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ClubHotel Riu Negril
Ranked #26 of 80 Hotels in Negril
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed January 2, 2013

Just got back from 5 days at RIU and booked as a last second trip a few weeks before hand. Most resorts were sold out but it still seemed most people had a good time here. Most everything you read here is pretty spot on. Make sure to request building number 1 ahead of time, it will be well worth you effort. I had a king sized bed in my room ins building number 1 that was NOT two beds pushed together. The food is what it is. Breakfast in the morning is perfectly fine and all you need to know for lunch is the jerk chicken bar on the beach. The buffet leaves something to be desired and the private dinning areas are a little step above and reservations are to come by.

If you are expecting five star food, then go stay at the five star resort and pay the five star price. The staff at this location is absolutely amazing. Everybody from the bellmen to cleaning staff, tip them a few extra dollars and your room bar will be re-stocked every day. The entertainment staff is exceptional, they go out of their way to make sure guests are having fun, they truly work 16+ hour days and probably should be paid more then they get.. wonderful job done by the staff.

You are in Jamaica so relax, if you want to be nit-picky about every detail then pay more money and go to a five star resort. Everything you could possible need and want to do is here at RIU. We also found that the overwhelming amount of guests at this resort were very friendly and did little to complain.

Again, make sure you get building 1, even 2 isn't that bad of a walk. Make reservations or try to. More importantly, relax MON, you are in Jamaica and life is good.

Airport Transportation: If you want to have a private shuttle, which I highly recommend over taking a bus that makes multiple stops, then you need to get in touch with Patrick Grandison, owner of Esperanza Tours. Patrick is a negril local and has been in the business for 20+ years, full of knowledge and just overwhelming a good person. I found him based on another trip advisor post and I cannot stay enough good things about him. Travel in style and get private transportation, trust me it is well worth it.

Disclaimer - I'm a certified travel agent and I was skeptical of this location based on certain reviews, etc. I was pretty well informed on the property based on the reviews and although the food was the biggest issue, it would not keep me from going back again, especially for the price.

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  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled as a couple
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5  Thank Jerry C
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Reviewed January 2, 2013

If it wasn't for the (occasional) reggae music - this resort would be tricky to place in the awesome Negril, Jamaica!

The service is great on the first day, this is so the staff is able to properly peg your tip level.... You'll quickly learn no tip is enough for service to match the client. Lots of less than friendly people working at Riu, I was almost embarrassed for the staff lame food and lame entertainment and very lame service!

Room Tip: Get rooms in block 1 to avoid lengthy walks for food and beverages.
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Thank RocMon
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Reviewed January 2, 2013

The fire alarms went off 5 times in one week and we had to evacuate the building as the hotel manager was unaware of the problem and told us to ignore it. There were no assembly points to go to.

On two days over theChristmas period the hotel ran out of food.

The room was infested with cockroaches.

Electrical equipment in the room was faulty and live cables were exposed.

The hairdryer in the room fused dramatically on two occassions.

No food was labelled hence anyone with allergies were open to illness or maybe something morre serious.

Food was not properly cooked so not only myself but other guests were ill and unwell.

The entertainment in the hotel was of a very poor standard considering it is a platinum resort.
this hotel should be a 2 to 3 star

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank jan T
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Reviewed January 1, 2013

We stayed 5 days over the Christmas to New Year's week. Having read the reviews, I don't think I had too high expectations for the resort, but we were disappointed overall. The property itself is very lovely, and nicely kept. The beach is as others have noted, mostly man-made, rough and rocky on the shore and mucky in the water. Definitely not as nice as resorts further south in the Bay and on Long Beach. Our rooms were in building 1 and closest to the pools, restaurants and activities, although a walk to the far end of the property was only maybe 5 minutes more. Having been to Grand Palladium in Lucea, this resort is much more compact!
We were greeted promptly at arrival with a drink from the bar, and although we were told our 2 rooms would be side by side and connected by the inner hallway, when our rooms were finally ready, they were not the rooms we were initially promised. There was only one room between them. Rochelle in Guest Services did a great job and had us moved across the hall the next day so we could have the rooms together. The rooms were very nice and spacious.
My main complaint with this resort is the quality of the food service. The food items served at the buffet seldom varied. Don't get me wrong - there was A LOT of food, just not much variety, and most of what we had was over or undercooked, or not fresh. Meat was tough, potatoes mushy, rice dried out, etc. For me the best part was the cheese and salad bar. Even the fruits had very little variety and few choices - watermelon every day, sometimes cantaloupe, once fresh pineapple, peeled tangerines and apples (apples??) every day. Never saw a banana. We are not picky, but I do like that the food be prepared nicely and not overdone and tough. We could not get reservations for the sit-down places so I only experienced the buffet. The one exception was the jerk hut on the beach - WOW was that good!! I stocked up on chicken at lunch so I could get by with salad and cheese at dinner. I did hear that there was an outbreak of food borne illness just before we arrived and I don't know if that impacted the food choices or preparation.
Another odd thing is that there is no bar service at the restaurants. For lunch and dinner at the buffets, there is a beer tap or jugs of wine as self-serve. Some of the wait staff would get your wine or beer for you, but you could serve yourself. You could bring your own drinks in from the bar if you wanted something other than beer or wine. Also, no lime (juice or fresh) at the bars.
The resort did not have that Jamaican feel. For my husband and I, this was our 12th trip to Jamaica and we've been all over the island. The warmth of the people is one of the things that keeps us coming back. We met many lovely folks working there, but there seemed to be quite a few unhappy people, too. The resort just had an odd feel to it, not what I'm used to from a Jamaican resort.

