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“Perfect hideaway” 5 of 5 stars
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Round Hill Hotel & Villas
4.5 of 5 Resort   |   John Pringle Drive, Hopewell, Montego Bay, Jamaica   |  
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Hopewell
Kaiserslautern, Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany
1 review
“Perfect hideaway”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2013

The Round Hill simply is perfect! Magnificent location, most friendly staff, best food ...
The pool and the beach are fantastic. There is a high level entertainment programm on most evenings. We will surely come back.

Room Tip: Oceanview, upper floor is best
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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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Omar R, General Manager at Round Hill Hotel & Villas, responded to this review, March 7, 2013
Dear Valued Guest,

Thanks for the wonderful comments. We are happy to hear that you enjoyed your stay and look forward to your return visits in the near future.
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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New York City, New York
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2013

We love Round Hill. This was our 11th visit; our family of 4 has stayed in many different villas and enjoyed the entire property each time. Our private villa with pool, the staff of each villa, tennis, the fitness centre and the beach are all standouts. Our children have vacationed here since they were infants, and as they grow, they have different activities that fit their needs/wants. They are so happy to be there, and are independant while on this safe and for them, familiar property. The watersports team is outstanding, and have opened up the sea to our boys and us, in a safe and nurturing manner.
We don't leave the resort, it has all we want and need for a perfect warm weather vacation1

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 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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Omar R, General Manager at Round Hill Hotel & Villas, responded to this review, February 20, 2013
Dear Valued Past Guests,

Thanks for your wonderful comments. It is such a pleasure to receive these glowing reviews especially when they are given by our many times repeat guests. We truly value these comments and will share with the staff who have been here over the years especially while the children were growing up. We are all looking forward to welcoming you back for a 12th visit.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2013

Stayed here for an amazing wedding. Stayed in the Villas. A truly amazing experience. Staff was very friendly and amenable.. Mon. Would love to one day come back here. Infinity pool is a delight. The beach they have is very kind and gentle. No harsh waves (some like that, some don't). Their grounds are very long.

Room Tip: The Villas are insanely nice and unique to any "staying in a hotel room" experience.
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Omar R, General Manager at Round Hill Hotel & Villas, responded to this review, February 17, 2013
Dear Valued Guest,

Thanks for journeying to Round Hill to share in the special wedding celebrations of your friends. We are glad to hear that everything was amazing and will share the kudos with our team. We are look forward to welcoming you back to paradise.
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West Chester, Pennsylvania
1 review
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2013

This was nothing short of extraordinary. I have never seen such a beautiful piece of land, not to mention the unprecedented hospitality. I would recommend Round Hill to anyone who asked. A+ across the board.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
    • 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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Omar R, General Manager at Round Hill Hotel & Villas, responded to this review, February 17, 2013
Dear Valued Guest,

Thanks for the A+ rating. We are very happy that we exceeded your expectations and your overall visit with us was wonderful. We look forward to many more return trip at Round Hill.
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Southeast USA
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2013

There are very few sun-filled regions that can offer as much variety in accommodations as the Caribbean. From small and modest inns to large, full service chain hotels, the region boasts something to fit every taste.

Round Hill is for the romantic, the type of traveller who understands that enduring quality, service and tradition are like precious jewels to be cherished in today's travel world. Originally started as a club by a well-to-do Jamaican of British descent, Round Hill has never lost site of why it appeals to so many people year after year after year.

Yes, the hotel is known as a quiet enclave of the well-healed and rightfully so. But it also caters to any traveller who understands and appreciates the timeless elegance of an era that is all but bygone. The service is impeccable, overseen by Josef Forstmayr and Omar Robinson, world class hoteliers (both graduates of the prestigious school of hotel administration at Cornell) who make each guest feel as though they are members of a small club - which Round Hill actually is.

The ambiance is graceful and elegant in a decidedly unstuffy and unpretentious way. Guest naturally meet and mingle over cocktails in the evening, at the beach barbecue, on the small but wonderful beach or at the extraordinary pool. The physical property is absolutely first rate, ranging from villas that would rival any in the region (or even the world) to the rooms in the hotel that are lovely, quite comfortable and an unbelievable value in the summertime particularly. The view from the infinity edge pool is intoxicating. For those who might need a liquid kickstart ,the pool bar is about three steps away, while the beach bar is perhaps fifty yards away (with the cocktail bar being perhaps twenty or thirty yards beyond that). And given the service all over the property, going thirsty is not even an option.

The cuisine is quite wonderful, from a beautiful breakfast to tasty lunches, to tea, biscuits and sandwiches all the way through dinner. Several nights a week, there is a theme for dinner including a beach barbecue one night as well as another night with limbo dancers and other local entertainment. There is also piano music in the open air cocktail bar that has been done in a style reminiscent of the early days of the hotel.

Being a property owner, Mr Ralph Lauren has overseen much of the decoration of the hotel and common areas and his vision completely captures the understated glamour of a seaside club and resort that has been forgotten by the neon-fountain palaces that are so common these days. The ambiance is one of good taste, relaxation and refinement without any airs of snobbery or gauche excess.

