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“Yet another great stay and good times” 5 of 5 stars
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Seastar Inn
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   P.O. Box 2653, Negril, Jamaica   |  
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Ranked #18 of 91 hotels in Negril
Los Angeles, California
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15 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
“Yet another great stay and good times”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2013

Not sure I could visit Negril without staying here. It is the person place to start your vacation and get into the groove. Chris the owner is extremely accommodating and ensures you as a guest are well taken care off. The entire staff is outstanding and add to the enjoyment. Thanks Seastar team for another fabulous stay.

If you are high maintenance go elsewhere.

Room Tip: New rooms have a large fountain outside that adds wonderful white noise if you are a light sleeper.
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
    • 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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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Virginia Beach, Virginia, United States
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42 reviews 42 reviews
17 hotel reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2013

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!

Room Tip: Not all rooms are equal! We were initially given what I would call a second class room. The bathro...
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Beach Park, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2013

I just got back from visting the West End. We stayed at the Sea Star for a week, and I have NO COMPLAINTS! The staff is wonderful (Barbara, Randy, Henry, Chris, etc). They make you feel so comfortable and at home. The food and drinks were awesome, and the property is located right in the heart of West End. Everything is in walking distance. It's away from all the big resorts and you basically get a chance to hang with the locals, enjoy local food and fun. Make no mistake, THIS IS NOT AN ALL INCLUSIVE HUGE RESORT! so yes, there are dogs that bark at night which is to be expected since they are guard dogs. The volume on the tv isnt loud (but who goes to Jamaica to watch tv?!). Yes, everyone is smoking even if your in a non smoking room you can still smell smoke. No, you don't get fancy shampoos and conditioners so just bring your own. If you want to stay at a fancy resort with all the ammenities, then this def isn't the place for you. If you want to be engrosed in Jamaican culture, meet wonderful people (Jamacians and the regular travelers); than this is your place. The streats are super safe to walk even at night, but be ready for people to sell you stuff. Hey, you gotta make a living! But they don't pester you long. There are so many resturants around and the sea star will plan anything you want to do. Check out RealNegril.com to find all the best places, and if you see something you like, the sea star will gladly arrange to take you there! Plus, they provide free transportation to the beach! I will be going back to the sea star; LOVED IT!

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
    • 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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Plano, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2013

You cannot find a nicer place to stay in all of Negril. the staff is awesome. Chris and Francine make you feel like family not guests. The rooms are beautiful, the restaurant has great priced, good food. the pool area is clean and the bar is always open!

Room Tip: there is no fitness center, but who cares!!!
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  • Stayed April 2013, 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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Winnipeg Manitoba
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2013

We were invited to come along on a winter vacation with family and new friends. Ten of us in total. We had heard how wonderful this place was, though it is not on the beach. It was fabulous. We were booked for two weeks, and after the first week we had to extend our stay for a third week. We did have to do some room juggling, as the resort was booked up. But it was well worth it. Okema at the front desk helped us along. The staff is excellent here, from the security guards, the cooks, wait staff/bartenders. Everyone is fantastic. Every one is so friendly you feel like you've been there before, and that you belong. It is a short walk to the cliffs, with many restaurants, including Ricks Cafe. They also have a shuttle van that will take you to the beach and pick you up on schedule. Thank you very much Chris and Francine for having such a great resort and great staff. We will be back next year for sure.

  • Stayed March 2013, 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2013

I spent 2 months in Jamaica one month in Dec. 2012 and a month in Feb. 2013. Stayed at the SeaStar both occasions just about everything was great as usually. The one exception was due to my long stays I changed to many rooms ( this was my fault because I do last minute traveling) however the last room I stayed at was Rm#5 and most of the time there was this low frequency noise that seemed to get louder at night and it disturbed my sleeping. I talked to management about it but it never got resolve during my time in that room. Otherwise I still would recommend this place because it is a fun, comfortable, and safe place to stay.

Room Tip: Avoid Room 5
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2013

Me and my husband Alex spent one week at Seastar Inn and we have only nice things to say. Although it's not for everybody,unless you are looking for luxury,you will have a great relaxing time. The rooms are spacious and fairly clean(some of them could benefit from some repairs). The location is not bad,it's not on the ocean but its fairly close and you have free beach shuttle everyday. The food is really good but a bit pricey so you better try all the restaurants around it. The best thing about Seastar is definitely their staff!! Everybody is very welcoming,warm and caring,they all learn your name and make you feel at home. Chris the owner even gave us a ride to the pharmacy and supermarket and waited for us! The surroundings are just beautiful!! lots of plants and all kinds of trees. It is important to be aware that in Jamaica almost everybody smokes weed,so if you think this might bother you,just don't go or go to one of the fancy Spanish Resorts or if you are thinking about traveling with young children maybe this is something you should keep in mind. The Saturday show: AMAZING!! the Seastar Drummers: INCREDIBLE!! the Buffet: Excellent! you can't beat these for $20.00.!! So if you are the kind of semi-hippie,laid back non luxury style person Seastar is the right place! Their prices are really good also!.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Also Known As:
Seastar Hotel Negril
Seastar Hotel
Address: P.O. Box 2653, Negril, Jamaica
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Location: Caribbean > Jamaica > Westmoreland Parish > Negril
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#7 Best Value Hotel in Negril
#9 On the Beach Hotel in Negril
#14 Family Hotel in Negril
#31 Romantic Hotel in Negril
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Seastar Inn 3*
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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