Room Tip: If you want to be close to everything, choose building 1 or 2.
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1  Thank Lisa C
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Reviewed December 30, 2012

Just returned from 7 nights at the Riu. A few things to know, there are two full size beds put side by side to create a large bed with a big crack in it in 2 of the 4 buildings. If you want to stay in a room with a king size bed, you must request to be in building 2 or 4. But if you are traveling with a famiily and would like to be together with your kids who want seperate beds, then you must stay in building 1 or 3 and you as parents will end up in a room with 2 full beds. Food, well, they did run out at the buffet - this is a very busy week to go there. Once you got the hang of it you could time it to find full dishes of food. Not enough cooking staff to keep up with demand. Food was okay, Some in party did not do well from an intenstinal point of view, others, not bothered. We have stayed at the Riu Palace just down the beach and yes it is better and more expensive. But we all enjoyed oursleves, weather was perfect, beach is wonderful. Plenty of beach chairs and beach space. Pool is nice - 2 pools side by side really. Nice grounds. The "gourmet" restaurant food was really good. Italian was good as well. Read menues ahead of time to see if they serve what you like. Very limited choices but very good. Get in line by 7:45 AM to make reservation or be shut out and back to the buffet. Staff was very helpful over all. And yes, Paul at the lobby bar was quite entertaining - sings for everyone.

Room Tip: Decide if you want 2 full beds or a real king. Be sure to request what you want. Buildings are curre...
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  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled with family
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7  Thank Becky K
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Reviewed December 29, 2012

My wife, my 7-month old son and I stayed in this hotel from December 16-27, 2012.
Either beach or room or both are full of invisible blood sucking insects: either bedbugs or fleas or flies or all of them. At the end of the week there, there were no place on my limbs that was not bitten by insects + cockroaches in rooms
It seemed everybody smoked around. The hotel didn’t have clearly separated zones for smokers and non-smokers so if you are with kids you might need to change tables several times in order to run away from tobacco smell. On top of that, locals sell marijuana right on the beach so you can “enjoy” the marijuana smell with your kids :(
Apparently smokers loved to smoke at their beds as several times during my stay the fire alarm went on in the middle of the night which you would “love” a lot when your baby was asleep. Yes, it is OK to smoke in rooms there!!!
Food was awful but most importantly was scant. There were times you would need to stay in 10-20 minute line just to get something decent to eat
Hotel’s territory was extremely small

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled with family
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2  Thank Alexander G
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Reviewed December 29, 2012

We arrived and had purchased an oceanview room, the room we recieved was not. We complained and were immediately upgraded at no charge to an ocean view suite. Everyone was so helpful.
We also did Ricks cafe by catamaram, snorkled on the way and swam in a cave. I was not that impressed with Ricks, food wasnt very good, but watching the divers was fun.
Beware ! The men who rent jet ski's on the beach on the south edge of Riu's property are a rip off. I paid for 2 of us, $80 ea. for an hour.....20 minutes in, my sons jet ski ran out of gas, he jumped on mine and we headed in. We were about a 100 yards out when my jet ski also ran out of gas. No refund of any amount and no comming back to finish our ride once they got gas.
Rooms are very nice, food was very good.
We met and partied until late with people from Toronto, Sussex and Vancouver until 4 am , outside one of the bars, they kept the drinks comming and had no problem with us being there.
I would go back to this Riu again.

Room Tip: Block one looked like it could be noisier than the rest of the buildings. We ended up in block 5, bu...
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1  Thank COZYMELMIKE
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Address: Bloody Bay Beach | Norman Manley Boulevard, Negril, Jamaica
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Location: Caribbean > Jamaica > Westmoreland Parish > Negril
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#15 Spa Hotel in Negril
#20 On the Beach Hotel in Negril
#20 Top resorts Hotel in Negril
#37 Romantic Hotel in Negril
Price Range: $226 - $464 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — ClubHotel Riu Negril 3.5*
Number of rooms: 420
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
* Newly renovated in November 2015 * Located on Jamaica's west coast in Negril * Located on the beach front * Complimentary sun loungers on the beach * Main building and four 2-story annexes * Surrounded by 45,000 m2 / 56,000 sq. Yards of lush gardens * 9 km / 5.5 Miles from Negril's West End * 7 km / 4.4 Miles from various shops * 80 km / 48 miles from Montego Bay airport * Credit cards accepted: MasterCard, Visa, Diners ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Riu Hotel Negril
Rio Negril
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Riu Resort All Inclusive Negril

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