We returned from JI ten days ago having had a two stay visit to Jamaica for a family reunion and then my husband and I spent four nights at JI to relax! Having come from Beaches Negril, it was a bit of a case of 'from one extreme to the other' and the peace and quiet was a bit of a shock to the system at first, though this is not a negative! We wish we'd done the trip in reverse, having four days relaxation before the family get together!
The positives: JI is a beautiful location and appears to be on the best beach in Ocho, and the hotel and its grounds are beautiful. The rooms, we stayed in a beachfront premium verandah suite, are lovely although we did find the shower temperature a little erratic (admittedly we didn't report this as we were only there for a short stay). Being able to sit out on the verandah and chill was great. We could not fault the food and drinks. We did use the AI option and i am sure it was worth it. The service was faultless, with all members of staff taking the time to chat without being intrusive. We loved Patrice! It was also great to see that so many had been there a long time, up to 55 years! Longer than we've been alive!! We also had a great trip out by boat from the beach to Dunns River Falls with Marvin. fabulous! He suggested we get there for 9 so as to beat the masses! We were first up to the top with another couple and when we returned to the beach there were hoards of tourists! Thanks!
The negatives: the one thing we wished could have been available was tea and coffee making facilities in the room/on the verandah. My ideal would have been to have a coffee on the verandah in the morning with my husband, listening to the sea. Shame. Having just read another reviewers comment about a leaving gift not being received, I think we were in the same boat! On checkout, there was mention of a candle to the manager who disappeared and returned with a new brochure?? I didn't comment at the time, but on reflection we are probably in the same position as the other reviewer....consistency!
All in all it was a very good stay, once we had relaxed. As it says in the brochure, 'the rooms opened up. After a while, so did we' very true! We will remember it for the wonderful location and fabulous and friendly service.
- 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