When we arrived, the room we requested wasn't available so we were allocated a first floor suite (about 15 steps) which was a nice surprise.There was a fitted kitchen area with a full sized fridge/freezer, hob, microwave, kettle and coffee maker.There were also tea bags and utensils etc, a nice sitting area and a balcony which could be accessed from the bedroom or the living area. The balcony had a nice view of the sea and part of the town centre. The tennis courts were about 20 metres away from the suite.
The bedroom was clean, the air con worked well and there was a good sized wardrobe. The beds were larger than the average single and the sheets were well laundered. I only found one TV channel (I don't often watch TV on holiday) but other guests had more choice. The bathroom was nicely laid out with a good supply of towels which were changed daily but only hand soap is provided so bring your own toiletries. There is a switch for the hot water which instantly heats up and never ran cold but it was so hot outside that I didn't need a really hot shower (some reviews said the water ran cold). The whole suite was thoroughly cleaned.
Breakfast is provided at the on site June Plum restaurant-there is a choice of eggs, toast, porridge, salt fish, yams, boiled dumplings and fruit. You can only have certain combinations so the menu might be a bit limited for some. However there is an unlimited supply of water, fruit punch and coffee and the service is attentive without being overbearing. We had dinner in this restaurant on the night we arrived and a few dishes were unavailable but the staff made up some alternatives which was really nice. One day when leaving early (7am) the kitchen wasn't open. A takeaway breakfast was boxed up for us so we could go on our day trip.
The location is great-yes the hotel is up a rather steep hill which will be challenging for anyone with average or limited physical ability but it's more than walkable- afterall I managed it after 3 weeks without any exercise! Nearby, there is Mystic Park and bird sanctuary. Turtle Park aka Turtle River Gardens is just across the road. There is a duty free shopping complex called the Taj Mahal where you can shop duty free and change money. A little further on is the Island Village shopping complex with about 30 shops, cafes and a beach at the end of the complex. Margaritaville is in this complex. for anyone who wants to party locally.The Jerk centre provides really tasty food at very cheap prices. A little further on is the craft market, supermarkets and other shops which are very reasonably priced. Evita's and Ruins at the Falls restaurant are virtually next door.
All of the above can be walked in about 10 minutes and the Dolphin swimming park and Dunns Rivers Falls is a short drive away as are many other attractions.
The pool is lovely to relax by and there is a pool guard present to ensure safety. There is also a pool bar. The complex is an hotel and also has some privately owned apartments. I was told that the complex was 80% full but it felt very quiet and relaxing when I was there and I didn't really see that many people.
There is an on site taxi service which I don't think the hotel advertises. Mr Green, Singh and the team will get you to where you want to go quickly and safely. They're not as cheap as a local cab but will offer a service tailored to meet any specific requests. My thanks to Renardo and Martel who did a top job carrying my heavy suitcase on arrival and departure.
All in all, this hotel is a great place to relax in or go out and about from There are so many things to do nearby. The staff are friendly and accommodating. It's more like a home from home. I would definitely recommend it and would be happy to stay here again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A modern gated complex complete with swimming pool, bar area, restaurant and tennis court. Air conditioned rooms with jacuzzi with king and queen side beds. Can sleep up to 8 people. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Crane Ridge Hotel Ocho Rios
- Mystic Ridge Resort Jamaica/Ocho Rios