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“Perfect in some ways but many shortcomings” 3 of 5 stars
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Rose Hall, Montego Bay, Jamaica (Formerly Sea Castles Resort)   |  
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“Perfect in some ways but many shortcomings”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2014

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.


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.


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.


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.

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.

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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Atlanta, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2013

This was our second time visiting Sea Castles in 2013 once in April 2013 and again in November 2013, and we enjoyed it once again. The stay was very relaxing and privacy was a plus. Sea Castles is not a hotel, so the typical amenities are not available as a hotel would offer, but the rooms feel like your home away from home. The details of the condo/apartment style rental included clean linens,clean towels, full access to kitchen to prepare your own meals in your unit, hot water, nice bedroom, loft area, clean bathrooms and cable TV on the main level. The room was decorated very nice and honestly felt like a 4 star hotel inside the unit. There is round the clock security and attendants on the property if needed for repairs or help.

From our third floor condo we could easily see the beach which is a short 5 minute walk from the room, and from our patio we could look down at the swimming pool, bar and pool table area where some visitors entertain at night and during the day. There are two bar areas, one right on the beach and one near the pool. The bar near the beach has food cooked to order and a nice beverage selection and on some nights they offer music and dancing. The staff is very pleasant and friendly.

Despite the outer appearance being that is now privately owned and operated not as hotel, but as private residences, our stay was delightful and it has been recommended to friends and family as a A+ place to stay.

Room Tip: Third level rooms have the most privacy and very quiet. Loft style!
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  • Stayed November 2013, 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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Winnipeg, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2013

My wife and I have just returned from a two-week stay at the Sea Castles Beach Condo (formerly Sea Castles Resort). This was our first trip to Jamaica and the first time that we have travelled the Vacation Rental route (no cooks or maids). Sea Castles is located about fifteen minutes east of Montego Bay along the coast. It was built twenty years ago as a hotel/condo resort concept but encountered some problems and is now just a condo community.
We booked our condo with Debra Fraser via Trip Advisor, whom I can’t say enough good things about. Debra took care of getting us set-up and running and was always a phone call away (she supplied the phone). She met us at the airport and took us to a grocery store to get some initial supplies before delivering us to our rental. We met Karen there (part of Deb’s team along with Mitzie), with our two week lease and gave her our security deposit (US$300 cash, that you get back the day you leave). Sea Castles may be in need of a coat of paint on the outside but the inside of our apartment was more than I expected. It was a ground floor one-bedroom and had been just recently renovated. It had beautiful tile floors and a galley kitchen (stove/oven/microwave/ toaster/fridge) with a breakfast bar for eating at. The patio was screened and looked out onto the Caribbean Sea; we spent the majority of our time out on the patio.
There is a bar at the pool that opens all week at 11am and a small restaurant/bar on the beach open Fri-Sun. The local’s refer to it as the ‘fish place on the beach’ and is run by Mr. Rose who cooks an excellent curried shrimp (Spicy) and sensational jerked ribs. The beach is small and untended and there is no seating unless the restaurant is open, but it is the most incredible sand I have ever walked on. Since it is secluded and protected by reef there is very little seaweed and the sand is clean and white, there was no debris to navigate through along the shore line. It was truly pristine.
The only real downfall to Sea Castles is its location relative to amenities like restaurants and shopping. Nothing is close enough to walk to, so you need to use a cab to go anywhere. If you don’t mind sharing a cab it costs only JDS$200 or two bucks to get to the ‘Whitter’ mall and back and JDS$300 return to the Hip Strip. If you are finicky about sharing a cab with strangers, then the round trip will cost you JDS$3000 or $30US for door-to-door service. That can make forgetting to buy milk for coffee costly. The ‘Jamaican cab’ system is easy to use, you simply go to the side of the road, which is the main route to MoBay, and when a cab passes they honk their horn and you put up your hand indicating the number of passenger with your fingers. If they have room they stop and if not they keep going. There are tons of taxis on this route so I never waited more than a few minutes to get a ride, so no problem Mon.
We loved our first trip to Jamaica and are looking forward to future ones. Sea Castles for us offered a very affordable way to stay for two weeks and Debra and her team made us feel welcome and were available if we needed them, which is not always the case with vacation rentals. If you are interested in more detail about Sea Castles, I have written about it in my blog, http://imjustsaying.domitall.com, feel free to check it out.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Las Vegas, Nevada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2013

We had a really good time there. The room was tastefully decorated and was very clean. I love that the beach was only a short walk down the stairs so that was definitely a plus for me. It's a quiet property so I was happy about that since I wanted to spend my time either at the beach, pool/bar, or on my patio in peace and quiet with no noisy crowds. I'll definitely go back. Nice place.

Room Tip: There are no elevators on the property so request a room on the first floor if stairs are a challeng...
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
    • 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2013

We were on the second week of our two week's Christmas holidays vacation, after having spent the first week at the all-inclusive holiday inn Sunspree, located just a few miles west of Sea castles beach condos.. Wanting to get away from family for a few days, we lucked out on this really cool spot which we found on Kijiji. It was quite easy making the arrangements with Debra, and having a toll-free number that we could reach her certainly helped matters. She was quite accommodating on the phone and assured us that everything would be ready for us when we got to the Resort.

As promised, we were met at check-in by the housekeeper who had just finished freshening up our suite, and waiting to hand us our keys. The unit was a one bedroom, ground floor suite with a pull-out couch and a private mstr bedrm. there was a cool breeze coming in from the open back doors, and we could see the blue water of the caribbean from our living room. We were quite happy at this first impression, and pretty much throughout the rest of the time we were there (4 days).

The exterior of the units are not the most attractive i must say, and signs of aging can be seen from the peeling paints on the outside. This actually adds to the charm of the place for me, and i liked the rustic look. I took a tour around the grounds early next morning, found the pool deck by the bar, went down to the beach for a long undisturbed walk and loved every minute of it. I still have the videos and pics on my phone that i contiue to share with friends when they ask me how my trip was....the kids especially loved playing in the "meadow" as they called it. Back then we just called it plaing in the grass..but they had a great time at Sea castles and i will be back here again to renew some of the contacts that i made with a few of the locals on property, as well as to keep my options open as a potential buyer for one of the units. I love the location (close to the Rose Hall golf courses which i will be back to play later this year).

The beach is very private, but not the best shape for swimming...it could use some cleaning up...but it is a good place to just sit with a good book and listen to the crashing waves.

Overall, a very good experience for me at this condo resort. Security, location and pocket--friendly budget accommodation...what else can i say, it worked for me and my family!!!!

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2012

This was our first vacation together and it was wonderful. Seeing Orien low on the horizon above the ocean and Valentine's dinner outdoors. Jumping into the pool with my clothes on after daring Johnny to do the same, floating on dragons and rum cream in my coffee in the morning.
And Margaritaville the last night. I lost my best pair of sandels that night but it was worth it.
skinny dipping later and what a great time.
the staff was wonderful and the hobiecat ride was amazing! I wish I had a camera...and I did not lose the last roll of film....did not have a digital camera in 2000.
love Jamaica!

Room Tip: we wre there in 2000 not 2012, don't even know if they are still in business but it was great!
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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Rose Hall, Montego Bay, Jamaica (Formerly Sea Castles Resort)
Location: Caribbean > Jamaica > Saint James Parish > Montego Bay > Rose Hall
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #3 of 4 Specialty Lodging in Rose Hall
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 12
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 
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