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Doctors Cave Beach Hotel
Ranked #36 of 61 Hotels in Montego Bay
WASHINGTON
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21 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
“nice for the $/close to cool stuff”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 November 2006

background: 36 y/o wm w/wife, no kids..1st trip to JA/3 days here-
late oct 2006..deluxe room. not all-inclusive

right from the airport to DCBH was $10US from a JUTA cab..that's unfortunately normal for the 3 min trip, to get lower, lets say about JA$100 each, you'd have to hire a private local driver, which can be iffy...if you do get a private guy, PLEASE be careful...people are generally nice, but you never know...
expect to pay about $8-10 per ride about anywhere close for up to 4 people..from a JUTA (red lic. plate) taxi in the off season, you can haggle, but agree on the price and you dont have to tip if you dont wanna.
anyway, back to the hotel...not 1 minute after arrival i was approached by at least 3 drivers &/or pharmacists...probably the thickest conc. of dealers and hustlers around the hotel & beach area...lets just say, whatever you may want, you could get..nuff said.

pretty rooms w/ AC, beautiful gardens with paths all over, coffee shop, restaurant(so-so food),bar, internet cafe adjacent...nice staff, especially Randall the bellman, free ping-pong and pool tables, --, lots of places to sit and chill all secure and safe...
they do not have ocean view, more of just a tiny peek..still, a very nice balcony with garden & street views... a little noisy, but bustling and fun! super close to the beach and an easy walk to jimmy Buffets, Coral Cliff, Pork pit, and downtown..be prepared to run the gauntlet of hasslers though until you get past Margaritaville...
DO GO TO THE DOWNTOWN...dont be scared, you will not be killed or hassled badly...walk with confidence, dont take too many pictures, and act like you belong there..
DO GO TO THE PORKPIT....jerk is great and one of the least expensive meals you'll have
The Fort Craft market is shaky...agressive vendors, but if you like that, rock bottom prices can be had...they want to make a sale. They will try to steer you there, once again say " i already been dere..got what i need, tanks" and keep walking.

NOTES:
*dont let anyone tie a bracelet on you..nothing is free and if its knotted, you cant take it off.
*Indian-owned gift shops are overpriced, buy duty-free at the airport before you go
*if you need supplies(beer,rum,etc.) go to a grocery store where prices are clearly marked and much cheaper..closest is down the strip towards gloustershire up the spiral staircase to the tall building (the elevator up to El Greco hotel..our 2nd hotel)
*an easy way to duck drug dealers is to tell them FIRMLY "ya mon, respect..(knuckle bump..dont shake hands)..i got everyting i need..tanks though.

Have fun,wear sunscreen, be careful..
Walk good mon....russo
any ?? write me

  • Liked — proximity to Dr's Cave beach
  • Disliked — mislead to "ocean-view"
  • Tips/Secrets — SEE MY REVIEW
  • Stayed October 2006, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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18 Thank MOMMYDONNY
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nashville
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5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 2006

I am a travel agent and had just returned from the lsland of Jamaica. This was my fifth visit to Jamaica and my very first stay on the "HIP STRIP". I did find the Doctors Cave Beach Hotel very friendly, clean and comfortable. I only eat breakfast by the poolside. Complimentary continental breakfast did consist of fruit, toast, coffee/tea and a muffin. I ordered a side dish of scrambled eggs an sausage and this was very tasty. The beach is across the street and there is a charge of $5.00 per person. Be sure to check out the ping pong table and or pool table for recreational activities. Overall, I did feel safe and would recommend this property to anyone who wants to stay at a budget type of hotel. The hotel also provides rum punch on Tuesday and Saturdays evening from 6pm-7pm.

  • Liked — within walking distance to stores, beach and resturants
  • Disliked — n/a
  • Tips/Secrets — n/a
  • Stayed September 2006, travelled solo
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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7 Thank phubbard
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Dickinson TX
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6 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2006

This was our third trip to Jamaica and we decided to try something other than an all-inclusive this time. We had no trouble at all checking in, other than a short wait. Our room was larger than we expected, it had a separate sitting room with sofa and chairs. As we noted in the title, this is not a new hotel, but it was clean and comfortable. The bedroom area was the only portion with A/C, but the unit kept the room cool enough. Next time we might go with a smaller room.

The food at the hotel restaurant was good, although we only ate there at breakfast.

The hotel bar was nice, usually pretty low key although it was hopping Saturday night. All of the bartenders we encountered were friendly and provided good service and local info also.

The staff was friendly and helpful, in fact they reminded me a lot of the nice staff that took care of us at Sandals Inn during previous visits. The manager introduced himself and inquired about our stay.

All in all a positive experience.


