In Jamaica, you definitely get what you pay for, and that is not completely a bad thing. Lately when I visit Negril, I am on a budget and have been searching for hotels for under $50 a night. Thus far I've stayed at Pure Gardens, Sun Beach, Paul's Apartments and now Gardenia Resort. I want to review each one on its own.
GARDENIA - I picked this one because of the pictures on the website (which looked decent enough) and the crazy low $38 a night price tag that I paid for 7 days. The hotel is definitely older. Which means there are good things and bad things that you will experience during your stay. Our room ended up being way in the back by the pool and jacuzzi, which by the way hadn't been cleaned so we did not utilize either during our stay. The room was large, as was the king size bed. The room itself was clean. We had daily maid service and they were all very friendly. I cannot say the towels were squeaky clean though, so we used our own beach towels for the most part but the we had no issues with the bed linens. The water was lukewarm in the shower and not the best pressure in the world but it definitely served its purpose. The front desk staff was friendly and that is all that we saw. They don't bug you at this resort. You're left to your own devices. As a matter of fact, I don't even recall seeing another guest in our four unit block of rooms so we wandered around like we owned the place. It had a nice big balcony with a cute two person bench to relax on. Very quiet. Very private. Very Basic. If you go in to this hotel, not expecting more than the bare minimum (room, bed, shower, t.v, maid service) and you're not picky, you will be just fine here.
PURE GARDENS - This location is also an older hotel that I have reviewed before. You get a basic room, the mattresses are far from fluffy, so my husband and I took the mattress off the other unused bed and put it on top of ours. Instant pillow top! (as I said, we are not picky). The room was clean, you get daily maid service, and a nice little veranda to sit out on. Just like Gardenaia, Pure Gardens has a great deal of trees and flowering plants which is nice. I will say this though, we had to change rooms from the first one we were offered and were much happier with the second option they gave us. Every room is not the same. The front desk staff are great for the most part and will assist with most requests. We had one issue with a maintenance guy grumbling about having to provide us a mini fridge once we changed rooms but that was minor. The pool is big and deep enough to dive. You can also get massages out by the pool deck which was nice. Again, basic room, clean, shower, better pool than Gardenia, but none of these locations have a "sparkling clean pool" if you know what I mean. But at least at Pure Gardens, we didn't notice that until the end of our trip and it was slight. SUN BEACH - Sun Beach is a bar, not a hotel, but the owners have a few rooms that if available you can rent. Sun Beach is literally on the beach. You walk out of your room and you're there. The rooms are very basic. I did however like the size and comfort of the beds here a great deal better. The room was large, shower, t.v, no regular maid service. They do have a maid, but depending on your in and out schedule in your room, you might miss her, which we did for several days. But we're not pigs so it wasn't a problem. When we needed towels or supplies all we had to do was walk up to the bar. The bar staff is super nice and they brought us whatever we needed. No complaints. Sun Beach is all about location, and is probably one of the few places that have rooms right on the beach. This one is NOT advertised however so scheduling is a little tricky.
PAUL'S APARTMENTS - We found this one when we needed a cheaper place to take the sting off the cost of a location wedding. This is a larger home, that has been converted into individual apartments off of Non Lampriel Road (don't quote me on the spelling). Its further into Negril past Sweet Spice restaurant (if you know where that is) so you'll need a cab to get back to the beach side. We liked this place because it was safe, it has a huge locked gate that you get a key to, Paul (the owner) is onsite downstairs and makes himself available for any question you may have, our room (not all) had a full kitchen and fridge in it. Granted there was a small battle to be fought with some invading ants, but we won. Clean room, shower, veranda, and a kitchen to cook your own food for $50. For me, you can't beat that with a stick. Again, there is always a downside. You don't get $50 rooms AND perfect service. The power went out one night for an hour or so. There is no pool, no jacuzzi, no nothing like that. When we went to try to walk to the beach, we soon realized that the rocky path on the way there was not going to make it easy. But this place felt really homey. Paul is very welcoming and we would definitely go back.
IF ANYONE ELSE KNOWS OF $50 OR UNDER ROOMS THAT ARE WORTH AN HONEST BALANCED MENTION - Please feel free to add to the post. I'm all about saving money and not always paying for the glitz and glamour if the basics will do I will add more pics later. HAPPY TRAVELS!!
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- Also Known As:
- Daniel Village Hotel Negril
- Daniel Village Negril