One could respectably remain on the premises and just hang out with all the other travelers. Being the vast minority in Kingston, guests rejuvenate at the hostel bar and patio and swap stories from the field. Or, you could catch up on keeping in touch with loved ones via the free internet kiosks or WiFi. But even the most weary soul will eventually answer the call of Kingston's undeniable energy, and tips from those who've been there a day or more are invaluable.
The staff is friendly* and very helpful in directing you toward your adventure du jour. They have a board posting the different events going on that week, and will do what it takes to help you attend safely. We quickly formed a group of friends and decided on Rae Town (look it up) one night, and the staff arranged a safe, inexpensive ride there and back, picking us up at the hostel.
Nice kitchen, included basic breakfast, off-street parking, close to markets and vendors, safe, social environment- everything you need from a hostel. The only reason I didn't give it a 5 rating is regarding the * above... Upon arrival, we were greeted at the gate by a gentleman on duty with a less than warm welcome, to put it nicely, and one day the cleaning lady was rude to guests. They both were great the rest of the time, so we disregarded it as them having a bad day. Still, guests should always be treated with respect unless they warrant otherwise (which we didn't).
I would definitely stay here again if I return to Kingston.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in the Center of the Greater Kingston Area, Reggae Hostel offers a comfortable and secure environment with easy access to attractions, beaches, surfing, culture, cuisine, clubs, pubs, parties, recording studios and restaurants. The hostel is conveniently situated only 10 minutes walk from the Half way Tree which is the largest commercial district in Jamaica boasting the most modern transportation center. The property is suitable for young and outgoing travellers who are interested in meeting people and getting an authentic taste of the fantastic culture of kingston, the birthplace of reggae. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Reggae Hostel Jamaica/Kingston