Myself, my fiance and another couple traveled to Jamaica and stayed at the Grand Palladium the week of 10/27/12 - 11/3/12. SO glad we missed all the Hurricaine Sandy stuff but it didn't seem to have much affect on that part of the country.
When we arrived, we were greeted warmly and given a welcome drink right off the bat....the rum punch is delish! Although we weren't able to get to our room immediately (it was around 1pm when we arrived and the rooms were still being cleaned), our room was assigned and we had rooms right next to the other couple we traveled with (which was a nice perk!). After a little lunch and checking out some of the excursions, we were taken to our rooms in villa 16. I'm not sure how we got so lucky but we had ocean-front rooms on the second floor. PERFECT!!! Plus it was on the 'Jamaica' side of the resort which in my opinion is better than the Lady Hamilton side - a bit closer to the restaurants, pool, etc.
The pool here is HUGE!!! It's literally the biggest pool I've seen. It was a little dirty but we still spent every day in it - very much enjoyed the swim up bar as well! Before coming here I was a little hesitant because my fiance and I are big beach/ocean swimmers and in reading the reviews, it was a little nervous that we would be disappointed. We did check out Sunset Cove, classified as the nicest beach on the resort, but it was still nothing like what we had in Mexico. Luckily for the pool though - kept us more than happy! This resort is also in a great location - pretty much right in the middle of Negril and Montego Bay, so traveling to either is only a 30 min ride. During our stay, the place seemed barely half-full - not overcrowded in any way and were able to enjoy all the pools, bars and restaurants without many other people there. Awesome!
Restaurants were pretty good. Buffets were typical, nothing awesome, nothing terrible. Tried the Italian, Asian, Jamaican, Steakhouse, Seafood and Mexican restaurants. Seafood (Poisidon) was the best - Salmon was great! And what we though would be our favorite (Bubba's steakhouse) turned out to be the worst. They ran out of filet mignon!! It was the one thing we were looking forward to at all the restaurants. C'est la vie. Also ate at the Sports Bar for lunch a few days and I loved the self-serve nacho station. Philly cheesesteak was awesome there too...along with self-serve ice cream. There is no way you'd go hungry at this resort.
We watched the nightly entertainment and you can tell the staff enjoys what they do and tries to put on a great show each night. The staff put on a special Halloween show that was done really well and was by far my favorite. Staff overall at this resort are VERY helpful and super friendly. We had an issue with an excursion and the staff went out of their way to help get it resolved.
We're very happy we chose this resort - everything was great for the most part. Before coming I read all the reviews and have now come to the conclusion that anyone who has negative things to say about this place are probably pretty hard to please because no place is perfect, but Grand Palladium had a lot of great things to offer!
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- Also Known As:
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