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Firefly Beach Cottages
2.5 of 5 Resort   |   Norman Manley Boulevard, Negril, Jamaica   |  
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“Wonderful Hotel- Awful hustlers.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2013

Stayed at the firefly in 2010. Negril is beautiful- Went with my sister. We decided to not go the "all inclusive" route and really "experience the island." The best part of the trip was the food. Delicious!!!!!!!!!!! Nothing like having dinner with your toes in the sand! The food is delicious at the bar- thats where we had breakfast every morning. The drinks at the firefly bar where awesome- and we really enjoyed the Sun beach bar and the service. The service at the hotel was great- they set up the ride to pick us up from the airport and the ride back. I really enjoyed the out door showers! The exursion we did was visit Peter Tosh's grave which was just cool!
*REMEMBER THIS- YOU MUST EAT THE COCO BREAD AND PATTIES AS MUCH AS YOU CAN-IT WILL NOTTTTT GO OUT OF STYLE LOL*
And here we go with the cons. *They have NOTHING to do with the hotel- the hotel was lovely.*
The hustling was AWFUL. We went in the off season, so a simple walk down the beach was horrid. By the end of the trip I was so ready to go home because of it. I actually decided I really don't want to return to Jamaica beacause of it. Every waking second someone was being so persistent for you to look at whatever they had for sale. You cant say "maybe later" or "not right now" because they will find you later and ask you again. You have to say "NO" or ignore them 100%. I actually took to walking in the shallow surf because it seemed like they backed off. I would like to add I have seen reviews of couples traveling to Jamaica- although they get bugged- when the male says "no" the couple is left alone. I went with my sister, so it seemed like we just weren't left alone. I am super laid back- but it was WAY WAY WAY WAY to much.
So- I am returning to the Caribbean for my honeymoon later this year, and am not returning to Jamaica.

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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Deal, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2013

My wife and I stayed for a week leaving 24 jan.

We booked last minute through trip advisor/expedia.

Firefly was charming and quirky.The owners Audrey and David (expat Brits) were absolutely lovely and couldn't be more helpful.We had a great week - location was perfect.

Pluses - awesome fresh coffee, trees right on the sand so you could get out of the sun, all the other guests very friendly and chatty.Room big and spacious with a separate kitchen / dining room.Good safety boxes to keep valuables in office.

Minuses - no water pressure in shower had to use outside shower.Expensive although we left booking to the last minute which is probably our own fault.

Negril in general - beautiful beach , lovely sea.Free music somewhere every night. Red Stripe is crap beer.Non stop hustling gets a pain. Standard of restaurant cooking not good generally.
The reef is amazing , beautiful wild life birds, flowers and big old manta rays coming right up to the beach. Watch out for exchange rates they give a rip off rate of J$120 to the £UK at the airport, the spot rate is 150!! A guy leaning against a wall in the town was giving 145 - much better!!

Overall perfect in its own Jamaican way. This is the first time we have been back to Negril for 30 years. I feel for the country but I suspect that decades of brain drain to North America and Europe has resulted in the old adage "anyone with any get up and go has got up and gone""

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2013

I am Jamaican born who grew up in the United States and has been living there for many years. However, I love Jamaica. My husband is a US citizen by birth. We have been travelling all over and for the last 5 years, my husband and I are use to staying at the All Inclusive hotels in Negril/Kingston because at first we thought we needed to get the know-how around town before we started moving about but it's been our 8th visit now and after getting to know Negril and what it has to offer, we decided that we were done with locking ourselves in.

Our friends Jammie and Andy who stayed at Firefly Beach Cottages told us that we would really love it there so we decided to give it a try.
When we just arrived Firefly, we were a bit nervous as it was the beginning of something new for both of us but after checking in and getting to know the staff and other guests that were staying there, We bacame very relaxed. I then knew that we had nothing to worry about by the way we were welcomed.

I was so amazed by the way the staff greeted us and made us feel like we were at home. They all know us by name by day 2 and the services offered was great. There was always someone there to help with whatever we needed to be done.
The housekeepers were excellent. The room was not as fancy as the larger hotels but it is lovely the way it is. I had the most delicious Jamaican breakfast in 8 years at their Mini Bar.

I now feel like I have a home to go in Jamaica each year and I am looking forward to going back again and again.

