The Seastar is in the West End of Jamaica (Negril). The Inn is generally well appointed, beautifully landscaped, and excellently staffed. Because there are twenty-ish suites, the staff has the ability to get o know their customers very well. Before the end of our stay, we we getting hugs as well as traditional Jamaican fist bumps "mon"! Saturday evening buffet proceeds a local traditional rasti stage show. The hotel pool has six swim to the bar stools, and Randy or Alvin are wonderful bartenders, waiters, and conversationalists. Barbara is an attentive and "hug some" staff who quickly impresses you into first name interchanges with everyone. Easily 95% of the guests were return guests. Some have been returning here for over ten years.
The hotel is a three block, dirt road walk to waters edge, which is a cliff here, not beach. Negril has a beautiful 7 mile stretch of beach, but that needs use of the free hotel shuttle. Rick's Cafe and its legendary cliff divers is about a 15 minute walk, but follows the main, paved road with speedy drivers (this is a left hand side of the road country) where shoulders are often very narrow.
It is about an hour to an hour and a half drive from the airport in Montego Bay, so be sure you arrange to be met, or you will pay $80 to $100 per couple to get to the hotel! This may mean you will have to wait for other flight's passengers and cause a delay in departure.
The proprietor, Chris and his wife Francine (congratulations on the new baby!) are gracious and work hard to make your stay work. The hotel is a stable stop for the many bar hopping tours in the area. Food is above average, a generally menu items are always available. Chris has a constant renovation and upgrade activity on-going ( see my note below). Satellite TV, wireless Internet and air conditioning are available free. All rooms have a terrace with hammock!
Be sure to sample (carefully) Francine's Jerk Sauce!
This is an interesting and restful place to stay. It has a "Cheers bar" friendly atmosphere, but I think it's present almost five bullet rating is inflated in comparison to five star hotels I have reviewed! Good vale, comfortable, and affable but not knock you socks off luxurious!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Seastar Inn is located about 500 yards from the West End cliffs. Accommodations are nestled amongst beautiful, ultra-clean, manicured gardens. An enormous variety of tropical plants, trees, shrubs and flowers shroud the property. Featured onsite is a large, private swimming pool with swim-up bar, gazebo, and lounging chairs. There is also a recreational area with big screen television, dartboard, table tennis and pool table. The Seastar Inn also hosts its very own full-service restaurant and bar featuring a complimentary continental breakfast, with an extensive lunch and dinner menu. Saturday Night Live Reggae Show with buffet. Wireless Internet in all rooms. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Seastar Hotel Negril