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Blue Cave Castle

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Lighthouse Road, Negril Jamaica
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Free parking
Free internet
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Beach
Diving
Executive lounge access
Non-smoking hotel
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Ocean view
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Very cool room in a castle hanging over the cliffs. Cool breezes , clean and quiet. No bar, music or restaurant . Didnt like the fact that I had to get the lifeguard to allow me to jumpin the water...safety format I know...but it was annoying...especially for a person born in the water...surfer, boater snorkeler, diver and great swimmer
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Came here with my mother and daughter (she was 20 at the time) in a room with three beds. Room was average. Beautiful views, actually breathtaking. I could sit out there all day and look at the ocean. However, they had no umbrellas to shield you from the sun so I was baking, at times, using clothing to cover my neck and entire head. No restaurant, drinks or food on site. Great coffee and I'm normally not a coffee drinker. Lifeguard was nice and helpful. They also had a security guard and dog. Nice people. The castle is located in a quaint area with little eateries and bars close by. Didn't talk to the manager much. She never really interacted with guests. Did see her boyfriend a couple times telling the people working there what to do and stuff like that. He didn't say much either. My mom was a regular there and I guess a lot of the staff that all came to love, were let go. No air conditioning in our room. There may be air conditioning in other rooms; unsure. Our room was located by the stairs that leads to the lower area where you could go in the water to swim and snorkel. My mom loves it there. She tried to book a few times over the years, but didn't really get straight answers from the owner. Even heard someone booked there from out the country, came to the castle, and was told they weren't open! I believe the towels were air dried so they were kind of stiff feeling, but rooms were cleaned everyday and housekeeper was nice. I will say there was hundreds of ants everywhere outside and I had three kinds of bites from head to toe. I was miserable. I would wake up in the middle of the night and take warm showers. I have never itched so much in my life. Luckily I had no scars. Little bites, welts, etc. The lifeguard got me some aloe, but unfortunately it didn't help. They really need to do more bug control on the property. I can remember sitting there and seeing and trying to prevent ants from crawling on my legs. Perhaps they have the bug problem under control now. Beds were uncomfortable and blankets smelled kind of moldy or old. There are cracks all around the door so at times, the light would come in the room making it hard to sleep. But, I was having a hard time anyway from being bit up. I never been so miserable. lol... If they provided umbrellas to protect you from the sun, food and drinks onsite, more comfortable beds with newer linens and controlled the ant/bug problem on outside property, it would be a more comfortable place for vacation. If you are looking for a bare minimum place to stay, with a beautiful exterior and gorgeous breathtaking views, then the Castle may be a great place to vacation. My mother loved it there and was there several times, and the only reason she hasn't been there is due to how unpredictable it can be on knowing if the Castle will be open or not, so I will say that there are several people who do love it there.
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I was horribly disappointed by my stay at the castle. I went with my husband and 14 yr old daughter. We stayed in the Penthouse. Penthouse: As everyone says, it is amazing in that it has 3 very quirky levels, lots of private sunning spaces, very castle-like, 2 bathrooms, multiple bed options, many great views and is really quite fun, or has potential to be. I absolutely adored the building itself. Bedding: Really quite musty and I wished I had brought something else to sleep on. I actually slept on the beach chair one night. It was much cleaner, had a soft cover, and it was also quite fun to sleep on the rampart under the stars as opposed to inside the funky smelling bedroom. Waterfront and swimming: I don't know what else to say except that the owner must have lost her mind as regards swimming. The whole reason to stay on the cliffs is to swim off the cliffs. The castle does NOT have a pool or hot tub, it has a wonderful cliff-side ocean front with decent snorkeling right of the cliff. There are 2-3 different entrances into the sea, one through the cave. Apparently awhile before we arrived someone somewhere was injured/killed from a cliff and so the owner seems to have decided it is not 'safe' for anyone to swim. What this meant was that while everyone else along this shoreline resorts was happily diving in, huge locked gates barred our entrance to the sea. The waves were not even big. I'm not an idiot, I have been swimming and diving (and teaching others, and captaining a boat) all of my life and I know what is safe and what is not, and this was quite maddeningly safe. Each day we would go downstairs with the intent to have a great snorkel and we would find the gates locked and no amount of pleading to the VERY unfriendly guard (who seemed to have some relationship with the owner who appeared to live there) would unlock it. Just once we got one friendly guard to let us out for 10 minutes and then he got in trouble and we were admonished and brought back in. The water was SO nice for that 10 minutes, nice waves lapping against the rocks. It is SUCH as spectacular location. Wifi: You have to sit in a window or go down to central area to use it. Good luck getting password if you arrive in the evening. We needed the wifi badly because we were forced to book tours each day since there was absolutely NOTHING to do at the castle without water access. Nothing. Not how we planned to spend our week. Food: When we booked, it was billed as having a restaurant. It did not. You have to pay a taxi driver to take you downtown for food, or walk on the very very scary road getting propositioned every few feet, to a very unappealing local restaurant. Amenities: Really there aren't any. The castle itself is one big amenity and it is sooo great, but with no water access it may as well be in Scotland as Jamaica. The situation was so bad that we actually left early and booked at a Hilton for our last 3 days, so we could have some beach time. We loved the eclectic nature of the castle - the Hilton had no character - but really we didn't go to Jamaica to be locked out of the water for our own safety, when the waves were just little ripples and everyone else on the shore was swimming. It took me almost a year to publish this review because I really don't like writing negative reviews but I owe this to the TripAdvisor community.
