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Jamaica Inn
Ranked #1 of 35 Hotels in Ocho Rios
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Reviewed April 14, 2014

If you're looking for a large, opulent, modern hotel, with enormous, plush suites, late-night entertainment, and a Michelin Star restaurant, I’d suggest that Jamaica Inn – indeed Jamaica itself – is probably not for you.

What you get at Jamaica Inn, however, is this beautiful ‘boutique’ hotel, with fewer than 50 suites, that oozes dignified charm and heritage, where time seems to stand still, where you can relax and quickly forget your usually busy life. Despite its colonial-style elegance, it’s by no means 'stuffy'. You’ll meet like-minded guests from all over the USA, Canada and Europe, and of all ages - from a few families with young, well-behaved children (aged 10+), and honeymooners, to retired couples - many of whom stay there year after year.

The views, whether looking out across the immaculate gardens to the sandy beach and clear, blue sea, or looking inland from the Caribbean towards the perfect blue buildings, are wonderful. (A trip down the coast by boat reveals that nowhere else on that coastline matches Jamaica Inn’s beach.)

The food is certainly good, with a fresh range of international and local dishes available each day. All rooms/suites are lovely, and simply decorated; (we prefer the upstairs level for its views and privacy, even though access to the gardens/beach not so immediate). Although there are no TVs (or clocks!), there is strong wi-fi throughout the hotel, including on the beach, so your iPad/tablet will be useful. And I was pleasantly surprised to realise, half way through our stay, that (in March, anyway) there are no flies, mosquitoes or other aerial beasties, anywhere.

What makes Jamaica Inn perfect, though, is the people who work there, some of whom have been there for decades. Get to know the team and you will make new friends. The beach bar team of Winston, Rupert, Marvin, Damar and, of course, the legendary Teddy, will not only serve you your complimentary Planters Punch each day, and many other delightful concoctions, they will also chat and get to know you, and make sure that they don’t beat you too heavily at croquet! And the dining staff, including Ryan and Carter, will entertain you while ensuring that you put on weight.

You’ll find that everyone who works at Jamaica Inn - including the excellent and approachable manager, Kyle, and co-owner, Eric - refers to the place as ‘home’. When we first arrived, we were warmly greeted with the words, “Welcome home”. I thought they had made a mistake – we hadn’t been there before. But over the days, we came to regard Jamaica Inn as our special home from home, and to understand the relevance of the welcome. On our last day, when we told the beach bar team that we really didn’t want to leave, Rupert wisely pointed out, “But you have to leave, so that you can come back home again!”

Quite simply, if you’re going to Jamaica, and are looking for total rest and relaxation in the most gorgeous of settings with wonderful people looking after you, look no further than Jamaica Inn. We certainly look forward to coming home again soon.

Room Tip: Upper level rooms have better views and offer greater privacy than those below. And cost less. Avoid...
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Reviewed April 10, 2014

This is a gorgeous property and not to be missed! The service is outstanding and we loved the tranquility. The rooms are stunning and very clean and comfortable. The plants and flowers around the property are beautiful. We were impressed that we always had a chair on the beach away from others. Nobody saves chairs here! We enjoyed the nightly music very much. Our meals for breakfast and lunch were very good. However, our meals at dinner were inconsistent. We would recommend not choosing MAP as then a person can pick and choose and maybe go out to dinner. Don't miss going to this resort. You will love it!

Room Tip: Our room on the second floor in the main building had a lovely view of the beach and pool.
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1  Thank Brandy70
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Reviewed April 7, 2014

Jamaica Inn is wonderful and delivers on virtually all points.
My wife and I visited March 21st- March 28th.

Rather than continue to repeat what so many other reviewers have accurately captured, I will share what for us was a wonderful, defining moment of what the Inn offers its guests.

Our second day on the property was met with a typical Jamaican rainfall. Most guests vacated the beach and we returned to our room to let the rain play out. The rooms at JI were built in the early 50's and management has done an outstanding job in preserving the casual elegance they effortlessly exude. We were in a lower level room in the centre of the property overlooking the grounds and the view of the tidy gardens, croquet court, and sea brought immediate tranquility. With a soft breeze moving through the shutters in our room, the sound of gentle rainfall met with the classic jazz we had streaming in the room, we took to the patio couch and settled in for a glass of wine. Time stood still for a moment, and other than the Ipad we were using to stream music, we felt we were suspended in time--a moment played out numerous times by countless couples from the 1950's to present day. These are the moments that make vacations, and JI delivers them with ease.

It was a pleasure meeting Kyle the GM, and fellow Canadian (for a short time during his studies!), and co-owner Eric was always available for a friendly chat around breakfast or during afternoon tea.

The staff is outstanding, each of them caring, attentive, and engaged. If you are fortunate to catch a fish as I was (thanks Marvin), the chef will prepare it for your per your request.

Well done Jamaica Inn and team.

Room Tip: Higher rooms have a good view of the sea. Lower level offer larger patios.
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Reviewed April 6, 2014

I have rented and visited many places and rarely has the place exceeded what was presented on the internet or their website as much as the Jamaica Inn did. I wanted a boutique hotel with grace and beauty. This has it all. The lady a few reviews back was a poor witness to the great grace and beauty of this Hotel. It is too bad that reviews like hers are presented when it is obvious that she was offended that she decided to bring her child when it was clearly stated that there were age limits.

