The location is in Rose Hall as stated. Close to Palmyra, the Hilton and past half Moon. That means its along the coast line going up to Falmouth. This is a good 15 minutes drive to get into town. This also means you will need a car or taxi to go back and forth. It is a long walk from the room to the highway to flag a taxi. I'd recommend renting a car or just arranging for a local taxi to come and get you at the gate.
LOCATION RATING: 2 Stars
Very sweet, well meaning but chaotic and disorganized bunch. There is a communication gap and sense of anxiety and frantic nature to the main contact locally. She is quite busy and with a name to rhyme. I had a relatively smooth booking and checkin despite a bit of nervousness on my part but what felt hectic was the fact that the apartment didn't feel ready. Towels etc. They did wait for my flight to checkin but as is expected for a vacation rental as I've rented villas before. Bottom line is you will be parceled up, hustled to the unit and better hope you don't need anything while you are there. Very cold, unattentive but mostly responsive if you make the first call about any issues.
ISSUE: I didn't get proper attention when an AC broke. They asked me to call the repairman myself! On my vacation? I think not.. I wasn't about to wait around for the AC man :-) so I just dealt with it. Very disappointing and unprofessional. I would expect that someone within the management group would come and wait for the guy and ensure it was fixed on-time. Instead they asked me to wait or leave the key for some stranger to come. No hought to my safety or my belongings. Not comforting.
MANAGEMENT RATING: 1 Stars
This one is easy... there aren't any amenities. I had to buy my own towel and dishes. Very disappointed with this. No way and no where to dry clothes discreetly. You say I should hang my undies outside the balcony? Um....
No Housekeeping at all.
Haul your own garbage out
Wash your own towels/etc - No refresh of towels and barely any provided. What is provided was literally falling apart and unusuable except to mop the floors.
AMENITIES RATING: 0 Stars
♦SEA CASTLES GROUNDS ETC
Ehn..... I only saw the parking lot. I didn't see the beach and I didn't swim in the pool or anything else. There is a bar I didn't go to but was quite loud and busy with party after party. Luckily I sleep okay so never bothered me. It was Christmas and new years so that was probably why.
The grounds are mostly unkempt and overrun with stray hungry cats. Peeling paint.
The location is so quiet and serene
The security are friendly and remember the guests. No third degree to get in.
PRIVATE! PRIVATE! PRIVATE!!
SEACASTLES RATING: 4 Stars (Mostly because its peaceful, would be better if it was actually pretty too)
The suite I was in was B-10 I think. Ground floor and newly renovated in the B block.
Good location, close to the parking lot.
One bedroom. 2 AC.
Overall It felt "rough" as in it was relatively neat but wires hanging around, paint peeling, cheap shower curtains, cheap plates, broken air conditioner/
The closets felt painted but like I would never use them. The furniture was excellent as in not too cheap although they were vinyl!
EWW FACTOR: Found two cockroaches in the suite. one dead and one alive. Screamed so hard. Was my first day. I almost checked out.
Other than that no major issues, just felt a bit rough and unfinished. I'd suggest they repaint and properly sand the walls and ceilings. And work on the living room.. no plastic furniture.
It was alright, the best part about it was it was hassle free, private and even being ignored by management added to its charm. It felt like my own apartment and that was lovely. I just wish it was a bit cleaner, more functional and more housekeeping.
Would I recommend it? Yea sure... as long as you are familiar with the island, can get around, can cook/clean/wash during your stay and don't mind a bit of a rough location.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Your island home in the sun awaits you. Looking to rent an apartment in Jamaica? Enjoy a quiet, peaceful retreat when you rent a studio, 1-, 2-, or 3-bedroom condo at Sea Castles in Montego Bay, Jamaica. Located on Jamaica’s Gold Coast, this hidden treasure is located just 15 minutes from Sangster’s International Airport in Montego Bay and is situated on the Luxury resort strip bordered by the Caribbean Sea. Our condos and villas are affordable, modern, and come equipped with site amenities. Look no further for an apartment rental in Jamaica! Book your own private Caribbean beachfront condo and enjoy our natural waters or cool off in the expansive swimming pool. Each 1-bedroom suite has an original look and feel, and includes fully-fitted kitchen, cable television, air conditioning, and additional guest bed(s). High-speed internet connection available. Affordable rates make it the perfect long-stay getaway.More about our property... Sea Castles is a gated apartment community consisting of studio, 1-, 2- and 3-bedroom privately owned apartments located on Jamaica’s Gold Coast in Montego Bay. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Sea Castles Beach Condos Rose Hall, Jamaica - Montego Bay