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Responded Jan 4, 2017
In response to the very well written review from skypath, Maine regarding certain issues at Blue Cave Castle. Our housekeeping staff all have previous work experience in 5 star hotels. All references are thoroughly verified before our interview is conducted. All our housekeepers are long standing members to our team. Unoccupied rooms are aired out daily, cleaned and checked. Any issues including maintenance such as plumbing and electrical faults are addressed immediately. Occupied rooms are given special attention with emphasis on guests’ request. Waterfront and Swimming laws are as stipulated by the Jamaica Tourist Board and the National Environment and Planning Agency. We employ a lifeguard certified by the Royal Lifeguard Saving Society serving Jamaica for over 50 years. It has focused on the training and certification of lifeguards. Besides the water rescue and lifeguard courses, training includes C.P.R. (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation). It is the lifeguard who decides when it is not safe for anyone to swim. This has nothing to do with the size of the waves or the depth of the sea. This is determined by the lifeguards’ ability to safely get people out of the water if waves are lapping against the rocks. Gates: The gates at the entrances to the sea were built at great expense for a variety of security reasons. If the gates are locked during the daytime and there is no lifeguard on duty he/she has deemed it too rough a sea for guests to safely exit. Under normal conditions after 7pm all sea entrances are asked to be closed so that intruders do not have easy accessibility to the property. Every property has their different safety measures. Our Security is licensed by the Private Security Regulation Authority as per Jamaica Tourist Board and Tourism Product Development Cooperation laws. WIFI: There is construction steel in the structure of the buildings which impede wireless access from the bedrooms. Security has password codes to give out to the guests whatever time they arrive or whenever they request it. Booking Tours: Our office will gladly book tours with no cost to the guest and sometimes are able to get discounts which are passed on to the guests. The owner/developer/live-in manager has a relationship with each and every hardworking, long standing employee who works at Blue Cave Castle. She appreciates their valuable contributions and they are greatly appreciated by the numerous repeat guests who vacation with us from all over the world. This week we have guests from Italy, Sweden, Germany and the USA swimming in calm, crystal clear waters and snorkeling into the Blue Cave. Everyone is thrilled to be here and eager to return for the kindness of our hardworking team and efficient management.
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Stayed here in... 2010, with a girl friend. Beautiful. Had the best time ever. Teddy served up great food and everyone were so friendly. Snorkled around the cliff. Started every day with a swim and a smile! Returned 2,5 years ago. Don't know precisely how it is now, same crew etc. But it truly is a magical place. I mean - it's a blue castle, on a cliff and a cave... Thanks again!
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This place is exactly as billed - a quirky, beautiful place where you can literally take stairs right off your room and dive into the gorgeous turquoise blue waters. People are super friendly and helpful. If you are expecting elegance, go elsewhere as rooms are basic but for our family it was terrific.
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PRICE RANGE
$165 - $185 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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blue cave castle negril, blue cave castle hotel negril
LOCATION
CaribbeanJamaicaWestmoreland ParishNegril
NUMBER OF ROOMS
14
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Frequently Asked Questions about Blue Cave Castle
Which popular attractions are close to Blue Cave Castle?
Nearby attractions include Negril Cliffs (0.4 miles), Whoopees Park (0.4 miles), and No Limits Bar (0.4 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Blue Cave Castle?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include an on-site restaurant, free parking, and room service.
What food & drink options are available at Blue Cave Castle?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant during their stay.
Is parking available at Blue Cave Castle?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Blue Cave Castle?
Conveniently located restaurants include Blue Mahoe Restaurant, Rockhouse Restaurant, and Sips & Bites.
Does Blue Cave Castle have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the ocean view available here.