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Royal Decameron Montego Beach
Ranked #22 of 61 Hotels in Montego Bay
Toronto, Canada
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“Great Snorkeling”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 March 2014

Hotel located 5 minutes from the airport.
Check in was fine. This is a small resort with 144 rooms.
The grounds on the resort are very well kept.
Rooms are large and clean. They have a balcony with great view of the ocean. We found the bed comfortable. Air conditioned worked well. The shower is in need to being changed. The water pressure was not very strong (it was not regular), the water was sometimes warm, sometimes cold (when you had shampoo on your hair)
The beach is small. No long walk on the the beach. One side is great for snorkeling with hundreds of fish. The other side is better for swimming with more sand. Chairs always available, some with little tents. The beach is also clean. The sand is raked every day.
The restaurants are ok. We always found something to eat.
The personnel was hit or miss. Some were friendly, some were doing their job.
Drinks are strong and they have a menu with all kinds of suggestions. Since they do not measure, they do not always taste the same, but that did not bother me.
Animation was ok. We went to a few shows and liked the 2 shows with the dancers. They were good.
It was nice to walk to the main strip where there are little shops.

The sun was great!

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with friends
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 March 2014

Not a bad location but venture outside and its a scruffy place. Margaretville is a scuffy bar and does not come to close other Margaritavuille's I have been too.

Guys around the Hotel bars are asking if you want anything else....ask them what they mean and they will openly sell you drugs. The bar staff are ok until you near the end of your stay then they are ignorant. If you do not tip they will ignore you. One bar man actually told a person who offered him a tip that it was not enough.

The room was OK overlooking the sea but the smell of Weed is all over the place. If your not into 'Illegal' drugs don't go. Much better places to visit than Jamaica. I wont go again for sure. The guys treat girls like lumps of meat and talk about everything they do to them to other guests and laugh and joke about it. Which was disgusting. Any girl who goes alone is game for them. If she is not bothered about being talked about around the pool and other guys knowing exactly what happened behind closed doors and been the laughing stock of the other guys customers or staff...GO

Do not go if your expecting a luxurious holiday...Jamaica is not like this. If you do want to go spend the extra money and go to a Big Hotel...Stay away from Decameron

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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Simcoe, Ontario
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 March 2014

When we arrived to start our vacation on Sunday, March 3rd to 10th, it was too early for check in but the gentleman at the front reception asked if I was interested in a specific room and I said no as long as I had ocean view. We were given room #3 and it was excellent. It was a good location to the restaurant, bar and beaches and entertainment at night. It was quieter since the pool and music were at the opposite end of the resort. There was never a problem finding a sun lounger. My husband loved the resort since he could spend the day snorkeling and I could enjoy the warmth of the sun. The main strip was nice to go for walk in the afternoons. The locals can be pushy but we are used to it and it doesn't bother us. We had only one problem with the room and the sink tap started leaking and they were there within the hour to fix the problem.
We met another couple from Kitchener and ended up enjoying each others company for most of the week. We took a day venture with Bill, one of the locals with a taxi company for $20 USA ea for the day. We went to Negril 7 mile beach, Rick's Café and he showed us Fort Charlotte. It was money well spent. We also took the glass bottom boat venture snorkeling for $20 ea for an hour.
We really enjoy this Decameron Montego Bay resort and would not hesitate to return someday.

Room Tip: Rooms 1 to 17 are needing some updating but much quieter and easy access to beach and water sports.
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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 March 2014

My husband and I just stayed 3/7 - 3/12 and found most reviews we'd read to be accurate - both good and bad. Could definitely use some updating, but overall a clean, comfortable resort. It's not the Ritz, so don't expect that and you'll walk away happy. Nice and small, so it's not too crowded, always plenty of space at beach or pool. Never had to wait too long for a drink - which by the way were GREAT and not watered down like some bigger resorts. Nice location with safe walking to shops, restaurants, and clubs - though LOTS of drug dealers milling around, they were very polite when we said NO. Wonderful to be so close to airport and not have that long drive to and from. Free shuttle every night to Margaritaville. Great nightly shows (Decameron Dancers were phenomenal!). Tasty, but limited, food choices. By day 3, we were ready to eat out somewhere else. We were supposed to have a king bed and as other reviews said, they told us it was unavailable and put us in a room (201) with 2 doubles. We found that we liked that room so well that we stayed in it instead of switching! We liked napping in one bed after being at the pool all day (dirty) and then sleeping at night in the other bed (clean). It was somewhat noisy in 201 as it is above the restaurant and next to the entertainment stage, but the noise died down around 11 pm after the show, so it was acceptable. Plus, the view made up for it! Beautiful view and loved sleeping with the sliding door open to hear waves crashing on the beach. We'd definitely stay here again for a quick getaway, but might try a bigger resort with more amenities for a longer stay.

