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Royal Decameron Club Caribbean
Ranked #3 of 14 Hotels in Runaway Bay
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed February 21, 2013

We've just returned from the RDCC and feel we have to put other potential holiday makers minds at rest.
The hotel is a 3 star which is advertised and we feel it is deserved - although a 4 star could be quite possible if coffee making facilities and a mini fridge were included in the rooms.
The staff are exceptionally friendly and do their best to keep you entertained and looked after. The hotel itself is kept beautifully clean and has a lovely layout for a small resort. It's constantly being improved upon facially too.
The room we had was a spacious single floor hut with a jacuzzi bath right next to the stage area and although we could hear the entertainment going on outside whilst getting ready it certainly wasn't a problem to us (who wants to sit in a room when all that's going on right outside your front door right?)
Other couples who we met there had rooms in a much quieter area of the resort so these are certainly available to those who don't like too much noise.
The buffet was ample and although there were times when we weren't taken too much with what was on offer we know it was kept at the correct temperature and the hygiene was a1 so we certainly wouldn't be getting sick.
The entertainment was good with some shows better than others although the resident band were excellent and got the crowds going.
There's a unique jetty bar which is a little quieter apart from when the animation crew go there to entertain the french guests at around 7pm each evening.
Talking of french guests... although we didn't have a problem personally with them we did notice how rude they were to the staff (no please or thankyou's) and they weren't afraid of taking over your table and tutting at you if they felt they had more rights there than you. We just took it in our stride and stayed pleasant (I'm sure this irked them more than if we were rude back).
I'm not sure if we would go back to Jamaica as I personally prefer the DR as far as hotel facilities go but I would certainly reccomend it as a first holiday there.
One more thing... we went in February for my 40th birthday and it just happens to be rainy season - which it did - a lot!
I think I've covered the main areas but feel free to contact me if you have any specific questions and I'll try to answer them for you.

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
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5  Thank DominicaRefugee
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Reviewed February 19, 2013

Have just returned from a 2week stay the hotel was just full of French tourists, they have an entertainment team who are solely for the French so during the day and on night time entertainment expect everything to be translated to French. I found it really annoying how the French spoke to the people working there, I saw a couple of them click their fingers at the waiters/waitresses and say wine no please or thank you, it's just rude.
The hotel itself was very clean always seeing people tidying up and our room was cleaned everyday, the staff were all friendly and chatted. However a tshirt was left to dry outside our room and it was stolen over night, when we told security they said things are left out at your own risk but i wouldnt of thought that to be the case on a secure site, also had sunglasses stolen from a table The food is bog standard and after a week I was sick of having the same thing over and over they seem to do the same thing every 3days, breakfast was probably the best meal of the day.
The hotel is a good base for trips as its not far from Duns river and Nine mile, we also did a day trip to negril which included going to ricks cafe, I much preferred negril to runaway bay and if I went back to jamaica I would stay there.
I booked this holiday as a surprise birthday present so I was a little disappointed as it wasn't as amazing as I wanted it to be, don't get me wrong jamaica is a lovely place and maybe it's just because you are quite confined to your hotel as your advised not to go out of your resort which is not our kind of thing. I won't be going back here and probably won't use thomsons/first choice again either.

Room Tip: We stayed in a courtyard room which are smaller than the cottages, but it depends how much time your...
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8  Thank Tara L
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Reviewed February 14, 2013

we booked with first choice, we were looking for a chilled holiday, we certainly got that.
Everyone is looking for something different in a holida,y as we spoke to people whilst in decameron and there were conflicting views. So here is my spin on it,
Food was fantastic really well cooked, great selection at breakfast , lunch and dinner, tender meats and catering for all tastes, they do various sauces to cater for taste mild, tasty and hot, every lunch and dinner they had at least two choices on the carvery, inluding beef. pork, ham, lamb. turkey, chicken. trout various fish options, weds and sat were Jamaican nights so jerk pork and chicken, curried goat, yams sweet potatoes, and plenty of selections of other foods, there is a large selection of deserts but also always ice cream, they also have a snack bar where from 12 to 5 daily they do burgers, pizza etc, they also serve snacks between 11 and 12 nightly.
Bars there are 2 the main bar is quite lively with lots of entertainment, there is also a jetty bar where you can go and just have a quite drink on some great seating (swing seats) around the bar,
Rooms we found our room really functional and very clean, we had a garden bungalow, in it there was a king size bed in the bedroom downstairs, upstairs there was a mezz with 2 single beds, then there was a sitting room with chairs and a tv , and of course a bathroom, there was air con in the bedroom and in the sitting room, everything in our room worked really well,
Service again humans are individual we do not always get along, but i can say that everyone we were served by was at the very least polite, and in the extreme totally fantastic, nothing was too much trouble for a lot of the staff, if you were cynical you could say they do it for the tips, but i believe that they really want you to have a great experience so that you will come back to Jamaica.
Pools there are 2 the one by the bar is lively with entertainment all day and night. the other is an adult only pool which is quiet, but has a bar from 10 to 5, The beaches are quiet and there are loungers every where, you will never be fighting over loungers. Some of the breakwaters look tired and uncared for, and maybe they should do some work on these, but they do not affect the holiday, there are canoes and pedal boats, and snorkelling all inluded, you pay for motorised sports, the big chess set was popular whilst we were there, they also have board games for rainy times or to keep the kids occupied.
Do not be put off by romours of going out of the resort, go and meet the locals and spend some money with them, they want you to have a great time also.
The other comment i read before going was that they only cater for the french this is not true the entertainment is in english, but they translate into french, and the other thing that is organised is that between 7.30 and 8.30 each evening they have a quiz for the french down at the jetty bar, we went to join them a couple of nights, could not understand it but the sense of fun was great,
This sums it up for me , one day when we had a shower the management sent tea and coffe around all the bars for us, i thought this was a great touch.
Try this resort you will find it infectious.

