My husband and I have just returned from a great trip to Jamaica.
We stayed at the Grand Palladium and were very cautious about what to expect after reading the reviews. All I can say to a person reading the reviews is to go and make up your own opinion.
Jamaica is a very interesting country. If you compare what Jamaica has compared to North America, you will be disappointed right from the get go. Jamaica does not have the same access to raw materials as Canada or the US. Jamaican's are incredibly handy with using the resources that they have.
Our guest room was very spacious, king bed was fine and the jetted tub in the bathroom was clean and worked well. Yes there is a bit of a smell - it is called "ocean air" and is meant to be in a place that is located on the ocean.
We traveled during low season and not all of the a la cartes were open each night. We had a chance to experience Bubba's steakhouse (twice) and Lotus (once). No reservations were needed for dinner. At Bubba's we had steak both time and it was GREAT!!!!! The cooks tend to undercook the steaks compared to how we cook them at home. Medium well was equivalent to our medium rare.
There was always something that each of us found at the buffets - never had a problem with selection, taste or temperature.
The Entertainment team was FANTASTIC. They were not pushy, if you did not want to join in, No Problem Man!! D.K. - you rock the bingo team.....
The Pools were all great. This is the carribean - the pools are NOT heated, and do not need to be heated. The pools were cleaned every morning and the pool attendants did a great job at monitoring the pools during the day.
What more can I say - would I return - absolutely in a hearbeat.
The best part about our trip was our greeting by JEAN @ the lobby Rum Punch station. Jean had a great smile and gave us a warm welcome and remembered us throughout our stay.
There was working going on at the resort during our stay - everyone was very friendly and offered help.
The only NEGATIVE thing I could comment on is the behaviours of some of the guests at the hotel. Part of my job is to observe and train people on their body language and behaviour - what I witnessed towards the service staff at the Palladium was not positive. Jamaica's number one industry is tourism and they take that seriously.
Take the time to talk to some of the staff - a friendly smile and a willingness to get to know the people that you see everyday will only make your experience that much more enriched.
THANK YOU TO ALL OF THE STAFF AND MANAGEMENT @ THE PALLADIUM
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- Grand Palladium Jamaica Hotel Lucea
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