We stayed at Merril's II in 2005. We really liked everything. Enough so that we booked again for 2006. What a mistake that was!!! The food was just horrible, and I do mean horrible!! Service just wasn't even close to what we experienced last year. No coffee or wine refills without asking. They ran out of food several times. I am talking the main course. Such as if they were having roast beef, etc. If you were not down 45 mins before they stopped serving you would be out of luck. My husband and I both got food poisening the same night after eating the same food. We were sick for almost two days. The had ONE white wine and ONE red wine. That was the extent of their wine selection. The white wine was so sweet that you could not drink it. There were flies on the food much of the time. We seemed to be the only American couple at the motel. (Merril's III) I ask the bartender if there were ANY other Americans at our motel. He said that he thought there might be one other couple. All we saw were Italians, so there was no one to talk to. The three restaurants catered to the Italians. Pasta, pasta, pasta!!! There was a terrible odor on the grounds of Merrils Three. It sort of smelled like burning smoldering garbage. The smell would be a little better on some days considering which way the wind was coming from. We were never able to eat at that restaurant, because of the smell. We were forced to one night because of the rain. It was not pleasant. I admit I do have a sensitive nose. My husband said that yes he could definately smell it, but it didn't bother him as much as it did me. But who wants to smell garbage burning just a little bit??? ALL THE TIME???? We have been to Jamaica at least eleven times. I am not some spoiled little American novice from the states that expects an Apple Three rating to give me accomadations that you would expect in the states. We have a saying, "It's Jamaica!" We know not to expect too much, unless you are staying at a Sandals or Couples. But this place should NEVER have been given an Apple Three rating!!! It should have not even been in the Apple book at all!!! You pay for all inclusive, and you get poor food, poor service, poor alcohol, and BAD air to breathe!!!! Also the bar closed at TEN O'CLOCK!!! You could not even BUY a beer after ten o'clock! There was no partying, no games, no mangers party, no ANYTHING for entertainment. Very little sun on the beach in the AM. The sun rises behind the trees and motels and it would be almost noon before any of the chairs would be in the sun. Of course that is not the motels fault, just thought you might like to know. The beach towels that the motel provided were terribly worn and full of holes. Mostly they were just large rags. The motel advertises a hot tub on the internet. Yes, there is a hottub, but it hasn't worked for two years. This is JUST not a good place to stay. How everything could go to Hell in a year is a mystery to us. There is a really cute place in the same price range, (I was told) just a short walk from Merrils, called Negril Garden's. We had friends from our home town staying there at the same time we were. They loved everything, and the bar stayed open till 1:00 AM. Good food, good servive, good alcohol. Our friend that were staying at Negril Gardens said that a couple came down from Merrils Three trying to get a room at Negril Gardens, because they said that Merrils Three was so bad that they just refused to stay there. I can't tell you how many times at dinner that we would witness people get up in disgust at the food selection and walk out, believe me this was not just our opinion. After we got home a couple that we had met at Merril's last year emailed us and said that they had heard the same complaints when they were there this year.
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- Also Known As:
- Merrils Beach Resort Iii Hotel Negril
- Merrils Beach Hotel Iii