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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 March 2014

We were a little unsure of this place prior to going due to some of the reviews on here.
Thankfully we nothing to be worried about.
Great hotel! Staff were very friendly and keen to assist in any way possible.
Food was fantastic and drinks were perfect too.

The hotel is a little bit older but with that comes character. We really liked the fact that it was a relatively small resort too. The setup of the grounds meant that there was always somewhere quiet to hang out away from the other guests. There was also plenty of activities going on if you wanted to get involved or be entertained.

Overall we couldn't be happier with our choice of hotel and would recommend it to everyone!

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Kingston
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 March 2014

First of all the staff make this unique hotel. This hotel has character with it's old charm. It's dated but clean and comfortable. Bar staff at the main bar by the stage are excellent friendly and always keeping our Bubba's full.Snorkelling in front of the hotel was fun and free. Only complaint should have more snorkel equipment on site.Great kayaking along the waterfront. If you stay at this hotel you have to go on the Glass bottom or snorkelling Tour. Book at the water sports centre. $20.00 for 1 hour. Captain Polly is very knowledgable about the reef and a great tour guide. Only wish we had done this tour early in the week and would have done the snorkelling tour. Food was good and lots of selection. Chicken wings and the meat patties are the Snack bar different and good. Jerk chicken and steak at the Al a cart was excellent. Talked to some of the other guests alot of repeat customers. All in all in was a great vacation and the hotel has great friendly staff. Internet was no problem used the lobby computers for free. If you want to use your own just pay $5.00 for 1 hour . Don't have to use it all at once.

Room Tip: Stayed in room 208 great location to elevator or stairs. Just outside the room stairs to the main lo...
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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with friends
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Tonawanda, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 March 2014

We booked the Montego Bay Royal Decameron for our vaction based on tripadvisor reviews, cost, and location.. One thing to understand is that this hotel is older and shouldn't be confused or compared to with a 5 star resort. Upon our arrival we were soon informed this hotel was overbooked. The staff made arraingements for us to stay at the Montego Bay RIU for a couple of days. During my research before we booked a hotel I did take note that the RIU was at least comparable, if not a better rated hotel. It was fine, the food was good and the grounds are very nice. It is a very big hotel with the typical 6am scene of reserving a chair in the prime locations around the pool etc. Enough about the RIU.
When we returned back to the Decameron our room was ready. Ocean front 1st floor with a small patio and direct access to the oceanfront. The room was clean, nothing special, but the location made it great.The beds were very comfortable. Almost all of the rooms have a great ocean view with the backdrop of moutains and beautiful sunsets.
For the most part the bars made consistantly good drinks, the food at the buffet was good and not repetitive. The staff was friendly.
The grounds here are compact but nontheless enjoyable. The actual beach is very small but there is a great sandy area facing the ocean with sun, shade, and cabanas. Never a problem getting a chair in a location that suits you. There are hammocks, and "swing" like chairs in a couple of areas also. The pools are clean and temperate. Snorkeling right on sight.
I found this eveyrbit as enjoyable as a larger, "more modern" hotel. If you want a good location, good food, and a relaxing vacation you will like it. Like most resorts, the entertainment will not please everyone and most nights we skipped it.
One more important thing, Ms. Brown who is the customer relations manager on site was very helpful making our stay enjoyable, especially after the initial overbooking confusion.

Room Tip: Most rooms are oceanfront.
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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Property: Royal Decameron Montego Beach
Address: 2 Gloucester Avenue | St. James - Jamaica, Montego Bay, Jamaica
Region: Caribbean > Jamaica > Saint James Parish > Montego Bay
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#6 Best Value Hotel in Montego Bay
#12 Romantic Hotel in Montego Bay
#18 Top resorts Hotel in Montego Bay
#20 On the Beach Hotel in Montego Bay
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — Royal Decameron Montego Beach 3*
Number of rooms: 144
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located five minutes away from Montego Bay International Airport near the commercial district and the Hip Strip, Royal Decameron Montego Beach is a beachfront property on white sandy beaches with crystal clear waters. Its facilities and ensure a relaxing holiday environment. This hotel has two restaurants, PassaPassa and Souk, where you can enjoy different international and regional dishes. During the day, you can partake in different recreational activities including dance lessons, aerobics and non-motorized water sports like kayaks, sailboats and diving lessons in the pool. In the evenings, enjoy our shows and dance till you drop at the disco of the Royal Decameron Montego Beach hotel. ... more   less 
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