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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
Halifax, Canada
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Club Ambiance”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2013

I just returned from a weeks vacation at this resort and had a wonderful time. The resort is small but that is exactly what I wanted and it's Adult Only which is also what I wanted so it was perfect. Well the staff here are the best, let me start with my housekeeper Fay, she was the best and had the most pleasing personality and she made feel completely safe. I would like to extend a special thank you to Timothy, Omar, Storm, Phillip, Stephen, Mellonie, Tony, Kaheem and my dear friend Leroy who was looking out for me all week. The food was very good and weather was sunny and I met some wonderful people from Wisconsin who kindly ask me to join them on shopping trip to Ocho Rios which was fantastic as well. I would go back this resort in a heartbeat.
Jackie from Canada

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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  • 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
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

My sister and I decided to take a last minute trip to Jamaica and she booked our stay at Club Ambiance or Club "No Frills" as I affectionately began to call it. Upon reading the reviews, the common consensus was that this place would be average, but was overall a good time. It definitely isn't your 5-star resort, but you already should know that given their star rating. They really didn't have any frills: no nice beach, no swim up bar, not too many activities, the list can go on and on. BUT, when we arrived I was very impressed with their customer service. The front desk staff was very pleasant, and even gave us a tour of the property. The rooms were clean, and had hot water (something people always seem to complain about in other reviews). I wasn't quite a fan of the food all of the nights, but it did have its good moments. The drinks weren't my favorites. A lot of their specialty drinks were too milky for me, and some of the days I preferred not to drink at all. Definitely don't ask for a Long Island, but they don't know how to make it. There were also times that we were hungry in the middle of the night, and the staff was nice enough to fix us plates (which isn't something they advertised). The hot tub was nice, but I was a little disappointed that there isn't a real beach. The water is very shallow, and it doesn't extend very far. We did take advantage of the snorkling though, which was fun. We made friends with some of the workers so they took us into town and show us the local clubs and scenery in Ocho Rios.

Overall I was thoroughly impressed with the amount of attention they gave each traveler. We had many nights of fun at the bar, and the bar tender was a great singer! You definitely have to request the Bob Marley shot, but watch your hair because you have to drink around the flames.

I would definitely recommend it to anyone looking to travel on a budget!

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 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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New York City, New York
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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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Ottawa, Canada
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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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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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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):
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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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