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“A Welcoming Place” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Ashton Great House and Hotel

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Ashton Great House and Hotel
Luana, Black River, Jamaica   |  
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Los Angeles, California
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“A Welcoming Place”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2013

We arrived in Black River by public bus from Kingston late in evening, and had initially planned to stay at the Waterloo Guesthouse. But we were immediately not very comfortable there and called Ashton Great House and Hotel at the last minute (and not sure they would pick up, given that it's a family-run place and it was late, or if they would even have a room ready). But they took us in and gave us a warm welcome.

It's a very charming place and full of character (it's a 17th century house). Our room was clean too, though, unfortunately, we had only cold showers with very little water the next morning.

Breakfast is served upon request the night before. It's a bit pricey, but the food was very good (we a had traditional Jamaican breakfast of saltfish and ackee with boiled food (bananas, yams, and dumplings, with great coffee).

They also recommended a very good taxi driver, Patrick, for some excursions the next day. He took us to Black River (for the Black River boat safari to see crocodiles), to the Appleton Rum Estate, and on to Treasure Beach.

The only downside is that this place is a bit out of town (it's not within walking distance of the main sites in town in Black River). But it's in a beautiful location...very peaceful and quiet at night.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2011

We had the whole place to ourself and just sat on the balcony looking at the great vista's and just relaxing. The lady who runs the place and (her daughter?) make you feel very welcome - and the breakfast is the best we had in Jamaica. The price is great too. This was one of the highlights of our drive/stay in Jamaica

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2011

Almost alone as guests in this wonderful Great House, we could not believe it was possible to have this sort of experience for the equivalent of about £50 sterling per night. We were passing by and decided to drive up the mile-long approach to have a look at the house, joking about staying there, not contemplating that it would be within our budget.

It was like staying in a stately home; every room was elegantly furnished and perfectly presented. It seemed that just one woman (though a remarkable one) keeps the whole enterprise going and she could not have made a better job of it. She cooked us delicious traditional Jamaican meals every night, made sure the huge pool (which we had to ourselves throughout our stay) was clean for us, and helped with everything we needed.

Views from the balcony of our room were unbelievable. The British Sea Captain who first built the house in the 17th Century chose the spot for its vantage point over the lands he would use for raising horses. Verna, who runs the house, is someone you can talk to openly about Jamaican people's suffering at the hands of Europeans; intelligent and thoughtful in her comments, she never expressed the bitterness or anger she would have a right to. She clearly loves to have this hotel so fully under her management and it is now, as it should be, Jamaican owned.

Whether the place comes alive with business conferences or popstar weddings at some times of year, I have no idea. Maybe we were just very lucky. But we turned up on the offchance, stayed for the final three nights of our holiday and will never forget the experience.

  • Stayed March 2010, 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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Address: Luana, Black River, Jamaica
Location: Caribbean > Jamaica > Saint Elizabeth Parish > Black River
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Ranked #1 of 3 B&Bs / Inns in Black River

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