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Westender Inn
Ranked #29 of 80 Hotels in Negril
Certificate of Excellence
Brooklyn, New York
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“I couldn't have asked for a better birthday gift to myself....”
Reviewed January 20, 2013

I just happened to be thinking of my recent trip, in Mid-December of 2012, to The Westender Inn. Boy, do I miss it...What a perfect, 40-th birthday gift to myself!!! I've been to Jamiaca several times. It's a favorite destination of mine. I've had the pleasure of staying in Montego Bay, and Negril, 95% of the time, in an all-inclusive of some sort. So, going to the WestEnder Inn, was going to be a first, for many things to come. This was a last minute trip, so I ended up travelling alone, with the mindset of, I was just going to be turning 40, so go for yourself. For those of you that may or may not know Negril, the property is about a 10 minutes away from Rick's Cafe, in a quiet, beautiful, REMOTE area, off the rocks of Negril. For you beach lovers, this is not the ideal spot, BUT, No Worries, Jermaine provides the transportation to, and from the beach, which is just through town. (or anywhere else for that matter) The property itself has a relaxing area, off the water, to get your tan on! There's also a saltwater pool, off the rocks, which was a first...nice! As well as, a regular pool, across the way. The weather was approx. 85 degrees and gorgeous, 4 of the 5 days I was there. With only a half day of rain, which was still relaxing, with a drink in hand, staring out at the waves, slam up against the rocks, from my hammock. Room #9, if you're interested!! Literally from the moment I made my reservations, which Trevine bent over backwards to make this happen, to the moment it was time for me to unfortunately leave, Trevine and Renee, at the front office, were nothing but, helpful and accomodating, to whatever they could do to make sure I was happy, and, comfortable. I have to say, compared to "all inclusive" resorts, you got a different feeling when I was greeted by Trevine, when I arrived, you can tell she genuinely cared. Thank you. The bedrooms, and, grounds are very well kept and maintaned, and, you ALWAYS walk out of your room, to fresh saltwater air, and,a smiling face. My bed was very comfy, and, room was always nice, and, cold with the AC on. One night I just fell aslleep, with my windows open,listening to the waves slamming up against the rocks. RELAXING!!! Thats what this proerty is. It's a break, away from noise. Im from New York, so I can appreciaite this. There's a nice, quiet restaurant on the premises, with a great selection of choices...when in doubt, ask Anthony, cooking up the delicacies in the kitchen, he's always a pleasure to talk to, and, makes you feel welcomed anytime you see him. Kemar, and Sheldon, will serve you up some nice cold drinks, or nice, ice cold beer. If you have any "dancehall" reggae cd's, bring them down, Im sure Sheldon would love the gesture. For the sports fan in me, (football), there is a property nearby, that has the NFL package! Make sure to look up Elmer (Giants/Raiders fan), and, his band, "the Drunxxx". These guys really made my trip FUN!!! If you REALLY want to experience Negril and it's culture, spend an evening with Elmer, Bill and Steve for a very fun, and unique night(s) out in Negril. I cant thank them enough, for some great laughs, and, once in a lifetime experiences, showing me life in Negril, and meeting some awesome people along the way. This is something you wont find in that tourist guide! And, come back to your quiet room, and, pass out to listening to the waves. Just a personal observance, I witnessed two weddings, held there...really nice. Once again, I saw Renee, make sure, to do whatever necessary to make those newlyweds, as happy as can be. VERY attentive, and, such a plesant person to be around. You can tell she takes alot of pride in her work. And, it's all run, and managed beautifully by the owner, Keith. I hope you have the pleasure of meeting, and, talking with such a gracious,mild mannered, gentleman. All in all, he made my trip happen for me, and, I've never come home from a trip, as relaxed, as when I stayed at The Westender, and, that's no lie.Thank you Keith, and your humble and great staff. So, this property is a PERFECT place if you are really looking to get away from everything. No "tourist traffic". Time to reflect, time to relax, time to just spend with someone, enjoy an AMAZING sunset evening. and soak in Jamaica, at the Westender Inn.
PS...I'd also like to throw out there, this would be a great place to bring the WHOLE family, or group of friends. It's not a huge property, and by that I mean, Im sure you can make an arrangement with Keith, the owner, to take up a building of rooms, or the interconnecting suites they have, I believe #15. Really nice, with livingroom,kitchen, balcony, facing the ocean. Whatever your need, Im sure they can accomodate you. I cant wait to go back, and, just relax with some good people.
Mark M.
Bklyn, NY

