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Hibiscus Lodge Hotel
Ranked #9 of 36 Hotels in Ocho Rios
Certificate of Excellence
London, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
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“A great value for money hidden gem.”
Reviewed 15 May 2011

The Hibiscus Lodge turned out to be a great choice of hotel whilst staying in Ocho Rios. It's set in beautifully landscaped gardens with winding paths and meandering streams. The first impression from arriving was that perhaps the building facia was in need of updating. But once you walk about the grounds we found that it was part of the character of this lodge style retreat.

It must be said that the staff were all very friendly, helpful & polite from the front desk to the cleaners to the meal servers. In fact it was the meal servers that made breakfast a particular treat each morning. It was a well cooked and varied Jamaican menu hand served silver service style. To top it off the breakfast room has a great sea view to take in too, something which we never tired of each day.

There are 2 choices of rooms available. Pool may be okay. But if it's available go for the sea view. We had an uninterrupted view overlooking the sea and an immediately in front of a coral reef vantage point. The room was a good size with bath, shower, air con and cable TV. The best part was the floor to ceiling full glass window & sliming doors looking out to sea & horizon. This can be taken in by a full length balcony with chairs & table in relaxing fashion.

Location wise, Hibiscus Lodge is located at the eastern most point of the town. There are plus and minus points to this. Firstly there is a beach a short 5 minute walk further east. It's small and is good of you want to get away from the usually large & busy beaches. You can still hire a jetski from there also. The hotels location means that you get to explore more of the town and not just the commercialised end. So you experience more of what Och Rios has to offer. The whole town is small anyway, so you can quite happily walk it's length & take it all in on foot. Or you can order a cab if that's more convenient. Staying in a more central hotel would mean you probably won't see all that the real town has to offer esp if you're staying in an All-Inc hotel.

All in all the Hibiscus lodge was a happy surprise a excellent value for money and great & helpful customer service. It even has a private tennis court with an optional instructor on hand. The rooms were clean and had all that you need for a pleasant and comfortable stay.

Tips: do check out the Jerk Centre for the very best jerk chicken and the Dunns River Falls. Margaritaville is great for a drink and Island Jerk is the best fast food chain in Jamaica. Look out fir the local favourite Juicy Patties too.
The bar was cool, if a little quiet, but no complaints. You get to sit in swinging chairs and take in a delightful open air sea view.

  • Stayed March 2011
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Reviewed 14 May 2011

I had my wedding at the Hibiscus Lodge Hotel, it was so beauitful, with the help of the staff, my day when well. special thank to Marlene and her crew.
Mr. and Mrs Saunchez

  • Stayed December 2010, travelled with family
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Holland, Michigan
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Reviewed 24 April 2011

Our family returned to the Hibiscus after a 8 year hiatus, and we were thrilled that the Hibiscus was just as we remembered. The grounds are immaculately kept, the staff is like family, and the food was fabulous! The security gate was new, and would help new travelers feel safe. Donald greeted us with a smile and gracious hospitality each time we exited or entered the grounds. The morning breakfast (either American or Jamaican)was cooked to order, and the baked-fresh pastries were still warm each morning! Mmmmmm good. If you are visiting Jamaica for the first time, don't buy into the all-inclusive's gimmicks to scare you to stay in your resort. The Hibiscus is right off the main road, but once you enter the grounds, you will feel like you've entered the Garden of Eden. The rooms are air-conditioned with ceiling fans, but we never once used the air even though the temps were in the mid to high 80s. The ceiling fan kept the room well ventilated and the front balcony always captured the sea breeze. If you are looking for a quiet, simple and relaxed vacation, and a placewhere the staff treat you like family, check out the Hibiscus.

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  • Stayed April 2011, travelled with family
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 26 January 2011

We didn't stay here but had breakfast here every morning....the staff were most helpful and kind and the breakfast was delicious with stunning views. We were in search of a breakfast just as good but wasn't able to find it elsewhere.
If we were return to Ocho Rios, we're definitely staying here!!!

Stayed January 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 12 January 2011

Got to the hotel, and i was quite nervous because i didnt know what to except. when i go to Jamaica i always stay with family, but for this trip i decided i needed to change. When myself and my partner got to the hotel, the first impressions from the outside was that 'this looks nice'. When we entered our room I was amazed the place was so clean and the view we had was amazing. The staff at the hotel are lovely and i felt like i was looked after.I would definately reccomend this hotel

  • Stayed December 2010, travelled as a couple
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Jamiaca
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Reviewed 20 December 2010

I stayed at this hotel when I came home for my 21st birthday with my bf and my cousin. We had a blast....the owner was really nice and friendly and took pride in making sure that our needs were met. The people at the front dest were nice also. The major issue I had was the long wait for the breakfast in the morning. It just frustrated me. The veiw from our room was awesome. Oh and the fish on the little swimming are was so pretty. I loved it I would definately recommend it to anyone who is lookin for peace, comfort and privacy. I have been to all inclusive hotels and let me say they have nothing on this little hotel....It was AWESOME!!!!!!

  • Stayed August 2010, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 12 December 2010

I stayed here after the air conditioner gave out in the first place I booked. There was little water pressure and no working toilet for the first day. The housekeepers were very nice and kept the room clean but the beds were very hard. My biggest problem with H.L. is they hire unfriendly staff to man the front deck. Really bad attitude, quarrelsome and indifferent all at the same time. I have Jamaican friends who have stayed there who had to pay cash upfront even though they had valid California credit cards.
It is an unusual property with beautiful views.The reefs are mostly dead and snorkeling is poor unless you go out in a boat.Jamaicans have pretty much destroyed their shallow water reefs, if you can find them, the fish are beautiful.
Would I stay there again? I`d rather find a place that treats all respectable people the same, so probably not.

  • Stayed January 2010, travelled with friends
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Property: Hibiscus Lodge Hotel
Address: 83 Main St | St. Ann, Ocho Rios, Jamaica
Region: Caribbean > Jamaica > Saint Ann Parish > Ocho Rios
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#5 Family Hotel in Ocho Rios
#8 Romantic Hotel in Ocho Rios
#9 Spa Hotel in Ocho Rios
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — Hibiscus Lodge Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 27
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