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Judy House Cottages and Rooms
Ranked #1 of 49 Specialty Lodging in Negril
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Kipling Station, Saskatchewan, Canada
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“Wow ! The experience of a lifetime...”
Reviewed January 20, 2013

Brian and I aren't your typical backpackers. We arrived with 2 pieces of large luggage ( because our daughter was being married in Ochos Rios the next week and we carried alot of wedding dresses and accessories with us. ) We arrived 13 hours late due to weather and technical delays so we were tired ... a little grumpy.. unsure of where we were going. But Sue, you made us feel welcome from the first moment and helped us get over our jet lag in record time. The coffee and sweet condensed milk was amazing and reinvigorated us .
The gardens were absolutely beautiful with flowers, butterflies everywhere and hummingbirds with local songbirds. The neighbourhood was a typical Jamaican rural setting with resident roosters, chickens and goats feeding next door. Sue acquainted us with the local merchants and where we could go to beach bum for a few days.
Our stay was only made more special by Sue's wonderful stories, the other backpackers world experiences ( while there we shared space with a people from America, Quebec, Australia, Argentina and Morocco.. ) We felt totally safe there with Brownie, the guard dog and Martell the local security guard who watched out for any strays who might try to access the Judy House property. The next week we stayed in a 5 star hotel and were invaded by hotel security guards one night who were "checking" our room without knocking...Judy House beat them hands down for feeling more secure.
We really enjoyed New Years eve on the ocean at the Canoe resteraunt and bringing in the new year with friends we had made at the hostel. Sue I must apologize for Brian taking the towel from his room. He thought it was his from home.... we promise to return it the next trip we make ! Thanks for making us feel at home and welcome. We will make Judy House a destination on our next trip to Jamaica.

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Judyhousesue, Owner at Judy House Cottages and Rooms, responded to this review, March 13, 2013
I so enjoyed your visit too, you & hubby ticking off that 'bucket list' experience I know so well. Separate backpacker rooms after all those years married too! You were both a joy to have around, come see me again one day. One Love xx
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Imola, Emilia-Romagna, Italy
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Reviewed January 9, 2013

We really enjoyed our stay at the Judy House. The international atmosphere there was really nice and the staff was really really helpful. The airline company lost our luggage and Sue (the owner) helped us a lot and took care of everything (telephone calls, fax, ...) for us, while we where enjoying Jamaica. Also, she knows the island perfectly and she gave us some excellent advice. Our room was alright, clean and it looked like we were in the middle of a tropical garden. The description of the property matches exactely what we found. We travelled on Xmas day and we joined Sue and the other guests for dinner. The food was really good and we felt very welcomed. 100% recommended.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Judyhousesue, Owner at Judy House Cottages and Rooms, responded to this review, January 20, 2013
It was a pleasure to help you both! I would have been pulling my hair out with NO LUGGAGE !! You too were just great despite that disappointment. Loved the funky Jamaican clothes you bought with the airline allowance. Glad they found it still waiting in Bologna for when you arrived back. Thank you for taking the time to say thanks, it is much appreciated. One Love !
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Vancouver, Canada
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Reviewed January 7, 2013

My Husband and I booked for only 2 nights, to lock down a place when we first go to Negril...we ended up staying a total of 4 and only left because the place had no more availability for us past that point, other wise we wouldn't have left! Everything was clean, secure and comfortable. The gardens are beautiful, there is a small wading pool if you don't want to make it to the beach, and an outdoor movie screen/projector. Sue and her staff are so friendly, knowledgable and outgoing. It was easy to feel right at home at the Judy house. Truly the BEST value you'll find in Negril. It may seem away from all the beach action but it's a cheap cab ($400J) or 45min walk. and she can arrange tours for you. Thank you Sue!

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Judyhousesue, Owner at Judy House Cottages and Rooms, responded to this review, January 20, 2013
Was great to have you stay longer, loved that movie night! Thanks so much for taking the time to write such a lovely review. Hope to see you both back one day. One Love !
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Reviewed January 7, 2013

My trip to jamaica involved staying in 7 different hotels everywhere from Montego Bay to the 7 mile beach on negril to the cliffs on the west. Judy's House was hands down the most charming place of all.

I stayed for one night only, but i wish i had stayed for more. The atmosphere of the place is very community driven. Guests like to hang out and find out more about you and tell you about themselves. You will also want to find out more about Sue herself as she seems like is filled with endless interesting stories.

You'll be able to cook, clean clothes and take showers. The rooms are small but you can tell a lot of effort has been invested into them. Just make sure to bring earbuds or something to keep the roosters from waking you up if you want to sleep in.

