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Forres Park Resort & Spa
Ranked #13 of 31 Kingston B&B and Inns
Madrid, Spain
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Nice but ...”
Reviewed January 5, 2011

Nice place but too expensive, staff quite rude and unfriendly, only two young guys where nice. They tried to overcharge us a couple of times with the food, they told us we needed a guide to reach the peak, but the trail is easy,they should arrange only transportation they overcharge us to go there, room are nice but lack often water. Coffe extremely expensive, food ok but not too much. And we could not enjoy the nature becouse the music down in the village was playing danceall from afternoon to dawn (maybe becouse festivity time) At the end they forced us to pay in cash (like in Jam you go around with all that money, come on!) adding they had finished the paper for the machine, and the bill was extremely high.
Suggestion: not all white people like to be treated like a pickey you know?

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled with friends
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forrespark, Guest Relations Manager at Forres Park Resort & Spa, responded to this review, February 17, 2011
Let me say thank you for your honest and candid feed back on our service, this is always welcomed. This will enable us to address issues that our valued guest might have during their stay at our guest house. In light of this, I would like to address each point you have raised in your review.

Based on food prices of similar guest houses Forres Park is deemed favorable and quite pocket friendly in comparison. Upon your request for dining you should have received a physical list of the various prices of each meal thus eliminating any questions as to the actual food prices charged by us. Your safety is paramount to us at Forres Park it’s not our policy to charge you for a service that’s not needed but a service that’s sensible to have. Having someone guide you through the Blue Mountains is us taking the necessary precautions to ensure that our guest who has NEVER trekked the mountain’s terrain does not take the wrong path and end up in places such as dead man’s ridge which has happened to loan hikers.

The Blue Mountain coffee is known as the world’s best coffee and the prices are a reflection of the investment in state of the art processes and equipments used to bring it to the export quality that is being sold at our guest house.

We do have an alternative water source which may not have automatically tripped in upon the failure of the main supply. However we have remedied that challenge so that’s no longer an issue at the resort. The occurrences of significant noises of village festivities are few and far between. In light of this we are working with the police to ensure that the noise abatement act is adhered to by event coordinators for future events.

In terms of your overall bill we are not sure what the total was but we will assure you that our staff would not have charged you for anything other than the services that were extended to you. The depletion of the stock of credit card paper must have been and oversight on the part of the Manager and we sincerely apologize for the inconvenience this must have caused you.

We would like to invite you to stay with us again and our NOW friendly staff will ensure you have the vacation that you expected. In addition we are extending to you a treatment at the spa compliments of Forres Park.

Once again thank you.
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Reviewed June 19, 2010

My husband and I traveled to this area to climb 7,600 foot Blue Mountain Peak, the high point in Jamaica. Forres Park is in a great location for this, and arranged 4WD transport to the trail head (essential) and a local guide (perhaps not essential, but he added tremendously to our enjoyment of the hike with his knowledge of the trail, plants and birds).
Our room was very pleasant, with a view of the peak out the window, and a veranda with hammock just a few steps away. The staff were very friendly and accommodating. There is not a formal restaurant, but meals, fairly basic Jamaican fare, are cooked on request and served on a covered patio. There aren't really any other options for eating in the tiny town of Mavis Bank.

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 29, 2006

I am living in New Jersey and recently I visited the web site of Forres Park and saw that they offered Bird watching and Hiking. Being and avid Birder I wanted to see what this location had to offer.
I did a little home work to find out the best time of year to see as many birds as possible,and my phone call lto Forres Park to confirm my reservation helped to narrow the best timeof year for my visit.
I was extreamly happy with my trip, the Birding was fantastic coupled with the hiking and sight seeing. The other members in our tour group were equally pleased with the information and expertise of our local guide.
Forres Park accommodations in the foot hills of the countrys highest mountain is a Nature lovers paradise....very quiet with a panoramic view of the hills,valleys flora and fauna.
Some of the meals we had were spicy local cuisine as well as international, prepared by very hospitable and friendly locals.Our rooms thou modest were quite comfortable.
The many locations for birding (endemic and migrant species) could not be covered in my visit so I will definately be back. For anyone who shares these interests, Forres Park is a must.
My thanks to the staff of Forres Park for making my stay memorable and informative.

  • Stayed February 2006
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Property: Forres Park Resort & Spa
Address: Mavis Bank | Blue Mountain, Kingston, Jamaica
Location: Caribbean > Jamaica > Kingston Parish > Kingston
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #13 of 31 B&Bs / Inns in Kingston
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Forres Park Resort & Spa 2.5*
Number of rooms: 14
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Forres Park Resort 60 acre coffee plantation is the ideal base for exploring the Blue Mountains. There are several choices in accommodation. From exquisite suites with four poster king size beds with private baths and private balconies with mountain views, fridge and other amenities. In addition, we have standard rooms and cabins which are tastefully decorated with antique four poster beds of varying sizes.There is an out-door dining room, overlooking the swaying bamboos, banana trees and the many coffee plants bursting with beans,with dishes to suit your taste.We offer tours of the Blue Mountains including trips to the Peak. ... more   less 
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