Room Tip: I stayed in Room #9, faces water, has a hammock, leads out onto the sunning area. If you're a gr...
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled solo
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Eugene, Oregon, United States
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Reviewed January 19, 2013

We had been wanting to take a nice warm and relaxing vacation for a long time but could never afford it until we saw a livingsocial deal for the westender inn. The deal was too good too pass up and included a 5 night stay with breakfast included. So we purchased it and went in January. The weather was amazing, the local people were great, food was good and the beaches to die for. However, the Americans who ran the hotel and all of their buddies who were staying there were awful. The owners daughter was there for the 5 days and she was the worst of them all. She made no attempt to welcome us, in fact she made us feel so uncomfortable and unwanted that we would never go back. Im not sure if she knew we were on a livingsocial deal but she made a comment about us being cheap while at dinner. My boyfriend took a liking to the jamaican brandy which was not popular there so it was a cheaper drink. We were at dinner, she was sitting at a table next to us talking with the manager. We started a conversation with another american couple on vacation and my boyfriend mentioned how much he enjoyed the brandy. At that moment the daughter leaned over and loudly whispered to the manager, "ya because its cheap". We felt so embarrassed. She and her other friends, or friends of her fathers, smoked weed everyday anywhere even at the tables of the restaurant while we were eating it was incredibly disrespectful. We never felt invited to this place by them, they treated their staff (the local jamaicans) like dirt and they overcharged our bill many times yet when we mentioned it nicely they acted annoyed as if we were lying or cheap. The hotel itself was decent, the sheets in the rooms are hard, scratchy and unbearable but overall it was okay. Like i said, the locals who work there are amazing and they cook delicious food. If you want to go here and not get treated like dirt, i would recommend bringing plenty of cash to spend.

Room Tip: we stayed in a deluxe room oceanview but our view wasnt great and i wouldnt consider it to be deluxe...
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Westie_Negril, General Manager at Westender Inn, responded to this review, February 4, 2013
The Westender Inn consistently to maintain a high quality product (98.7% approval rating) in a clean, safe and friendly environment. I am the General Manager of Westender Inn and I am Jamaican as well as my entire staff. I agree with you, Westender Inn staff is doing an excellent job with guest service and the food is delicious.

I am very sorry if you left feeling uncomfortable or unwelcome in anyway. I always try to encourage guests to talk about their experience while on property so that I can address any issues while guests are still on property. I sincerely wish we had the opportunity to talk before you left.

During your stay, the owner's daughter was here for a short time with close family friends as well as long time repeat guests and after speaking with her, I honestly think this was a case of misunderstanding. The Westender Inn staff and owner's family are customer oriented and we are very pleased with all the positive Tripadvisor comments we received to date. We will continue working hard to ensure all our guests leave just as satisfied.

Thank you for your feed back but I wish really wish we had a chance to
clarify this misinterpretation before you left.
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Iowa City, Iowa
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Reviewed January 10, 2013

We spent four nights at the Westender in December 2012, to celebrate our 10th anniversary. As a little background, we have been visiting Jamaica for 10 years and are primarily beach people. On our 2011 trip, we did the One Love Pub Crawl and one of the stops was the Westender. We stepped off of the bus and immediately fell in love with the property. I knew then that we would be splitting our 2012 trip, part on the beach and part at the Westender.

From my very first inquiry, Keith handled my questions, changing dates, and more questions with humor, grace and helpfulness. That customer service extended to our entire interaction with all of the staff at the Westender. They not only went out of their way to make you feel they were happy you were there, but also went out of their way to ensure that you wanted to come back! The staff was truly exceptional, from Renee (shout out for the Iowa connection!), to Kumar, to Collin and Korinne, to Sheldon and Germaine - everyone was wonderful.

The property is gorgeous, secluded and private, and even when there are other people there, you can always find a quiet spot to yourselves. The pool was well maintained and a welcome respite from the heat on the cliffs when the sea was too choppy to get in. The on-site restaurant had a nice variety of options on a given day/night, and the food was very, very good. We also really enjoyed the Sunday Night Bonfire, but lesson learned - make sure you go early if you want to eat! We arrived a little late and most of the food was already gone!

