We have just returned from a (too short!) break at this wonderful resort, and I cannot say enough good things about this place. For us the main asset is the staff. I have a list of names a mile long, so too long to put on here, but have to mention Owayne on the Hilton Honors desk, Conroy, Alwayne and Angie from Fresh restaurant, and fab Sylvester on the breakfast egg station, Cecilia from the seaside grill, and Heron at Mangoes bar. Also Sashagay, Shevon and O Neill who are part of the entertainment team and taught us how to "Reggae walk"! The thing you notice here is how everyone is so happy and friendly and seem to love working at the Hilton with many having worked there for years. Another good sign is that the Hotel Manager was often walking around chatting to guests and staff.
The food and drink here is plentiful and it was a surprise to see top name spirits being served (not the usual local cheaper brands). You must try seaside grill for lunch, and the Jerkmo cart that serves yummy jerk chicken and festival sweet bread. There are also two a la carte restaurants which can be booked via reception and are included in the AI entitlement (a once a week visit per restaurant). We found that the Three Palms restaurant was nicer than the Italian, Luna. However this is purely personal preference and is not a reflection on food quality or service.
The rooms are kept spotlessly clean, and we were lucky enough to have an amazing view of the golf course and ocean. If you leave a small tip for the cleaning ladies they'll make you cute little towel animals! The rooms have a small fridge which is kept stocked with bottled water but no alcoholic drinks are supplied in the rooms (at least ours weren't). As for the beds, WOW! These are so comfy we were tempted to chill out in our rooms, it was a real wrench to get out of the lovely comfy beds!
Nightlife was also good here, with plenty on offer, a fab band called Tropical something, (can't remember the exact name)on the Fresh stage most nights until around 10.30. The band is excellent and sing a range of popular Reggae songs, some of which of course are by the man himself, Bob Marley. The only down side is that if the drinks service is slow it means tat people go elsewhere to drink, and the band didn't always get the appreciation they deserved. Be sure to check out Silver Birds steel band, they are on stage on Wednesday and Saturday nights at the Fresh stage. They are phenomenal and will wow you, especially their dancing! There is also a nightclub on site, called Cricket club. we found this could be a bit loud and the music wasn't always to our taste, however the drinks here were good and service was great and the AI package continued until 2am here. Also the Bar King Frog bar, which serves the best G and T, and a huge range of cocktails, this bar closed at midnight.
We didn't get to use the spa, but peeped in when passing, it looked lovely and I'd definitely use it next time I visit. There was a well equipped gym with a range of equipment, and plenty of activities on offer for people wanting to stay active whilst on hols. The morning power walk on the golf course was great as was the nature walk and the pool Aqua Aerobics. The dancing with the entertainment team was also great fun, especially the afternoon Jamaican and Reggae dancing class that was held near Mangoes bar (check out Shevon's dance moves, he could teach someone with two left feet to dance, he is that good!
The hotel offers a free shuttle bus to the nearby Rose Hall Shoppes, which is good if you want to buy souvenirs or fine jewellery/watches. You can barter with the shop staff who will offer you good deals. The bus starts at 10 AM and runs every half hour till 5pm with a break for lunch from 1pm. The bus can be picked up out the front of the hotel, the Bell Desk will direct you. The journey takes about ten minutes. Definitely worth a look as there are some nice shops. The on site gift shop at the Resort is also good and we found the souvenirs to be reasonably priced, with the clothing generally available at similar prices to the airport.
I really cannot recommend this place enough. If you take the time to chat to the staff you will come away with so many new friends and you won't be able to resist booking a return trip to this great resort. Thank you to all the staff we met for making our holiday so fantastic, we miss you all, and we will see you all soon. Yea Mon!
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- Hilton Rose Hall Hotel Rose Hall
- Rose Hall Hotel
- Hilton Hotels Montego Bay
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