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“The hidden side of Jamaica” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Westender Inn
Ranked #27 of 84 Hotels in Negril
Certificate of Excellence
washington dc
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“The hidden side of Jamaica”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 7, 2009

My husband and i travled to Jamaica for our honeymoon six years ago, we stayed on the beach at an all inclusive. This time with it being our first vacation since the baby being born. I wanted to see if this time we could find a place more relaxing and a bit away from it all. We stumbled on the Westender Inn. We booked our reservations through email via their website, found cheap tickets for when we were going and we were off. When we arrived I felt a tranquil wave wash over me with every crash of the ocean against their coral reef beach. The room we stayed in was beautiful with all natural wood furniture and has a spectacular view of the ocean laying in bed. A/c, satelite tv and a fridge were also int he room. the hotels surroundings were lush in vegetation, on my many walks i felt i got a true sense of Jamaica I had never experienced before. The staff was eager to please but unobtrusive, the overall experience was exactly what i wanted and needed peace and relaxation.

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank adb1981
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Atlanta GA
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 18, 2009

Love this Place!! This was my 5th time. It's secluded so if you want beachfront and noise this is not the place. New management is making great improvements.

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank internetguru007
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Charsn
Level Contributor
5 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 10, 2009

I was very disappointed with the Westender Inn. I expected good things after reading the reviews here, and perhaps my expectations were way off, but I can't say that I enjoyed spending time here or would recommend staying here. There are several reasons for this review: 1) the location is very far away from everything else in Negril. If you stay here, I would strongly recommend you rent a car. My fiance and I rented one, and that was one of the best decisions we made during this trip. It's a good 20 minute ride from the hotel to the beach, and a good ten minute drive to other restaurants. Taxis are not common this far from the rest of the establishments. 2) My fiance and i were drawn to the cliffs for their beauty and to experience the more isolated side of Negril. The Westender is technically on the cliffs, but it's so far down the cliffs that you don't get the beautiful coves with the breathtaking drops and craggy scenery that you do at other establishments down the road (such as Rockhouse, Xtabi or Catcha Falling Star) Instead the "cliffs" at this location are about 6 feet of the ocean, making them an awkward height between cliffs and beach. 3) You can't really swim here. The water is too rough and at this location the waves crash into the rocks at a pretty high speed. We asked the staff about this and they informed us that it was rarely calm enough to swim this far west on the cliffs. 4) The food at the restaurant was not that good, and it was overpriced. We enjoyed much better food at jerk chicken stands down the street and at other hotels. In addition, the food at the Westender was at least as expensive, if not more so, than the other meals we enjoyed.

On the positive side, I can say that you get a very unique view of the sunsets from this angle. There is a part of the shoreline at the Westeneder that juts out and as a result the sunsets can be gorgeous. Over all though, I felt like our stay was not worth it. My fiance and I almost switched hotels on our first night. We were tired after travelling to get there, so we didn't, but in retrospect I wish we had.

  • Stayed April 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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11 Thank Charsn
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Westender_Inn, Manager at Westender Inn, responded to this review, August 12, 2009
Thank you for the feedback. We cannot change our location but we will use your comments to improve areas where we can.

We are sorry to hear your stay at the Westender Inn did not meet your expectation. We would have been disappointed to see you go to another property but we would understand if you did. In fact, we work with other properties on the beach/cliffs and we have moved guest who preferred locations closer to the beach or high cliffs.

I do want to point out that we have a shuttle bus on property and swimming/snorkeling is excellent at the Westender Inn but it is dependent on time of day and or season.

Thanks again for the feedback and we hope you will give us another try in the future.
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Milledgeville, GA
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 4, 2009

We have been meaning to write to you to thank you for a wonderful vacation. While the thank you is belated the feelings Beth and I have for Jamaica and for all of you at the Westender Inn are very strong. The past year has been very stressful for both of us (job stress as usual!), but in our all too short stay you were able to relieve us of all of that and return our humanity to us! We arrived in Jamaica as stressed out American zombies, and left Jamaica as happy human beings. Thanks.

--Richard and Beth Greene

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank FellowTraveler05
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Oregon
Level Contributor
58 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 5, 2009

This place is so nice and peaceful. Our room was right next to the ocean, and it was wonderful to sit out on our porch every night listening to the waves. When the water is calm, the snorkeling is fabulous. The food in their restaurant, Westies, is really great. Ask for their scrambled eggs "Richie style" - cooked with green peppers, tomatoes and onions. Yum! The bar area is very beautiful, and Kemar's pina coladas are fantastic, but his friendly smile is even bettah! Kareen (cahr-in) kept our room spotless every day. She is so sweet and a very hard worker, and we quickly became friends. Every time we needed to go some place, Richie took us. If he wasn't available, they quickly found another ride for us. We were made to feel at home right away, and we cried when we had to leave. It was so wonderful, we'll be back as soon as we can.

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank DianeOregon
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Charlotte, NC
Level Contributor
16 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 13, 2009

I knew I wanted seclusion-and the reason I picked Negril was just for that. Even from a distance (Charlotte, NC) Negril seemed like the perfect Jamaican get-away. Not too far out, on the coast-but not engulfed in the kitschy, sad, tourist offerings that make many other Caribbean towns indistinguishable. The Westender Inn was also more my speed-we wanted privacy-but not isolation-and found it there. From the time we met Faith, the sweet front desk receptionist, to the time we said goodbye to Ritchie, our reliable and sensible driver, we always felt we were in capable hands. When we first got there, we went straight to the little sandy beach above the cliffs. While this beach doesn’t touch the water, it is partially shaded by a sea grape tree and lovers can be assured reasonable privacy should they want to remove an item or two of clothing in order to fill in those pesky tan lines…The grounds are divided by a small road (virtually no traffic), so the pool and restaurant is on the opposite side from the majority of the rooms. Walk across to find Kamar, the ever smiling/singing bartender and at any given time the long-timers (a few Americans have booked monthly rooms) chatting at the tables. Walk up the stairs leading up from the dining area to find the terrace pool with a lush view of undeveloped mountainside-oh and don’t forget to grab a couple of mangoes from the tree on your way up to swim.

The rooms are clean and locally furnished-local art and plenty of closet space. Balconies all have hammocks and are constructed out of thick white concrete-perfect for drying the bathing suits. Keith, the manager, goes out of his way to accommodate guests-whether powering generators in the event of a “current” black out, or driving guests to town if the cook has to step away for the evening.

Also be sure to check out Jackie's on the Reef Spa and Holistic Center right next door. If nothing else-DO NOT MISS at least one breakfast there on the water with sweet cappuccino, local fresh fruit and whole grain waffles. Make a point to tour the facility-everyone there is happy to show you what Jackie has to offer-also check out the multitude of magazine write ups Jackie has collected and posted on the wall-even Oprah is rumored to have stayed here!

Westender Inn is magical-and yes, it is the Perfect Place to Set the Sun. Enjoy!

  • Stayed May 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Spacegrass78
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NYC
Level Contributor
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 5, 2009

If you are looking for a quiet place to stay, without the hassles of Negril....go west !
The Westender is located in the far west area of Negril where it peaceful, relaxing and the place to get away from it all! Great staff, food.

  • Stayed January 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank cityharp1
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Additional Information about Westender Inn

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:
#5 Best Value Hotel in Negril
#11 Romantic Hotel in Negril
#14 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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