The room was well-appointed and the bed was super comfortable. I really loved that there is a walk-in area off of the bedroom with the armoire and some shelves so that you could really put things our of the way. Korinne's towel art was fun and different each day we were there! We absolutely loved sitting on the patio with a Red Stripe, watching and listening to the sea. I can only imagine how nice the suites are!

Although the resort is a bit off of the beaten path, the staff make it SO easy to leave the resort and explore. The shuttle is always available and is at your disposal, for the most part. Very stress free and reliable as well as reasonably priced!!!

All in all - we truly loved our visit to the Westender and are already planning our return stay!

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Nice, Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur, France
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Reviewed January 8, 2013

And my aim did not fail me! I decided to spend the Christmas holiday in Jamaica to continue a trend. I did not know where to stay, though I knew I didn't want to to a chain resort.

I split the trip up into two sections with the second being the stay at the Westender Inn. Head and shoulders above the previous location, I was amazed at the hospitality, the variety, and the pleasant demeanor of all encountered.

It was very clean, quiet and secluded. You didn't have to leave the property if you didn't desire too. Plenty of sun, space and breeze to unwind. Little to no traffic.

The food was great, made to order and with a smile. Fresh drinks and a the staff were pleasant and consistent. I can see myself visiting again and again just to get away from the bustle of the tourists!

I appreciate businesses like this because they go to great lengths to make sure your needs are met.

Thank you Keith! Thank you Sheldon (#1 DJ Selector!)

Trevor R. Edwards December 26, 2012

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Los Angeles, California
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Reviewed January 5, 2013

We have just returned from a short stay at the Westender Inn. We endorse enthusiastically EVERYTHING that others have mentioned about the location, the lovely rooms, the views and the truly amazing staff. Also we would like to emphasize that the hotel is only a few minutes' drive from the town and some great restaurants (try Tensing Pen and Cosmo's on the beach) but is truly a haven from the craziness of the 7 mile beach, Rick's Cafe etc. etc. So, if you are the sort of traveler who likes to decide when to be more "sociable" and when to relax completely, this is the place for you. We will definitely return.

Room Tip: Rooms facing the water are all wonderful - Cactus and Almond (above the office) are roomy, comfortab...
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Zürich
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
Reviewed January 1, 2013

Despite the excellent reviews on Trip Advisor, it should be pointed out that the Westender Inn is located on a rocky strip and does NOT have any convenient access to the sea, let alone a sandy beach as one would expect it in the Caribbean. Moreover, one higly depends on transport services to move around for the very secluded location.

On the other hand, it is a very relaxing place where outstanding sunsets can be enjoyed with a Red Stripe (local beer).

Room Tip: Take an upgrade and negotiate the rate!
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Westie_Negril, General Manager at Westender Inn, responded to this review, January 3, 2013
Thank you for your feedback on your recent stay at the Westender Inn. We are very pleased with all the positive Tripadvisor comments and we work hard to ensure all our guests are just as satisfied.

The Westender Inn is located on Negril cliffs so there is not a beach but we are on the sea front. We have two convenient ladder access points to the sea and another one walk in area next to our sea pool - and excellent snorkeling in the area.

The vast majority of our guests come to the Westender Inn because they prefer a private location that is close to town but not in the middle of all the action. We have shuttle buses for airport transfer and to move guest around town or tours.

We absolutely love our location. Thanks again your feedback.
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Reviewed December 29, 2012

The nicest staff, EVER! Make you feel like family, but not too obtrusive. I've been to Jamaica, many times, many parts of the island. Unlike many vacations were I takes a few days to wind down, you are immediately at ease at the Westender. Not a place for high maintenance divas, just for people who like to chill out, enjoy good food, quite, and great service! I will be returning here again and again. Thanks to the amazing staff! Wow!

Room Tip: Upgrade to a suite- you won't regret it! You'll feel very safe here. No gym, but nice walks...
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Westender Inn
Address: West End Rd, Negril 03277, Jamaica
Location: Caribbean > Jamaica > Westmoreland Parish > Negril
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#11 Romantic Hotel in Negril
#16 Spa Hotel in Negril
#23 Family Hotel in Negril
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Westender Inn 3.5*
Number of rooms: 20
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Westender Inn recently completed three new ocean front luxury log suites. There is something rustic yet stately about log construction and many people love the antique look with modern finishing. Come stay in one of our new ocean front luxury log suites. ... more   less 
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