Maybe because I am a repeat guest with many years of experience at the Royal Decameron or maybe as an older traveler, I am more savvy about dealing with staff, but my recent 10 days at the RD were more than enjoyable. As a water person, I am always happy with the snorkeling there which is just off shore and easy for children and adults, even those who are first time snorkelers. The glass bottom boat is always available during the day, and although it is an extra charge it is reasonably priced.
Yes, there was a major towel problem for a few days which was never sufficiently explained but the behavior of some of the tourists was beyond belief. They insulted the staff and the lifeguards and young woman at the water sports took the insults without getting angry. Why do tourists think that they can treat people with such disdain?
Anyway, I kept my beach towel and let it dry and nothing bad happened when I used the towel more than once.
The food is fine....sometimes excellent, sometimes good enough, but never downright unacceptable. There is always something fresh and good to eat. Breakfasts are so good....with fresh eggs, fresh fruit, house-baked pastries and breads. The young pastry chef is so talented and friendly. Cookies baked with all butter every day, cakes, tartes, and Jamaican specialties at the desert table. They get fresh chickens delivered from a local company. At times the fish is a bit overcooked, but that seems to be a Jamaican trait. Believe me, I always found enough fresh food to keep me happy and never once did I get sick from the food, as on other islands.
The tennis is outstanding....what a great place to hang out. Local folks play tennis at the courts, and it is a great opportunity to discuss politics with Jamaicans. The tennis lessons are offered every morning at 9 and 9:30, courtesy of the hotel, yet most tourists do not take advantage of this opportunity.
The reception desk staff was always friendly to me, especially Vaughn, who is a polite and dignified young man.
As for the noise in the pool area, yes, it does exists as at other Jamaican hotels. If enough people say they do not like loud amplified music, I am sure that the hotel will listen. But, many young people hang out in the pool area, play games such as beach volleyball, and are not bothered by the noise. I just stay away from it.
All in all, i find the hotel immaculately clean, staffed by very kind maids who do a great job of cleaning and do not look for tips, although they are appreciated by these hard-working woman often supporting a few children and not earning much. Let's try to be tourists with a heart and understand that this is a very low cost hotel that provides a lot of service.
How the hotel copes with very demanding people from all over the world with a smile and usually good service, I do not know.
No one mentioned the wonderful mento group that plays daily. These men are terrific and try to keep the guests happy with their requests. My grandson played the maracas with them and they could not have been nicer to him.
So where did these disgrunted tourists stay? Was it the same hotel as I stayed at? Or was it all a dream?
My final comment is that when I heard what some of the Canadians were paying for one week with everything included, I could not think of one hotel in the US that would provide 3 plus meals a day, unlimited drinks, great snorkeling, beautiful views, and a very comfortable room for even close to that price. Even Americans were getting a great deal.
I will return again and again and love Jamaica for all the good things it provides. Incidentally, Spice World, a grocery across the street, is a good place to buy Blue Mt. coffee and other goodies, like the Gleaner, the local newspaper.
- 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