Ok, first of all to comment on the reviews which point to this hotel as being "dated". Yes, it is dated, in the sense that it is old and charming in its decor, which is a plus in my mind. However, the reviewers are commenting on its perceived need of painting and sprucing up. This is definitely true, however for me, that doesn't matter. We were with Sunwing, with what they described as "Superior Room". The room was modern, 2nd floor, facing the beach with a balcony. Great view. The resort is situated on a private beach. You can't walk for "miles/kilometres" but the secluded private nature of the beach makes up for that. The air conditioning was modern and one of the best functioning units I've seen in the Caribbean. I've read some comments about variety of food being a problem. I didn't find this at all. There was always a choice of fish or beef or pork dishes. For a 3 1/2 star resort, the food was 5 star in my book. The only complaint I would have is that they could make a greater effort to utilize the heating underneath the food pans to keep the food a little warmer throughout the entire meal sitting. Other than that, no complaints. Food is great. It was one of the reasons we chose this resort, that is, the comments about the food were generally leaning towards very good. I have to concur, 100%. Very tasty, yes, Jamaican jerk is a common theme, but it wasn't just all that. The chef does an excellent job of providing variety within the constraints of being a smaller hotel. There was always salad at the salad station. The ambiance of this place cannot be understated. If you are total party type, forget this place. If you like a quiet place where you can relax, get to know people if you want to, mingle with other guests freely, again, only if you want to, then this place is idea. We met a musical couple from the Montreal area who both entertained us on the grand piano in the lobby (even though there's a sign saying please don't play the piano -- nobody cared, and no one stopped us or interrupted). The staff is laid back. They watch out for security, but let you do your thing. The staff are very friendly and treat you right. Kelly does a great job on the beach with the equipment and life-guarding. Overall the experience was extremely positive for us. We would go back there. You know, if there's some painting needed or decorative touch applied here and there, it's not important in the overall scheme of things. Cleanliness, friendliness of staff, beach, food and ambiance, these are things that matter, and the SPBH has all of that. I gave it a 5 star to counteract all the negative reviews from the whiners (who obviously read these reviews before they go, and so still chose to go :-)). It's really a 3 1/2 star as ratings go, but the cleanliness of rooms and maid service, 5 star, food, 5 star for taste and preparation in my book (just the warming thing), ambiance 5 star, beach lovely and 5 star, what more do you need. Overall appearance and state of repari and upgrading, less than 5 star. If you don't like the noisy party scene, 5 star definitely.
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- Shaw Park Beach Hotel Ocho Rios
- Shaw Park Jamaica
- Shaw Park Beach Ocho Rios
- Shaw Park Hotel Jamaica
- Shaw Park Beach Hotel & Spa Jamaica/Ocho Rios