I am going to be very honest on my review, which is going to be hard for me because I have a special place in my heart for Blue Cave Castle. I have visited before and had a great time and left a raving review, if you don’t believe me, check my profile. I have sent 2 friends here, family members, and my mother on high recommendation. This time I was met with ants all over my room and on the bed and when I spoke to the owner about it (Suzanne) she asked me if I wanted more bug spray????? I was astounded by the lack of concern to properly rectify this horrifying problem we experienced the entire stay. Now on to the positive.. I will also give some tips about the local area, anything else you want to know, feel free to email me.
Pros for Blue Cave Castle-
1) Free Wifi - Stronger signal outside, then outside the hotel room. I appreciate this added feature
Suggestion - Put Wifi password on the door where other emergency numbers and need to know info is located, as we had to hunt someone down for it.
2) Secured Safe - This was another feature that they have added.
Suggestion - Program safes for guests to generate their own password, as them assigning you a passcode sort of defeats the purpose.
3) Free Jamaican Coffee & Tea put out every morning for guest - I love this feature. Jamaican coffee with sweet milk - yummmmm! Refrigerators in the rooms.
4) The location -- It's a great location on the west end of Negril, if you want to get to the beach, restaurants, the circle where the shops is, it's a cab ride away
5) Teddy the chef - Teddy is great, his food was pretty good this time around, I remembered his meals being really on point the last time I visited, however this time, he did have some off nights where the food didn't live up to the last visit expectation, and it can be pricey. However Teddy is the go to person. He knows everything and everyone. He gave us a great cab driver, he knew where all the parties were, he told us how much we should be paying for things, so he definitely is the go to person at Blue Cave. Great guy and an asset to the Hotel. Although I had limited interaction with Petrona the manager, she is also a great go to person and will look up any information you need to know regarding the local area and is pleasant.
-No microwaves, the doors and windows do not seal closed so lizards and bugs were able to enter the room, NO TELEPHONES IN ROOMS!!!-Inconvenient AND DANGEROUS IN THE EVENT OF AN EMERGENCY.
Tips For The local area-
- Only get in taxi's with Red license plates, they are offical taxis, you should not pay more than $5-$7 dollars to go down to the beach from Blue cave. If you go out at night to party expect to pay closer to $10 dollars. Try to get a regular cab driver you trust and use him for the duration of your trip so you can work out the best price.
- Try Kuyaba for eating and laying out on the beach, it is a nice spot.
- The Boardwalk further down the stripe is nice, they have a live DJ on the beach, there open till 6 and also have a nice set up on the beach. They also have Wifi on the beach, so ask for the code!! Do your instagram videos!! lol
- Try sweet spice for some good food, there is also a really cheap and delicious spot next to Merrils hotel called Uprising. It looks like a little shack and has fly screens that you can barely see thru but the food was the best I had on the island and I paid like 300-400 Jamaican dollars which is like $3-$4 American dollars.
-Places to party- The locals will tell you what is going on each night because everyone goes to the same spot each night. Some parties we attended were - The Jungle (ladies night is Thursday, Sat is unlimited drinks, Margaretville (Fridays is unlimited drinks night) The after hours spot is Scrub-a-Dub, which is a strip club.
-Traveling to other parts of Jamaica - Take the Knutsford Express, don't take private cabs they will charge you hundreds. You can go to Kingston, Montego Bay, Ocho Rios and other parts of Jamaica for 20-30 dollars each way.
-Best Ways to save money-
Make sure you change at least $200 US dollars into Jamaican money because a lot of things end up being cheaper, as different people charge different exchange rates. Stop at a Cambio in Montego Bay to change Money, $98.80 was my exchange rate, its more expensive in Negril. Don't! Change your money in the airport!!! The cheapest place to buy your liquor to go back home is in the Duty Free shop in the airport coming home, the souvenir shops will rob you!!! The mini bottles of rum are like $3 dolars and I got the biggest bottle of Coco mania rum for like $10 dollars. Don't Pay more than $35 dollars for a cab ride to or from the Montego Bay Airport, private or not. NEGOTIATE EVERY PURCHASE IN JAMAICA, I DON'T CARE WHAT IT IS, EVERYTHING IS NEGOTIABE, AS THEY TRY TO PRICE GAUGE YOU IF YOU DON'T KNOW HOW MUCH THINGS COST.
-Stop at the High-lo, which is the local supermarkets in Montego Bay and pick up a few necessities for your room. We took Tuna Fish, Peanut butter and Jelly, Snacks, etc with us. Little snacks to hold you over while out and about or in your hotel save you a lot of money. We mostly bought dinners. Get your Juice, Sodas, and Red Stripes, from the hi-lo supermarket, it will save you money to do other things like tours, catamarans, watersports and other fun filled activities..
I have a good Driver if you need a referral, write me for the name and number, or any other questions. Enjoy your vaca in Negril!!!!!!
Check all your bedding, th window seals and other corners for Ants.
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