We have travelled all over the world, and are open to all experiences at each location. However we were disappointed in the Riu Negril. Don't get me wrong we very much enjoyed ourselves, as you make each vacation a unique experience. We were part of a large group for a wedding, which was amazing:)
The hotel lacked certain basic services which I found interesting. We had to ask for soap in the bathroom of our room, even though we tipped the maid each day. No coffee maker in the rooms which was an inconvience considering we love to have a cup on the balcony before breakfast.
Tipping the bartendars/waitresses made no difference in their service. You have to watch what they are pouring. On several occasions they poured rum into a "virgin" drink for our daughter who is ten. Not acceptable!
Public bathrooms had to no way of drying hands and you had to dry your hands on your evening wear:(
The beach was hard as a rock with cigarette butts all over the place as well as garbage. I blame the guests more than then hotel on this issue. When the water was clear the snorkling was amazing right from the beach! We took the "Wild thing" snorkleing cruise which was a dissapointment as we were hearded like cattle and yelled at by the crew for the full duration of the trip.
We did not book any a la carts, and very much enjoyed the buffet. Plenty of variety each night. The jerk chicken at the beach for lunch was incredible!
Vendors on the beach at times were annoying and those off the property were down right obnoxious and rude.
Pot was available and the smell was throughout the lobby and beach area. Overall you make a vacation it does not make your experience. I would highly recommend another resort if travelling with children.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- * Located on Jamaica's west coast in Negril * Located on the beach front * Complimentary sun loungers on the beach * Main building and four 2-story annexes * Surrounded by 45,000 m2 / 56,000 sq. Yards of lush gardens * 9 km / 5.5 Miles from Negril's West End * 7 km / 4.4 Miles from various shops * 80 km / 48 miles from Montego Bay airport * Credit cards accepted: MasterCard, Amex, Visa, Diners ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Riu Hotel Negril
- Rio Negril
- Riu Negril Jamaica
- Riu Resort All Inclusive Negril