We (my wife & our son), were attending a close-family-member's funeral in Kingston Jamaica and needed accommodation. A family friend said we should try 'City View'. We looked it up on the net, contacted them and the rest as they say, is history!
I have been coming to Jamaica and staying in hotels for over 25 years, and true to say i've only ever had good experiences. But this was the best!! The staff, including the Managing Director, were so friendly, professional and accommodating.
We weren't pushed to have breakfast at a particular time. In fact, we were on such a tight schedule the morning after our first night, that we couldn't even stay for breakfast. "No problem" they said and they put our breakfast in some food containers for us to take away.
I travel the world and hotels rarely allow you to take food away. They say it must be consumed at the breakfast-table in the dining area.
I myself am not a great fan of ackee & green bananas, but to say it was 'more-ish' would be an understatement! Talk about home-cooking, it tasted like my grandmother was the chef!! Real authentic, like as they say "Grand-ma used to make" pimento-prepared ackee The best-ever breakfast i have eaten......anywhere!! It was substantial enough to stave-off hunger all day to late afternoon.
Ok, that's the food. On waking up the first morning after a restful, peaceful night's sleep, i looked out the window to a view of creation at its glorious-best, I had to get the video!!
That view changed every few minutes as the sun wiped and opened its eyes. 'The Big-Bang?' I'm not convinced.
The first-night's sleep was so sweet, that i was so looking forward to the second-night, so i could sleep-in & not rush to get up and leave. Well, at 6.30 am i awoke and of course had to get the video out again & go on the balcony.
I went back to bed and arose at 10 am, got myself together and went down to breakfast at 10.45. where Dahlia served us a sumptuous breakfast of calaloo with green banana and a variety of yams (white, yellow & soft-purple,which i had never eaten or even heard of).
All in all as by now you're probably aware, we loved it!! And wouldn't hesitate in recommending this hotel 'City View' to any & everyone looking for a hotel in & around Kingston.
It's easy enough to locate, just find Mannings Hill Road, drive to the foot of the hill & it's signposted all the way.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- City View Hotel Jamaica/Kingston