Spent two nights here in June and had a nice stay. The staff was friendly but not very customer oriented, except for the guy who I think managed and worked the breakfast. Breakfast was very basic with just muffins, breads and tea/coffee, but there was a nice Jamaican man who would come and sell fruit to us at the hotel, which they then sliced up nicely for us. The pool was small but refreshing nonetheless, and they had a full bar but it was a bit expensive for drinks.
Our room was very basic and the whole hotel was dated, but it had all the necessities. The beds weren't very comfortable though. There was a safe in the room which was an added bonus. As with most hotels, I wouldn't recommend changing money there as it is a big rip off, but there is an ATM right across the street to the left. We noticed on our last night that there was a garden jacuzzi and basic gym, which was a shame as no one told us when we checked in. The hotel has quite a large, almost hidden lounge as well.
Doctor's Cave Beach was gorgeous and right across the street but you do have to pay $6 to go in, and chairs are extra. One of the nicest Jamaican beaches we saw though! The hotel is on the "hip strip", aka gift shops everywhere and several overpriced restaurants.
As for drug dealers....this has nothing to do with the hotel. They are all over Jamaica and areas where tourists go....
Overall a good place for a few nights on a budget, but it would not be the most comfortable stay if you want to book for longer.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Doctors Cave Beach Hotel is centrally located on Gloucester Avenue, locally referred to as the "Hip Strip" because this is where you will find many of the shops, restaurants, beaches and nightlife that Montego Bay has to offer. The hotel is moderately priced and offers clean rooms, friendly staff and all the conveniences of a full service hotel, such as a pool, Jacuzzi and a small fitness room. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Doctors Cave Beach
- Doctors Cave Beach Montego Bay