We returned yesterday from a 5 night stay in room 676 at the Rose Hall Resort. We selected this all inclusive property because of its water park and affiliation with Hilton. Our sons are 6 & 7 years old and we wanted to make sure there were plenty of things for them to do on this, our first "beach" vacation. Normally, we're very active on vacation with a full itinerary, but this year we wanted to lay around.
Room: Our room (676) was a starndard partial ocean view with 2 queen beds and a balcony overlooking the water park (East). The rooms are fairly plain with little in the way of decoration. Our floor smelled of fresh paint, which wasn't great, but certainly demonstrated that the property is kept up (and we found this to be true everywhere on the property). In the end, this is a fairly basic room. In hindsight, we would have selected an ocean front room or small suite. The A/C in our room wasn't great, it would have liked it cooler and dryer, but it wasn't a big deal for me.
Open seating restaurants: One main buffet restaurant, Fresh, can meet all your needs for breakfast lunch and dinner. While the property was 100% full, this restaurant never felt crowded and we waited less than 5 minutes to be seated for our meals.
Mangoes is at the pool and serves a good selection of food at the tables or to take away to the beach or water park.
Sea Side serves lunch outside from a menu.
Food carts: For lunch, there are carts serving jerk chicken and burgers/dogs and beef patties (Jamaican empanadas).
The food at all three of these was good, Fresh offered a made to order station at dinner time which was some type of stir fry. I enjoyed this the most. For kids, there were always several options including pizza and chicken nuggets, which our guys ate at most meals. Breakfast is served exclusively at Fresh and we thought it was quite good. I recommned the French toast and made or order omlettes.
A la carte restaurants: You make reservations for these locations, although while it seemed that reservations were scarce, the restaurants all had open tables at dinner.
3 Palms -- Carribean
Seaside -- Seafood
Luna Di Mare -- Italian
These three served good meals. We didn't find any of it to be oustanding nor did we dislike anything except for a seafood combo dish at 3 Palms. The house wine was better at these three than at Fresh and there is premium wine for purchase by the bottle which we skipped.
Main pool - we didn't use this much because the water park has so much to offer, but it was beautiful to look at and used mostly by couples without kids although there were some kids in this pool.
Water park - 1 water slide, 1 tube slide, swim up bar and lazy river. LOVED IT. Did I mention the swim up bar? Kids had a great time in this. Tubes for the lazer river can be hard to come by, but if you wait over by the stairs our of the lazy river closest to the water sports shack, you can catch people exiting and leaving their tubes frequently.
Beach - closed on both ends so you don't have people wandering up and down selling trinkets and "smoke". The beach is very private and there's an adults only section far away from the rest of the beach that looked nice and quite and used only by a few.
Water sports -- free Hobie Cat rides (we did this and it was short but fun), kayaks and sail boards. Motorized stuff for additional charge: towed tube, banana boat rides, glass bottom boat. We didn't use any of these, so I can't say if they were any good.
Other activities -- ping pong, tennis, full sized chess set. All in good shape and fun for our kids.
Nightly, there are shows which are fun for the kids early. We didn't use the nightclub because we were always in bed early with the kids. Also didn't use the Kids Club or the Teen Club at all.
Sun - The sun is hot in March in Jamaica. Much hotter than the hottest sun at the peak of summer in Minnesota.....wear lots of sunscreen. Lots.
Staff - Yeah Mon - mostly very friendly and happy. More so with the pool and activities staff than the Fresh/Seaside staff. Luna and 3 Palms very friendly too. These were great people who seemed to be loving life...when was the last time you met people like that in service jobs in your home country (especially the US)? Tip the staff and they'll keep checking on you. We brought a stack of $1 bills and tipped with every drink/meal etc. Looked like some other folks had a great strategy worked out with the tips as I saw some big orders of food and drink appear pool-side.
Gift shop - let's just say that you need to bring 2x the sun screen you were planning on bringing. I think the sun screen cost more than a bottle of good rum.
Overall - this was our first beach vacation, booked via Delta Vacations. It was a total success and we hated to leave.
Rooms on the outside of the hotel will be quieter, but the glass doors were quite soundproof. I wou...
See more room tips
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.