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“Private boutique hotel with great views” 4 of 5 stars
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Catcha Falling Star
3.5 of 5 Resort   |   West End Road | PO Box 3022, Negril, Jamaica   |  
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“Private boutique hotel with great views”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2013

We spent a week at Catcha with our teenage daughters, and very much enjoyed our stay. The hotel is located on the cliffs with fabulous views particularly from the second floor balconies. The hotel is very private, and seemed to be very safe and secure. The staff were welcoming, friendly, and helpful. We stayed in the Aquarius 2-bedroom unit. The unit has air-conditioning in the bedrooms, and there is a small kitchen set-up suitable for preparing small meals (fridge, microwave, dual hotplate, and sink). The bathroom was fine, but could benefit from a little attention and perhaps some updating. Having said that, you don't come to the cliffs of Negril to stay in the bathroom so this is just a minor comment. The beds were comfortable, and the maid service was very good. On one or two nights we were disturbed by dogs barking. I don't know if this is common, but it was rather tiresome at 3.00AM, and went on for a long time. One of the big advantages about staying at Catcha is Ivan's restaurant which is set overlooking the ocean. We didn't find anywhere to eat dinner that was better in terms of location, food, or service. The prices seemed reasonable as well given the location and standard. A main course for dinner was typically around $20, and cocktails were around $6-8. Ivan's also serves breakfast and lunch. Catcha is not for you if you like to stay close to a sandy beach or you like a large swimming pool. There is a tiny pool, and no beach. However, there are a number of ladders providing access from the cliffs to the sea for swimming, and there is coral right in front of the hotel making it a good location for snorkeling and diving. (Note that there is a diving store just a short walk down the road if you want to dive.) During our visit we saw a stingray in front of the hotel, and of course lots of tropical fish. There were also some jelly fish present, but that has little to do with Catcha. Some might find getting in and out of the sea to be a little challenging. During our stay, the sun was setting just after 6PM. All the rooms face west so the sunsets are a gem (provided the weather cooperates). Catcha is a good distance from 7 mile beach, and the stores. Much too far to walk even if you do want to risk walking along the road. There are however a few good eating places nearby. Try the burgers across the street at Ahhh Bees (recommended by Catcha). The best ones are the regular burgers and the chicken burgers. (Don't order the snapper burger. It is mainly potato. And be warned - the jerk seasoning is very spicy.) For lunch you probably just want Ahhh Bees mini burger. Further down the street is 3 Dives restaurant. Worth a visit for a late lunch. And heading past the lighthouse is Just Natural - a very inexpensive unique and basic restaurant serving seafood and vegetarian dishes with basic seating in the rear gardens. (You will likely need a taxi or car to get to Just Natural.) We also visited Rick's Cafe and Rockhouse restaurant. Personally, I would give both a miss. One downside of Catcha's close proximity to Rick's Cafe is the arrival of large catamarans every afternoon bringing tourists to visit Rick's. It is not all that bad, but from 6-7.30PM a mediocre band starts up which can become rather tiring after the first few days with little variation in their offerings. Overall, Catcha is well worth a visit if you like great views, enjoy privacy, and like boutique hotels. The minimum age is 15 so Catcha tends to attract couples, or families with older children. A good choice if you are looking for a romantic setting.

Room Tip: Aquarius is a two-bedroom unit for 4 that has great views from the second floor. Try to get a second...
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Ottawa, Canada
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34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2013 via mobile

Every time I think of my trip to Negril, happy memories of mornings and evening spent on our spectacular Aquarius Suite balcony come to mind. The view was lovely no matter the time of day. We enjoyed just hanging around Catcha because the vibe was so chill. There are lots of places to sunbathe and the little cove afforded wonderful swimming and diving. Nothing could beat a fruity drink at Ivan's at sunset. The suite was super clean and spacious. The service from each and every member of the staff was beyond anything I have experienced at other hotels. I can't say enough great things about this hotel. It absolutely made our stay!

Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2013

wonderful boutique 'resort' - great rooms, wonderful staff, best restaurant in Negril. Great to see the same terrific staff year after year - we love it! If you want a peaceful and lovely place to hang out, read, meet nice people, and know you're so welcome, this is your spot.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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
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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2013

This place is simply magical. We could of not picked a better place in negril. Honestly if you are considering a piece of heaven then choose catcha falling star. Best staff ever. We loved everyone but special thanks to Carol, Ardia, Kevin, Bradley and Wayne. Thanks again, Steve and Jac.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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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Brighton, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2013

We just returned from another fantastic week at Catcha. This was our 2nd stay in 2 years and still remains to be the best stay in Negril. This cliff side resort was well kept and the staff was very friendly and professional. The food at Ivan’s was the best on “planet earth” with my favorite being the Mango Chicken with frozen chocolate peanut butter cheese cake for desert. The cost seems to have gone up a bit in price (when you include the tips) since our last visit, but the total for our trip was still slightly less than an all-inclusive but is a much nicer resort with fantastic view and no crowds. We will return.
Not much is air conditioned so I don’t know what it would be like in the summer time (both our trips were in February).
Gonge & cigarette smoking seems to be a bit more prevalent too, so beware if you’re sensitive to it.

Room Tip: Libra, Aquarius, Venus, & Aries I think have the best locations but all rooms are nice.
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Umatilla, Fl
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2013

This place was just what any doctor would order. Laid back .............way back.
Restaurant food was delicious and the prices were a little high but bearable. We also ate at places in the area ............food prices are a little high everywhere. I also got violently ill from eating jerk chicken at a place down the road. My friend ate the same platter of chicken, rice and greens and did not get sick. Only thing different was that I used the hot bonnet sauce. It was setting out in the heat and I don"t know if it is suppose to be refrigerated. First time I ever got sick from food in Jamaica or Mexico.
The villa we had was nice but we had a problem with the A/C on the last night. Check the descriptions of the different villas at their website before choosing one. They are all so different.

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Lawton, Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2013

I just visited this place but would love to stay there. The resort is built among the cliffs with chairs nestled in and among them. The bar and restaurant were nice. Landscaping beautiful. I would definitely give this place a try.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: West End Road | PO Box 3022, Negril, Jamaica
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Location: Caribbean > Jamaica > Westmoreland Parish > Negril
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#4 Top resorts Hotel in Negril
#4 Romantic Hotel in Negril
#9 Family Hotel in Negril
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Catcha Falling Star 3.5*
Number of rooms: 15
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
There are many places to stay in Negril, Jamaica on the cliffs... ...but where else will you be pampered at a cliff property unlike any other on the planet... Catcha Falling Star Resort on the Negril Cliffs...Our lovely little Negril cliff resort property overlooks the beautiful Caribbean Sea. Catcha Falling Star is truly the "Gem of Jamaica". Nestled among the tops of the Negril cliffs of the West End with a spectacular view of the sea below will make you want to "linger longer" in Negril, Jamaica! These seaside cliff cottages capture the true essence and ambiance of Jamaica. Now yours to discover. . . A priceless experience! ... more   less 
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