We stayed at the Iberostar Rose Hall Beach for 2 weeks from Feb. 5 to Feb 19/14. We had chosen this resort for our wedding, based on a recommendation from a family friend. Of course, like anyone else, I continually read the reviews on trip advisor and decided that I would make my own opinion of the resort once we got there.
Well all I can say is......................FANTASTIC! We had 25 other people join us for our wedding and a week of fun and boy did we all have fun. This resort and its staff make everyone feel like family. It is very clean, very organized and nice a close to the airport. It is located centrally, so if you want to do different excursions the most time you will spend on a bus is about 1.5 hours.
From the moment we checked in to the moment we left, we felt like we were the only people there. The staff knew our entire party by the 2nd day and once our guests left, they would ask about them every time we saw them.
The food was great, the best place to get a drink was the lobby bar and the best place to relax was on the beach in front of Tony's steakhouse.
I would like to thank the wedding coordinators Santena and Vanassa for the fantastic job they did on our wedding. It is a day that will be remembered forever. Everything went off without a hitch, I don't know why I worried so much.
The rooms were a nice size, the air conditioning worked too well sometimes, and there were no issues with smells or things not working.
One thing I would like to recommend however is that the fridge get stocked more often, with water at least. I think that the fridges should be checked everyday to ensure that there is at least a couple of bottles of water for the guest to enjoy. We had to call quite often to get water brought to our room and sometimes we would not get any for a day or two. But other than that.....my husband would say that it should be stocked with beer more often and that too I agree with. I know that you can get a drink anytime, but sometimes you just want to sit on your balcony and enjoy the tranquility of the ocean without having to leave to go get a drink.
If you like snorkelling, the reef just in front of the hotel is great. Tons of different sea life to be seen and on a calm day, it is a fantastic way to spend some time. The best times to snorkel out front are early in the morning and later in the afternoon.
There are plenty of things to do at the resort on a daily basis. something is always going on by the pool or at the beach.
From what I saw, the kids club was great. Rainbow did a fantastic job with the kids it seemed. She was always walking around with them and always doing different things with them. Great job.
I would also suggest that you bring Jamaican money to spend, if you buy in the resort with American money, most of the time you will get your change in Jamaican dollars with no exchange. They give you the change dollar for dollar. not a big deal, just a heads up.
I am hoping that I will go back on day!