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Royal Decameron Club Caribbean
Ranked #3 of 14 Hotels in Runaway Bay
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed January 27, 2013

Arrived New Years Eve, check in was busy, but staff tried to process everyone as fast as they could, very welcome refreshing drink when we got there.
Rooms were a little rustic but clean and had satellite TV, aircon, ceiling fan, and a fridge in the first room we had. We changed rooms due to noise in the night, there were no problems changing. We were in a lower numbered room and ended up at the quieter side of the complex, along with complimentary champagne and fruit.
Food was plentiful and varied. My wife is a coeliac, so eating is always a concern. The chef came out to walk us through what was safe and what wasn't, result was great, no dietary issues throughout the holiday. I also heard of no-one who had any kind of the upset stomach we all seem to get on holidays to Egypt or the Mediterranean.
The only area we thought weak were the alcoholic drinks, generally they seemed to be alcohol free. Appletons and Overproof from the shop definitely contained alcohol.
The staff were always helpful, and I have to agree with Debbieg from Motherwell, Princess Lisa and Scooby were the best.
Met some good people there and enjoyed a wedding as witnesses.
Went on a few trips, out in a catamaran, reef snorkelling and then up Dunns River Falls-had a great day. Horse riding in the sea was good fun. Bike riding down the Blue Mountains, very long coach trip there - over 4 hours - possibly a bit long for what the trip was, (but it was better for us than for the woman with us who couldn't ride a bike). Trips cost $80-$100 each.

Bit of a queue at the airport, VIP tickets get you past most of it, they also get you into a VIP lounge with snacks, hot and cold drinks and a free bar. It also seemed to be the only part of the airport with aircon. Watch out for baggage weight on way home - bags fine on way from UK, same bags, same contents minus disposable stuff - 4Kg over, $100. There's also a $22 each tax to pay to get out.

Overall we really enjoyed the hotel and Jamaica and would recommend this hotel to anyone. We're booking again to go back in September.

Room Tip: People seemed to move towards the higher numbered rooms on the quieter side of the complex. Don'...
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Reviewed January 22, 2013 via mobile

Royal Decameron Club Caribbean

Unbalanced Entertainment

I have taken my time to be honest and frank in this review as this is a fantastic hotel with great staff settings and views. This is our 5th visit in the last 7 years unfortunately things have changed for the worse.
What struck us when we first came was Jamaica is a English speaking country that we could feel and listen to the reggae vibes and enjoy there culture.
First Choice promote this hotel as exclusive to them however they neglect to mention a French company also has a exclusive deal with the hotel
And there lies the problem the hotel is now geared for the French holiday makers with the British American or anyone else who speaks English left a poor second.
The music entertainment is now 70% in favour of the French
The French have a area in the evening for French only entertainment with anyone else who speaks English left to watch a silent screen and a calypso band playing the same songs every evening.
Things improve slightly at 8.30 pm when the live entertainment on stage begins yes it can be good some evenings however the majority is in favour of the French if I wanted to listen to Kylie Or Robbie Williams I would of stayed in England and listen to the radio.
Royal Decameron have the balance wrong at the moment with a few tweaks and adjustments this hotel will be great with the English speaking tourists again.
If they don't listen forget this hotel unless your fluent in French

As I said before I came to Jamaica for the food culture and music if I wanted to experience the French culture I would have taken the euro tunnel at a tenth of the expense ?

Oh yes finally want a taxi to explore the island forget the tours walk outside the gates and ask for Trevor this man knows the island backwards the real Jamaica at a fraction on the price plus more importantly he is 100% trustworthy

He has taken my mum aged 85 to my teenage daughters all over without incident

Just ask for Trevor and mention Mel from Oxford watch the service you'll get trust me on that.

  • Stayed: January 2013
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9  Thank ouryard
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Reviewed January 19, 2013

Our first visit to Jamaica and our last,the staff at the hotel were arrogant and rude,Young male bar staff who couldnt care less about the sevice they provided.One of the chefs was also one of the most ignorant and arrogant people i have ever come across in my life.
One bar lady called Colette was wonderful so thank you to her.
Lifeguards spent more time at the bar sneaking drinks and chatting up girls,god knows what would have happened if any one needed help
Rooms were poor
Food was ok.
met some nice people who salvaged the holiday

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled as a couple
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7  Thank Dean J
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Reviewed January 18, 2013

Arrived at this hotel on 31/12/12, on arrival at the hotel after a 1hr bus journey we were greeted with a cold fruit punch and welcoming staff,, check in was very efficent and a porter took us to our garden bungalow,, we had book two bungalows as my dad was travellling with us,, we ended up with adjoining bungalows which was ideal the grounds surrounding bungalows were stunnin .
Room very spacious and better than any hotel room had large bathroom and luggage room where wardrobe was also.. room had hairdryer iron and ironing board..alos room had lcd tv with a varierty of chanels.. the rooms also had a fan or a/c i prefered the fan.
As it was new year there was a gala dinner with a choice of 3 roast joints and fresh salmon,,after dinner the staff were giving everyone party hats and tiaras whilst a live band played round the pool side,, towards the bells staff presented us with glasses of champagne.

