Placed hasn't changed in its basic content in years. Still a rather small operation and still is capable of delivering a consistent and fairly good quality.
Rooms are rather spacious, recently renovated and moderately kept up.
Property layout is as such that even having a Garden view is not a handicap. Besides, if you think about it, how much time do you spend in your room, hanging over the railing and watching the waves. Such an overrated selling point for an Ocean View.
Food is fresh and well prepared, with a fairly nice variety of fish, poultry and meat dishes.
Kids always have their pizza and muffins.
Staff is predominantly courteous a yes, sometimes a little slow in executing your requests...but hey, you are in the Caribbean and you have to take a chill pill.
The Host Manager Laura was receptive to our requests and before we knew it, everything was done.
Our breakfast and lunch waitress Julian would greet us every morning with a smile as big as the Jamaican sun. Ja Mon.
One thing that I didn't like, but it is not isolated to this Hotel - is the wet bar where certain type of folks park for the duration of the day and am not sure if they ever come out of the water to relieve themselves.
Solution is to stay at the beach and disregard this absolutely crazy idea of sitting at the pool while in the Caribbean.
Bottom line: thumbs up.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- * Renovated in summer 2008 * Located in Negril, on Jamaica's west coast * On the beachfront * Complimentary sun loungers on the beach * 1-storey main building and 2-storey buildings * Victorian-style architecture * Surrounded by 47,000 m2 / 56,500 sq. yards of lush gardens * 7.5 km / 4.7 miles from Negril West End * 6 km / 3.8 miles from various shops * 80 km / 48 miles from Montego Bay airport ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Riu Palace Tropical Bay Hotel Negril
- Riu Tropical Bay Jamaica
- Riu Palace Tropical Bay Negril
- Riu Tropical Bay Negril Jamaica
- Negril Riu Tropical Bay Hotel
- Riu Jamaica
- Riu Tropical Jamaica