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“Great for relaxing, snorkeling, and diving” 4 of 5 stars
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Negril Escape Resort & Spa
2.5 of 5 Small Hotel   |   The Cliffs, West End Road, Negril, Jamaica   |  
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Ranked #15 of 38 Negril B&B and Inns
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“Great for relaxing, snorkeling, and diving”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2012

This resort is not on the beach, but right on the cliffs. It is possible to swim in the sea from the cliffs. There is good snorkeling right from the resort. We saw even some dolphins. There is no beach on walking distance. In morning there is one free shuttle to the seven miles beach about 7 km from the hotel, which returns in the afternoon. The resort exists our of a number of buildings each with 2 rooms downstairs and 2 up-stairs. Those rooms with sea view are slightly more expensive. Many have a sea view. I spent most of the time enjoying the sea and view from the balcony and reading a book in the hammock. The staff was very friendly and helpful. We were there out of season in May and it was very quiet. The rooms could be improved by screens to keep the few insects out and to be able to sleep with a cool sea breeze rather than using the air conditioning.

This place is great for snorkelers, divers, couples and for families with children that are able to swim well. I do not recommend it for young children, neither for those who love the crowds and want to party.

Breakfast isn't great. The resort restaurant is a bit pricey, but opposite to the exit, a bit to the right, there is a small local eatery were they can prepare good local dishes at budget prices. Hygiene standards might not be as you are used at home, but we never got sick. If you want something special you can order in advance. You should not be in hurry as the service is very relaxed.

Because my son was diving we were able to bargain a sea view room for the price of normal room. The dive centre made a professional impression on us and the dive masters were very friendly.

Room Tip: Pay a bit more for a room with sea view. These are also further from the road, which might give a bi...
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Miami
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32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2012

Nice looking campus on the cliffs. Spoiled by poor attitude on the part of management. They seemed resentful I was there. This is off season, so lots of options. I should have left the first day. Lots of petty conflicts over small issues. Finally I moved to another hotel, where everyone was very friendly.

The hotel is not fancy, but is right on the cliffs. Lonely Planet puts it in the luxury category, which is clearly a major exaggeration. But I do not need fancy. What I did not like was the almost hostile attitude.

The dive shop, which is at the hotel, was very nice. Dive masters were friendly and competent. Clear water, Diving not the best in the world but good enough, as one of my friends likes to say about almost everything.

Use the dive shop but don't stay in the hotel.

Room Tip: The front rooms have the best view but are more expensive.
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Seattle, Washington
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2012

Very low key and laid back at this resort. If you're looking for 5* this is not it however, it is very clean and friendly staff - middle of the road accommodation wise with all the amentities.

Room Tip: We stayed in "Out of Africa" room. King bed and our bathroom window overlooked the Caribe...
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  • Stayed May 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Sunrise, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2012 via mobile

Great for a weekend hide away , great for a private wedding. The Ocean view is great, I really can't find words to describe this place enough its beyond your imagination. The cottages symbolizes a different section of the world, I stayed in cottage #1 Oriental express. The owners also have the biggest nite club "JUNGLE" ..I will be back this summer

  • Stayed July 2011
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Baltimore, Maryland
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2012 via mobile

Best way to experience the island life for the first time! Be warned, it's definitely not a Sandals or Beaches. Which was fine for me because that wasn't what I wanted. For a real time get away from it all vacation, the Negril Escape is your best choice. Slow down, have a rum punch and enjoy the sunsets!

Stayed February 2012
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wallo99, General Manager at Negril Escape Resort & Spa, responded to this review, April 14, 2012
Thank you for the kind comment .We are pleased that you appreciate the setting and the vibe we project.
We, however, are working to continuously improve to make it more beautiful and offer more "creature comforts". We hope you will come back soon and enjoy the improvements.
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Manchester
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2012

I love to travel and meet the local people, while having good qualitiy amenities, pool etc. I visit Jamaica regularly, where I used to live, many years ago. I recently stayed at Negril Escape, for the first time, as part of a yoga group, and was pleasantly surprised. Accommodation comprises Individual lodges, each with 4 separate rooms, all with spacious balconies, hammocks, facing the sea. The rooms were comfortable, lovely pool, landscaped gardens and ancient fossil filled rocks down to the sea. Snorkeling and diving, with instructors on site, for those that need it.

The restaurant serves mostly Jamaican style food but with great variety, each day different dishes at breakfast. The staff were incredibly friendly and helpful.

This is a Jamaican family run hotel on a good scale, near Rick's cafe and all the amenities of Negril and yet, it is often underoccupied, like many of the indlividual hotels. Why? because ... the airlines and tour companies now only promote the multinational, enormous all inclusive resorts. These discourage people from leaving the resort, exploring on their own, buying real goods and eating in the restaurants run by local people.

The underoccupancy means Escape, like many such hotels, can look a little shabby, compared to the newer gigantic resorts down the road, with huge Vegas style chandeliers and columns, but this traveller does not care!!

A UN survey last year, confirmed my impressions, that around 80% of the earnings of the all inclusives, was repatriated and the locals derive very little benefit.

So, next time, why not go on holiday independently, have a great time, meet the locals and make sure they benefit more directly from the money you spend?

Room Tip: Closer to the sea even better but all rooms have pleasant views and gardens around.
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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Burlington, Ia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2012

My wife and I just returned home from eight days in Negril. We have been visiting Jamaica and many other destinations in the Carribean since 1991 and have stayed in everything from 3 to 6 stars and We fell in love with the Negril Escape within minutes of arriving Feb 1. We felt very welcome by Felicia at the front desk and fell in love with Sygen our housekeeper right away. Any concerns we had were handled within minutes from a coffepot to refrigerator. Everyone on staff at the Escape were so very friendly that we didn't want to leave after only 8 days. The balcony views were spectacular as were the views from virtually any area on the resort. Great free breakfast , free shuttle service to the seven mile beach, great snorkeling, what else can we say!
Thank you David, Sygen, Felicia, Allan, Davis, Chin, great resturant staff and everyone We haven't named. You all made our stay very enjoyable. Can't wait to return.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 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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Additional Information about Negril Escape Resort & Spa

Address: The Cliffs, West End Road, Negril, Jamaica
Location: Caribbean > Jamaica > Westmoreland Parish > Negril
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #15 of 38 B&Bs / Inns in Negril
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Negril Escape Resort & Spa 2.5*
Number of rooms: 42
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Boutique resort Located on the cliffs in Negril. Offers a natural, holistic environment. Gardens and paths winding through the limestone to the sea. Swim, snorkle, or scuba dive-(Negril Scuba Centre is located here!) enjoy a message in our spa on the edge of the cliff, or just relax by the pool. 10 cottages- each reflecting the rich,vibrant cultural heritage of Jamaica,from India to Africa, Asia to Europe. Service personalized to the guest's individual wishes. Come Escape, relax, and rejuvenate your body and soul. ... more   less 
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