We just got back from a 7 night stay at the Beachcomber. This part of the beach in Negril is amazing. The water is beautiful and you are within short walking distance to many other restaurants and bars. We stayed put most of the trip because we had our infant daughter with us. From the moment we arrived we were so happy with the service. We were upgraded from a standard room to a 1 bedroom oceanfront. Couldn't be more happy with the bartenders, front desk staff and others working at the hotel. Melissa, Jeffrey, Osheena and Lillian! Thanks a million!
As for food, it was like staying at someone's house and having them cook you meals. We enjoyed it SO much, like home cooked meals. Very limited menu, but it was nice picking from a few good things each day instead of a huge buffet that was no good! Breakfast was awesome. Hashbrowns and french toast were great and so was the veggie omelette. The lunch was usually burgers, hot dogs, jerk chicken, etc. Dinner was either buffet or table service and consisted of fish, jerk chicken or pork, rice, veggies and salad. Really simple but quite good. After a few days, you might want to switch it up a bit and head somewhere else for pizza, etc.
The drinks were great as we only had rum drinks and red stripe. It's very basic but all you need!
Our room was steps to the pool and beach and bar. We loved this because we were back and forth to the room a lot with the baby. Unfortunately, this is where the review takes a turn. We have travelled the world and have stayed in budget hotels in Thailand and many other countries, but there's a difference between old and clean and old and not clean. The room just looks like it needs a really good clean to put it frankly. It's been years and years of accumulated dirt that maybe have made it hard to keep up with. For instance, the towel rack in the bathroom was covered in grime. Knowing it was a 3 star, I brought Lysol wipes and cleaned the door knobs and light switches myself (crazy I know, but I had to...) and the dirt that came off the switches was bad. Someone had posted a picture of a toilet bowl and yes, it's still like that. Underneath the door was lots of hair and dirt stuck to the splintered wood. These things all seem trivial, but we just questioned how clean the bedding and couches, etc. were. We would sit in the living area in the evening and the couches had a slight smell to them. I would put something down (like a towel) before I sat on them. I knew going to this place that other people had seen cockroaches but didn't think we would get them. Sure enough every night in the bathroom they would come out. We were actually warned by a woman walking the beach that had stayed there previously about the roaches and she had suggested we ask the maids to spray for them. We did that afternoon and they actually patched up the hole I saw them crawling out of. Unfortunately they found another way in and there were more that night. They were in the kitchen on the floor as well. If it had just been my husband and I back in our pre-baby days, I wouldn't have minded but when travelling with our daughter, we have her toys everywhere, her bowls and spoons out all of the time and we constantly had to keep washing everything. We kept all of her things in the fridge because we knew it would stay clean once we closed the door! I didn't like feeling like I couldn't leave a bowl out in case cockroaches would crawl through it at night. I'm very easy going and truthfully if we hadn't seen the roaches, I might not have even minded the rest of the mess. The rooms are just in need of repair. The bugs are coming in from tons of holes in the flooring. The tiles had completely heaved in our room and were cracked so things crawled out a lot. One night there was a baby crab that was walking through the living room and snuck under the neighbors door! The sheets were also pretty bad as others have mentioned. They were finally changed on our 6th day there even though they say after 3 nights they will change them. They are old, smell like smoke and have yellowed. I'm also certain that the duvet never gets washed but I could be wrong...
As for the pool, it didn't look clean enough so I didn't swim in it. There were always a couple of crabs in it as well. I have to say that we always felt safe at this place. Never were we worried about leaving a door unlocked if we were at the bar.
Overall, for a family with children this place wouldn't be suitable for us again. When our daughter is crawling, we won't want her crawling on the floor there due to the cleanliness and bug problem. I hate leaving this kind of review because to be honest, this trip was fabulous. I LOVED the service, the food and everything about this place, except the cleanliness and quality of the rooms. It was amazing and the beach is out of this world. I think that with made-over rooms, this place would literally be the best gem on 7 mile beach. With a kitchen, living area that opens up to a terrace and washed and dryer and fridge, what more could you literally ask for?! We decided that we could not recommend it to our friends with kids though knowing that there is a bug problem in some rooms. Some peoples reviews sound like they had nice rooms so it's perhaps the ground floor that is plagued with the roach problem.
Cleaned up, that room would be my dream vacation spot for the rest of my life with my family. I truly hope that the rooms get better but that everything else stays the same! Thank you to all of the staff for a wonderful week!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Ideally located in the middle of Negril's beautiful Seven Mile beach. Superior and Standard rooms with king sized beds. Wedding events/functions available ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Beachcomber Club Hotel Negril
- Beachcomber Hotel Negril
- Beachcomber Club Negril
- Beach Comber Club