Foodgood varierty of food even the fussiest of eaters wouldnt starve here,,,i really loved the selection of bread and cakes no diet on this holiday,,visted a la carte asian was ok nothing special,,,however yoiu could also use this facility at sister hotel fun caribbean the japanese was amazing visted this on my dads 70th birthday wre the food is cooked at the table defo worth a visit Fun Crew what can i say they work over 12hrs a day and always smiling - our favs were princess and scooby. ;; entertainment mainly dancing incl resident band each nyt and the royal decameron dancers,,there was activities throught the day to suit all ages and staff werent in your face.Bar Great service at main bar, even with the french trying to get to the front,,however the jetty bar was the place to chill and watch the antics of GEORGE the bar man ....the wooden swings were an added features,,,you can also sunbathe here during day and bar opens at 11am.
Local Sellers Everyday local craft people would have stalls at beg of jetty bar,, not pushy however just outside hotel could get same goods at fraction of price.. there was also a varierty of sellers each night arounf poolside,
The hotel has mainy features incl supermarket however outside entrance a cheaper supermarket and gift store can be found, you can also use canoes catamaran and pedalos free of charge, although most days red flag and sea was rough.Whilst here there is loads of trips however i did find these expensive compared to cuba,,,,dunns water falls is a most even thought i could walk the falls as pregnant my family said was great experience,,, shopppin at ochio rios is good and the craft market is sumthing else full of people shouting for your attention ..finish this off with a cool bear at mama marleys,, try this for the price i will return

Room Tip: Room 112 113 in gardens close to everything but away from entertainment noise at night,
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  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled with family
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10  Thank debbieg477
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Reviewed January 18, 2013

Phill n Sue 31/12/12 to 14/01/13 we booked our wedding at this hotel and to say we had the best holiday and wedding is an understatement.Do not go to this hotel if you want luxury accommodation,fine dining,or indeed like to pick at the slightest little thing,Go to this hotel with an open mind ,make friends no matter what nationality,have lots of fun,join in whenever it suits you with the best entertainment anywhere !!!
The cleanliness 10/10 food 10/10 staff 10/10 drinks 8/10.special thanks to Tashara(wedding coordinator) Yvonne (maid) Patrick (porter) Hedley (waiter) Dwain (reception) extra special thanks to all the entertainment team especially Princess Lisa King,Scooby Do,Nemo,all the bar staff and lifeguards. P.S Booked for same time next year.top tip embrace the culture and other nationality's for an perfect holiday.

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 17, 2013

We had another great trip to Jamaica. This time we went to Royal Decameron in Runaway Bay, Jamaica. We stayed a week, very easily could and would have stayed longer. Staff was exceptional, food was great!

Room Tip: The rooms in the newer building are huge! Very clean but if on the second floor and if you have any...
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6  Thank Debbe S
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Reviewed January 15, 2013

Was at the RDCC 24/12/12 - 7/1/13 - Fourth time at this particular hotel, first time at Christmas, personally I wouldnt go away at Christmas again but thats for diiferent reasons. Hoetel check in was really quick, we know the drill and just wanted to get to the room to unpack and get out to start our holiday, lots of friendly faces and hugs to greet us on our return to our second home, one day in and if feels like you have never been away. Yes the french were there, really didnt bother apart from the music being played in the disco on "French DJ" night was one sided as I said to DJ Pablo "I have not come to Jamaica to listen to the eurovision, I maybe had a few too many rums that night but still stand with my thoughts!
All staff, from reception to lifeguards, bar staff - cleaners all lovely, no concerns at all. Food as always get repeatative, but a few visits to the chicken shop or patty shop solves that. We eventually got on the bob marley trip, was a great expereince, Bob from Paulines gift shop made sure we were safe and enjoyed the trip. Visited the British Bulldog - see other review.
Big shout out to Wayne Harvey, Wayne Miller, George, JJ, Okra,Omark (bingy),Marvin,Micheal,Donovan,Antionette, Kerri ann, Kevin ....... and anyone else who helped to make my holiday amazing............
Keep up the hard work

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled with friends
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Address: Main Street Runaway Bay, Runaway Bay, Jamaica
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Location: Caribbean > Jamaica > Saint Ann Parish > Runaway Bay
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Top resorts Hotel in Runaway Bay
#3 Romantic Hotel in Runaway Bay
#3 On the Beach Hotel in Runaway Bay
#4 Family Hotel in Runaway Bay
Price Range: $164 - $275 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Royal Decameron Club Caribbean 3*
Number of rooms: 231
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located in Runaway Bay about an hour from Montego Bay International Airport, the Royal Decameron Club Caribbean is located in one of the most beautiful and picturesque place of the island, populated by friendly and happy people. This hotel's architecture offers incredible paths through the gardens and terraces until you reach the 2 swimming pools, one exclusively for adults and another with all the facilities for children. This hotel also has a long dock for sunbathing. The cottage-style rooms bring a tropical environment and let you enjoy the peace of the beach where you can partake in a large variety of water sports. Its restaurants offer many different types of cuisine which range from typical Jamaican flavors to the exquisite tastes of Asian food. ... more   less 
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