We have toured several of the villas and they are stunning indeed. Any family wanting the space or privacy, not to mention the luxury of the luxury villas, would be quite happy in any of the properties. But we have been quite happy in the hotel with their oversized rooms done in nautical white themes and proximity to the pool and beach.

In a world where bigger is better, newer is better and flashier is better, Round Hill wins hands down by refusing to compete on these false stages and instead reminds us what true glamour and grace and elegance are and how lovely it is to find such things today.

Perhaps the "Party till you drop" crowd should bypass Round Hill. But for those who want to experience a timeless ambiance that has all but disappeared today, there are few if any places like Round Hill.

Room Tip: The hotel is an exceptional value during summer promotions and the rooms upstairs with have truly br...
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Omar R, General Manager at Round Hill Hotel & Villas, responded to this review, February 17, 2013
Dear Valued Guest,

Thanks for your wonderful comments about your recent stay. We strive to continue to deliver exemplary service in a timeless, elegant setting and so we are happy to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us. It means so much to get such a positive review which we will share among the entire Round Hill team. We look forward to your many return visits in the future.
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Rye Brook, New York, United States
2 reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2013

We went to Round Hill on our honeymoon in 1963. We just returned for our 50th Anniversary and even stayed in the same Villa 24. Everything was even more beautiful than we remembered. The staff is terrific in that warm and friendly Jamaican way. It's a beautiful and relaxed atmosphere. It's the PERFECT VACATION.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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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Omar R, General Manager at Round Hill Hotel & Villas, responded to this review, February 17, 2013
Dear Mr. H,

It was our pleasure having you back at Round Hill for your 50th anniversary and staying in the same villa you honeymooned in 50 years ago. We are happy to hear that you enjoyed your stay this time. We continue to get improve on everything so that Round Hill will continue to be truly that special place. We look forward to having you back soon.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2013

I left Europe in the grips of winter and arrived in sunny and friendly Jamaica on January 22nd, 2013. Although it was a long trip I relaxed the moment I arrived at the airport which looks very fancy and modern.
It was thrilling to see the familiar faces of the staff at Round hill who always welcome one with 'Welcome home" which I love. The property has had some major landscaping with breath taking improvements. I did not think anything could be improved but I was so impressed with the main terrace which has been enlarged with many new trees and flowers everywhere.
The beach is wider and has more accommodation for guests and all the sand has been cleared of pebbles and weeds. The spa is magnificent and there are all sorts of new treatments and expert massage.
We visited some falls an hour away from Round Hill driving extremely slowly along a bumpy road. This is a lovely little oasis with bamboo huts and friendly guides and a goat. We climbed carefully into the water and walked up the river through the pools and waterfalls, occasionally sitting under the cascading water which the perfect jacuzzi. I went barefoot though it might be better with water shoes. It did not bother me at all though.
Back at Round Hill there was a glorious dinner party on the beach with a splendid buffet. There were lots of delicious things to choose from.
The friendliness of the staff rubs off on the guests and helps them to relax and fell comfortable with one another. I met some new friends there and enjoyed their company.
What I love about Round Hill it really does feel like home and it is unpretentious and low key and decorated in such good taste. I knew John Pringle who started Round Hill in the fifties and I wish he could see it now. He introduced me to Josef Forstmayr the general manager who is totally involved in the daily running of the resort and knows everything that is happening as well as arranging special events; nothing is too much trouble for him. I was there for 12 days which flew by so fast and now i am back in winter!
Princess Elizabeth of Yugoslavia

  • Stayed January 2013, 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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Omar R, General Manager at Round Hill Hotel & Villas, responded to this review, February 20, 2013
HRH Princess Elizabeth,

Thanks for your wonderful comments. It is always a pleasure to have you stay with us. Round Hill is definitely "your home away from home." The 12 days went by so quickly; however, we are glad to know that you enjoyed your stay with us once again. We continue to make improvements to the property in order to delight our many time repeat guests and the first time visitors. All of us look forward to welcoming you back next year.
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Address: John Pringle Drive, Hopewell, Montego Bay, Jamaica
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Location: Caribbean > Jamaica > Saint James Parish > Montego Bay > Hopewell
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Hopewell
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Round Hill Hotel & Villas 4.5*
Number of rooms: 95
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Round Hill Hotel and Villas is situated on a lush 110-acre peninsula just west of Montego Bay, Jamaica. Boasting a guest list of world leaders, cultural icons and Hollywood A-listers, this classic resort continues to attract a jet-set from around the world who enjoy timeless glamour and understated luxury along with pristine natural beaches and the inimitable Caribbean waters. Accommodations include 36 Ralph Lauren-designed oceanfront guest rooms, 90 luxurious villa rooms and suites or a selection of 27 private 2 - 6 bedroom Villas – most with private pools. Other highlights include open-air terrace dining and The Grill at Round Hill, award-winning family programs, an infinity pool, tennis courts, and an Elemis spa located in a beautifully-restored 18th century plantation house. ... more   less 
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Round Hill Hotel And Villas
Round Hill Resort
Round Hill Jamaica
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