This was our second vacation at the G.P. Lady Hamilton, the first was in April of 2009. Below is an outline of our observations.
This was our ninth visit to a Grand Palladium resort and the first time that check in was an issue. We arrived at the resort at 2 p.m. Our rooms weren’t ready, so we went to lunch. Upon our return to the front desk, we were told one of the rooms was ready, so we had all the luggage loaded into the cart and went to that room. It ended up to be the wrong building (the room was occupied!) so back to the front desk. This was the ONLY portion of our stay at the Palladium that was frustrating! We stood in a very slow-moving line three times with one person working the check in. It seemed that there were numerous guests with check in issues. There were other people behind the desk, but no one seemed to care. Jermaine, the front desk person we dealt with could not have been nicer, he apologized repeatedly—this wasn’t his fault, but there definitely needs to be a more efficient check in process put into place. Our check in began at 2 and ended at 5—if this hadn’t taken place during a downpour, we would have been very upset. However, since we weren’t wasting valuable beach time, no problem, mon! After discussing this with management, they are aware of the problems and it is being addressed.
My husband and I were in Room 2619—a one bedroom suite. No problems here. The room was in good working order and the view from the main balcony is amazing. This is one of the reasons we love G.P. Lady Hamilton. Our maid, Edwaney, did a great job keeping our room clean and we would come back to beautiful towel art every day.
The pools have been completely resurfaced since our visit in April 2009. No more loose tiles! The Infinity Pool is huge, with built-in loungers around its perimeter. A new addition is the water volleyball court. There’s always plenty of room to play ball, lounge or swim.
The Adult Pool is located on the Lady Hamilton side. It overlooks Coral Beach, where tops are optional. Apparently, bottoms are also optional, as we observed one woman who walked up totally nude from the beach to the pool bar to get a drink, as well as a man swimming nude at Coral Beach. Free entertainment…..just keep the kids out of this area.
Very clean and well maintained. They were redoing the areas in front of the buffets while we were there. One of the issues here are the guests—PLEASE don’t leave your trash around for others to pick up and PLEASE don’t hang your beach towels over the balcony of the building—what a way to ruin the beautiful surroundings!!
Buffets—we only ate breakfast and one dinner at the buffets. The food and service were good. There was a good selection of foods at breakfast every day. It was very busy and noisy (acoustics?). It seemed as though the Lady Hamilton side was more crowded at times, so we just walked the 2 minute walk to the Jamaica buffet.
Jerk Shack: Great for lunch. You can order off of the menu at the Poseiden Restaurant or walk down to the Jerk Shack for chicken and paella. The jerk was good and our daughter loved the Fiesta Burger.
Blue Lagoon is another lunch option. It offered a good selection of grill to order items, as well as salads and desserts.
There is also a grill poolside that makes burgers and hotdogs.
We enjoyed all of the restaurants we visited. Lotus was our favorite, but Boghali, Reggaetoni and El Mariachi were also very good. Service was good also.
The pool bar was usually very busy. Bring your bubbas! We usually went to the beach bar, where Lawrence would make us a good drink. At night, Miss Lou’s has some higher-end selections. We had a few fun evenings with Cleon at the Casino Bar—very entertaining!
The only show we went to was the Steel Drum Show on Friday. We did enjoy the bands at the Infinity nightly. We would like to hear more reggae—it’s Jamaica!!
We missed the beach bbq on Friday and the beach party on Wednesday, due to dinner reservations. Looked like a good time, though.
Since this was our kids’ first time in Jamaica, we wanted them to see 7 mile beach and Rick’s Café. We hired Reggae Tours for this, as well as our private airport transfers. Norman was our driver for both trips. He was an excellent tour guide! We went to Rhodes Hall Plantation (would skip this unless you want to go horseback riding), 7 Mile Beach, the Negril Craft Market (be prepared to bargain), and Rick’s Café.
Some tips: Bring an insulated mug—it will keep your drinks cold and it cuts down on the numerous cups that people leave all over this beautiful resort. Bring a beach towel—some days they run out of towels for a few hours., if you have your own, no problem! Bring a flashlight—there were a few times that the power went out for a few minutes—it’s just a good thing to have with you when travelling anywhere! Bring the right attitude—we did not encounter one grumpy employee at this resort, but we always feel that you should treat people the way you want to be treated—it works wonders!!
With the exception of check-in, the trip exceeded our expectations. Many improvements have been made since last year, and we feel that the G.P. Lady Hamilton is going to continue to get better with time. We can’t wait to return!
Things That Make Me Go HMMMM:
My response to some recent comments on trip advisor—sorry, I feel someone has to say it!
“That is just crazy, the bathroom was a decent temperature but the bedroom was quite hot and muggy, even when we cracked the balcony door and turned on the ceiling fan to create a draft”
The a/c is controlled by your key card in the a/c slot—but it also shuts off when the balcony door is opened.
when we arrived in the room we had no washcloths and only 3 towels…..
Wow—no washcloths!! That would definitely ruin my vacation!! I’ll trade washcloths for a Jamaican sunset any day of the year!
no jamaican food....
Apparently, you missed the jerk hut, Jamaican night at the buffet, the restaurant “Xaymaica”, as well as numerous items (i.e. gnips, bammy bread, fried plaintains, patties on the buffet, Appleton rum and Red Stripe beer)
also I had a driver come to the hotel to pick me up and he was not allowed on the property not even to the lobby..
Our driver picked us up at the lobby twice, and we observed others doing the same. Perhaps this driver wasn’t able to pass security for a reason…..
I could go on and on---but for now, enough said!!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The resort is bathed by the calm turquoise waters of Jamaica's north coast, in a small bay on a privileged enclave on the coast. The design is a perfect harmony between modernand luxurious facilities of a first class hotel and the attractive natural environment of the area characterized by the turquoise sea and the relief of the landscape. The complexalso houses an ultramodern Spa, which is equipped with the most advanced facilities and offers guests a wide variety of therapies and services. Near the village of Lucea and approximately 30 minutes from Montego Bay and its airport. Within the complex is theGrand Palladium Jamaica Resort & Spa has a total of 540 guestrooms in 15 villas ofthree levels with 6 Suites and 30 Junior Suites per villa. The Grand Palladium Lady Hamilton Resort & Spa has a total of 516 rooms distributed in 13 villas of three levels with 6 suites and 30 Junior Suites per villa and 48 two-story cabins with 4 cabins suites (adults only) each. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Grand Palladium Lady Hamilton Hotel Lucea
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