My husband and I stayed for two nights to begin a road trip across Jamaica's southern coast. Although I felt the hotel was a bit overpriced, it did include a fabulous traditional Jamaican breakfast. I was very pleased with most of the aspects of our stay. First of all, we felt 100% secure at all times. The property had a several locked gates with guards on duty 24 hours a day. There was also a safe in the room, which was a plus. The property itself was nicely kept, kind of set up more like a motel with strips of rooms on two levels. It had an old world charm with the white adobe-like/plaster (?) walls. The office/lobby was being renovated when we arrived, and operations were set up in a guest room. From the looks of the renovation, the lobby/office was going to be nicely finished. There was a small pool, pretty clean, right out from the restaurant and bar. However, the hot tub/Jacuzzi was not working, and filled with a bit of leaves and crud.
The room was average. It was decent-sized, and clean enough. The surface was clean, but maybe not the corners and crevices of the room. It had a small fridge, and the air conditioner worked well and had a remote control thermostat. The bed was the not the most comfortable, but not the least. Kind of a hard mattress where you could begin to feel the springs in your back a little. The bathroom could use some help (better water pressure, more cleaning, a make-over...) but it got the job done. A small porch looked over a back parking lot, not the greatest scenery.
We only ate in the restaurant for the free breakfast, but it was delicious. That being said, it was the first Jamaican breakfast that I had, but it was plentiful and great. Both days I got the ackee and saltfish, and on one day Stan got the browned chicken. It came with yam, boiled dumpling, fried dumpling, and plantain. On one day, a slice of breadfruit too. (Breadfruit and ackee are my two new faves.) The bar had a beer special 200 for a Red Stripe on Wed. night that we were there. There was a rooftop terrace that wasn't open which was a slight disappointment.
Go to the Hot Pot across the street to eat, and don't go to Pegasus Dinner on the Green reggae show. Oh (haha) and I have to say that the worst thing about the Altamont was the music played in the restaurant, bar, pool area. It was like soft rock from the 70s, 80, and 90s that sucked when it came out. Once, I even asked the bartender to change the music to some reggae (which he did), but the next morning it was back to the same!
Overall, great location. We were within walking distance to many cambios, the tourist board (you'll need a detailed map of Kingston :) many places to eat, a few to shop, a gas station, and a grocery store. Very close to Emancipation Park and Quad nightclub. Close enough to Bob Marley Museum - about 2 miles or so. We walked it and cabbed it back. Cabs were readily available there.
I'd stay at Altamont again, but only for familiarity in Kingston (which is difficult to get around if you don't want to drive around, which we didn't)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Situated in the heart of New Kingston, Jamaica, this Conde' Nast Traveler-recommended hotel is a social, entertainment and business hub. Altamont Court's central location places it close to two airports, marinas, wharfs, several high commissions and embassies, major convention sites, local and international banks, couriers and money transfer services, cambios, Casino and Gambling lounges, art galleries, museums, nightclubs and entertainment centers. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Altamont Court Kingston
- Hotel Altamont Court
- Altamont Court Hotel Kingston Jamaica