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Cedar Ridge Lodge-Inn
Reviewed 1 October 2013 via mobile

Amazing staff- so sweet and so fun!! We had a great time- nothing but goodness! Room was big and fan kept it very cool. Everyone made us feel right at home. Great safe location. Jason and Lisa were so fun and taught us so much a it Jamaica- from the culture to learning Patois!

  • Stayed: September 2013
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EmpressIleen, Owner at Cedar Ridge Lodge-Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 26 April 2014

Hey Richard, thanks for choosing Cedar Ridge and for taking the time to review us. We have been busy since the start of the season and I am only just now finding the time to look over reviews. On behalf of all of us here (I passed on your comments to Jason - who has been touring with Chronixx and Lisa) I thank you for your positive feedback and should you decide to come back to Jamaica please communicate with us by email so we can ensure that you are fully advised about things to do and places to go for the dates selected.
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One Love
Arlene

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Reviewed 28 September 2013

This place is beautiful. I stayed here when Arlene was first considering turning her home into a hostel (I only selected October 2012 since that's the earliest date I can choose). The style of house is unlike anything you'll find in most of the US. There is an open garden courtyard in the middle of the house that all the rooms are situated around. There's a lovely sunken living room, with comfy couches, that opens out onto a large covered balcony which is the perfect spot for meals. The rooms all have shutters that can open into the main part of house or be closed for privacy. All the bedrooms have windows that look out to the hillside below or into an exterior garden. And after a hot day at the beach, a cool shower while listening to the radio is perfect.

Arlene and Edi are top notch folks. They are such a blast to talk with and you will learn so much about the Jamaican culture. They are also very integrated into their community and have excellent resources at their fingertips for amazing day adventures. My friends and I swam in rivers, went on a night cruise and swim to see the bioluminescent plankton, climbed a waterfall, explored a cave, chilled at some awesome beaches, hiked through a jungle while learning about the history of Jamaica and the Sugar Cane Industry (while eating sugar cane), and even got to experience a Rastafarian celebration of I-tal Tuesday in the heart of the jungle.

The Jamaica Arlene and Edi introduced us to is easily missed if you stay anywhere else. This was a trip of a lifetime and will stick with me for a very long time. I'm so thankful I got to meet these two wonderful people and share their home with them.

  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled with friends
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EmpressIleen, Owner at Cedar Ridge Lodge-Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 26 April 2014

Hey Piper, I am here with Naomi and she is helping me to respond to reviews on TAdvisor. Although really late, I would like to thank you for taking the time to review Cedar Ridge Hostel as you and your group would - technically have been our first hostel guests.
We are doing a lot better now - than we did when you first came, we have rooms and bunks and a whole programme of things to do and places to go - we have added customized tours which we put together based on the needs of travelers and we tune into local events and happenings so that we can properly advise and direct persons according to their interests.
Your review was, and continues to be informative and detailed and very useful for new guests. We hope that you will find some time to visit with us again someday soon - if you do please just send an email to: cedarridgeja@hotmail.com or speak with Naomi. Give thanks again and One Love
Arlene

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Reviewed 21 September 2013

If you want to have a "real" jamaican experience, this is the best place to stay! Arlene and Edi helped us a lot and showed us around. It was an unforgettable experience! I hope I can visit Jamaica again some day, and I would definitely stay at Cedar Ridge again!

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled with friends
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EmpressIleen, Owner at Cedar Ridge Lodge-Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 26 April 2014

Thank you so much for choosing Cedar Ridge for your Jamaica Experience and for taking the time to review us on Trip Advisor. I am so sorry that my response is coming at this late hour, but, we have been very busy this last season and I am only now getting a chance to express my gratitude.
We would like you to know that it was a pleasure to have you stay with us and should you decide to come back to Jamaica, we would be more than happy to have you return to us and to share with you our knowledge and experience of the many things to see and do around the island.
You can book as normal or communicate directly with us: cedarridgeja@hotmail.com
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One Love
Arlene

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Reviewed 20 September 2013

If you are a health nut, you will love trekking up and down the steep hill on which Cedar Ridge sits. It's a wonderfully arduous walk (or jog if you have the stamina). The people are friendly going up and then down to the bottom and back up again. Whew!!! After you come in pretty exhausted, you can sit on the balcony for a respite with a bit of fruit and be dazzled by the sight of the Lagoon and the sounds of the almost non-stop Reggae music in the background. The place is laid back comfortable and while it's not really close to any of the touristy places, Arlene, the host can get you anywhere you want to go with ease and safety. If you want a taste of REAL Jamaica, this is the place to go. Also, their connection with the Rastafari Village will provide you with one of the best Island experiences you can hope for. You don't want to go to Mobay and miss this true Jamaican experience. If you're lucky, you might also end up on some unexpected excursion that Arlene has planned for some group or another. She knows all of the fun places in the region. Don't miss it; don't miss a real Jamaican experience.