  • Liked — People, location, food
  • Disliked — A/C barely kept up
  • Tips/Secrets — The smaller rooms might cool better.
  • Stayed August 2006, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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8 Thank Hrdhitta
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Orlando
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6 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 August 2006

We had a tiny room with three single beds that came out to $170 a night with taxes. The hotel and restaurant were great, but not worth the price!

If you're going to Jamaica, I suggest you skip Montego Bay. Not much to see here besides drug dealers and prostitutes. Lots of pick pockets as well, my phone was stolen. I thought Mo Bay would be the safest city during my Jamaica visit, but I felt safer in Kingston!

  • Stayed July 2006, travelled with friends
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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5 Thank reaganp
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 June 2006

First off, you should definitely not expect a fancy hotel. This is the perfect place for budget travellers looking for a friendly, and accomadating place. We got to the hotel without a reservation and the walk-up rate was only $92!! (summer season). We thought this was fantastic and took the offer. My father then realised he had left something on the bus from the airport to the hotel, and a very friendly man, Arnold, helped my father retrieve his items back again (my father had a great time with Arnold, and had a few beers with him at the airport bar). The staff talked and smiled at me while I was waiting for him to get back.

T he room was if anything above par and had an awesome balcony area outside to sit and look at the gardens. (the only bad thing I have to say about the room is that there was a madagascar cockroach in it the morning we woke up to leave, but we just laughed at that, he wasn't hurting anybody). Right next to our room was a nice sitting/dining area that I didn't see anybody use once, but it was nice and had shade. Right below that was a really awesome pool table and ping pong table (game room). My father and I made good use of that pool table (free) for a couple of hours. The pool is very nice and has a volleyball net.

The continental breakfast is sit down and it gives you 4 slices of toast, a muffin, a fruit plate, and coffee/tea/milk/juice/hot chocolate. You can also order something like an omelet to go along with it. The other bad thing was that the waiter was a bit slow and the food took just a little while to get out (not tooo long). The waiter forgot to fill my father's coffee cup so he had to get up twice while she was serving others.

Overall, the hotel was excellent, had great rates, had a nice Jamaican feel to it (it was next to all these plants and on Gloucester Ave, across from the beach, no views of the beach from the hotel however), the food was pretty good (service a little lousy), and had an awesome ping pong table, pool table, and pool. But remember, don't expect much, but it's the perfect hotel for budget travellers.

  • Stayed June 2006
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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10 Thank A TripAdvisor Member
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 May 2006

I absolutely loved this hotel. I was there for 9 nights, all of them wonderful. 90 yards from the beach, and a few minutes walk to many stores, restaurants and activities. The staff was excellent, and the rooms were perfect. This is a great place to stay for someone on a budget. Do not get this confused with a five-star resort. I highly praise it, and am returning for a second visit shortly. Upon arrival the first day there, my companion became violently ill and the hotel staff took care of all the necessary arrangements to go to the hospital and back. If not for them, our trip would have been ruined. Very friendly and personable staff who take the time to get to know you. Secure and safe place to stay.

  • Stayed May 2005
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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6 Thank A TripAdvisor Member
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Canada Bay, Australia
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13 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 April 2006

First off, Margaretaville is closer to 10 minutes walk rather than 3. Jamaica Bobsled Cafe is 3 minutes. A great spot if you're into pizza. Their crust is real thin. The veggie is scrumptious.

Yes, some of the rooms need some upgrading. Our poolside room (April 10-17th) was just great, well kept by "Lors". Plenty of clean towels daily. Beach towels are available at the service desk alongside the check-in desk. All the ice you need is either at the bar or down the hallway if you want a garbage container full for your wine & Red Stripe Beer.

I can understand the $US 50.00 deposit for a safety box key. It's applicable most places. There's huge expense to access a safe if you lose it, consequently the charge. You get it ALL back when you're thru with it's use or you check-out. It's a no-brainer.

Staff is just great. Breakfast can be a little slow but keep in mind it's the Jamaican Way. It worked just fine for us, dining leisurely rather than in a rush. You get to know people better that way. I don't know where those people came from referring to a Continental Breakfast. Our room rate included a full breakfast, no questions asked & we tried 'em all from Eggs Benedict to Egg-whites only omlette. All served first class.

Our only complaint would be it's not on the oceanside. Keeping in mind the ocean is right across the street. THUMBS UP!!!!

  • Stayed April 2006
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
10 Thank rok
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Property: Doctors Cave Beach Hotel
Address: Gloucester Avenue | PO Box 94, Montego Bay, Jamaica
Region: Caribbean > Jamaica > Saint James Parish > Montego Bay
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #36 of 61 Hotels in Montego Bay
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:2 star — Doctors Cave Beach Hotel 2*
Number of rooms: 90
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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