I've been staying at the Mayfair for a few weeks on a project in New Kingston. My experience is generally good - I really like the hotel and plan to keep coming back.
Rooms: the rooms I've stayed in are fairly basic and some need renovation, but are kept very clean, the air conditioners work well (and are quiet), the beds are firm but comfortable, and the bedding and towels are good quality. The hotel is a sprawling complex of several low-rise buildings - some rooms have WiFi accessible from the rooms, others you may not get it indoors but can from the veranda. If you pay a little more, you can get a studio room with a fridge and stove, or a suite.
Food: This is really where the Mayfair stands out. The Pub is a restaurant in the complex that is very popular with Jamaican business people - nice ambience, and music that is low enough you can still enjoy a good conversation. Some of my business colleagues in Kingston aren't even familiar with the name "Mayfair Hotel" but know exactly where The Pub is. Their house specialty is their club sandwich, which is excellent, and the service at The Pub is outstandingly good. There is an upscale Japanese restaurant on the premises as well called Cocoro, which is not as busy as The Pub and the hours are more limited. Both The Pub and Cocoro mostly serve customers who are not staying in the hotel.
Other reviewers commented about noise - yes, The Pub is open every day until past midnight and if your room is facing the pool (which The Pub is adjacent to) you will hear music and the sound of people talking. If you are a light sleeper, it may be a good idea to request a room away from the pool, which are very quiet. And, as other reviewers noted, if you come back to the hotel at 8 PM on a busy night, you may find difficulty getting parking. On nights like this, Security generally reserves a section of parking beside the main building, and if you are a hotel guest and can't find parking, you can let Security know and they'll let you park there.
Traffic: The traffic going from the Mayfair into New Kingston can be painful during rush hour, especially along Waterloo Road, even though the distance isn't that far.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Mayfair Hotel is located in the heart of Kingston, minutes away from local attractions such as the Bob Marley Museum and Devon House, With beautiful scenery and comfortable accommodations the Mayfair strikes an eloquent balance between Old and New Kingston. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Mayfair Hotel Kingston
- Mayfair Hotel Jamaica/Kingston