Having a home in Jamaica, down the beach from Idler's, an ex-pat and familiar with the many variables for traveller's in a 3rd world country, I felt it fair to respond to some of the responses some have left.
First, where is anyone going to get a 'perfect' hotel in the world on the water for $100 US. Granted, there are some cottages I know of at $50; however, they will not be anywhere as decent as this. There is Jake's in Treasure Beach, at around $175 +, which is very Bohemian and charming. However, overall, this is not bad. If you want to economize, try Ecuador and/or parts of Vietnam, where 'okay' places can be had for about $50 a night.
The rooms are very large; however, please realize, as i've travelled a great deal, American's are often a bit 'picky' - - - as an American, I can say, we are spoiled. Try India where the first night was spent on the hallway floor and no electricity - - - all for only $38.00 US.
Now, while you are here, do venture out. The restaurant is, in my estimation, a bit pricey. $1100 JA is a bit for lunch. Go into town or further down the beach to Clinton's for a great fried chicken and french fry dinner for 350J - - not bad, eh?
sure, you could stay further in town at the Waterloo , with a small pool and rooms no where near the water at about $45 a night. There is the Inverness which is about $70 (I THINK) but not on the beach.
All in all, the rooms are nice (toilet may clog up - - Hell, they do at my own house down here - - a problem with pressure), nice private patio/balcony about 10 x 20. The water is great to swim in. I'd give it a shot. Also, their wi-fi, for those who wish to do 'some work' is flawless - - which is hard to get in parts of Jamaica.
Give it a shot. While here, do see YS Falls, spend a whole day there - - - take a book. Yes, you can stay there at night (outstanding) at about $250 a night US. It is a very unique place.
There are other places, a craft village in the backwoods and also Blue Hole.
There are other unique places. Bluefield's has a place owned by "Mary", small cottages over the water - - about $125 a day. All in all, not a bad place - - -just find some cheaper places to eat. Don't hold it against the guy, running a hotel in Jamaica is very hard.
This is teh 3rd world, not Ft Lauderdale or Marco Island. I found the staff very pleasant and charming. Give it a try - - also, if you wish to travel, hit Strawberry Hill spa in the Mountains and also Port Anthony, where there are some other nice spots. For the tourist that wants perfect - - - go to Sandal's and pay $450 a day. For the tourist that is not intimidated, wishes to expose themselves to different things, Idler's is fine.
Down the beach is "True Love Cottages", far/far more rustic and owned by a friend. Sure, he's charging $60 to $90 a day but that is for the person seeking rustic and removed. I'd stay with Idler's.
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