The Altamont Court Hotel presents a cheery, small facade with small tropical garden as you enter the heavily gated, small hotel property. After hearing so much about the crime in Kingston, I didn't know if the gates were a good sign or bad, and though they made me feel secure inside the property, they made me leery of the neighborhood outside the gate. After my first night, though, I began to feel better.
The lobby and rooms are small, and there's NO ELEVATOR. The supersized will not be comfortable here, I don't think. But everything was clean and looked newly renovated. The rooms were comfortable, but I had just spent a week hiking, camping, and traveling by bus throughout Jamaica, so anything that was clean with hot running water and electricity would look like heaven to me!
I found the people at the front desk extremely helpful. They helped me arrange a Kingston tour with a local taxi driver ("Cowboy") at 6 a.m., and did several internet searches for me to help me find cultural activities for the evening.
The on-site restaurant was a bit pricey, but Cowboy suggested the two restaurants within walking distance - Hot Pot (literally a half block away) and something else that I can't remember, because I didn't go to that one (though others in our group did, and they enjoyed it). Hot Pot was just divine - fresh local juices, plenty of tofu options, and a lovely proprietor and staff. My curried tofu with white rice and veggie sides was $600 Jamaican, which was probably less than $7 US. My passionfruit juices were extra. The meal was cooked to order with fresh, hot, green peppers.
As one reviewer mentioned, there are few amenities at Altamont, but the Hilton is just a few steps away. They have more standard US-style hotel amenities (coffee/pastry bar in lobby, gaming center, etc), but very little charm.
Emancipation Park is about 1 block away, and so is the Little Theater.
I would definitely stay there again if I were to do another leisure vacation to Kingston.
- 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