An incredible hotel. Oozing character and history, Jamaica Inn is a fantastic destination for anyone looking for privacy, high quality service, outstanding food and total relaxation.
There were 4 of us, staying in Cottages 3 and 4. These vast suites had huge balconies, infinity pools and their own access to the sea, and were totally private. If we had wanted to, we could quite easily have not ventured out the whole week.
My parents in law were lucky to get an upgrade for a few days to the White Suite, which was simply incredible, and even larger than the cottages. This had a huge pool, it's own garden and grounds and a walkway leading to a stunning private bluff with a double sun bed.
Service was first class. The chef and kitchen went out of their way for my mother in law, who has a severe allergy. We always find this a problem anywhere else. Meanwhile, the first couple of nights we heard a bit of noise coming from the resort round the corner, with music going on quite late. We mentioned this to Mary, the general manager. She promptly called the police commissioner and we didn't hear a peep again! Mary was always out and about with her two lovely dogs, making sure guests were enjoying themselves. Her and the staff were simply awesome, and always smiling!
The food was delicious. Lobster, fresh fish, jerk chicken, refreshing salads, tropical fruit and Blue Mountain coffee, it was always scrumptious. I always stuck to the Jamaican food, but there were many other options available, all tasty and stunningly presented. I am now suffering jerk withdrawal as a result! The same applies to the cocktails, whether down with Teddy on the beach or while waiting on the terrace before dinner.
A few things to point out. Evening meals at the restaurant are fairly smart, so trousers and collared shirts for guys, luckily not black tie though!
We hired the boat to take us to Dunn's River Falls. It is definitely worth seeing this, but you need to take cash with you for not just the boat trip, but also the entrance fee at the falls, along with tips for the boat guys, and for the guy who will accompany you up the falls (taking photos). We didn't realise all this and had to dash back to the room when we got back. It worked out v expensive in the end. It is actually very close by road, so it would be much cheaper to get a taxi.
You will hear a lot of crickets and tree frogs at night at the cottages. You zone out after a while! The time we went (December) also meant we got no sun on the decks of the cottages, so went down to the beach for that. The beach is huge, with loads of sun beds and plenty of space. You also benefit from the cocktails being whisked round!
The drive from the airport (Montego Bay) took about an hour and a half in traffic.
Keep your eyes peeled for hummingbirds, especially along the back of the hotel.
Room service is only five dollars, we should have made more use of this!
We were shown round Cottage 7, it was huge, very modern. The White Suite was something else though. If you can, stay there!
It is definitely not for young children. We only saw adults. Most people kept themselves to themselves.
If you go, have an amazing time, and have a red stripe for me!
- 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