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Kuyaba Hotel & Restaurant - Negril
Ranked #44 of 85 Hotels in Negril
Rice Lake, Wisconsin
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“Loved it!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 28, 2012

Kuyaba is tropical, beautiful and inviting! So happy we found this charming little beach resort! With out a doubt, we'll be back next year!

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Edmonton, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 20, 2012

We loved the tropical charm of this little resort, the rooms were clean, the beach was clean, we felt completely safe, great location on the beach, the staff everywhere were very pleasant and the food was delicious - recommend the lobster thermador! Loved sitting at the thached roof beach side bar to escape the hot afternoon sun while watching the beautiful tourquoise water - be sure to go for happy hour for 1/2 price drinks. Chillin back on the beach watching Jamaican life go by was great too. For the best jerk chicken visit Step-a-side who operates a street stand right across the street from Alfreds - mmmmmm!.

Room Tip: We stayed in a room farthest from the beach and it was great. I'm sure all rooms are good though...
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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
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Winnipeg, Canada
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 15, 2012

Very expensive restaurant food. They charge you for coffee refills! Outrageous! The rooms are outdated and lack the following basic items, kleenex, luggage racks (means your suitcases are on the floor with who knows what is there), no hair blower, coffee maker, clock, phone, ice bucket, ice machine, no fridge unless you want to pay for it (and then they tell you they have no extension cords to put it where you want it placed), no side tables, patio chairs or table. What they do give you is lumpy pillows, an ancient tv (with one channel), leaking taps that run continually (both sink and tub), fan that broke down, rusty toilet and tub, and 20 year old macrame swing chair in the middle of balcony that wasted space. This is all for $100US/bucks a night, that you need to pay up front! I have stayed at better places in rural Manitoba for less and that gets less occupancy, and are in better shape. Have they not heard of maintenance plans? The whole place needs a good power wash cleaning including the restaurant decks. The place is located in a very noisy area, bring ear plugs (however, that doesn't always drown out the noise). The thing that we were fortunate with was the A/C worked! The housekeeping staff can only do what they are able to do, with the limited supplies provided. Beach towels not always available, as we heard the one washer and dryer had broken down.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 3, 2012

I stayed at Kuyaba at the end of Jan . The restaurant is good and the beach is clean and secure, The rooms are comfortable but not fancy.
The problem is the noise at night. The first night we were there, the resort 2 doors down had a DJ and music.(DJ screaming over the music). This went on until after 3 am. It was so loud that the windows of our room rattled! I asked the front desk about this the next day and was given a curious looked and he said"that is too late they're not allowed to go that late, I'm surprised that none of you called the police." I do not have a Jamaican phone,,I don't know the laws concerning music in Negril. Kuyaba please be an advocate for your guests and call when the music goes on after 12 or 1 am.

Just so you know Kuyaba is between Bourbon Beach and Tamboo. They both have very loud music at different nights of the week.

Room Tip: it is worth it to get a fridge
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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with friends
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Kelowna, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 26, 2012

We stayed in Negril for two weeks. This was our second stop of three places. Looking back , it was by far the best place to stay. We were in the Honeymoon suite , fantastic !! The location on the strip and beach is the best you can do. Shopping and bank across the street and right in the heart of 7 mile beach. The price was very reasonable. The restaurant was top shelf. Fine dining in the evening that would even impress the snobby people. Friendly staff and great security. The jungle feel walking through the property was great. Very well designed and built. My wife and I rate this place as high as possible , 10+. Be aware when booking though , it's the one flaw. Example: I booked 3 nights. Another couple booked 8 nights starting the same day. They booked 2 months after I did. Since they booked a longer duration , it kicked my reservation out and booked them in my suite. It sent some confusion at check-in to say the least. Fortunately , the couple that booked the room after us agreed to stay in another suite for the 3 nights while we were there and then move back in later. A very nice couple and we spent some time with them because of it. I don't know how to fix that problem but it's something to check into when booking.

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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
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St. Louis, Missouri
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 22, 2012

After having stayed in June 2011 and again in December/Jan I have to say we are well pleased with our selection of Kuyaba. An honest review of the property/food/staff and grounds follows:

PROPERTY

Kuyaba has a narrow strip of land running from Norman Manley Blvd to the beach. Within this strip they have done an excellent job of layout design, planting, and maintenance. The rooms are housed primarily in two-story units, with the rooms running the width of the unit. The standard rooms seem mostly upstairs, while the deluxe king rooms are downstairs. There are also two cabin buildings from back in the day. The cabin nearest the beach is a duplex and the cabin near the road is a single unit. The cabins are rustic, but very old school cool and CHEAP.

ROOMS

We had the honeymoon suite in June. Very large room for Negril. Tall wooden vaulted ceiling, excellent patio.......1970's dated bathroom with a tub that should be replaced due to large pieces of enamel having departed..we liked this room, except the a/c never got it cold enough...we did register our complaint with the staff, who were amiable, but put the blame on the repairmen who wasn't showing up...oh well. Fast forward to December 2011 and we chose the standard deluxe room. Two queen beds, spotlessly clean room and bathroom, clean and very comfy wooden deck. The a/c would get cold enough that we needed the comforter from the other bed! Hot water and water pressure were both island adequate. The room proved very quiet, even when a band was at Bourbon Beach next door. The room was of a large size and we never bumped into each other. TIP, if you email the hotel and request one, a nice large fridge will be brought to your room for only $5/day. Our maid was very personable and did a great job each day before noon.