Room Tip: we were in room 51 close to the restaraunt and bars, also close to adult pool, and everything worked...
  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
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13  Thank Dave O
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Reviewed February 13, 2013

14th Jan -28th Jan 2013

This was our second holiday at this resort, the first being in January 2001, and is intended as an up date to my review posted on 28/03/11.

This resort now caters in the main for French holiday makers in every aspect. Notices and signs were written in French and English. The staff spoke in French as their first choice language, English second, similarly did the entertainment staff. I am English and when in a predominantly English speaking country I expect to be addressed in English! Not "Bonjour" and "Bon appetite"

The French holiday makers: They are LOUD, ARROGANT, RUDE, SELFISH and IMPATIENT. They have no time for the needs of others, they are rude to the waiters treating them as third world citizens, they will not wait patiently to be served or to use the self service, they don't know the meaning of the word queue, their manners are deplorable and they don't think twice about commandeeering tables, chairs, sun loungers etc for up to 12 people even when there's only one of them present - as I said,LOUD, ARROGANT, RUDE, SELFISH and IMPATIENT!
This isn't the first time we've encountered the French on holiday, last year it was in Mauritius via Charles De Gaulle airport and Air France, and they were the same on that occasion LOUD, ARROGANT, RUDE, SELFISH and IMPATIENT!

The Food: A lot more variety now and I was impressed by the attention given to the food at the buffets. Food temperatures are taken regularly and heat adjusted accordingly, samples are also taken for testing. Everything in the dining areas are kept spotlessly clean and mainained so, with cleaners in attendance during and after meal times. There is bacon available every morning which wasn't on our last visit but it's not self service, it's situated between the egg station and the muffin station. Food trays are now re-filled as and when necessary but when there is a joint of meat on the carvery when it's gone it's gone, it isn't replenished, so don't dine late. Rum and raisen ice cream is delicious when available and if the French have left any!

Entertainment Staff: Not our thing BUT we were very impressed by their dancing skills and ability to provide first class entertainment considering they are all amateurs. The resident singer and band were not very good, same old thing every night, and would be better replaced with a "karaoke machine"

Lifeguards: A previous contributor lambasted them as "beach gigolos". That is far from the truth. While we were there a woman whilst swimming got into difficulties in the sea and the lifeguard was there in a heartbeat to save her. APPLAUSE, APPLAUSE! You will see them walking the beaches picking up glasses left by the lazy holidaymakers or re-siting loungers but that is only to relieve their boredom, they are always on the alert to provide assistance.

Glass Bottomed Boat: It's not there now - regretfully.

Beaches: Swept and cleaned every morning. Man-made beaches but they suffice. Most of the loungers have been replaced with new. Any hurricane damage is being attended to but in Jamaica only Usain Bolt is in any hurry - it's yeh mon, tomorrow mon.
On one occasion we witnessed an English couple lying under a parasol on loungers when two french couples pushed four loungers under the same parasol and pushed the English couple's bags etc off the table, it was so crowded that the English couple couldn't recline their loungers. It eventually became so intolerable thet the English couple moved to another parasol which was vacant. Yes, there were other parasols and loungers available so why were the French so rude?

Cleanliness: Excellent throughout.

Bar Staff: Reluctant to serve unless looked in the eye and they constantly try to avoid eye contact.The staff had changed from our previous visit and were not as entertaining. All alcoholic drinks are known labelled brands except for the wine(vinegar) and are not watered down! We liked the Red Stripe beer.

The Hotel: It's looking tired, particularly the main pool which is in desperate need of refurbishment.

Note; We're not anti-French but I speak as I find.

