You won't be sorry if you stay here and are looking for the kind of place that not only is an amazing deal for the money, but has the type of friendly staff that will go out of their way to make your vacation and trip amazing. It is very secluded. If you want to be part of the party and the crazy, don't expect to find that here. What you will find is a gorgeous view, room, and staff that greet you with smiles all day and if you're okay with taking a shuttle cab to the popular bars/restaurants, then you will save money and sit back at the hotel and take it all in. We spent 8 days in Negril, the first 3 nights at the Westender. I relaxed for the entire 3 days, a great way to start a vacation. I was completely destressed. I loved the room, and it was under $200 a night for the best room in my opinion, front view of the ocean, the sounds/waves, sun, a hammock and great jacuzzi tub.
We divided our 8 night stay into three hotels, first the westender, second the Charella on the popular beach area for fun, and third the Riu for the all inclusive experience. The Riu was great, it was also about $550/night, yet all inclusive. The Charella was okay...I would have preferred in hindsight to stay at westender or spend the extra on the Riu. Back to the Westender, GREAT DEAL...if you want quiet, serenity, to meet only a few good people and have some drinks on the beach and a bonfire with really friendly fun people, it's a great choice. For $550 at the Riu we had a partial view of the ocean and noisy neighbors...the westender was completely peaceful, safe, clean, beautiful in a non-commercial way. And again, the owner or manager and also the drivers who will take you anywhere/pick you up anywhere at anytime, were incredibly sweet to us, personable, fun, professional and I felt very lucky to have found this place off the beaten path within the first hour. I would live there if I could, at this hotel, and wake up everyday looking at that sun, those waves, those smiles. If you don't need the hustle of a party and you want to enjoy beautiful Jamaica, even just for a small portion of your trip, this is absolutely the best place to do so. I'm so happy we met the people here and started our trip at the westender. You want relaxation and peace and beauty, book them now. You want to party also, split your trip like we did and have it all, and save a boatload of money in the process.
When we traveled it was only about $50 more per night for the ocean view/best room in my opinion...b...
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