We just came back from our honeymoon at Jamaica Inn and it was fabulous. The service was impeccable, especially the wait staff and housekeeping. They really did attend to all of our needs, and were so welcoming. The best part of the hotel is that it has a private beach which is pristine -- very sandy beaches, very clear water. Plus, the beach was virtually empty. Perhaps it was because we traveled during the low season, but there were only a handful of other couples at the hotel, so there were times when we had the beach all to ourselves. It was wonderful!
We stayed in a Premier Verandah Suite right on the beach. We heard reviews that the rooms overlooking the water (as opposed to the beach) are more private, which certainly is true, but we preferred the beach front rooms. First, it was so convenient to be able to step off our front porch and be on the beach. It was great to be able to run and grab snacks or use the bathroom by only taking a few steps. Second, we felt that we had a lot of privacy because the beach was so secluded. This was also because our room (number 45) was towards the end of the beach, so there was a lot less foot traffic. We would definitely get this room again.
Some tips for travelers staying at Jamaica Inn:
- Make sure you ask your mosquito repellant to be turned on in your room. Apparently there is a little plug-in that helps repel mosquitos, which we learned about from another guest on our last night. Unfortunately by then we were already bit quite a few times.
- Do research on trips outside of the hotel. While the hotel books excursions for you, we felt that they were not as helpful in letting you know the different places you can go, and did not provide a lot of options. This is definitely something you need to research on your own. We visited the Firefly House, Greenwood Great House and Dunns River Falls on our own and were very satisfied.
- We rented a car, which is only necessary if you want to be more independent and eat out. The food at Jamaica Inn is delicious, but more expensive, and not authentic Jamaican food. By renting a car, we ate out for more than half our meals, which saved us some money and allowed us to experience new things. It also allowed us to venture outside of Ocho Rios on our own, which was actually quite fun. Driving can be a bit dangerous, but totally doable. Word of warning -- there is no GPS, so come prepared with an excellent map.
- Also, if you're not doing an all-inclusive, stock up on beverages and snacks at a grocery store. It's much cheaper, and you can save your money on your actual meals.
- Apparently on Tuesdays the inn has a free happy hour and impressive buffet (not free). We were not aware of this, so make sure you find out about it so you don't miss it, it's great!
- 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