First time in Jamaica and first time in AI. Absolutely loved it!! Check in was quick and efficient. Stayed in building 4 - a bit run down, but extremely clean- flat screen tv., hot water- what more could I ask for when I was hardly in the room. I am not too picky as long as the room is clean!!!!! Housekeeping did a wonderful job! Towels were always plentiful!
When people say that it is a "walk to dinner from certain buildings"...I have to tell you that it is approx. a 2 minute walk(if that) along an ocean view sidewalk to get to the buffet. I personally didn't mind it at all. I would think the only people who would have a problem with that walk would be someone with a disability. Even from the further buildings- tack on another minute or two.
The staff- all staff were friendly, helpful, hospitable. I did not meet one person without a smile on their face and believe me, they are working long and hard hours to please each guest. Re: safety, it was not even an issue once I checked in and I was contemplating the whole safety issue before my trip. The hotel grounds are very secure, and the guests and staff were very friendly and very easy to talk to and make aquaintances.
The buffet was very good. I ate the breakfast and dinner buffet each night. Tues. and Fri. nites the buffet is a "beach party" on the beach with entertainment. The food is a bit repeated, but there is always something new added. I enjoyed it. The jerk hut (jerk chicken and pork) is open 12 pm - 6 pm. Delicious! There is also a hamburg, fish sandwich, grilled cheese and french frie station that is open from 11 a.m. - ? and then closes for a while and then opens up again around 10 pm.
There is enough food to make anyone content.
The weather was great while I was there. Sunny each day. Rained one evening about 10 pm.
The shuttle to Margaritaville(sp) runs every nite and is FREE. It leaves the hotel at 9, 10 and 11 pm. and picks up at Margaritaville at 12, 1 and 2 a.m.
I had a wonderful stay and will definently be back to Jamaica.
I did go on a tour to Dunn's River from the hotel for a 1/2 day and that was $52. I did not climb the falls, but enjoyed it just the same. Loved the bus ride and just seeing the falls.
I hope this helps someone with questions re. Holiday Inn. Ask away, if I can answer anything else.