Room Tip: Not all the rooms have Ac so if you really need to have AC you need to make it known.
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Sashorn J, Guests Relations Officer at Firefly Beach Cottages, responded to this review, January 31, 2013
Thank you for taking the time out to express and relate the wonderful experience you’ve had while staying with us. We are happy to know that you found it to be a lovely place and fell in love with what we are offering. We're definately looking to have you with us again as you have expressed and to make it even better the next time around.
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Carlisle, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2013

My wife have just returned from an amazing weeks holiday at this most unique place .The room was spacious clean and well appointed. From the minute we got up in the morning and went for a stroll along the beach to walking home still barefoot from eating out at the many delightful beach front resteraunts in the evening, the place was a complete joy. The owners and staff
were very pleasant, attentive and efficient. The other guests were interesting to meet and chat
with. The beach vendors were not a problem to us. Infact the fruit juice, fresh fruit and lobster offered were delicious. A polite No to the offers for Snorking were accepted and move on.
We will most deffinatly return to Firefly.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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worldroamerII, Owner at Firefly Beach Cottages, responded to this review, January 20, 2013
Thank you R.... and J.... for your comments. You discovered the essence of both Negril and Firefly - the unique ambiance and the other wonderful guests. We look forward to your return.
David and Audrey.
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Chicago
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2012 via mobile

My vacation in Negril was originally scheduled for 6 days. This was my first time in Jamaica & I began my trip in the West End, staying at both Rockhouse & Tensing Pen. I really enjoyed these resorts staying in the cliffs of Negril w/ the beautiful sunsets & gorgeous scenery.

Towards the end of my stay, I decided I wanted to extend my vacation -- by 3 weeks! I was supposed to go to Vegas after Jamaica, but after experiencing paradise for 6 days, I couldn't bare the thought of leaving it for the artificial reality of Las Vegas. So the day before I was scheduled to leave, I set out to find affordable accommodations for the next 3 weeks on 7 Mile Beach.

I checked out a few places, when a local directed me to Firefly. In my opinion, this is probably the best location on 7 Mile Beach. It's centrally located w/ direct beach access to the warm, turquoise waters. I met Ann Marie (who runs the show) & on short notice she worked out my stay, putting me in several different rooms bc there were no rooms available for 3 weeks straight. I welcomed the opportunity to stay in different rooms even though I had to change rooms 4 times. I enjoyed the variety of accommodations that Firefly offers, from the cabins (where there's no bathroom but you use the community showers/bathrooms. It's no problem, Mon! Easy access w/ hot water), to the larger rooms w/ kitchenettes & bathroom.

I stayed from Dec 2 - Dec 22, & the weather was perfect: mid-80s & sunny! I was traveling alone, but this is a great place for couples. There are a lot of repeat customers who stay for long periods of time, & it was fun settling into a routine & making friends here. Everyone is so welcoming & knows your name by Day 2. It's really amazing & truly feels more like a community than a hotel. It felt like my home away from home & I would definitely come back. Very charming & I loved living here, & the staff was great, especially Ann Marie, Maxine & Neseray at the bar, & all the housekeeping.

My only complaint are the hustlers that work the beach selling everything from fruit to souvenirs to drugs. I was not prepared for their aggressive nature as everyone wants to be your "guy" - the local who can get you whatever you want - & if you're not firm in saying no, they will harass you until you give them a couple bucks to go away. It is quite exhausting. I had a guy selling me fruit that would consistently ask me what time I'd be on the beach & he'd often be waiting for me when I came out. A minor interruption to my relaxation when I wanted to be anonymous. Not a big deal though. Stick to the honest guys like Dr Bill or Capt Mike next door if you need anything. They don't pressure you to buy anything, but will help you in any way they can or if you want to take a tour to the falls, take a sunset cruise, go snorkeling, etc. You can avoid all this by staying at the expensive & secluded resorts down the beach, but it's not the real Jamaican experience if you're not interacting with the locals.

I highly recommend Firefly if you're looking for an affordable vacation on one of the best beaches in the world, with one of the friendliest & most helpful staffs in Negril. I hope to be back soon! Thank you, Firefly!

  • Stayed December 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2012

I'm sitting in The airport at Montego Bay, departing from ten days at Firefly. There is a snow storm going on where I'm headed, and I just left the most wonderful beach and Inn in the world.

Firefly isn't for everyone. It's a little funky, there's naked people on it's portion of Seven Mile Beach, the cafe has a very limited menu, and no one mistakes it for the Peoria Holiday Inn. That said, here's what you get: a very clean unique room or suite, a fridge, a hot plate or stove, hand washed linens, wonderful dedicated staff, a beautiful to-die-for beach, charming architecture, restaurants within walking distance north, south, and east, the world's best cheese omelet, and a cast of characters you'll want to see again and again as you evolve from a newcomer to a regular repeat guest.

