We had a horrible weekend at Ivanoehose's in Port Antonio. Most was not the part of the management, but potential guests need to be warned.
If you read nothing else of the review, note, that whole guesthouse is exposed to the harbor, so the party and bar music from Port Antonio will keep you up all night. This is no exaggeration. The music is no gentle murmur that can be overpowered with an air conditioner. It is throbbing base pierced with shrieking dancehall gibberish that will go to to 4 am. The party may as well be on the floor below it is so loud.
Anyway, the day before check-in, we agreed on the price over phone. At check-in, the manager attempted to raise the price a shocking us$20/night, forcing me to haggle down to a price $5 over what we agreed on. Great start.
The room was clean with a pretty harbor view. The air con worked fine. The bed was firm and nicely made with clean sheets. The TV and cable did not and management didn't seem to care. A lone cockroach lived in the bathroom.
The room locks didn't work properly, which was a little startling giving the frequency of attacks on tourists throughout Jamaica.
Adding to our unease, that was on odd group of older German men on the floor below with young trashy local women. Perhaps it was true love. Doubtful, though. Creepy.
At night, however, we didn't notice the Germans' shenanigans, if there were any, because of the above mention noise which made sleep impossible.
We were disturbed, however, by the manager's frequent trips to our room, to bug us. Not to apologize for the noise, or broken TV, or to offer us snacks, drinks etc for sale, but to check on the air conditioner, check on the light, decide 8 pm was the time to do some room maintenance, etc. Very odd.
Finally, it would be remiss to mention that the roads surrounding the guesthouse and being ripped up and in state of disarray. Adding to the potholes are deep trenches. There is poor lighting everywhere and it could be fatal to drive or step in one at night. The street lights, of course, barely function.
Anyone with any sense, will avoid Ivanhoe's.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Breakfast or dinner on a breezy terrace with views of the East Harbor, the garden and the sea...All rooms with private bath, hot water; some rooms with cable TV.A five minute walk brings you to the town center with its cambios and ATMs, craft market, shops and restaurants and the Marina Beach...This is Ivanhoe, historic Titchfield Hill’s oldest family run guest house. Let Mrs. Burke and her fine staff treat you to a real Jamaican family holiday.“Come for the price...stay for the experience.” ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Ivanhoe`s Guest House Hotel Port Antonio
- Ivanhoe's Guest House Jamaica/Port Antonio