I stayed at Hidden Paradise January 2012 & enjoyed my 5-day stay there. Room 108 is on lower level way in back & nice & quiet room like I requested. Check-in okay, they couldn't find my reservation but I had my email printout & Tosh checked me in...no problem. The room was old but clean, two queen beds, small TV, good bathroom, in-room safe, plenty of room but the mattress was uncomfortable & needs to be replaced. I found my maid Beulah & requested extra towels & ashtray and she quickly returned with items. She was always smiling & did a fine job of cleaning the room & porch. H.P. staff in general was always pleasant & friendly.
Shamrock mini-mart is short walk down road & has everything you could want, cold drinks, munchies "Yummy Coconut Bread", little bit of whatever you needed & fair exchange price. This was often visited & found Indian man who worked there very nice & helpful.
Alfred's Ocean Palace is also close by, a short stumble back across the street to Hidden Paradise. Biggs is usually cooking his Jerk Chicken in Barrel Grill by H.P. & I enjoyed his food several nights before & after going to Alfred's. You can even order & go to your room, the guard will call your room when food is ready. Very convenient & delicious juicy smoky flavored jerk chicken, makes my mouth water thinking about eating it. At H.P. if you are too lazy to go to Alfred's, I sat on my patio & listened to Yellow Man sing one night, not blasting loud like at Alfred's but still enjoyed the music & vibe...plus convenience of sitting alone on my patio.
This was my 2nd time staying across the street from the beach & while I missed waking up looking out on ocean & hearing the waves, the sounds from Great Morass & neighbors can be very fun too. Morning sitting outside you hear the rustle of palms, tree frogs chirping, & girls laughing & telling stories of all the men that hit on them at The Jungle last night. The barking dogs or crowing roosters were not always appreciated but this area has locals living next door & is part of the charm. I stayed here alone & felt very safe at all times with guards at front gate who was attentive (not asleep). At night I would sit out on my patio & chat with other guests as they passed by, everyone who was there was very friendly. H.P. served breakfast up on pool deck in back of property in Great Morass which has great breeze & cool view too. The pool was clean but rarely used due to cooler temps this week. H.P. has easy access to beach by walking across the street & walking thru road at Mama Flo's restaurant/bar to 7-Mile beach. They had chairs we could use so just bring your towel & you're set.
Also close by is One Mile area with several local grills with delicious cheap food, ate lunch here most days. One day taxi in for breakfast at Canoe, the fresh fruits, French Toast & pressed coffee was awesome & looking out at ocean is always nice. Then we walked around town & shopped a bit before taxi back to H.P. Enjoyed the beach till the afternoon clouds came in & then we sat outside on patio at my table while the rain came down, smelled so fresh after the rain ended. Sun came out just before sunset & luckily timed my trip across street to beach perfectly and saw a colorful sunset. Overall I would say I enjoyed my stay due to staff, gardens, charming older hotel which isn't fancy but has good location with Great Morass in backyard with pool, safe quiet rooms, nice sized patio or balcony with table & chairs for features I like in a property.
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