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“Always spend your first 1st Mobay night here, move on after breakfast”
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Toby's Resort
Ranked #27 of 63 Hotels in Montego Bay
Atlanta, Georgia
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37 reviews
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“Always spend your first 1st Mobay night here, move on after breakfast”
Reviewed 28 February 2010

We stayed at the Toby Resort on a recommendation since we knew we would be arriving late in the evening and then doing a 10 day self-drive family and beach Jamaica round trip starting the next day. Toby's is close to the airport and although the hotel is small, they'll still pick you if you want.
Toby gave a a warm welcome and it really felt like home from home. The rooms are comfortable, mosquito-free and spacious (Slightly noisy aircon), and we slept well and were refreshed the following morning. Beds were great!
We did not use Tobys extra facilities like the fridges or pool, but they looked clean and usable. The gardens are well kept with Breadfruit and other trees.
Door locks looked flimsy, but were actually fine, and fhe discrete on-site security dispelled any fears.
The location is close to the MoBay strip without being part of it, so you get the fun without the noise.
We can definitely recommend their real Jamaican breakfast. Very nice.
We will always stay there when we arrive in Jamaica and I'd recommend it as an excellent value short stay for singles, couples and familiies.

  • Stayed February 2010, travelled with family
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Everett, Washington
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Reviewed 27 February 2010

This was our first time to Jamaica and to Toby's Resort. Our daughter was married at one of the fancy exclusive resorts, but we chose to go with the value and location of Toby's after reading reviews. We were pleasantly surprised. All the staff were friendly and accommodating. Our room was very clean and cool. The pool was great and Carmen at the tikki bar was a delight and even sent me some fave tunes from the music we loved at the tikki bar. We felt very secure there. There was always a person manning the gate. The grounds are beautiful and the staff are more than happy to share each exotic tree and shrub on the property. Mr. Fitzgerald Brown was in charge of security and we felt we were in very good hands. Paul would run us to any spot we needed to be at. The nice beaches were very close. It was better to walk on the right side of the street than left, and once you said "NO" we passed through there several times and we weren't heckled.

We ate in the restaurant a few times, very good. They will even fix you up a local meal, using the "aki" seed (spelling?) from the trees on the property! with yams and dumpling...awesome.

Kiddy is with the maintenance crew. He's such a kind soul - take some time to hear his stories.... turns out he was quite the Jamaican athlete in his day and was a mentor to so many young Jamaicans. Yeah Kiddy!!

We felt the owners were not so kind to the staff people, which is a shame, as every one of the staff showed absolute professionalism, yet were friendly and helpful.

We would definitely stay here again! We LOVED our stay at Toby's. Take time to visit with all the staff - you'll have true Jamaican experience.

As I mentioned, our daughter was at the high-end exclusive resort close by. We were there one day for the wedding (which cost us $75 day apiece to visit the exclusive place) and wasn't impressed. As I mentioned, you don't get the true Jamaican experience.

We just hope the owners will be kinder to their staff, instead of treating them as "workers." One staffer had said hi to the owner's wife and daughter several times and she kept ignoring him..... please do better. Thank you.

  • Stayed December 2009, travelled with family
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wny
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Reviewed 21 February 2010

My wife and I spent 5 nights here mid-Feb 2010. The rooms are a little ancient but very clean. The staff was very friendly and always had a smile. The front end staff was very helpful when I asked them to schedule some excursions, Shunicia called and arranged for a snorkel cruise and a raft trip. I wouldn't recommend the restaurant for everyone. I ordered a small order of wings, jerk style. I got three small wings that looked smaller than my pinky finger ($5 US). My wife ordered the fruit plate and got two pieces of watermelon, two pieces of a cantalope and two pieces of another unidentified fruit (papaya?) The food and service in the restaurant was very good, quantity....well.
My wife was happy to just lay by the pool, the water was nice and the bar was handy. The other guests were all friendly and we felt secure. There was a guard at the gate at all times and no one bothered us in the compound. The location was great, at the end of the "hip strip". We walked all over the place.

  • Stayed February 2010, travelled as a couple
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New York City, New York
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Reviewed 17 February 2010

We have used the Toby Resort to start or end many trips to Jamaica. It is minutes from the airport so its a good place to stay for a night if yo have a flight leaving early in hte morning and need to travel from Negril or Ocho Rios. The rooms are clean and comfortable, though last time we were there our a/c unit could have worked better. The pools are relaxing and the restaurant quite nice, esecially for breakfat. You can't beat the location as walking to Doctror's Cave Beach is a breeze. This is by no means a luxury hotel and I think giving it 4 stars is a bit over the top. Its more like staying at an aging Best Western or Comfort Inn in the U.S. Its perfect for a budget traveler or as a stopping off point.

  • Stayed August 2009, travelled with family
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Seattle
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Reviewed 9 February 2010

I travel all over the world and have stayed in many, many, high end resorts (Waldorff, Plaza etc). Traveling for fun and leisure (esp. with your buddies) means staying in local places. My only requirement is cleanliness and safety. Toby's staff were great. for both aspects. The hotel is comfortable and was safe. Docs Cave Beach down the street was incredible. Keep your belongings in the office safety deposit boxes.

I would go back again...but always tack on a 5 star private resort just so you can avoid being badgered :)

  • Stayed January 2010, travelled with friends
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green bay
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Reviewed 6 February 2010

My friend and I stayed in Mobay this January. We were at Toby's last year too. This is a nice hotel, but not fancy. It is clean and safe. The price is right. We were able to walk to 4 different beaches from here, no problem. (Cornwall beach is now open)Try the blended fruit punch at the pool bar. We ate breakfast here everyday and it was great. We would split either the french toast or Hungry Man breakfast. That was more than enough for 2 girls. Had great jerk pork at the Pork Pit just down the street.
This is a place to relax and have fun.

  • Stayed January 2010, travelled with friends
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Australia
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Reviewed 2 February 2010

We have stayed at Toby's Resort on 3 separate occasions. We have always found the staff helpful and friendly. The hotel offers a good service for tourists, great for large groups, plenty of rooms. Restaurant providing resonably priced meals and a good menu for kids and those who are not so Jamaican. We will be back to stay next year. Please say hello to Lenworth Scott (he works there) and feel free to ask him anything, he is a local and honest, very helpful staff member.

Stayed June 2009, travelled on business
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Property: Toby's Resort
Address: 1 Kent Avenue, Montego Bay 00000, Jamaica
Region: Caribbean > Jamaica > Saint James Parish > Montego Bay
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Best Value Hotel in Montego Bay
#22 Top resorts Hotel in Montego Bay
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2 star — Toby's Resort 2*
Number of rooms: 65
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to our family owned hotel, geared towards the easy going, adventurous tourists and returning residents seeking for a peaceful and relaxing environment. We are located on the famous "Hip Strip" of Montego Bay, just five minutes away from Donald Sangster International Airport and walking distance from Doctor's Cave Beach and Cornwall Beach, restaurants, nightclubs and duty-free shopping. When you combine an ideal central location, affordability and genuine people who offer a heart-felt welcome and first-class service, the vacation of your dreams begins as our guest at Toby's Resort ... more   less 
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