Great little pocket resort, we stayed there for 7-nights Mar.22-29, 2013, location is everything, the resort is 3-5 minutes from the airport, the resort is very compact, you can walk from front(street) to back(beach) in less that 5 minutes, about the same from end to end along the sea shore. This is a former Jack Tar Village, that will give you an idea a of the age of the facility. Overall the grounds and buildings were in good repair, freshly painted, good furnishings and housekeeping. The tiles floor/walls in the bathroom needed work.
We requested a second floor room in a quiet area, specifically in the separate Sunset building, we were given room #33, nice room, clean, king size bed, bed a little firm, pillows flat and firm, room had a small table with 2 chairs, and a lounge, good balcony, 2 chairs, great views. A caution, we did have hot water, and good water pressure, but in the morning it took a least 5 minutes to get hot water, good towels.
Entertainment, we never got to it, by the time we finished dinner around 8:00 PM, the show didn't start until 9:30, and from the sound we did hear, it seemed pretty loud.
Water sports, pretty limited, some kayaks, one 13 foot Hobie Wave(main only-tiller bar no stick), can only be used if the "Captain" sails it for you, a couple of windsurfers, I think a couple of paddle boats, and snorkel gear. Snorkeling great right off shore, within 20-30 feet of shore, the reefs are quite extensive, a lot of colorful reef fish.
Overall staff was great, Jamaicans are a friendly people, a few grumps, but the exception rather than the rule.
Food, the single biggest failing of the property, breakfast and desserts were the best parts of any of the meals. Lunch and Dinner were often similar, Jamaican cuisine was featured: most of the food was overcooked, vegetables were stewed, meats were tough, hard to cut, especially with a butter knife. Be careful when eating pork chops or chicken, many small bones, often the meat was not trimmed, chicken had the skin on, even in sauce. To rap it up, you could find something to eat, but should you have to search for something you like, or can eat?? The beach Grill was going to be our salvation, unfortunately the hamburgers/cheeseburgers were so dried and overcooked, they had absolutely no taste.
Would we go back? If you can work around the food this resort is a bargain, its location is excellent, snorkeling is excellent.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located five minutes away from Montego Bay International Airport near the commercial district and the Hip Strip, Royal Decameron Montego Beach is a beachfront property on white sandy beaches with crystal clear waters. Its facilities and ensure a relaxing holiday environment. This hotel has two restaurants, PassaPassa and Souk, where you can enjoy different international and regional dishes. During the day, you can partake in different recreational activities including dance lessons, aerobics and non-motorized water sports like kayaks, sailboats and diving lessons in the pool. In the evenings, enjoy our shows and dance till you drop at the disco of the Royal Decameron Montego Beach hotel. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Jack Tar Village
- Royal Decameron Montego Beach Bay
- Royal Decameron Jamaica
- Royal Decameron Montego Beach Hotel
- Royal Decameron Montego Bay Jamaica
- Montego Beach
- Decameron Montego Bay
- Royal Decameron Montego Beach All Inclusive