We had to make last minute changes to our vacation when Sandals called us to cancel our reservations 10 days before our departure date! Frantically, I began looking for viable options that could take us for the same dates, as our airfare was nonrefundable. After what seemed like an endless selection of unappealing options, I found the Jamaica Inn through Trip Advisor, and from the first moment, I knew it was everything I had dreamt of. The staff was very accommodating, and booked us on the Honeymoon package with such very short notice. We spent the first 3 days of our trip in the White Suite, which was an incredibly historic and aesthetically pleasing compound which included its own step ladder into the sea, private pool, and incredible location. Honestly, I wouldn't recommend staying in any place other than this room. It had been previously booked for the second half of our stay (due to the last minute notice) and we were moved to the comparably priced yet inferior cottages. Although we had the best cottage, which came with an infinity pool looking out onto to the ocean, outdoor shower, and more modernized accomodations, we had trouble enjoying them as the location was plagued by mosquitos.
The service was good throughout the week, although we found it to be better in the White Suite- possibly because it is closer to the main buildings and restaurant. The staff was very accommodating and helpful- particularly the front desk, who set up all of our sightseeing excursions for us. The food is very high quality- I would rate it on par with some of the better restaurants I have eaten in- however, they do tend to focus their energy on dinner- the breakfast and in-between menus were more mediocre. The chef does an amazing job of incorporating local Jamaican flavor and traditions into an elegant fusion cuisine.
Overall, I would say that the service is of a quality I rarely see anymore, and there is a very familial atmosphere- when my husband and I spent most of the time in our room, everyone commented that they never saw us and missed us at the evening cocktail hour. The accomodations in the premiere suites looked somewhat small, although all are pleasantly situated, and the classic, azure building is soothing in itself. Another bonus for us about this hotel was the quiet atmosphere- we were happy to avoid the crazed partying and tacky atmosphere of most of the other resorts we saw while there, and happy that the room didn't include a TV or computer access, so we could really re-connect and enjoy each other. One downside if you are looking to work out- the "Fitness Center" is somewhat of an afterthought which is really hidden in a converted suite with one treadmill, one elliptical, and a few weights. Also, it isn't air conditioned! My husband and I tried to work out once or twice but gave up!
- 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