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“Comfortable and friendly hotel” 4 of 5 stars
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Cardiff Hotel & Spa
Ricketts Ave, Cardiff Hall, Runaway Bay, Jamaica   |  
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Ranked #8 of 15 hotels in Runaway Bay
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“Comfortable and friendly hotel”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2012

I spent 6 nights at the Cardiff Bay Hotel while attending a conference in October 2012. I was really impressed with the hotel, the staff were friendly and attentive, the rooms comfortable and the food excellent.

The Hotel is about an hours drive away from Montego Bay Airport, and its located on a hill above Runaway Bay. It's not on the beach, but I'm informed it does have its own private beach which is happy to drive you down to.

If your looking to stay at an all inclusive beach resort, I wouldn't come here, but if you're looking for a reasonably priced hotel with a pool, excellent food and friend service I'd recommended it.

The hotel is linked to a training college which means many of the staff are young, enthusiastic and keen to look after you. They were brilliant. The food was plentiful, served on terrace overlooking the coast.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2012

The hotel has recently rebranded as The Cardiff and the change is for the better. We paid a rate of $180 for two including breakfast and dinner and it was great value for money. The food is excellent and plentiful and the dining room staff is very friendly and helpful. On the weekend that we were there we received additional menu items courtesy of the chef and that was a nice surprise. The rooms are not fancy but are quite spacious and have a nice large balcony with a great ocean view if you are on the second floor. It is not seaside but the beach is just a few minutes on foot and about two minutes by car and if you feel lazy there is a pool. One caveat - there's not a lot to do at the hotel - it is small and in the evening there are no shows and no entertainment (at least when I was there) so you may have to go offsite. If you are looking for luxury you probably won't enjoy this but if you want a nice clean and comfortable place that doesn't charge an arm and a leg this is it.

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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
    • 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Cardiff Hotel & Spa

Address: Ricketts Ave, Cardiff Hall, Runaway Bay, Jamaica
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Location: Caribbean > Jamaica > Saint Ann Parish > Runaway Bay
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Best Value Hotel in Runaway Bay
#7 On the Beach Hotel in Runaway Bay
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
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Cardiff Hotel & Spa Jamaica/Runaway Bay

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