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“Nice Place but no beach” 3 of 5 stars
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Club Ambiance
3.0 of 5 Resort (All-Inclusive)   |   Main Road, PO Box 20 | Saint Ann, Runaway Bay, Jamaica   |  
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Ranked #10 of 15 hotels in Runaway Bay
New York City, New York
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4 reviews 4 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Nice Place but no beach”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2013

I have to start, with the fact that there is not large walkable beach you can walk about to and fro. You also cannot swim in the ocean, and by swim I mean seriously swim like 500 meters out in the ocean. There is a tiny bay to dip into and there is a pool. Staff is nice above and beyond except for travel booking they make mistakes and drivers tend to rip you off, girls are cute. Food is great, drink are not diluted. Convenient location to attractions, like Ochio Rios and Dunn's River Falls and Green Grroto Caves. If you want a beach you need to bycicle to a nearby public beach which not really white sand. It is ok to get bored. ALso it rainey every morning until 9am, mostly cloud y every days, and one day rain 24/7

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 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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  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Ottawa, Canada
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3 hotel reviews
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2013

My husband and I stayed at CA over Christmas and New Years. This is our second Christmas/New Years and plan to go back this coming one. Can't say enough about the friendly staff that make this resort. From the time you check in till you leave you become part of the big happy family at CA(should be called Fun Ambiance).

I was very very sad to hear that Joseph and Garrett were let go. They are a couple of really nice guys, always would ask if you needed anything & making sure everything was ok. Was so looking forward to seeing them this coming holiday.

Bottom line, the place is dated(they're working on it), but clean, food & drink really good, nightly entertainment a great band and if you want to go to a resort where you are a person not a number this is the resort for you.

Room Tip: Quieter rooms are by the pool.
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 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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Omaha, NE
2 reviews
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2013

My friend and I visited over the Chrismas 2012 holiday.This hotel is the best. Not fancy, but warm and wonderful. The food is great, the rooms are clean and well appointed, the view is awesome. The staff go out of their way to make sure you have everything you need. Try a frozen rum cream - the greatest.

Room Tip: Ask for a room near the pool for the best view.
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
    • 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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Mississauga, Canada
2 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2013

Spent a week at Club Ambiance over the New Year's Holiday. The resort is average (food, room, etc), but the experience is made great by the people (staff and other guests). My friend and I really enjoyed our stay here. Feel rejuvenated.

Room Tip: Avoid room 62. The shower is a bit funky (hot to cold and low pressure).
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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London, Canada
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2013

Traveling with my boyfriend, sister, brother-in-law and parents, this resort was the perfect quiet spot for a small group. The staff there was really what made this spot so special. They were extremely attentive and it was clear their priority was our comfort and happiness. The rooms were clean and the AC worked well. The beds were a little hard, but nothing overly concerning. Anything we needed was quickly attended to. Garreth (Skinny) would love to take you snorkelling, ask for Chris to take you into Ocho Rios for shopping and site seeing. Take a bike ride to the Green Grotto caves nearby as well! The food was excellent with lots of variety through the week. They have the main buffet and then a grill outdoors for lunch time. Beer is only served on tap, but the mixed drink selection went far beyond pina coladas and daiquiris! If you don’t like too much sugar, ask Brady at Legends Bar for a ‘Coloured Cow’. If you are looking for busy, crowded white sand beaches and unnecessarily large lobbies and statues, this is not the place for you. If you want private beaches to spy on sand crabs, beach volleyball, enclosed coves to sunbath in the buff, shuffle board, ping pong, pool and darts outdoors, then look no further.

Room Tip: All the Honeymoon suites have ocean views. I would highly recommend booking a small room and upgradi...
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Regina, Canada
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2013

I went with a friend over New Year's Eve and we have nothing but good things to say about Club Ambiance!! After reading reviews we knew it would be an older resort without any fancy bells and whistles, and that's exactly what it is. However the rooms were clean and the air conditioning worked and that's all we needed!! The resort is fairly small (about 90 rooms), which we liked because we got to know a lot of people staying there. And as many reviews have said... the staff are INCREDIBLE!!! Without the help of Sharika at the tour desk, I wouldn't have been able to go diving as my original dive plan fell through and she pulled as many strings as possible to get another company on the property in 15 minutes!! As it's a small resort you get to know the staff and I have nothing but good things to say about the entertainment crew (Storm is an absolute gem!!) the bartenders (Junior knew my drink on the second day!), the cooks (noone cooks better than Mama!!) and the wait staff (Princess's smile always made me smile!). Because it is a smaller resort they may not have as much variety for food, drinks and activities as other resorts, however I found that we always had things to do, I was pleased with all the meals, and the drinks were always cold and tasty! I would highly recommend this resort... however if you're looking for 5* and loads of people... this is not the place for you.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Edmonton, Canada
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2013

It is terrible resort, I can't say more than that!
No beach, so you can't swim AT ALL!!!! NO Jamaican food, just on wednesday and very poor variety!!! Rooms are terrible, we moved three time, every think is non functional. They write review by them self to hook the travelers. Never go there, they have fake review!!!!

Room Tip: all rooms are the same, non functional
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Club Ambiance

Address: Main Road, PO Box 20 | Saint Ann, Runaway Bay, Jamaica
Location: Caribbean > Jamaica > Saint Ann Parish > Runaway Bay
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Spa Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#5 Spa Hotel in Runaway Bay
#8 On the Beach Hotel in Runaway Bay
#8 Top resorts Hotel in Runaway Bay
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Club Ambiance 3*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Shuttle Bus service attract an extra charge. Airport Transportation attract an extra charge. Free internet service only in lobby area. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Club Ambiance Hotel Runaway Bay
Ambiance Hotel Runaway Bay
Resort All Inclusive Ambiance
Club Ambiance Jamaica/Runaway Bay
Club Ambience Jamaica

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