Just got back from a quick MBJ getaway. When we go international, we try to stay with local properties wherever we can. It gives us a much better feel for our destination and allows us live like the locals live. We have also met many great hosts as well as guests over the years. So much more fun to us than the big mega-resorts with 5,000 American tourists complaining about things. First thing you need to know about Emerald View is that it is an expensive ride from the airiport. @ $35 each way. The property itself is nice. I had one of the smaller rooms with AC. My room and bathroom were spotless with a nice view of the hillside. You will want the AC option and I rarely say this. The view from the property down to Montego Bay is very pretty and you can watch the cruise ships sail by. There is a small pool on premise but it needs to be cleaned more frequently. The website is a bit misleading about the 12 min walk to the most beautiful beach in Jamaica. It is quite a bit more than that and it is not a beach. Where the hotel van takes you is Chll Out bar which is located on a mangrove estuary. The water is very clear, but again, this is not a beach. You can get in the water but you are not going to like it. The bottom is very soft and hard to walk on without constantly sinking. You will also pay cruise ship prices at this bar. There is a little shack bar just on the other side of the wall with a bit better water and drinks that are half price. I will say that Bernice at Chill Out makes quite possibly one of the best and most lethal rum punches in this hemisphere!! She is also a blast to talk with. Emerald View has a little bar on property that has rum and beer. Whoever is working will help you with what you need and keep a gate count for you each day. Be sure to verify each night what the actual count is to avoid checkout problems. I did not dine with them so I cannot speak to the food. You are isolated at this property-which can be good or bad depending on what you are looking for. There is not really any walking into town for food or shopping. They will run you in the van if there is somebody available. Montego Bay and the Hip Strip are a $25 R/T per person. Jennifer and her staff work hard to make sure you have a good stay. Nadia went way out of her way to help me at check in.
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- Also Known As:
- Emerald View Hotel Montego Bay