First, the more recent reviews are right on with all the positives, IF (like myself and most folks I meet there) you understand that Negril is NOT a real resort area (beyond Bloody Bay and the resorts at the top of Negril Beach). It is for those who prefer the old mom-and-pop style beach motels; less-to-no frills, just an awesome spot for more open-minded folks right on a long and incredibly walkable beach. Though I do not join the naturalists, there is a lot of nudity and, thank God, most guests seemed to drink/smoke. It is in an awesome spot, and this was my fifth trip to Negril in my third place (others being Fun Holiday and White Sands). It is convenient to most all I enjoy in Negril. The staff will completely leave you alone, if that is your wish, or you will be continually greeted by name with a smile if you are a more typical Negril-visitor!
Now, let me add my personal concerns. If you are closer to Norman Manley Blvd. than the office (almost half of the property), you will hear every single vehicle that passes, and there are quite a few LOUD vehicles/motorcycles/stereos going by at all hours. The local 'rush hour' if you will is in full gear at six a.m. and it woke me up all six of my mornings, and I was in the second building from the road. It may sound odd, but ask for a room (these are not cabins, though there are a couple on the property) with an old air conditioner. My room had one of those new small European models up high in the wall and it made virtually no sound. In other rooms (both here and at other properties) with the older AC models, there is that blissfull white noise. I would prefer no AC as the evening breezes are, well they are tropical, but the traffic noise is unbearable (even if you party like I do and can fall asleep on a Russian train, you will be up with the dawn traffic). Also, the bar does have a solid breakfast BUT the adjacent Sun Beach and For Real Beach bars are vastly better (as in real beach bars and not just a counter with a couple tables). Sun Beach has a great menu, daily specials and both bars offer cheaper beer/drinks.
My rustic room (the front 'wall' was several doors together, with the larger gaps taped to keep out the bugs, sort of) was all I could ever need at the beach, and the fridge/kitchenette allowed me to be flush with juice, fruit and leftovers/munchies. If the room (#7) had an old AC or was further from the road... oh well. Bottom line is you get what you pay for, and $110-ish for a room/kitchenette on the beach is not bad, even with the traffic noise (and I had ear plugs too!). I can not wait until my next trip to Negril, but I doubt very much I will stay in the back half of Firefly.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Top class suites, penthouses and studios in the best part of Negril Beach. The gardens are beautiful year round. Our wonderful guests are beach lovers who also enjoy the ambiance, the serenity, the casual yet efficient feeling, the weekly beach party and the beachfront rooms which are surprisingly rare on Negril beach. ALL units have kitchens and verandas. Gym, WiFi and Jacuzzi are here. All our romantic rooms have kitchens or kitchenettes allowing greater choice of dining and drinks than mere hotel rooms. Our beach bar/cafe, with Maxine in charge, is well-known for the luscious pancakes and other breakfast items and day-long snacks along with the coldest beer served with the warmest smiles to our guests and other visitors on the beach.Our guests come from many countries, at times they are from as many as nine countries represented at our free weekly beach parties. What they return for is the casual, friendly atmosphere, no-one knows whether you're rich or poor, no-one wears a Rolex, and you go to the beachfront in your bikini or swimsuit - no need for any other cover unless you wish.We have watchmen and security cameras at night just to make sure you're OK.There are many cafes, restaurants and bars within easy walking distance on the beach and all water-sports are close by. Reggae concerts (Bourbon Beach, Roots Bamboo) are 10 to 15 minutes walk away on the beach and Kool Runnings Water Park is 2 miles away across the road.Shopping for gifts and souvenirs is available at Time Square one mile away and supermarkets are 2 miles away, in town. Also each year our team wins in the Negril Marathon/half/10k early December. This year in the full Marathon we had the 2nd overall and the first in the over 80 age group (Roy Thomas from Kingston who runs the Marathon here every year). We also had other section winners. Join our team in '13. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Firefly Beach Cottages Hotel Negril
- Firefly Beach Hotel
- Firefly Beach Resort