True this is a place that all meals are served by friendly and graceful personal at a pace that allows you to enjoy the beautiful property and food (breakfast and lunch in the breeze looking out at a blue water bay/ lunch there or on the beach and dinner al fresco to the music of a soft band). This is not a place to come if you want to rush through breakfast before 7:30 or any meal for that matter. This is a place to relax in the understated elegance and severe of personal how are fixtures of the property and greet many of the visitors by name and know their preferences from their many previous visits.

The Verandah suites are worth a special mention as we spent as much time on the verandah as anywhere else. Whether it was during the early morning, waiting out a passing rain shower or reading in the evening they outside are of the room was something that took a great vacation spot and made it one of the best Hotel rooms we have ever stayed in.

In short The Jamaica Inn exceeded our expectations and we hope to be back for return visits.

  • Stayed: April 2014, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank RichardJorgensen
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JamaicaInn, General Manager at Jamaica Inn, responded to this reviewResponded April 7, 2014

Dear RichardJorgensen,

Thank you so much for your recent review of Jamaica Inn.

It is very inspiring for us to hear how much you enjoyed the hotel and we do appreciate all your kind words.

We love to hear that we have exceeded your expectations and it is a testament to our team who continue to do everything they can to help make our guests feel welcomed.

We thank you, as well as all our guests who take time out to visit this forum with reviews. Your review in turn helps us to continue to keep our hotel in top notch condition for your next visit!

We do look forward to welcoming you back to the Inn very soon again.

All the best,

Kyle Mais
General Manager

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Reviewed April 5, 2014

This hotel is fabulous . It caters for people who just want to relax and enjoy the severity of the location. No televisions radios or sound systems - just divine. Staff are friendly and welcoming - no better. Both my husband and I will be back again.

Stayed: March 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 4, 2014

We travelled with Thomson and booked an all inclusive 7 day break at the Jamaica Inn for our honeymoon. We wanted to spend a week completely relaxing after our wedding.

From the moment we arrived we felt welcome. We were put in room 53 which is on the 1st floor, centrally located in the main building overlooking the beach. The room was clean, light and airy with a large balcony that has a sofa, desk, armchair and a set of table and chairs plus a fridge. It was lovely to sit out on the balcony when there was the inevitable tropical downpour - which when we were there (27/03 to 03/04) never lasted more than 30 minutes during the day.

There is a stairwell just next to room 53 which leads directly onto the extremely well maintained gardens. (Go on Henry's tour of the gardens, you will learn all about them!) Just across the lawn is the beach. I preferred being on the 1st floor as I do not like sleeping on ground floors of buildings, but if stepping straight off your verandah onto the lawn or beach is your idea of heaven there are lots of rooms like this (Although I did notice that some of them had a kind of step over the rails so if you have limited mobility you should ask for a room that accomodates this and I am certain they will do absolutely anything to help you).

The private beach, like the gardens, is very well looked after with more than enough sunbeds and clean towels brought out to you when you choose your spot. I don't like swimming in the sea but I made an exception for this location - warm and crystal clear!

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Breakfasts were good, with a large and varied menu. Each day there is a different local speciality available (I can recommend the Rasta Ackee) as well.

Although the lunch menu remained the same throughout the week there was a lot to choose from and the quality of the food was great.
On the Saturday evening (our 1 weekaversary) we had a private dinner on the beach and it was so romantic. I can highly recommend this!

Every evening begins with cocktails before you sit down to eat dinner. You are eating under the stars with a reggae band playing in the background. There is a lot of variation in the menu and we enjoyed everything we chose. On the night of the beach barbeque the tables are all taken out onto the beach and there is a lot of food served buffet style, including many local dishes. I did discuss with Head Chef Maurice about the previous TA reviews that say the food was bland/gloopy but that that had not been our experience and we really enjoyed it!

The staff are fabuolous and the hotel is clean and very well maintained. I will not forget that blue and white for as long as I live. Actual paradise. Go!!!!!!

Room Tip: The rooms in the main building have a straight-on view of the beach whereas some of the other rooms...
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Reviewed April 4, 2014

Most of us live full active lives. We rarely make a habit of consciously setting aside time to take a break from the hectic pace of our demanding lives.

The JAMAICA INN is an oasis of calm. We instantly knew we had come to the right place. All the beautiful & lasting memories that we've created, during our recent stay, will forever be etched in my mind.

The staff are cheerful, kind & friendly. With genuine warmth, they give of themselves so generously. And, every day, by word & deed, in some unselfish way, they succeed in making you happy.

There are not enough superlatives in the English language to describe our 5 star experience. And, it is impossible to talk about everything in a few paragraphs. Let me just say that the JAMAICA INN is committed to excellence & is outstanding in every way.

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Additional Information about Jamaica Inn

Address: Main St, Ocho Rios, Jamaica
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Location: Caribbean > Jamaica > Saint Ann Parish > Ocho Rios
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Ocho Rios
#1 Family Hotel in Ocho Rios
#1 Spa Hotel in Ocho Rios
#1 Luxury Hotel in Ocho Rios
#1 Romantic Hotel in Ocho Rios
#1 Green Hotel in Ocho Rios
Price Range: $354 - $1,036 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Jamaica Inn 4.5*
Number of rooms: 52
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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