My husband and I stayed at the Riu Montego Bay from 29th Oct to 12th November. Two glorious weeks in paradise. Amazing place, would defo go back, can we go tomorrow please?
Bed - huge but as mentioned before on here, hard! The ONLY thing drawing me home (besides our two doggies) was our lovely soft bed.
Bar - fabby! No whisky, but rum, brandy, gin and vodka optics and a fridge full of beer, soft drinks, water and mixers. Topped up every two days.
Bathroom - his and hers sinks, loo, bath with great shower - job's a good 'un.
We were in block 5 and we found this super. Next to the beach and close enough to everything - people who say it's a big complex need their heads testing. I'm the laziest lump going (no really, I am!) and even I thought it was a breeze.
We left a $10 tip for the maid on day 1 as we wanted extra pillows and a non-slip bath mat and a few other bits and bobs. All sorted by the time we got back to the room and service faultless rest of stay.
Absolutely stunning - not a thing I could complain about. There are two big pools that have kinda 'petals' so lots of different areas to explore.
Swim-up Bar is quite honestly the best one I've ever seen (and I've visited a few, 'hic') it's not just a bar - with the booths and whirlpools it's like a water based 'club'. It's the focal point in the afternoon and it was really easy to spend a few hours in there. Yes the Americans are loud but what of it? You're on holiday! Paul and I felt it 'made' the holiday, and we're not a couple of twenty-something clubbers - just forty something old farts with a sense of fun.
The poolside sun loungers were the most comfortable I've ever used, wanted to stuff one in my case, but apparently they frown on that.
Rose Hall (breakfast and dinner buffet)
excellent. Anyone who complains about the selection or quality of the food is insane. It was superb. Spoilt for choice every single meal. Comfortable tables and chairs, overhead fans - quite happy to sit their a couple of hours (unlike some AI's where you feel you have to eat and go).
Mahoe Bay (lunch buffet)
facing the ocean and fabulous choice of food (loved the nachos!). I didn't like the chairs and tables in there, but then I am a fussy bugger.
Mahoe Bay (Evening Grill a la carte)
went twice. First time was great, second time we were less impressed. It was busier and the service was a bit off. Not true a la carte as it's a set appetiser, soup and salad course then choice of main and set dessert - lovely food though.
Asian - (dinner - buffet)
Went three times, inc my birthday and our last night - loved it! Even though it was buffet style it doesn't mean you can't enjoy it.
Italian (dinner buffet/a la carte)
went once, didn't like it, no atmosphere. Food ok, buffet with a la carte main.
Swim-up Bar - as mentioned earlier, super duper
Sports Bar 24hr - nice and cool with good choice of international spirits. Not self-service as I imagined, as bar is actually tended. We went up there to play cards some nights - the bar man showed us some neat card tricks. Off the bar is a mini-casino with fruit machines and a cool Pontoon machine. Paul won $60 on that one night!
Lobby Bar - ok, but as it's right next to the theatre where the shows happen, its impossible to just sit in the bar and talk or play cards -but there are other places to go.
Coconut Bar - outside and away from the theatre a little so bit quieter, the staff hang around there off duty- in a nice way, and chat to the guests.
Theatre shows -
on the whole excellent. Some of the dance ones got a bit repetitive when you're there for 14 nights but not too much to get bored. Highlights were the comedy night, the African dance show and the steel drums. Nice because it't cabaret seating and you have access to the full bar. Unlike some places where you are isolated and stuck on stone slabs.
Entertainment - daytime
Really really good, these guys work so incredibly hard - have a go at something, like they say, 'This is Jamaica-mon, nobody cares!'
No tea and coffee making facilities in the room
not much in the way of in-room toiletries
no table service from bars, in any area inc poolside
no music in any of the restaurants (how much does it cost for a bit of piped music?)
None of the negatives would keep me away but it does seem odd for a 4+ star hotel not to offer such things.
Don't listen to the moaners, I doubt they'd be happy with anything! Just go and R-E-L-A-X in the place that invested the expression laid-back!
Any questions email me xxx
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- * Opening September 2008 * Located in Montego Bay, on Jamaica's northwest coast * On the beachfront * Complimentary sun loungers on the beach * 2-story main building and 3-story and 4-story annexes * Surrounded by 40,000 m2 / 47,840 sq. yards of lush gardens * 4.5 km / 2.8 miles from Montego Bay * 350 m / 114.8 ft from various shops * 2,7 km / 1.7 miles from Montego Bay airport * Credit cards accepted: MasterCard, Amex, Visa ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Riu Montego Bay Resort
- Riu Hotel Montego Bay
- Hotel Riu Montego Bay Ironshore, Jamaica