There's really very little reason to stay anywhere else.

Room Tip: This is a clothes-optional Inn. Those who aren't into that won't feel the least bit weird, a...
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2012

I stayed at Firefly for 8 nights from November 28 to December 6. I had room 7, which was a single room and was quite near the street. At $69 per night plus tax it was very reasonable.

I note that of the 65 reviews to this date only three have rated this property as average before me. People seem to love it or hate it. I can say that practically everybody I met there had stayed there several times before so obviously they love it.

I stayed at Coco LaPalm at the same time last year, which I also reviewed. I gave it a 4 out of 5 so in all honesty I cannot rate Firefly higher than 3 out of 5. Allow me to answer some basic questions first.

Was there hot water at all times? Yes, but only in the shower. The sink had only one tap, which was cold.
Did the air conditioning work? Yes.
Was the room kept clean to my satisfaction? Yes. No bugs to worry about.
Could I hear the traffic noise from Norman Manley Speedway? Of course, however, I am a sound sleeper so it did not bother me.
Were the staff friendly? Anna Marie in the office and Maxine who worked the evening shift at the bar were amazing. The morning breakfast staff did not appear to be enjoying their jobs.
Were there always beach loungers available? Yes.
Was the beer cold? Yes, and it was reasonable.
Was it a friendly atmosphere? It was incredible. I find it hard at times as a single man to visit with very many people usually in our couples oriented world. This resort was an exception. Everybody was down to earth, friendly and the words, "like family" came up often.

The accommodation at Firefly is as varied that I have seen anywhere. You can have a one room cabin real cheap where you have to go outside to the bathroom and shower. On the other end, you can have a lovely "penthouse" room overlooking the ocean with a number of choices in between. My rating is for my room but I got what I paid for. If I was unhappy with the street noise or if I wanted something more luxurious I could have easily upgraded my room. I do not expect 5* accommodation for a 2* price. Neither should anybody else, including those who gave this property many negative reviews.

Firefly is on the widest stretch of Seven Mile beach that is in the immediate area. The waters are absolutely fantastic. I enjoyed the ability to go skinny dipping immensely. To me, it was a real experience. To those that do not wish to avail themselves of this, one can easily find better value at Coco La Palm. However, if this is part of your vacation enjoyment you will not find a clothing optional property that is this reasonable. There is also plenty of shade for those, like me, that cannot lie out all day in the sun.

The room that I had was basically what an ordinary motel room was in the US during the 60's that used to go for $12 a night if any of you can remember that far back. There was no shampoo supplied and there was no coffee maker or free coffee in the room and I did not expect it. Those 60's motel rooms didn't have it either. The free coffee at the beach in the morning is instant coffee and it is totally gross. Jamaica has some of the best coffee in the world. If you want that it is J$180, which is about $2.20. They do NOT give free refills even when you order breakfast. I think this could be corrected if they really want goodwill. What goes as "sausages" is just cut up hot dogs. The omelette was hit and miss. The pancakes were great as was the toast. The portions are not large. Most breakfasts are in the $7 to $8 range, which I thought was plenty since I am in a third world country and all the ingredients were local.

There were a couple of nights where I was bothered by smoke from somebody burning something somewhere. Although Firefly can't probably do much about bylaws, or lack of them, it did give me a headache each of two mornings. Again, better soundproofing would help this and the street noise.

Firefly epitomizes how Negril began when the hippies came in the 60's where there was free love, plenty of weed (which was used openly by guests) and lack of clothes. It is a unique cultural experience. If it is not for you, then stay at the high end resorts. On the other hand, if you want to go all day in bare feet and only put on a shirt when you walk down the beach for supper this is for you. To me, I think it is wonderful that somebody, somewhere, is willing to offer the choice that Firefly does.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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worldroamerII, Owner at Firefly Beach Cottages, responded to this review, December 19, 2012
I'm so please about your great experiences and for telling about them. I have taken notice about the coffee and from tomorrow we will provide free refills for the US$2 coffee. We already offer free refills for the instant free coffee that we serve on he beach each morning. As a pork sausage lover myself, I am sorry to say that the frankfurter (or hot dog) sausage is the only type we can get in Jamaica and they don't taste good. Perhaps we should change the word "sausage" to "frankfurter" on the menu.
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Address: Norman Manley Boulevard, Negril, Jamaica
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Location: Caribbean > Jamaica > Westmoreland Parish > Negril
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( Wi-Fi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
#21 Top resorts Hotel in Negril
#22 On the Beach Hotel in Negril
#35 Business Hotel in Negril
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Firefly Beach Cottages 2.5*
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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