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Firefly Beach Cottages
2.5 of 5 Resort   |   Norman Manley Boulevard, Negril, Jamaica   |  
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“Firefly Vacation February, 2013”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2013

Friendly personnel, very cooperative, polite. Wonderful vacation!!!
100- foot wide beach, relaxed atmosphere, not noisy at the restaurant next door at all.
Textiles walk by on the beach are somewhat surprised at the nude facility they're walking through, but they keep walking by and are not too disturbed in the end. Get naked or dress partially; it's great! Housekeepers and security are very nice to everyone, also. I stayed in one of the four low-cost Secrets cabins: no refrig or phone or kitchenette or bathroom (quaint and rustic), except for one night that I stayed in the Firefly section in a room where a kitchenette and bathroon and cable TV was standard. 15% discount after you've stayed once at Firefly. A massage is available, with a restaurant that serves only breakfast all day long, a spa and outside showers after a swim. Nice place.

Room Tip: Use taxis with a red licence plate only, Costs only $1 US to go pretty much anywhere on the strip...
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 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
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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Big Bear Lake, CA
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31 reviews 31 reviews
15 hotel reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2013

We just got back from a one-week stay at the Firefly, staying in one of the little rustic cabins there. The staff is very friendly and efficient, Firefly is centrally located on the 7-Mile Beach giving you plenty of opportunities to walk north and south from here.

This place is "clothing optional" only at the beach/sea itself, the jacuzzi, and the patio of your cabin. Everywhere else here, even going up to the adjacent beach bar, you must cover up; women even have to put their tops on for this. This was probably the biggest disappointment of this place.

Speaking of the jacuzzi; the first night there the water was much too hot for us...must've been at least 105! If you'll let the office know by 5 PM you'd like to use the jacuzzi that night, be sure to ask that it's cooled down. For us, 99-100 is just right. They'll turn the heater off and/or add cool water as necessary for that.

Through no fault of Firefly, the restaurant/bar next door played loud music at night, so bring some earplugs to help you sleep.

There are a lot of beach vendors, but a simple "no" and walking away took care of most of them. I don't think it's as bad as some here may make it out to be. Some of them actually sell great products, the "fruit lady" with her fresh coconuts, mangos, and plantains is one. Another guy sells bakery products from his bicycle at very reasonable prices. Precooked lobster was 3 for $200J.

On the beach, unlike many other places there are several large trees here that will give you the necessary shade and coolness to lay on the lounge chair and just people-watch, read, or relax for hours, so we get out there early to claim our spot (leave a blanket on the chairs to "hold" it through the day.) Don't miss the Caribbean sunset from this point, either.

Bring plenty of sunblock AND insect repellent; we got bit mostly by the sand fleas that come out in the evening. Spray yourself good at your feet and lower legs!

There is actually a pretty nice outdoor mall, Time Square, about 1/2 mile south of here, with a bar/snack bar in the middle of it.

Downtown Negril is a half-hour walk south either on the highway (a bit unnerving at times due to the traffic) or down the beach (the last half gets a little tough due to the soft sand), or you can take a "route taxi" for $100J per person each way. Be sure it's a "route" taxi (not the regular taxi), AND agree on the price BEFORE you even get in!

Two places north of here is a pizza place with really good pizzas for under $200J for the two of us; we ate there two times. Margaritaville is about 6 places north; we went there for our last dinner in Jamaica.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Moose Jaw, Sask
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6 reviews 6 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2013

We stayed at Firefly In November 2012 the same time another reviewer who titled her review "BEWARE" was a guest. I would like to state that her review( in my opinion) is simply unfair! We were in Room 2 believe it or not its not far from room 16 as i was locking my room i overheard room 16 guests(standing outside) discussing the option of just leaving the room unlocked so the kids could come and go, it seemed to me that the Jamaican was being used as a babysitter for the three boys! Also never once as guests at the same time did we ever hear of any theft that happened! If it had been my room one of the first things i would have done was let the other guests know.... ( you have to understand that by the 2nd day of your stay you are a sort of family not just a guest! ) Firefly is like our home away from home! Yes its dated, could probably use new mattresses, may have some mold (i have never seen any in the rooms i have been in) Yes there is a risk of theft (as in any hotel) its posted in the office and in your room that there is an option to keep valuables in the safe boxes in the office. Yes you can hear the traffic from the street early in the a.m. but think of the amazing pictures that can be taken when the sun is coming up and the beach is all but deserted! Yes there is locals selling an array of "goodies" on the beach a simple no thanks or a shake of your hand usually moves them along. Remember they are trying to make a living too ! The security guards at Firefly take their jobs seriously but are very willing to help with whatever you need! The front desk staff is Awesome High Five Ann-Marie. The cleaning staff is efficient, thorough and very friendly! The Hot tub could use some repair and maybe some fresh water....It is without a doubt the best location on the 7 mile beach! Its not for everyone, that is part of the charm of Firefly that keeps us coming back! If you plan to stay here go with an open mind and an open heart and i promise you'll leave a piece of each there on the beach waiting for your return year after year! Thank-you David , Audrey and all the wonderful staff for sharing Firefly with the rest of us that truly Love your little piece of paradise

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Winder, Georgia
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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.

Room Tip: beach view!
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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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Deal, United Kingdom
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
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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Kingston
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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
2 reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
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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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 ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
#22 Top resorts Hotel in Negril
#23 On the Beach Hotel in Negril
#37 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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