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“Amazing experience up in the mountains”
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Strawberry Hill
Ranked #4 of 25 Hotels in Kingston
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 2 November 2013

We made our Valentine weekend special at the Strawberry Hill Hotel in the mountains. We wanted to escape the city without having to drive to the other side of the island. This was only a 30 minute drive from Kingston. It was the perfect escapade. You are surrounded by nature, fresh air, and an amazing view of the city.

You can relax on the long beach chairs by the infinity pool or take a quick dip in its cold river water to refresh your body. The food at the restaurant is delicious and the service is really good.

We booked the GONG room, which apparently was Bob Marley’s room. It was great, two private balconies with a wonderful view, an outdoor shower, small kitchen and bathroom, tv, desk, etc… it had the feel of a cottage which I really liked.

Being in the mountains, it can get colder at night than in the city. Luckily for our cold feet, ladies, their mattress has heated pads under the sheets with personal controls for each side so our men can choose not to use it. ;)

Because this is not a cabin made of concrete but wood, you can hear a lot of what is going on outside of your room. We did not sleep well because of it but we still appreciated our short stay. Strawberry Hill Hotel is a luxury hotel with luxurious prices. We only spent one night and it costs us as much as would 2 nights on the north coast beaches, but really, I can assure you that the place is worth it. If you are staying in the Kingston area, you have to consider and try a one night stay at Strawberry Hill Hotel. And if you don’t mind spending more money, I am sure you can also enjoy their spa on site!

Room Tip: The Gong room had an amazing view as you can see on the pictures
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  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 14 October 2013

I went for lunch, did not stay at the Inn. Instead we had lunch on the verandah overlooking the pool. The food and service was excellent. We are looking forward to spent a week there as we want to check out the spa.

  • Stayed: April 2013
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Reviewed 6 October 2013

If you haven't been here, you're missing out! Leaving this fabulous resort will be very difficult. The tranquility you experience is truly out of this world! The rooms make you feel like you're all alone in a private villa surrounded by nature. The property is perched high in the mountains and has incredible views both day and night. You experience walking in the most well kept garden with exotic flowers and well manicured lawns. Amazing staff that make you feel at home, from management to maids; teamwork at its best! Great restaurant; complimentary continental breakfast with Blue Mounain Coffee.... the best. The 'Gordon Town Trail' hike is highly recommended, an experience that is a true Jamaican history lesson with Dave, a very knowledgeable guide. He's simply the best! Aveda Spa has rooms with idyllic views. I can go on and on...... Book now; you'll be talking about this place for the rest of your life!

Room Tip: All rooms have fabulous views. You can't go wrong.
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  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 20 September 2013

High in the Blue Mountains overlooking Kingston Harbor -- the nighttime view is stunning -- this oasis of a dozen "cottages" embraces visitors with a yen for beauty, peace and quiet. The on-site restaurant serves delicious Jamaican meals and the superlative coffee named for these mountains. It's so smooth and low-acid, even coffee-averse digestive tracts can enjoy multiple cups per day -- and you'll want to! Even after a treatment at the Aveda spa onsite, where an outdoor massage puts you to sleep. Besides advance-level hanging out, about the only activities for the restless are guided local hikes, tours of a nearby coffee plantation, and an infinity-edge pool. The creation of Island Records founder Chris Blackwell, Strawberry Hill plays unobtrusive reggae in the background all day, and the staff are friendly, unobtrusive and very responsive to guests' every need. Altogether enchanting, this is a perfect, romantic spot for a 3 to 5-day wind-down.

Room Tip: If you're older or have a bad knee, avoid the cottage called 59 steps -- there are actually more...
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  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Gregory S, General Manager at Strawberry Hill, responded to this reviewResponded 22 September 2013

Anniefeb9
Thanks for taking the time out to write a review on Strawberry Hill. I will certainly pass on this information to all out staff. BTW we are taking 59 Steps out of regular inventory beginning October 1, 2013, when we re-open after doing our annual upgrades throughout this month.
Gregory

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Reviewed 20 September 2013

The atmosphere, view and rooms madeyou feel like if you were sleeping in a forest, something out of a storybook.
It is extremely peaceful. Rooms are extra comfortable.
The food is amazing. don't like Jamaican food too much, but this one was incredible. Everything that kitchen prepared was great!

Room Tip: Take rooms as high as possible.
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  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled on business
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Gregory S, General Manager at Strawberry Hill, responded to this reviewResponded 22 September 2013

Thanks for your wonderful and descriptive feedback; this is especially important noting that you are from a neighboring island with similar mountain ranges and natural habitat. So visitors from near and far are finding our experience to be really special.
Gregory

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Reviewed 4 September 2013

I really enjoyed the views, breezes and accommodations. Really a beautiful location and worth the hair raising ride. The food was not up to par though. Lamb was over cooked and small portions. Brunch was decent but expensive.

  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 3 September 2013

Beautiful ambiance wonderful staff delicious food my first trip to Jamaica I wouldn't have had it any other way! My husband and Isent for a Birthday gift to him anniversary gift for us and graduation gift for myself. it was our first time traveling together and he is still talking about it!

  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Strawberry Hill

Address: New Castle Road, Kingston, Jamaica
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Region: Caribbean > Jamaica > Kingston Parish > Kingston
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#2 Spa Hotel in Kingston
#3 Luxury Hotel in Kingston
#4 Business Hotel in Kingston
Price Range: £216 - £451 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Strawberry Hill 4.5*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Strawberry Hill Hotel, Spa & Gardens, a 26-acre mountain top resort, is located in the heart of one of the world's most famous coffee-producing mountain ranges, Jamaica's Blue Mountains. Listed in the New York Times #1 bestselling book, 1,000 Places To See Before You Die, Strawberry Hill is 3100 feet above sea level and features one of the most awe-inspiring views of the Blue Mountains in one direction as well as the city of Kingston in the other. On a clear day, one can see up to 100 miles from the property's infinity-edge pool, and at night the city far below becomes a twinkling mirror of the night sky. The property's 12 Georgian-style cottages, spa, exotic gardens and restaurant offerings underwent an extensive refurbishment in October 2011. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Strawberry Hill Irish Town
Strawberry Hill Jamaica/Kingston

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