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Doctors Cave Beach Hotel
Ranked #37 of 62 Hotels in Montego Bay
Saskatchewan
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“Right Up Our Alley But A Little High Priced”
Reviewed 6 March 2011

Great location on the Hip Strip and close to Doctor's Cave Beach. We found the price to be a little on the higher side for what you get. We paid $127/nite for a standard room and have travelled enough that I would say it's a $80-$90/nite value. Originally we were taken to a room with the balcony facing the loud busy street. We asked to see another and it was worth waiting for them to finish cleaning. We ended up in a room with a balcony overlooking the pool. The room seemed a little newer as well (compared to the first one we almost got) so we were quite happy. There is an ice machine on the property to help yourself to which we liked. The breakfast was good at the hotel and so was the coffee but we were charged $6 US each to fill our go cups we brought with us so we only did that once. Be sure to head downstairs for rum punch happy hour on Tues and Sat at the bar from 6-7pm. Kenny, the bartender is outstanding - a fun and friendly guy! He looked after us arranging taxis and even ran out to pick up a hot sauce we were trying to find! He's a gem! We would come back and recommend Dr's Cave Hotel.

  • Stayed January 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 26 February 2011

Overpriced rooms.Customer service sucks . Rooms are below basic and tasteless, although clean.Old air conditioner sounds like a twister.lots of noise from street..No parking. Bathroom is a mould lab.WIFI is $10 US an hour YIKES!!! definetly would not stay there again.

  • Stayed February 2011, travelled as a couple
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If you are looking for 5 star hotel, this is not the place. For example to 2 twins made a king size bed. The hotel itself needs some up keep in the bathroom there is no hot water in the sink, it took 2 days to get the pool clean. On the other hand the waitress name Anakee was awesome and very friendly and helpful. The hotel manager was also very helpful to fix situations, food was good but stay away from the chicken wings. We did the best with situation, the area is full of solicitors can be very intimidating. The landscaping was beautiful if it is your first time to Jamaica its a start also only 5 minutes away from airport pay $15 dont let then get you.

  • Stayed February 2011, travelled as a couple
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In a great location in Mo Bay, easy walk to good beaches either private or public. Has nice small bar, great place to meet other travelers. Depending on what you choose breakfast can be included. No lunch, but dinner is well priced. Hey have a great Club sandwich. They will run a tab for the bar and eating, check with the front desk. Everyone there was great.

  • Stayed January 2011, travelled solo
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Nassau, New Providence Island
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Reviewed 16 December 2010

Doctors Cave Beach Hotel is a landmark hotel....it was also the only hotel open for business on the main hotel strip except for the all inclusive down the road!! It had a great bar and the staff made us feel like family. Definitely for anyone looking for clean, safe place to stay. Very centrally located. Would definitely recommend to anyone on a budget looking for great value in Montego Bay.

  • Stayed November 2010, travelled on business
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Orlando, Florida
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Reviewed 15 November 2010

The hotel was located on the "hip strip" in Montego Bay, however, there was nothing hip about this hotel. Although the staff was excellent, the room itself was horrible. The location makes for a busy street, so sleeping was not an option. The room had A/C, except it did not work and I was just uncomfortable the whole time. Even a local, with whom I'm dating, was displeased with the hotel. If you're thirsty or craving for a snack, forget about vending. That doesn't exist. Thankfully a member of the staff was kind enough to walk me to the store next to the hotel. The bar nor the hote'l restaurant was opened until the weekend (Sunday)! What good does that do when I stay during the week but leave on a Sunday. Pay your money and go elsewhere.

  • Stayed November 2010, travelled solo
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Halifax, Nova Scotia
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Reviewed 7 November 2010

we moved from a gorgeous 4-star in Ocho Rios to MoBay because we wanted to see some of the real Jamaica. we were disappointed both in the hotel and in Montego Bay.
I would classify DCBH as a 2-star hotel due to its age & facilities. It's right on the street so noise is a major problem (honking cars, thunderous reggae, whooping party-goers).
We had to view 4 rooms before we saw one we'd stay in (make sure you check the a/c is working before you accept the room). Rooms were drab (50's style) but clean & comfortable. Pool is small but clean & new-ish. Breakfast (ours was included) was very poor: inedible sausages, cold tea, soggy bacon & has-been hash-browns. The toast & coffee were good :-) On our second day we wanted the Jamaican Breakfast, but it was off. The omelette was OK. Day Two was waiter-service & took forever: Day One was a don't-help-yourself buffet & still took ages. One evening we came back to the hotel & asked for a pot of tea - not possible, we were told. Go to a nearby hotel, we were told (we probably should have - and not returned...)
We were initially given a room poolside on the ground floor - I had security concerns because the entrance door was the patio door, with a weak lock and no way to jam the sliding door. Also, there were no shears (net curtains), so the room was either viewable by all, or completely darkened by heavy drapes.
Location is good for the Hip Strip (yes, that's what the signposts call this area), and Doctors Cave Beach (which is beautiful but small & US$5/J$450/visit/adult. The beach is private, but has no link to the hotel of the same name). Great snorkelling from the beach to a nearby reef (but the jetsam on the sea floor is appalling, yet so easily cleaned up).
We paid $100/night at DCBH (negotiated down from $112) for a room that really should only have been $60-$70/night. But the hotel that had been recommended to us had closed down! (3 other hotels on the strip had shut - the place is really quite run-down) The whole area is not very kid-friendly (we were forever being asked if we wanted a taxi or a 'smoke' - I wonder what they meant...).
Great Jamaican food at Margaritaville, Pelican & the Pork Pit (rough but good).
Overall, I would not go back to the hotel, but then, I would not go back to Montego Bay - Ocho Rios was better.

  • Stayed November 2010, travelled as a couple
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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 #37 of 62 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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