This hotel was quite luxurious, our room looked out over the pool and dining area, and we still had a good view of the ocean. Even though the hotel staff laughed when we asked how far it was to walk into town (they said it couldn't be done - had never been done in fact!), it only took us a couple hours to walk along the beach from the town centre. We stopped along the way and had some drinks, found some conch shells, met some locals. Fabulous walk, just wear a shirt and bring sunscreen with you!
The food was good, if not great. With a vegetarian on board, everyone was happy and found lots to eat. The fruit was not very ripe/fresh, and it rarely is in the big resorts (much of it is imported and not from Jamaica at all). The limited selection of Jamaican food was very good, only wish there was more choices of local food.
The beach is beautiful. Careful of the fruit bats who might get in your hair as they swoop around the trees at the beach when the sun goes down.
We weren't expecting the in-room liquor dispenser cabinet, this was over the top mon. An alcoholic's nightmare I would think. However, having high end rum, scotch, brandy and vodka (ok I hate vodka) at our disposal was pretty nice, especially for nightcaps.
There was also a turndown service, where the maid comes in and basically turns your covers down. I don't get it. But then again I'm not high end. The turn down service wore old quickly and we cut that off after a couple of days.
Wifi in the lobby bar area only, which is a bad idea on two counts. One, I would like to have the convenience of checking my mail quickly in my own room. Two, the bar area is filled with people knee deep in their laptops and/or smart phones. Often there were kids sitting in there all day shouting at their laptops while videoconferencing. I'm all for technology, but it makes for a bit of a crap atmosphere at the bar with it's grand piano. It's more like an internet cafe for children and their often drunk parents. Rant over. I was happy to have wifi and even happier to sip a rum cream while doing it, internet cafe atmosphere or not.
No ping pong table. It was a sad day for us when we were told it was "out of order". After a quick sulk fest, we moved on to something else.
All in all, it was a great place to stay. Whatever you do, get out and see the real Jamaica. Visit the countryside, walk the beach in town, smile at people and you will be smiled to. Ya mon, have fun!
- 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