My husband and I just returned from our honeymoon at the Jamaica Inn. Ironically, friends of ours (who also wrote a review here about a year ago - Hi Cris & Tilo!) also honeymooned there, and highly recommended the Inn.
This was, by far, THE BEST place we have ever stayed! We honeymooned in the White Suite, which was also occupied by Winston Churchill and the King of Yugoslavia at one point. This was a lovely 2000 square foot suite with a wonderful private plunge pool and it's own lookout point. There was a ladder that went right into the water from the terrace of this suite, and we had some of the best snorkeling around just outside our door! We also made a point of getting to know the staff - who were extremely helpful and friendly. They taught us how to play croquet and would often just stop by our table to chat during dinner. We decided that we wanted the dinner and breakfast plan, and all meals were fantastic and there were lots of options!
If I had to pick a disadvantage, it would have to be that the other big touristy resorts like Plantation and Sandals were quite loud at night and the echoing came right into our room. Not to mention, our suite was a frequent attraction for boats full of tourists who would snap pictures of us in our soft, Jamaica Inn robes every few hours. The Sandal's and Plantation boat passengers certainly couldn't hide the look on their faces when they saw the Jamaica Inn. You could tell they had wished they stayed at our Inn instead. As my husband says "those huge places are like daycare centers for adults". Touche.
This is a very cozy, quaint Inn that is reminiscent of old school Hollywood. I believe Marilyn Monroe even visited our suite at one point. The hotel is by no means, large and touristy - which was one of the reasons we loved it. It was quiet, friendly, and as the lovely manager Mary pointed out, the hotel is run like a home, not an Inn.
If you're looking for 7am water aerobics classes and a "dance till you drop" salsa contest, this is not the place for you. The Jamaica Inn truly reflects the style, ambiance, comfort, and wonderful people of Jamaica.
Susan & Mark
Redondo Beach, CA
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Since 1950, Jamaica Inn has consistently been ranked as one of the top resort hotels in the Caribbean. Jamaica Inn is a small, elegantly timeless resort located in beautiful Ocho Rios, Jamaica. With just 52 suites spread over 8 acres, there are sweeping views of the Caribbean Sea from every suite. This property boasts a 700-foot premier private beach, which is often considered to be the one of the best in the Caribbean. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Jamaica Hotel Ocho Rios
- Jamaica Ocho Rios
- Jamaica Inn Ocho Rios