We decided to stay at this guest house on the basis of previous reviews and to see a bit of the real Jamaica. When we arrived we were met by a very courteous man. The lobby was beautifully furnished and the place seemed relaxed at first. We asked if we could order cold drinks for our driver as he did a great job driving us up from Kingston. We were told there were no drinks on the premises which we found rather strange. Apparently the fridge was not working and therefore they couldn't store any food or drinks. We were offered herbal tea though which was very kind of him. We were shown to our room which was lovely and clean. My main worry was the noise from the main road as our room was at the front . I was right to worry as we couldn't sleep all night. because of the traffic noise. We expected to stay in Mandeville for about 3 nights and had only paid for one nights stay and intended to pay the rest later. It was just as well we only paid for one night as when I went to have a shower there was no hot water. We immediately reported this to the man in reception and he said that the owner was sorting things out that evening. At what point was he going to tell us we had no hot water? It would have been courtesy to have informed us of this when we first arrived. Anyway we decided that they were doing their best to resolve the situation. The nearest place to eat anything was in town so we had to get a route taxi to take us there and back. When we returned we still had no hot water and the man in reception had gone home. In the morning we came to breakfast and it was obvious we were the only guests there. We had already made up our minds we were not staying there any longer. The same man as the night before greeted us and offered us breakfast which was nice. Then Derrick the owner appeared and we had a very pleasant chat with him. We explained we were moving on instead of staying and he understood our situation. He then offered to show us his farm nearby which was a great expereince. It certainly is a little haven with beautiful lsuh vegetation. Afterwards Derrick kindly gave us a lift to the bus station so that we could make our way to Negril.
They were all very friendly and kind there but we just couldn't stay there for practical reasons which is a shame.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Tucked away in the cool rolling hills of Mandeville, the heart of central Jamaica, lies the quiet, restful, cozy getaway - come and be at one or two. It is a wonderful place for families/groups, which are our specialties. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Kariba Kariba Hotel Mandeville
- Kariba Kariba Jamaica/Mandeville