First let me say I find it interesting that one review is awesome and the next is terrible, mine is a great one.
I've never been to Jamaica or experiecned an all-inclusive deal, but I just did both with four very close friends and it was wonderful. If you wanted to do nothing but lie on the beach or get a massage or find many activities to keep busy, this place had a good variety to fufill your needs. The people working at the Riu were genuinely friendly and quite accomodating. Our tour advisor (located inside the hotel) was very helpful with information regarding the hotel (making dinner reservations at the hotel restaurants, etc) but also with activities outside of the facility. I was told before I left for the trip by friends to NOT leave the compound alone, when we did for shopping etc it was with a tour bus, we felt completely fine. Some guests did take a taxi and go out on thier own, don't know if I would be that brave but it worked for them. The rooms were large, clean, the beds were comfortable, the food was good, 4 restaurants to pick from (although the late night snacks were bad-left over sandwichs and cheese, crackers and fruit from dinner) and the alcoholic drinks were great. Although you didn't have tip anyone, we tipped our bar tenders occasionally and they appreciated it, but no one made us feel that we had to. You will hear stories of outside vendors, people bothering you to buy trinkets, etc, our experience wasn't bad; yes they were quite pushy but if we told someone we're not interested or no thank you, they left us alone. The entertainment at the hotel got better every night and the dancers did double duty during the day conducting aerobics or other outside activities, they were a blast! Full of energy and always cheerful. I would go back to the Riu and although I really loved the people at the Montego Bay location, I'd like to try one of the other Riu's on the island or elsewhere. My overall experience was awesome.
- 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