FOOD

We had eaten here many times before staying here. The quality of the food has never disappointed. It is one of the top restaurants in Negril. Some things that we like and keep ordering are the mountain pepper shrimp, lobster grilled, fried snapper sandwich on coco bread, curry conch, american style hamburger with great fries(I know...but after a couple of weeks...you want the burger!) and if there is a special that day, order it! The servers are very friendly and for the most part, service is good. Out of over 20 times eating at Kuyaba over the years...two examples of having to wait longer than one hour for food. That's not great, but its not tragic, either. Once was no excuse, the other was on New Years Day, good excuse! LOL We will be back to stay and eat, on that you may rely,

STAFF

From the front desk staff who are courteous and polite to the GREAT bartenders RICARDO AND DJ, to Paul the beach security guard who is your go-to guy for all things beach, to front security who is funny and vigilant to grounds crew Earl who really takes care of Buddy and Charlie all the staff at Kuyaba are excellent. All requests within reason are accommodated. Everyone is polite, friendly, competent and empowered to get it done for the guests. Now that is rare.

CONCLUSION

Ok, so why did I only give 4 stars? Simple. No swimming pool. Its not Kuyaba's fault(there is literally no room for it), but you can't get five stars without a swimming pool. And, Kuyaba's prices give you the best value to luxury ratio in Negril. If you can live without a pool. We can!

Room Tip: Rooms upstairs seem quieter, but the best room(king suites) are on the ground floor. Be prepared to...
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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 17, 2012

I have stayed at many places in Negril, but this was my first stay at Kuyaba.
Overall I really enjoyed my stay.

The grounds are lush and beautiful, the staff is very friendly and accommodating, and of course the restaurant never disappoints! When I had issues such as burned out light bulbs, broken coffee maker or a lost key, the staff was quick to help me. Zelma in the office is delightful.

There are plenty of loungers on the beach, and one of the security guards will set one up for you, and they will keep unwanted vendors at bay. My favorite bar is next door to the left as you look at the sea; owned by an Italian man. ("Irie..." something).

I stayed in the kitchenette cottage #22 for most of my stay (stayed in a deluxe room for the first 4 days). The cottage is as described - a rustic board house. That said, it had everything I needed. It is a little dark inside, but I found that opening the louvered windows helped somewhat. Yes, the windows have screens on them.

There are two twin beds in one room and a full size bed in the next room. The AC unit is in the room with the full size bed. Each room has a ceiling fan also. I never used the AC during my trip in December/January because it was not needed. The bathroom was probably my least favorite due to the lack of water pressure in the shower. I found that if I showered early in the afternoon, before other guests may shower for dinner, the pressure would be improved. I think that some of the other rooms have jacuzzi tubs which may in fact affect the shower water pressure in the cottage. I had to turn on the hot water and wait because it took a few minutes to heat up.
The water pressure in the kitchen and bathroom faucets, however, was very good.

The rustic cottage consists of two units - #22 kitchenette and #21 without kitchenette. They share one porch, and frankly there isn't any privacy when it comes to noise or guests staying there, so you should keep that in mind. You can hear everything through the board walls. I think if you go there with the "right" mindset it won't be bothersome, but it is something to consider depending on what type of traveler you are. An ideal set up would be to book both #21 and #22, which have an inside adjoining door, then you would have the entire cottage and porch to yourself.

I enjoyed sitting on the porch, relaxing in the adirondack chairs; the (free of charge) wifi reception was very good there as well.

The cottage is located near the street side of the property, so you will hear street noise, workers coming into work chatting in the morning, restaurant guests, etc. I used earplugs and was able to sleep soundly.
Bring a power strip/surge protector since the electrical outlets are not located in convenient places.

There is another set of rustic cottages located closer to the restaurant (no kitchenettes).

Like I stated, overall I really enjoyed my stay and I enjoyed the charm of the rustic cottage, even with its faults. I would return to Kuyaba again.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled solo
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Property: Kuyaba Hotel & Restaurant - Negril
Address: PO Box 2635, Negril, Jamaica
Location: Caribbean > Jamaica > Westmoreland Parish > Negril
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#8 Best Value Hotel in Negril
#28 Top resorts Hotel in Negril
#31 On the Beach Hotel in Negril
#34 Romantic Hotel in Negril
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Kuyaba Hotel & Restaurant - Negril 3*
Number of rooms: 22
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located in the heart of Negril's famous & beautiful seven mile white sand beach, Kuyaba is a family owned & operated boutique, beach hotel with a tropical island vibe that you won't find anywhere else. Set on a lush, tropical property surrounded by exotic plants, flowers & different varieties of palm trees, Kuyaba gives the true feeling of an island vacation. Kuyaba's architecture looks rustic on the outside but has a clean & modern heartbeat within the rooms offering all the comforts of home & then some. Featuring an on-property, beachside, restaurant & bar with an outstanding view of the beautiful Caribbean Sea. ... more   less 
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