We loved the Riu Palace! We were originally planning to go back to a Couples resort but our travel agent found us a deal at Riu we could not pass up. I was very skeptical but am sooo glad we took the chance. What a great hotel! We stayed 7 nights Friday to Friday in May 16th-May 23rd and it was just fantastic.
The food and service at this place are really top notch. We only tried the Steakhouse restaurant and felt it was just so so. Based on the great food we had experienced at the buffet, we just decided to stick with the buffet the other nights so we didn't have to deal with lining up at a certain time to get a seat. The buffet had tons of options and I did not feel like I was missing out by not trying the other restaurants! The room was very clean and the grounds were well maintained. The beach is smaller than than some other hotels but there were always chairs available and the beach servers are fantastic. We tipped a few dollars a day to these guys because they work their butts off and deserve it! Unlike others the planes did not bother us in the slightest bit! You are not dealing with a JFK type airport with planes going over every 5 minutes here people! I think the earliest we heard a plan was around 8am and latest around 8pm. We actually reeeally appreciated being less than 10 minutes door to door from the airport. Our return flight was 3:40pm and we weren't picked up until 1:30pm. It gave us extra time to enjoy the resort before we left that day and we still had tons of time at the airport to check-in and do some final souvenir shopping!
With access to the Riu right next door with the watersports, shows, larger pools, nightclub and restaurants etc. you are really getting the best of both worlds. You can go there to party or stay at the Palace for a more relaxed atmosphere. We definitley enjoyed a few crazy nights next door but it was great to have the peace and quiet without kids during the day or on nights you just wanted to chill out.
We highly recommend this place and will definitely be returning!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The 4-storey hotel with a total of 238 guest rooms is located directly on the beach next to the hotel Riu Montego Bay * The vibrant city of Montego Bay is 4.5 km away * The guests of Riu Palace Jamaica may use the facilities in Riu Montego Bay, except breakfast and dinner meal * Airport Sangster International Airport Montego Bay (MBJ) 2.7 km approx. * Main building 4 floors - 238 rooms * Annexed building 3 floors - 51 rooms * Credit cards accepted: Visa, MasterCard ... more less
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