intimately nestled within 2.5 Acres of lush flora, this 57-room hotel faces the Caribbean right on Negril's seven-mile beach, famed for its powdery white sand and spectacular sunsets. Rooms is a convenient base for the adventure-seeking, destination exploring traveler and within a quaint walking distance of an authentic Jamaican experience. The hotel features ocean front and spacious family rooms, swimming pool, on site restaurant and bar, gift shop, fitness center and Internet cafe. Rooms operates a continental plan and provides a daily continental breakfast. Fridges are available at an additional cost. ... more less
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