Traveled Apr 1-8th Group of 32 for a wedding
Just recently got back from Jamaica and had a fabulous time here at the RIU. As always, you will read reviews that people think this place is a dive and is not worth the trip, so to that i will have to say that 1- its the first trip ever and have nothing to compare it against or 2- you just cant please them!!!
The location of this hotel is about a 5 min dive from the airport so if you are comming off a plane ride more then 4h this is perfect for you. The only draw back to this is that you do hear the planes come and go so this might add some discomfor for some. To be honest, you can not hear them in the rooms and as the week goes by, drinks flowing, you tend to forget they are there.
The staff at the hotel are excellent and always willing to help out! we had no problems checking in to our room once we got there. They have someone at the front desk greating you with a cool beverage (rum if you want some). The rooms were prity standard with AC, falt screen tv and spacious bathroom. There is a mini bar there for you that gets topped off every 2 days. Appleton is available alonside GIN and VODKA. Red strip beer and mix are in the small fridge. A safe is available if you need it. The beds were fine and not hard like other people have discribed. If you have ever been to a RIU, all rooms look the same. Location of the buildings are alongside to the left (easy to get around). They have a large pool that is clean but busy near the poolbar area. Staff there are friendly and quick. Other people have been reviewing one perticular bartender (Winston)!! he gets great reviews because he does a fabulous job!! Entertainment staff are always looking to get people involved in thier activities around the beach and pool areas. Always happy!
The location is not the best as there is seaweed on the bottom, so this might be a downer for some. There are a lot of sunchairs for you to relax on and the water temp of the ocean feels like a warm bath!! the ocean is not ruff whats so evere so this is great for small children. There are pattle boats and kayaks on the left hand side of the beach you can take out at no cost.
Like most RIU its your typical buffet style food with a variety of foods served everyday. You have to look out for the special days were they cook seafood and other specialty foods. Breakfast is the same way with lots to chose from. I you are a very peaky eater then you can not be satisfied. I have been to many resorts around the islands and the food here was good. My fav was the jerk chichen served everyday on the beach shak from 12-3!!!!! verygood chicken. The a-lacarts were good but not any better then the buffet.
Unfortunetly it was not the best i have seen but i still respect the guys doing it because they are also the ones working during the day to get you involved with activities. They do alot so for that, you can't expect proffesionals.
Well! you can get anything you want if they have the right stuff to do it. They do carry a list of drinks but if you ask them to make you a special drink they will do it for you. Im not big on the slushy drinks as its to much sugar but they do taste good. Dont be shy to ask for more alcohol if you feel there is not enough! you paid for it.
The hotel grounds are always clean and workers do a good job of keeping it clear.
They have tour operators that are located in the lobby so reach out to them and you can book a variety of tours. Our Group did a few and everyone was satisfied. Prices rage from the activity you plan on doing. To get an idea, Ocho Rios and Negril are both about 1H40min drive away from this hotel.
You make your trip so what ever bad or good experiances you have read on Trip advisor, only you have control over that. I would recomend talking reviews from people that have traveled more serious then others. There people know what traveling is all about!!!!
- 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