Room Tip: Not in the Garden Block or near the pool and Dining area (the Disco is above it).
  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
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10  Thank NewcastleJordy
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Reviewed February 13, 2013

Just arrived back from the decameron club in Jamaica we had looked at trip advisor before leaving and had been wary about some of the reviews, however once we arrived we had a great holiday we were taken from reception to our room by a bellboy , who was very polite and helpful we went to the room which was massive with a big bathroom , our room was cleaned daily with fresh linen and towels everyday , the bar was next port of call had all we asked for cold beer and rum cocktails a plenty , the main restaurant was the only place to get breakfast with plenty of choice even for the fussiest of eaters , The other 2 restaurants one was open for afternoon snacks which were good , the entertainment crew where fantastic and always approachable and helpful food at night was generally good with only a couple of nights a little let down with the options but you will get that everywhere , the only let down we found was the Thai restaurant we expected a really good meal but felt not only was there not any Thai dishes on the menu but the quality was poor , I felt that restaurant would of worked better a jerk grill , I would reccomded this hotel to anyone who wanted a nice chilled out holiday with option to have a party if you choose

Room Tip: Ask for rooms around 50 to 90 to keep away from night noise
  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
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5  Thank A K
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Reviewed February 13, 2013

We booked this resort for our wedding. It was our first visit to Jamaica and we definitely want to come back. When we arrived we had a problem with the room as we booked sea view cottage and we were allocated garden cottage but the rep Amaril sorted it out for us very quickly, it's worth to mention that she was great, very friendly and helpful, always there if you needed anything.
The resort is brilliant, lots of facilities to accommodate different ages and interests, food varied and good quality. Rooms are good, some of them bit dated and there were problems with showers in some rooms but other than that they were comfortable, very clean and well equipped. We didn't spend much time in the room anyway because why would you want to waste any minute of the beautiful weather.
The most valued part of the hotel is the staff.They work very hard and long hours but seem to love their jobs and customers.They are all very friendly, chatty but not cheesy.We made friends with a few of the bar and entertainment team.
On our wedding day everything went smoothly and stress free thanks to our wonderful coordinator Tashara who took care of things. Tashara and her team gave us the most beautiful and magical wedding we dreamt of.
We went of some excursions booked through our rep and also used local taxis to visit places.If you go to Jamaica you can't miss Dunn's River Fall or cycling in Blue Mountain. Horse riding is also a great experience and suitable for any abilities. If you would like to see some rural areas join the excursion to the south part of the island.
We all had fantastic holiday and hope to go back there some day :)

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled with family
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7  Thank arachuta
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Reviewed February 12, 2013

First, let's get the bad out of the way!

We were in room 68. Remember that number well if you are planning to visit The Royal Decameron. In fact, remember the room numbers 60-70! The room looked nice. The bed was large enough for a helicopter to land on and was very comfortable. The plumbing, however was a disaster! I only had one uninterrupted shower the whole fortnight. You could start the shower, get in the shower, cover yourself in shampoo & shower gel but then the water would stop or go hot or go cold. It was the a case of turn the water off and wait a bit then try again. Eventually you got water to rinse off. We complained and they assured us it would be fixed. It wasn't while we were there. There were problems with the toilet as well but only briefly.
The other problem with this room is that it backs on to the service area. Work seems to start about 6.00am so does the noise.
Don't accept room 68 or any of the others in the same row (60-70).

Now the good, there's lots!

Reception check-in on arrival was quick although an information sheet about meal times etc. would have been an asset. The room was large although basic and it was kept very clean.
Food was good and well prepared. Hygiene certainly seemed good and the dining area was kept clean. We can be a bit fussy with food but always had something to eat even if we had to fall back on the really good salad. Breakfast was good. The guy on the omelette making has a really good sense of fun and makes good omelettes and fried eggs! The waiters look after you well and keep your water and wine topped up!
The bar staff are in a league of their own! The sing and dance while serving a large number of cocktails. One barman was serving for quite some time with a bottle standing on his head!
Beaches were raked daily and there seemed to be plenty of sunbeds with quite a lot of shade if you need it.
If you want lots of activity during the day the animation crew will keep you busy. They are crazy in the nicest possible way!
Evening entertainment was good. Sometimes put on by the animation crew who are very professional and sometimes outside performers.
The grounds of the hotel are kept immaculate although in places need a bit of repair.

My overall impression was that is a hotel which is in need of an upgrade. For example, in a hot country a fridge mini-bar would be nice in the room. I would recommend going there. The staff and general welcome are great. Just stay away from room 68!!

Room Tip: Stay away from room 68! In fact avoid rooms 60-70!!!
  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Address: Main Street Runaway Bay, Runaway Bay, Jamaica
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 On the Beach Hotel in Runaway Bay
#3 Romantic Hotel in Runaway Bay
#3 Top resorts Hotel in Runaway Bay
#4 Family Hotel in Runaway Bay
Price Range: $146 - $252 (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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Also Known As:
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Royal Decameron Jamaica
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Royal De Cameron
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Decameron Jamaica Royal
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