When we escaped the freezing rain and snow of the Northeast, after a full day of airport headaches, The Jamaica Inn turned out to be just what the doctor ordered. Although we arrived hours later than scheduled due to the storm, our driver Brian was still waiting for us in Montego Bay. “No Problem”, he said with a smile, and that theme carried through our whole trip. With a cold beverage in hand, we made record time to the Inn, where we were greeted like we had been there many times before, although this was our first visit. They had even provided us with a sandwich platter since we had arrived after dining hours. We had chosen a ground floor veranda suite, which incidentally was just remodeled and updated, and we couldn’t have been more comfortable. The high ceilings and shuttered French doors leading to the veranda made for a very spacious feel. The only thing the room was short on was drawers for clothing storage, but there were ample hangars and rod space. The veranda was quite large, and was the ideal place for coffee in the morning, and reading in the late afternoon. The plantings off the veranda allowed for some privacy, but also afforded us a wonderful view of the beach and Sea. Our favorite memories of the Inn all revolve around the wonderful staff. They were very attentive, and couldn’t have been a nicer bunch of folks. We chose not to be on the all-inclusive plan, as we liked to wander around town on several occasions, and that worked very well for us. For those that enjoy three meals a day while on vacation, you might want to consider the all-inclusive plan. The Inn offers room or veranda service as well as in the dining areas, so your meals can be as private or sociable as you like. There’s a nice workout room, with an up-to-date elliptical trainer, a cycle and treadmill, and free weights that we tried to hit daily so there’d be less guilt about the first rum cooler as the beach bar opened. The beach was very well kept, and the warm sea water and soft sand was very inviting for swimming and snorkeling. Most people hit the beach by day, and then transformed into casual elegant for dinner time. During our stay the Inn offered a beach barbeque, which transformed the beach into a wonderful candlelit banquet. All of the extra hard work put forth by Mary, the manager, and by the staff, made it a truly a memorable evening. For those looking to step back briefly from the hustle and bustle of life, and truly relax in a peaceful tropical paradise, I highly recommend The Jamaica Inn.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Since 1950, Jamaica Inn has consistently been ranked as one of the top resort hotels in the Caribbean. Jamaica Inn is a small, elegantly timeless resort located in beautiful Ocho Rios, Jamaica. With just 52 suites spread over 8 acres, there are sweeping views of the Caribbean Sea from every suite. This property boasts a 700-foot premier private beach, which is often considered to be the one of the best in the Caribbean. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Jamaica Hotel Ocho Rios
- Jamaica Ocho Rios
- Jamaica Inn Ocho Rios