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Shirley Retreat House
Ranked #22 of 25 Hotels in Kingston
Reviewed 10 October 2011

Shirley Retreat House is a pleasant guesthouse. It's warm tangerine color is inviting. It is located in a quiet residential area, but less than a mile walk from Devon House in one direction and the Bob Marley Museum in the other. You can easily walk to those places or walk to Hope Road and take a bus. There is a small parking lot in front. It comes with a complimentary breakfast, which consisted of whole wheat toast, eggs made to order and instant coffee or tea. You can eat in the small, pleasant inside restaurant, or opt for sitting out on the front patio. If you want to have lunch there, you need to tell them ahead of time. There is wi-fi access in the lobby and on the front patio, but not in the restaurant or rooms. Our room was large, clean and had air conditioning. The rooms are on the second floor, and there is no elevator. The staff is very pleasant and helpful, but not knowledgeable of the restaurants within walking distance. They recommended TGI Fridays, which is only 2 blocks away, but we were interested in something more local. Also, there are no brochures of things to do, like most hotels have, so you are on your own to decide what you will do. But who needs brochures or touristy ads, when you have Trip Advisor! The guesthouse desk clerk will call you a taxi and ask the company what the charge will be for you. We were very pleased with our stay here.

  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 10 March 2011

We went to the Shirley Retreat Hotel on the recommendation of a taxi driver who picked us up from another hotel that was treating us quite rudely. What a great idea! Good price, nice, clean and comfy rooms with large beds. Breakfast was great for a good price-a lot more inexpensive than a room at the Pegasus-even with breakfast included.
Close to so many different sights, but also easy to travel to halfway tree etc.
I would definitely recommend this place to other travellers.
The only problem was the loud FAST cars that sounded like they were racing from about 12 am-3 am.. Yuck.

  • Stayed: February 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 8 February 2011

Its plain and simple and brilliant value for money. Nice clean rooms with breakfast for 2/3 rds price of other budget hotels. Right in the center of Kingston.

  • Stayed: February 2011, travelled as a couple
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4  Thank greytraveller0
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Reviewed 2 November 2010

An inexpensive, quiet, clean and comfortable hotel in the heart of Kingston in close proximity to the mall, the clubs, places of interest and food (TGIF is one block away).

The foyer was a short trip into the culture of Jamaica with its display of national artifacts. The front desk personnel was very pleasant, accommodating and professional *my apologies can not remember the young mans name*. The dining room was beautifully decorated and quite cozy but we ordered room service. The continental breakfast was timely, hot, tasty, nutritious and inexpensive. The room was very clean with a king size bed and space to move around. The bathroom is clean and supplied with fresh towels and soap however the hot water faucet supplied luke warm water in the shower so taking a shower was a bit of a hassle.

We left the hotel and forgot to tell the front desk personnel that we did not want any maid service because there were three suitcases filled with personal items and gifts including laptops and digital camera left in the room. Upon returning from exploring the city the room was thoroughly cleaned (bed remade with our personal sheets, fresh towels and replaced soap) with everything accounted for. Thank you for your honesty which is a true reflection of respect for your guest.

Recommendations:Security security security - The entry gate was left opened and unattended, the front door to the hotel was unlocked and there were no front desk personnel when we left to explore the city, Due to the location of the hotel (in the heart of Kingston right off of the main road) tighter security is needed, at least first line of defense in security is visible personnel and locked gates and doors. We just drove our car onto the compound and walked thru the unlocked front doors. Please take into consideration your guests feelings concerning a sense of security in an island which has been touted as unsafe or dangerous.
Commendations...the hotel has many plaques displayed thanking it for being a part of charity service in Jamaica. Cudos to you and your staff.

  • Stayed: October 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 17 February 2009

Great location, Devon House, The Bob Marley Museum and the prime minister's home were within walking distance. Given that is located on a busy main road, you turn off onto a drive and thereafter you dont hear any traffic noise and it is very peaceful. Staff are always friendly and helpful. They serve three meals a day but you have to book in advance, unfortunately the young man on reception forgot to give us this vital bit of information, however we were a lot so it didnt really matter, but would have been nice to know.

The price was reasonable and checkout and checkin was quick and simple and the staff remain helpful and polite throughout.

I would definitely stay there again with my family. The only downside, round the bathroom could do with some redecoration as it was a bit on the rusty side, but asides from that great.

  • Stayed: February 2009, travelled with family
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Reviewed 29 May 2006

My husband & I spent our honeymoon there three days and two nigts. It's a very quiet place, calm and peaceful.

The staff were very friendly and they address you by name - it's amazing how they remember your name. service was good and rooms - well let's say i was not disappointed. you were well relax. they would call you just to find out if your in need of anything...

And room service was good, quick and food was always great.

this place is full of calmness and you will not regret going there for a week-end to just relax and be you.

We were well pleased.

  • Stayed: December 2003
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Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas USVI
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Reviewed 9 November 2005

I booked Shriley Retreat base on a review and I was not disappointed.....The hotel is not on a big scale like the Hilton etc, but the staff there is exceptional. Very friendly, polite and always ready to help with a smile. Kamile is the exception...Very pleasant worker, never angry always smilling and goes out of her way to make you comfortable...the food is great....especially the jerk chicken...The hotel is clean and homey....A home away from home...Is Chrisitan oriented....The security is very impressive...Very carefull security gurards on duty in the evennings...You do feel at home in this quiet retreat...I will definately return there...I was there with a friend for her graduation from the University of the West Indies....We really enjoyed our stay there........

  • Stayed: November 2005, travelled on business
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Address: 7 Maeven Ave, Kingston, Jamaica
Region: Caribbean > Jamaica > Kingston Parish > Kingston
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Ranked #22 of 25 Hotels in Kingston
Price Range: £71 - £97 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Shirley Retreat House 3*
Number of rooms: 13
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