I was incredibly surprised by Hibiscus Lodge when we drove through the gates and off the busy Ocho Rios road. I was worried that its proximity to the town would make it noisy and far from peaceful, but I couldn't hear a thing from the road when I was at the bar, in the restaurant or in my room. The hotel itself was also very quiet, which meant we got the 'beach' and restaurant to ourselves most days. We went for an ocean view room, and the views were worth every penny that we paid.
The food in the restaurant is great, so much so that we ate there 85% of the time. We loved the jerk chicken and the Hawaiian salad. The breakfast was also amazing, with the eggs being cooked to perfection and nothing coming out too greasy. Hats off to the chef!
The biggest drawback of this hotel were some of the staff who either seemed very unfriendly and almost anxious or worried or extremely sales like. The tennis coach would sit by the pool from morning to night with a basket full of rackets next to him and a hire charge of $20 per hour for the rackets and balls. We were really disappointed by this because my partner and I are both tennis players, but there was no mention of a $20 hire charge on the hotel website so we didn't bring our own rackets. Also because the hotel was so empty it felt too awkward to use the pool with this guy just sat there watching us. We also felt harassed by the masseuse who stopped us once to sell her services then walked down to the beach to tell us her pricing again.
All-in-all the way the hotel is built into the cliff, as well as the landscaped gardens at the front of the property are fantastic and we did enjoy our stay. It is definitely worthy of it's mid-range pricing.
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- Also Known As:
- Hibiscus Hotel Ocho Rios
- Hibiscus Lodge Hotel Jamaica/Ocho Rios
- Hibiscus Ocho Rios