We spent 2 nights at the Rockhouse & splurged on a villa, which was wonderful. The view was fantastic & the outdoor shower was such an exotic treat. However, we did ask to see the studio rooms before we left to see how they compared. The studios are on the upper floor of the building & although they aren't directly on the water, they do have a
nice private deck with ocean views. The rooms are smaller than the villas, but you generally aren't in the room that much anyway. I wouldn't hesitate to stay in those on another visit. The standard rooms are in the same building, but on the ground floor with no ocean view. We were there during a slow time of year & the occupancy was low, so we had the pool to ourselves during a good portion of the day. The views & sunsets were to die for - could only be described as paradise. We arrived on the night of a manager's cocktail party and the appetizers & drinks offered were delicious. We found the staff at the hotel & the restaurant to be extremely friendly & willing to do whatever required to make our stay comfortable. I am not a swimmer, but felt very safe snorkeling around the hotel with a lifejacket. We ate at both the Rockhouse Restaurant & the Pushcart & enjoyed both. I love to take pictures & the Rockhouse setting is a photographer's dream! There is a rock wall surrounding the property, so even though you are on the main road through Negril, you feel like you are isolated. I would LOVE to return on another trip with either my spouse or for a girl's trip. We used Kenny (not Kenny Tours, but the other Kenny mentioned on this site) for transportation to/from the airport & feel very comfortable recommending him for tours or any needed transportation.
He was prompt, even when we called in the morning to request an earlier departure, & was able to give us alot of information about Jamaica and the areas we were driving though. All in all, this stay combined with a 3 night stay at the new Jewel Resort Dunn's River (all-inclusive) was truly a relaxing vacation in paradise. In comparison, we stayed at the Riu Ocho Rios for a week last year & there is no comparison. Both Rockhouse & the Jewel win hands down. I will mention the only negative - the villas (& I assume all the other rooms) only have a wall air conditioning unit & it shuts off automatically any time you leave the room, so the rooms are never truly cooled down like most of us are used to. I understand that the Rockhouse is known to be eco-friendly, and I appreciate that fact, but it is worth mentioning. It does cool down enough at night with the AC to make it comfortable for sleeping though. The property is rustic with just wood shutters, so it isn't air-tight which makes it harder to cool. It is possible that the studio/standard rooms are cooler since they are smaller, & would therefore be easier to cool. This was a very SMALL negative & in no way impacted my enjoyment of the property.
- Also Known As:
- Rockhouse Hotel Negril
- Rock House Jamaica
- Rockhouse Jamaica
- Rockhouse Hotel Jamaica
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Rockhouse is a boutique hotel stretching across the cliffs of Pristine Cove. Nestled amongst eight acres of tropical lush gardens, thatched roofed villas are perched on the water's edge. Guests swim in the sixty foot horizon pool or take the stairs carved into the rock down to the cove for snorkeling on the reef. Home to two award winning restaurants - the Rockhouse Restaurant & Bar and the Pushcart Restaurant & Rum Bar. The renowned Rockhouse Spa has a philosophy that is a simple, holistic approach to well-being, health and happiness. Spa treatments are undertaken "on-the-rocks" in the cliff-edge Massage Cabana or at the eight room garden spa. Yoga classes are offered daily overlooking the sea.Consistently ranked one of the top resorts in the Caribbean, The Rockhouse won Caribbean's Leading Boutique Hotel 2011 and Jamaica's Leading Boutique Hotel 2012 at the World Travel Awards. In addition, the Rockhouse was also voted the No. 1 "Best Value Hotel in the Caribbean" in Travel + Leisure's March 2012 "World's Best Value Awards" and included in Conde Naste Traveler's November 2011 Readers Choice list of "Best in the World". ... more less
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