Location is a tad removed as you have a 10 min walk to reach the main road. At night some people might find the street dogs and locals intimidating at first, but after you walk by them you will realize its the unfamiliar scaring you rather than the dogs or locals.

When i go back to jamaica i will absolutely stay for a couple of nights and insist to anyone to do the same.

  • Stayed January 2013
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Judyhousesue, Owner at Judy House Cottages and Rooms, responded to this review, January 20, 2013
Great of you to write after one night's stay. Thanks for the great description and helpful tips for future travelers. Look forward to you coming back then, for longer next time. One Love !
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Denver, Colorado
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Reviewed January 6, 2013

First thing you notice when you enter is the amazing garden that is engulfing the hostel. It makes you feel like you are living in a piece of art. Sue creates a very relaxed atmosphere in here hostel making it very easy to meet people if you are alone, and if you are traveling with a group it is just as easy to enjoy yourself and the company of other fellow travelers. Sue knows Negril and Jamaica very well so anything you need help with while traveling she will defiantly be able to accommodate you; her love and knowledge for Jamaica really adds to your experience while traveling to Jamaica.

Defiantly recommended this hostel to any type of traveler, guaranteed you will enjoy your stay here.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled solo
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Judyhousesue, Owner at Judy House Cottages and Rooms, responded to this review, January 20, 2013
Thank you so much for taking the time to write about your experience here. I certainly enjoyed your input to many of the activities here, especially the laughter. You were great & so glad you enjoyed the rest of your travels after you finally left ha ha ! One Love x
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Copenhagen, Denmark
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Reviewed December 25, 2012

After a few days at the Judy House me and my boyfriend desided to extend our visit a little bit. Then after we travelled around Jamaica a little bit, but the Judy House is for sure the best hostel we visited. The atmosphere is so nice and Sue is very friendly, one day we came back with sunburns and she went to her garden to cut some fresh aloe vera to cool it with. We had a great time with the other backpackers as well, and we can for sure recommend the Judy House!

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Judyhousesue, Owner at Judy House Cottages and Rooms, responded to this review, January 5, 2013
Thanks so much for remembering the little things that counted and for being such wonderful people too. Sure was a great year made extra special with people like you both. Irie !!
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Stockholm, Sweden
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Reviewed December 22, 2012

We that that we would stay 4 day first, then we liked it so mutch so it become 12 days.. Sue, the owner is so frendly end good to explain Jamaica and if you want to go somwere, she can give you good information and she really know Jamaica:)
Me, my boyfriend and my friends that stayd on "The Judy House" loved it and rekomend this plays!!!
on this long trip to jamaica as a Back packer was this one of the best places on all Jamaica..

All love to Sue, Browning,Hyasint, Martel from Alexandra, Albin From Sweden

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Judyhousesue, Owner at Judy House Cottages and Rooms, responded to this review, January 5, 2013
Just lovely as you two were, so glad you enjoyed your stay with me and stayed all that extra time. Seemed like no-one wanted to leave, thank you al for the wonderful time I had with you all too. One Love !!
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Property: Judy House Cottages and Rooms
Address: Westland Mountain Road, Negril, Jamaica
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Location: Caribbean > Jamaica > Westmoreland Parish > Negril
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 49 Specialty Lodging in Negril
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:1.5 star — Judy House Cottages and Rooms 1.5*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Judy House Cottages property began life in December 2008 and finished construction in 2012. At the front of property 2 pretty, cosy, private, self-catering cottages are surrounded by the most beautiful tropical garden, with flowers, fruits & vegetables in abundance. The cosy, wooden cottages have verandas, private patios, hammocks, safes, cable TV, wifi, kitchen equipment and everything you should need to make your cottage your home whilst in Jamaica! Property is kept in pristine condition, including the communal patio, dip pool, bar-b-que, sun deck, rock garden, outdoor baths & shower. Nestling at the back of the secure property is my Backpacker Hostel, 8 bed, 5 basic rooms sharing kitchens, bathrooms & communal areas for world travelers and cottage guests alike. Added recently is a double private room with ensuite and private garden, plus 2 hammock cabanas where you can rent hammocks to sleep in. There is free WiFi for all too. A small, well stocked 'Honesty' bar/shop is provided for guests 24/7's to enjoy drinks & snacks for when you just want to hang out on property which has lots spaces designed for just that. Set in a real local, friendly community giving you the chance to experience the real Jamaica, with shops & bar close by and Mary's Bay Beach on the One Love Drive right at the end of my road. Quiet, with a real country feel, but with all the beach, restaurants, bars and other tourist facilities just a walk away. Sue can also organize airport shuttles, tours, scooter rentals and is a very valuable tourist information resource herself too! ... more   less 
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