The Hibiscus Lodge turned out to be a great choice of hotel whilst staying in Ocho Rios. It's set in beautifully landscaped gardens with winding paths and meandering streams. The first impression from arriving was that perhaps the building facia was in need of updating. But once you walk about the grounds we found that it was part of the character of this lodge style retreat.
It must be said that the staff were all very friendly, helpful & polite from the front desk to the cleaners to the meal servers. In fact it was the meal servers that made breakfast a particular treat each morning. It was a well cooked and varied Jamaican menu hand served silver service style. To top it off the breakfast room has a great sea view to take in too, something which we never tired of each day.
There are 2 choices of rooms available. Pool may be okay. But if it's available go for the sea view. We had an uninterrupted view overlooking the sea and an immediately in front of a coral reef vantage point. The room was a good size with bath, shower, air con and cable TV. The best part was the floor to ceiling full glass window & sliming doors looking out to sea & horizon. This can be taken in by a full length balcony with chairs & table in relaxing fashion.
Location wise, Hibiscus Lodge is located at the eastern most point of the town. There are plus and minus points to this. Firstly there is a beach a short 5 minute walk further east. It's small and is good of you want to get away from the usually large & busy beaches. You can still hire a jetski from there also. The hotels location means that you get to explore more of the town and not just the commercialised end. So you experience more of what Och Rios has to offer. The whole town is small anyway, so you can quite happily walk it's length & take it all in on foot. Or you can order a cab if that's more convenient. Staying in a more central hotel would mean you probably won't see all that the real town has to offer esp if you're staying in an All-Inc hotel.
All in all the Hibiscus lodge was a happy surprise a excellent value for money and great & helpful customer service. It even has a private tennis court with an optional instructor on hand. The rooms were clean and had all that you need for a pleasant and comfortable stay.
Tips: do check out the Jerk Centre for the very best jerk chicken and the Dunns River Falls. Margaritaville is great for a drink and Island Jerk is the best fast food chain in Jamaica. Look out fir the local favourite Juicy Patties too.
The bar was cool, if a little quiet, but no complaints. You get to sit in swinging chairs and take in a delightful open air sea view.
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- Also Known As:
- Hibiscus Hotel Ocho Rios
- Hibiscus Lodge Hotel Jamaica/Ocho Rios
- Hibiscus Ocho Rios