After staying in Riu Palaces before this did not live up to its name. The hotel has been upgraded to a Palace but should never have been, it simply does not meet palace standards!. After a long 12 hour flight we were really looking forward to the high standard that previous Riu Palaces had to offer...unfortunately not this one. Check in staff dealt with us promptly but did not seem so friendly . Due to us arriving late we had to use room service as the restaurants were closed , we ordered our food which took about 20 minutes to arrive which was not too long to wait. The room was very clean and was always cleaned to a good standard ( think the tips helped!)
Food was ok but not up to the usual standard of other Riu's. The food becomes very repetitive and you have to go in early to ensure you get the best choice.
The 2 swimming pools were very small and the swim up bar seemed to be full of club 18 - 30's all day!
The entertainment staff worked hard but should think of a new dance to do as it got on peoples nerves after a while ( tip- put your ipod on a 3pm and you will miss out all the noise they create when doing it!! What happened to being able to relax around the pool!)
The beach is a bit of a disappointment -not the 7 mile beach as advertsised, think its about 3 miles if you're lucky!
We had a little walk to the other Riu at the other end of the beach , trust me save yourself a journey, it was awful and the beach felt like it was made out of concrete! Gangs of youths hung aroung trying to sell you "something extra!"
On a good note the sea was beautiful , it was like a mill pond and plenty of fish to see if you were out early enough. There is a nudist beach a few minutes walk but does not cause any problems , although I would say that they fell short of the Baywatch Body!
The Gardens are the best part of the hotel. The grounds are immaculate and the garden staff are very friendly and seem to work the hardest out of everyone, especially Brendan who was always very polite and a great pleasure to meet , Pitty he didnt work on the front desk as he could show a few of them how to speak to guests!
The bar staff were vey accommodating, tips go a long way and cut down on the queuing time!
Rick's cafe is a must but get a taxi, it takes about 20 minutes and is a fraction of the cost.
Be warned if you want to go to Dunnes River Falls be prepared to be stuck on a coach trip that takes from 8am till 8pm!
All in all should have spent another few hundred pounds and gone back to the palace in Mexico which beat it hands down!
- Also Known As:
- Riu Palace Tropical Bay Hotel Negril
- Riu Tropical Bay
- Riu Tropical Bay Jamaica
- Riu Palace Tropical Bay Negril
- Riu Tropical Bay Negril
- Riu Tropical Bay Negril Jamaica
- Negril Riu Tropical Bay Hotel
- Riu Palace Tropical Bay Hotel
- Riu Jamaica
- Riu Tropical Jamaica
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- * Renovated in summer 2008 * Located in Negril, on Jamaica's west coast * On the beachfront * Complimentary sun loungers on the beach * 1-storey main building and 2-storey buildings * Victorian-style architecture * Surrounded by 47,000 m2 / 56,500 sq. yards of lush gardens * 7.5 km / 4.7 miles from Negril West End * 6 km / 3.8 miles from various shops * 80 km / 48 miles from Montego Bay airport ... more less
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