We stayed at this hotel in July 2012 for a wedding.
Grounds: well kept and maintained. Although large, fairly accessible. Not very lush but the vegetation that was there was very well kept. The lobbies are clean and spacious with beautiful flower arrangements.
Food: Pretty decent. There was always something to eat at the buffet. Some days only one buffet would be open which made it a bit harder for seating a larger group. Most of the speciality restaurants are on the Lady Hamilton side. We tried the Blue Lagoon (food was ok), the Mexican (average) and the creole (very good). The jerk chicken was good throughout the restaurant but readily available at the Jerk Hut near sunset cove. Jamaican patties at the Sports Bar were good and there's a popcorn machine there, should you want a midnight snack. Drinks were good and not watered down. Mai Tais were killer! It was a bit bothersome that restaurants and bars would close down prior to their pre-specified times, without warning. This was especially true of the swim-up bar at the infinity pool.
Internet: Decent free Wi-Fi in lobbies.
Rooms: We stayed in Villa 21 on the ground floor. Only issue with our room was that you needed to aim the shower head towards a wall or the entire bathroom would flood - not a big deal once we figured it out! Our A/C worked great but had friends who had major issues with theirs and had further trouble getting it fixed. Beds were comfy enough! Large sitting areas. Free safe is nice.
Pools: Clean, spacious. The smaller pools are deeper - be warned when stepping off that last step with your drinks in hand!
Beaches: The main beach is very rocky. The beach at sunset cove is very nice. The 'adult' beach was not crowded at all (and no nudists that we saw) and provided EXCELLENT snorkelling opportunities right off the beach!
The wedding: Nice location for the wedding. The only downside was that we had the reception in the spa (nice spot) but they shut us down around 10 PM, only 3 songs in to the dancing. This was disappointing as the wedding party was told we could be there all evening. They told us to relocate to the infinity bar but this ruined the wedding atmosphere as there was no personal space. The bride and groom had to cut their cake with a plastic nice in the middle of a bar - not great. That was one of the most disappointing parts of the trip.
Excursions: Did the day trip to Negril. Was fine, nothing special, but got to see a bit more of the area. The shopping portion of the day is very low pressure. Seeing the cliff divers at Rick's cafe was fun!
Overall, a good stay. If I returned to Montego Bay, probably would chose a different hotel but no deal breakers here!
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