Just back from a week at Fun Holiday. Was there for Bob Marley's Birthday celebrations. Overall I would give this hotel a 2.5 stars (could only do 2 or 3 so picked 2) out of 5.
We had a great time in Negril. Rented a car, travelled to other restaurants, bars, beaches but had FHB as our “head-quarters”. Being a small hotel(Not Resort) of 44 rooms we got to know most of the other guests very fast and enjoyed the easy going atmosphere and sharing stories with each other. If we were away for most of the day we would be asked "Where/what did you do today?" and we ask the same if we spent the day around the resort and noticed our new friends returning. The guests we met made this trip enjoyable. There were no children there during our stay and ages ranged from early 20’s to 80’s. Location is right in the middle of the action! Across the street was The Jungle – a large nightclub which only opens a few nights a week so noise didn’t seem to be an issue at bedtime.) There was a shopping centre within walking distance with many nice shops and a bar in the courtyard. There was also a flea market selling many of the same items very near us on the beach.
Service at this hotel was good. But... Not great. However – we find that after having been to Jamaica a few times as well as having travelled through the Bahamas – that the culture or “way” of the locals gives them a certain "nonchalant" attitude. This can sometimes come across as being rude or perhaps un-caring. Most of the servers and staff were good but one or 2 had this “way” about them. A few other previous reviewers have mentioned this about one of the bartenders - Narron.(spelling?) He could work on his people skills, as he seemed to scowl a lot and seemed tired/bothered all the time. You almost felt bad getting him to stand up again and make a few drinks. I would apologize and then realize I was on vacation and that it was his job. I tipped him a few times over the week but it didn’t seem to matter.
I loved the location on the beach as it was away from the big All Inc. resorts. The small beach in front of the hotel is small and the chairs are very old but James does his very best to make you feel comfortable and safe.
Upon arrival we were told to wait for our rooms (2 couples) so we went to the restaurant. Having been to Cuba many times and staying at 2-3 star resorts there - we were prepared for the rough surroundings but I have to admit that upon arrival we were a little disappointed. I was concerned as I looked at the very basic and worn-out surroundings whether we had made a wrong choice for ourselves and the other couple who were travelling with us for the very first time.
That being said the place grew on us after a few days and employees such as James (Beach Security) made the stay delightful.
Things like lack of water (hot or cold) at times, sporadic coffee supply and shortage of dishware were minor and we always shrug off these non-important things to remind ourselves of the big picture and why we travel south every year – the heat, the beach, the water and the break from work, snow, cold etc
The dining room supervisor was sweet and the hotel Manager was a great help with the car rental and always followed up with us. Colin at the cash bar was also great! The week long joke of “Can’t take Colin’s plate” never got old as he was always smiling and asking how everything was.
These people work so hard. It seems they all worked 12 hour days, 7 days a week. When we asked when/if they had a day off - they would shrug their shoulders and say they didn’t know. Perhaps when business slowed down! We were told by Colin that things haven’t been good since the economic collapse. The Canadians he said are still coming and thanks were given to us but he said the Americans haven’t been coming. He said his salary at the hotel basically paid his way to and from work each day and that his tips were what he had to live on. His dream of owning a motorcycle someday would help cut back on the cost($15.00) of 3 cabs each way to work.
Another person who I would like to mention is a server/dj/entertainer who danced at the steel drum show on Sunday night. She even arranged a “sit-in” drumming performance for one of our party. It made his vacation and was really appreciated!
Our room was on the 2nd floor and overlooked the beach when you turned to the right (see pictures). Our friends paid the room upgrade and were given a ground floor unit in front of the pool. So for the upgrade they had less distance and no stairs. Not sure if their view was any better or not though as the pool walls would have blocked most of it..
Lots of hagglers on the beach. Some were more persistant than most and had to be told “No thanks – All Fixup” many times. We went out at night to some of the beach bars to see live bands but recommend going in groups to be safe. Some like Alfreds have walls around them (to keep out locals) and charge cover (8.00 american)
Lots of drugs were offered but after a few days they seem to remember you and don’t ask as much.
On our drive to Savannah La Mar and Bluefields Bay Beach/Park we saw many big mansions in the hills. There were many Shanty Towns as well but it was surprising to see so much wealth. Many of the shops we visited seemed to be run (managed) by East Indians and people of Asian descent with most staff being of African descent.
Hope to return again someday. It had been 20 years since my last time. However Cuba always seems to be a better value so we will be returning there more often. I would return to Fun Holiday again as I love the Jamaican music and culture. Wha Gwaan? Evryting IRIE? Yah mon! Bob Marley’s birthday celebrations, Reggae etc etc. BUT the prices have to come down a little and/or improvements made.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Seven Mile Negril beach resort hotel with pool, hot tub, watersports, jet skis, live reggae 2 nights a week, other parties and events! Beach and pool bars, seaside seafood and Jamaican specialties restaurant, room service, internet connection, cable TV, air conditioning - check out our internet specials! For the best value on the Negril beach check out Fun Holiday Beach Resort! ... more less
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