We stayed at the Club Riu for the Reggae Marathon week, found it to be significantly cheaper than everything else offered by UK travel agents. I say this to give perspective to the review, price plays a big part.
This isn't a glistening luxurious resort. It is however perfectly adequate. We were given a room in the 1st block nearest the reception on the ground floor. Room was rough around the edges - lightbulbs gone, fading decor, knackered electrical sockets. There were several impromtu maintenance visits during the week (lightbulb inspection - yet nothing fixed). The safe didn't work a couple of times so we had to call out the duty manager. Room is also stocked with a minibar & optics, though we made more use of the soft drinks & went to the bars for cocktails.
Most important thing about the room, sleep quality. Had no issues here, slept v well for our 9 nights at the resort.
Food at the resort was good. Decent quality & a large selection at every meal. We went to the steakhouse on one evening, food was reasonable.
The resort has two pools. One with a swim up bar that is very crowded & noisy, one next to it which is much more chilled. Sadly they allow sunbeds to be reserved so people will be selfish, lay their towels down & not bother to use them all day. Beach was ok, if you can find a way to drown out the constant "Cigarettes" whining of local shillers it is pleasant.
Service at the bars was always reasonably prompt, could normally guarantee a wait if an always tipping American was in proximity! Very entertaining bar man at the main reception bar.
Hotel also seemed to be a conveyor belt for weddings & wedding parties.
- 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
- Riu Negril Jamaica
- Riu Resort All Inclusive Negril