  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled as a couple
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EmpressIleen, Owner at Cedar Ridge Lodge-Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 26 April 2014

Greetings Janice,
Thanks so much for choosing Cedar Ridge and for taking the time to review us on Trip Advisor.
I am apologizing for taking so long to respond to your comments, we have had a really busy season - perhaps as a response to all the wonderful feedback. However, on behalf of everyone who contribute daily to making the Cedar Ridge experiences so unique and guest focused - I give thanks. Should you choose to come back to Jamaica we would be more than happy to have you and share with you how we have grown and strengthened. We now have a ten bed dorm and private double rooms, we have also added customized tours - created based on expressed needs of our travelers. Just let us know your intended dates, and programme and we will put something together just for you and / your group. Until then,
One Love
Arlene

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Reviewed 20 September 2013

About two yrs ago I stay there with my son.
I recommend this place even though it is a bit out of the way. But for $7.00 the owner, a very nice and well educated woman, can hook you up with a taxi that will take you back in town.

  • Stayed: October 2012
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2  Thank jancowski
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EmpressIleen, Owner at Cedar Ridge Lodge-Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 26 April 2014

Greetings, Please accept my apologies for my late response to your comments, we have had a very busy season - but, I could not disregard your wonderful comments without taking a moment to express our gratitude for your staying with us. You were one of the very first guests to Cedar Ridge and for that we are most grateful. You helped us to establish the needs of our travelers, We hope that someday you will return to see how we have grown and strengthened: we have added double rooms and expanded the dorm, we also create customized tours for travelers based on their expressed needs. We continue to grow and improve thank you for your input.
One Love
Arlene

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Reviewed 6 August 2013

For 15 USD extra we were picked up at the airport. Great service, and Eddie stopped at the supermarket for our first needs. Arlene's home is a wonderful accomodation up in the hills, great view, nice and quiet area (as we prefered). We loved our staying there, and Arlene took us around or gave us very useful information, as well as Eddie, who showed us the rastafari village. We enjoyed the company of LG, Prince and Arlene's aunty a lot during one of our trips. All of them are great people, great atmosphere, great service! We felt like at home in a Jamaican way :-)
Mind that Cedar Ridge is only reachable by taxi, though easy to do!
Anyhow, thank you Arlene and Eddie! One love XXX

10 July 2013 (3 nights)
Pol and Gerdje
Belgium

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled as a couple
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EmpressIleen, Owner at Cedar Ridge Lodge-Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 26 April 2014

Greetings Pol & Gerd,
Thank you for choosing Cedar Ridge for your Jamaica experience and for taking the time to review us so positively. We have had a wonderful season which kept me very busy and unable to respond as I would have wanted to. Meeting you both and having you stay with us exemplified everything we want the hostel to be: "Strangers came into our home and left as friends" We want Cedar Ridge to be a place where lasting positive memories and friendships are made - so that we can build a network of peace all over the world.
I know that you both continue to share hospitality and create extended family - so we are together in this mission.
Blessings as you walk this journey.
One Love
Arlene

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Reviewed 19 April 2013

Stayed there twice, end of March and mid April. It was really nice place and easy to go to with route taxis. Out of the busy mobay center and from the balcony nice view to the lagoon. Owner is really helpful and some rasta's are using is as a base too. Owner was really helpful and gave us tips where to go and how and where to stay.

  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled with friends
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2  Thank iippa23
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EmpressIleen, Owner at Cedar Ridge Lodge-Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 26 April 2014

Greetings, my apologies for the delayed responses, thank you for choosing Cedar Ridge and thanks again for taking the time to review us on TA.
We hope that you will one day return to Jamaica and come and see how we have grown and strengthened in our offerings to travelers. We appreciate your input and the direction contributed by you to our being able to offer a satisfactory product to travelers. Just send us an email - with your needs, planned dates and amount of persons and we will ensure that you are informed of places to go and things to do to make your experience memorable.
Until then...
One Love
Arlene

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Address: Lot #2 Cedar Ridge | Bogue Hill, Montego Bay, Jamaica
Region: Caribbean > Jamaica > Saint James Parish > Montego Bay
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Ranked #4 of 67 Speciality Lodging in Montego Bay
Price Range: £19 - £37 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 3

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