So my wife and I just got back from our first trip to Jamaica. We were there for a week for a good friend of mine's wedding. So yes there were a lot of us there. Anyways the real question is did we enjoy our trip and would we go back? Well there were some really good points to this resort as well as some bad.
Location: The Grand Palladium/Lady Hamilton is kind of in the middle of nowhere. It takes about 30-45mins to get to either Montego Bay or about the same amount of time to get to Negril. For some that is good, but it is something to be aware of. There is no walking into town. You either have to get a taxi, or book some kind of excursion to get away from the resort. On the plus side you are in the middle of nowhere. Which depending on what kind of person you are could also be a good or bad thing. We didnt mind this as we were very content just staying on the resort.
Size: This resort is big. We were lucky enough to be fairly close to the main building and pool. So it wasnt to bad. But friends of ours were at the far side of the resort and they had a long walk in front of them every time that they had to meet up with the rest of us. My wife and I are big fans of smaller resorts where everything is close. But again because of our location in the resort it wasnt to bad. But I do remember talking with a few of our friends in the morning talking about how sore our calves were due to all the walking. If we would have been travelling with our 8 year old daughter im pretty sure she would not have been to happy with the distance we had to walk.
Food: No complaints at all. There is a lot of restaurants that you have to make reservations for on the resort, but we ate all of our meals at the buffets. The selection was great. The food was tasty and there was something for everyone.
Pool area: They have such a big pool. So it is great for everyone. It was quite busy during the week that we were there and the pool itself never seemed that busy. Plus there is an adults pool/beach on one of the sides of the resort. There may be others, but we only found the one. Again big resort so im sure that there was lots of areas that we never stumbled across.
Beach area: So my wife and I usually travel to Mexico and the beaches at this resort fall short. They are small and have lots of rocks. I do recommend that if you are going to be spending a lot of time in the ocean that you should get some water shoes to protect your feet. The sand itself was very corse. Now this is only for this resort as we were told that the resorts in Negril have much nicer beaches.
Rooms: We stayed in a Jr Suite and it was fantastic. Big rooms, big bed, sitting area in your room, large bathroom with 2 person hot tub and stand up shower. No real complaints... except that we had a broken chair on our balcony, and even though we had a coffee pot and cups, we never had any coffee in the room. Plus side is that you get cold beverages (water, pop and beer) in your room fridge that costs nothing. So drink up!
Internet: The hotel has free internet in the lobby. It sucked hard. It was barely usable. If you need internet the free one just wont do. So the cost is $20 a day (which is just a huge money grab in my opinion and i still dont understand why resorts dont give it free to people staying in the resort). Anyways we bought it for one day and could not get it in the room. So we went up to the front desk to complain. Was told that someone from the IT department would come by our room to but in a router first thing in the morning. No one showed up. I was not happy with this. I still had to go to the lobby to use the internet. At least i had the "high speed Premium" internet and it worked in the lobby. But again not happy that it didn't work in our room as promised.
Customer Service: What can i say. It was great. But just like all tropical resorts you get even better service if you tip. Any I must say they aren't shy about asking for tips. But all good.
Nickel and diming: So the one thing that i didnt like was the little nickel and diming. Example ... During checkout they were charging people $20 if they didnt return their towels (now remember you could have a 10-15 minute walk each way back to your room). This was absolutely ridiculous since the towels were originally found in your room. Why would or should i return them at the end of my trip to the lobby? I wasn't asked for the $20 but numerous people were paying it.
Family friendly: Not sure. I dont think I would take my 8 year old daughter. There were a few times that the staff was doing pool side events like teaching people to dance and to be honest it may have well been a strip tease. The way that they were grinding on each other. Definitely not something I would want me daughter to see. Plus there are areas where there were people sunbathing topless. So for me the answer would be no to family friendly, but thats just me.
Would I go back: I would definitely go back to Jamaica, but not necessarily to this resort. I would like to try some of the resorts in Negril. Where the beach is nicer. And to be honest the price would have to be good. We have been so happy with our trips to Mexico and so far that is still our go to vacation spot.
- Also Known As:
- Grand Palladium Lady Hamilton Hotel Lucea
- Grand Palladium Lady Hamilton Resort And Spa
- Grand Palladium Lady Hamilton Resort
- Grand Palladium Lady Hamilton Hotel
- Grand Palladium Lady Hamilton Resort & Spa Jamaica/Lucea
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The resort is bathed by the calm turquoise waters of Jamaica's north coast, in a small bay on a privileged enclave on the coast. The design is a perfect harmony between modernand luxurious facilities of a first class hotel and the attractive natural environment of the area characterized by the turquoise sea and the relief of the landscape. The complexalso houses an ultramodern Spa, which is equipped with the most advanced facilities and offers guests a wide variety of therapies and services. Near the village of Lucea and approximately 30 minutes from Montego Bay and its airport. Within the complex is theGrand Palladium Jamaica Resort & Spa has a total of 540 guestrooms in 15 villas ofthree levels with 6 Suites and 30 Junior Suites per villa. The Grand Palladium LadyHamilton Resort & Spa has a total of 516 rooms distributed in 13 villas of three levels with 6 suites and 30 Junior Suites per villa and 48 two-story cabins with 4 Cabins Suites(adults only) each. ... more less
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