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City View Hotel
Ranked #2 of 28 Kingston B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
England, United Kingdom
2 reviews
“Excellent”
Reviewed May 16, 2013

This was a treat for my Son and Granddaughter on their first trip to Jamaica.

My stay at City View in comparison to the other hotels around the island was excellent! Both Management and staff were approachable and very helpful, in the simplest of things. If you're looking for a hotel to stay with top notch amenities, this is not the place to choose. But the service that was provided, more than made up for what was missing.

Room Tip: Large and sunny rooms
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
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Miami Beach, Florida
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Reviewed May 2, 2013

My fiance and I stayed at City View Hotel for 2 nights while on a 10 day vacation to Jamaica. We arrived there at the tail end of our trip and from the moment that we arrived, we were greeted with kindness, respect and the best service we could ask for. I mentioned wanting to find chocolate tea when we were checking-in, and to my surprise, the next morning at breakfast, it was served. Trevor, who took care of us along with the other amazing staff professionals, noticed that my fiance and I liked to be outdoors when he saw that we woke up one night to observe the city of Kingston, sparkling like a sea of diamonds. The next night, he caught us admiring the view, and set a table in the parking lot over looking the city, so we could have our dinner with a beautiful city view. The rooms were clean and spacious, the food amazing, the service fantastic. There were fresh flowers in the room each day. This is a wonderful treat for anyone who is staying in Kingston and who wants to see the city from afar, up in the hills.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Miami Beach, Florida
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed April 30, 2013

My wife and I recently stayed at the City View Hotel and were pleasantly surprised by what we found. After having traveled around the island for a week or so, I was already getting used to the generally lackluster service provided by the hotels and guesthouses we had been staying in. It was such a relief to find a place that had, not only one of the best views of Kingston, but attentive, friendly staff, who aimed to go above and beyond the expectation of budget travelers.

Be warned, the road to get up to the hotel can be a bit daunting to those unaccustomed to driving in the rugged Jamaican hills.

But once you arrive, you find a beautiful boutique hotel with antique charm.

For us, the best part of the experience was the hotel's location, outside the city, in the foothills of the mountains. My wife an I went to Jamaica in search of natural beauty and tranquility, so it was nice to be able to stay outside of the craziness of Kingston and be able to appreciate from afar.

We highly, highly recommend this place.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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New York City, New York
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed April 14, 2013

I recently stayed at City View and it was more than perfect. The staff at the hotel were very helpful and portrayed professionalism is every way. Special thanks to Sandy our waitress, who went the extra mile in ensuring that my needs were catered to as we had some special requests. The food was absolutely tasty and the decor was beautiful.

The breath-taking view is to die for, and the atmosphere was welcoming and tranquil. I would recommend this venue to everyone as it is the perfect place to host any function.

Thanks a million to the Management and staff at City View.

Room Tip: We stayed in the Port Royal suite which was apart of our wedding package and it was lovely. It has...
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled solo
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kingston, Jamaica
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed January 23, 2013

these comments are for the owners to improve the facilities. More awnings were needed for shade from the midday sun. The space could not accomodate the wedding guests easily and it was difficult to see the head table. The wedding party was cramped and staff did not clear up and move the furniture quickly for dancing. The cake was cotched up at the intersection of two stairs. The cook could have done better as the food was Jamaican, the seasoning sparse, meat overcooked and the portions small. It was obvious that the management were not too particular for repeat business.
The view was good. The best service was the car park attendant. Hope City View improves the food at a minimum.
the bride was disappointed.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
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Elmont, New York
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed January 20, 2013

My Fiance and I stayed at City View Hotel on Manning Hill Road and we had a wonderful experience. The shimmering lights of Kingston was the perfect backdrop for me to "pop the big question." The Lobster dinner was succulent and well served, and the breakfast was delicious.. All in all; a great place to spend some time with the one you love.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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2 Thank damian h
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed December 7, 2012

Stayed here for 3 nights on a brief visit to Jamaica in late Nov. Chose the St. Andrews Suite, have never stayed in anything grander! Large bedroom with 4 poster bed (v comfy bed, slightly hard pillows), fridge, tv, walk in closet, v large bathroom with toilet, double washbasins, shower and large bathtub. Some things did'nt work such as telephone and TV but just let the staff know and they will sort it out. Fridge was a little noisy at times too. Huge balcony with breathtaking view over Kingston and surrounding area. Delicious food for breakfast, freshly cooked Jamaican specialities such as ackee and salt fish, fresh fruit juice and fruit and of course very good coffee. Ample parking. Take care on the winding mountain road up to the hotel if driving yourself, sound your horn before turning round blind bends. Can understand why people would have their wedding receptions here, it's not a flash beachfront hotel but it is unique and very special and all the staff are so friendly and helpful, we had many nice conversations with Mr. Dent, the owner. He even helped us find our way to Port Antonio, driving up through the mountains ahead of us so we wouldn't get lost, how many other hotel owners would do that? Only downer is that it doesn't have a pool but they do have plans to install one at some point in the future, and then it will be even better. They are also building an extension, to house larger parties. Would consider staying here again if returning to the area, once they have a pool installed

Room Tip: Can recommend the St Andrews Suite, room nr 1 I think it was, up the stairs and turn right, door on...
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about City View Hotel

Property: City View Hotel
Address: Mannings Hill Road, Kingston 000, Jamaica
Location: Caribbean > Jamaica > Kingston Parish > Kingston
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 28 B&Bs / Inns in Kingston
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — City View Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located in the peaceful St. Andrews Hills of Smokey Vale, and surrounded by a breathtaking view of Kingston, you will find a sense of peace and serenity. The enchanting garden setting captivates the senses as you move amongst flora of most species and absorb the unique tranquility it unfolds while enjoying the light mist swirling on the gentle breeze and the chirp of cheerful birds. ... more   less 
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