Upon arrival at the RIU it was everything I had expected it to be and more. The place was absolutely beautiful and clean. My husband and I were greeted with drinks and checked in very quickly. We arrived Dec 20th and stayed until Dec 27th. Unfortunately there was no time to waste we had to make reservation for the on-site restaurants the steakhouse, asian and italian. As it was majority of the reservations were already taken and our only seating option was 9:00pm for all 3 places. You can only visit each one once during your stay and if you didn't like the Asian you could not replace it with two of the other choices. So for an entire week we ate dinner ate the buffets. We found our room immediately so we could change and although we were given a map the property is so large that it took us some time to figure out exactly where we were staying. Once we were in the room the first thing we notcied was how hot the room was. We immediately turned the AC all the ay up and turned on the fan. Unfortunately the entire stay the AC never truly cooled the entire room down. This was the case in many rooms as we discussed this with other people. The room was immaculate, pillows horrible, bed comfortable, Oceanview suite amazing view! Buffet food was good. not great or fantastic just good. The sit-down dinners (which are actually buffet style too) were HORRIBLE!!! We actually waited 45 minutes to get out main entree from the italian restaurant and then my husband and I decided to leave and eat the regular buffet. The food here was aweful anyway. No garlic, onion or reall sauce it tasted like canned chef boy r d! The Asian food as well was horrible and not well stocked! We heard so many horrible things about the steakhouse that we decided to not attend our final RSVP for that meal either and again decided to eat in the regular buffet area. Pools great, entertainment great, drinks great, beach aweful! If you like to sit on the beach and enjoy the sun, sand and water, Montego Bay is deffinietly not the place to find it. Seaweed is here year-round and disgustingly thick and slimy all the way to shore. The sand is not raked and has trash that is not collected. There are people who harass you EVERYDAY to buy marijuana from these little surfboards they ride up and down the beach area. We stayed mainly at the pool which for me is a HUGE disappointment. Dunns river falls is amazing! make sure you bring your own water shoes so you doint have buy theirs, you will DEFFINITELY need them. Rafting on the Martha Brae VERY romantic! If I had to return to Jamaica I would stay in Negril. The beach is SOOO much nicer, alot of security around to make you feel safe since this is heavily populated with locals. Seemed liked other reviews complained of overhead passing planes but honestly you never heard them at night and I really don't think I paid that much attention to them any way. The jerk hut on the beach was AMAZING and probably the best food I had the entire time I stayed at the RIU. Over all would I ever go back to Jamaica? Absolutley NOT. I have been to majority or carribean islands, I like couples resorts or family resorts, look for a beach, great food and drinks and good entertainment and shopping. This was by far a trip i would reccommend to a friend.
- 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