Long review, but worth the read!!!! I stayed at this resort from November 12-19 2012! It was for a 25th wedding anniversary, and we were with a large group( 44 people total)! Before I left, I read some reviews just to see how others thought the resort was, and to get a general idea of what to expect! Lots of people are just wanting things to complain about!!!
The Drive from the airport was an hour for us, had a really nice driver! Stopped at one of the jerk huts on the way! Delicious, being Jamaican & loving jerk chicken, this was amazing.
Check in: We arrived at the hotel around 8pm, so check in was pretty quick, even though it was a Monday, the resort was really busy! Decided to upgrade and stayed in room 1027 & 1028, which was on the deluxe side of the resort. People on here complained about the walking to and from the deluxe side are just LAZY! Not far at all.
Nightlife: On the resort, their disco is open, not really sure what the hours are but on the first day it was SO FUN! Days after.. died down very quickly. Some of us decided to go to a local party, with our driver and we had so much fun! I loved the amount of bars on the resort, could get a drink at any time of the day and workers were awesome!
Food: The only let down for me was the food, because I was expecting real Jamaican food and flavor, so it was definitely watered down, but we all found it easy to find something to eat since there was a huge selection every day. The Italian restaurant did have the left overs from dinner though (at night time), but when you're feeding that many people it's expected. Jerk hut on the beach was really good, plantation buffet was my favorite and food in town was really good as well! Didn't really like any of the a la cartes, they do make them seem better than they are, and the portions are small!
Tipping: I tipped randomly, but got great service whether I tipped or not. I was friendly to everyone and didn't have a problem at all!
Housekeeping: A few people that left reviews had belongings stolen? I brought my iPhone many people in our group brought iPads & MacBooks and they weren't stolen! The only thing that was locked up was our money. Housekeeping staff were great, brought us anything we needed in the rooms like towels and that kind of stuff. Cleaned the rooms very well. We didn't have any bugs in our room, but a few people had roaches. It's a tropical place, what do you expect!
Random: If you can get a massage, I'd suggest it! It was great, Dunns River Falls a MUST! And there are two pools, one on the deluxe side which is more quiet and relaxing or the pool on the regular side which is more of a party pool! Room wifi is slow, but I wasn't on it for a long periods, simply because I wanted to enjoy my vacation!
Lots of people on here also complain about the beds, the staff, the vendors on the beach, the actual beach, the bees by the bar, the workers being rude, and the resort as a whole. YOU guys really need to loosen up. Why take a vacation if you're going to complain about everything and stay in your room the whole time... My group had a great time, because we made the most of it and realized that we were not at home so of course things are going to be different! Every resort is going to have negatives. Cheers!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Situated in northern Jamaica, on the beachfront. Two 6-storey buildings and one 5-storey building. Surrounded by 90,000 m2 / 107,000 sq. Yards of lush gardens. Complimentary sun loungers on the beach. 10 Km / 6.2 Miles to Ocho Rios. 4 Km / 2.5 Miles from various shops. 105 Km / 65 miles to Montego Bay airport. 600 M / 1,970 ft. From a bus stop. Credit cards accepted: MasterCard, Visa, Diners ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Riu Hotel Ocho Rios
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- Rio Ocho Rios
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