Staying at the DeMonetvin put us right in middle of typical Port Antonio life. Being close to the town centre was great, and the hotel is just the right distance so that you can escape the hustle and bustle. We had a large room with an attached bathroom. No air conditioning, but we prefer this; a modern fan was provided. There were no screens on the windows and our bathroom had only a curtain to separate it from the bedroom. I was a little leery of leaving the windows open, thinking that bugs or lizards would come in, but we didn't notice any issues. If you are a light sleeper, the neighbouring roosters and dogs might wake you through the night. The building is so beautiful that you might want to hang out in the living room, or sit out on the porch for a while. We ran into Cap'n Rebio one morning and since the cook was away that day for jury duty, we asked him for a recommendation for breakfast - he sent us to a local sit down / take out restaurant near the waterfront (no sign to say the name!), and it was fabulous and cheap (~J$4 for two people) and they serve blue mountain coffee. The DeMontevin service was excellent. When the arrangements for a driver we had made with another hotel fell apart at the last minute, George stepped in and tracked down a reliable driver to take us up to the Blue Mountains. Must have been a 3-3.5 hr round trip for the driver and he stopped to show us a waterfall, a Rasta community, and brought us in to Mrs Twymann's coffee operation. Be sure to consider Port Antonio and the DeMontevin if you want to get away from the resort type of vacation.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Built in 1881,DeMontevin has been well preserved for over 131 years. It boasts a true brick exterior with its interior made of all wood. For a homely feeling, peace of mind and relaxation, we invite you to come and spend some time with us. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- DeMontevin Lodge Hotel Jamaica/Port Antonio