My lovely wife and I flew into to MoBay, arriving shortly before noon, rented a car and headed to Ocho Rios, ultimately destined for Portland parish but not wanting to have to travel another 2 hours the same day. I mention this because should you do the same I would absolutely recommend staying at the Hibiscus Lodge. It's not intended as a place with everything, but for the weary traveler, a comfortable bed on which to take a short nap, AC, a gorgeous private patio overlooking the water, very fine swimming in the lagoon, and a good restaurant under the Almond tree is exactly what you should be looking for.
In fact the breakfast (included) was by far and away the best we had in our 8 day stay all around the island, and the very first picture I took there of the sunset was one of my favorites. Tony the bartender was exceptionally friendly and told us how the hotel was 100 years old. Just a great guy and hopefully a prelude to other friendly people you'll meet on your trip.
I would give this place a max rating, but just didn't stay long enough to justify it. I couldn't have been more pleased however and out of 3 other highly ranked hotels at which I spent a single night, this was my favorite. There was parking, a walk to town in one direction and a walk to a beautiful catholic church which we guiltily enjoyed listening to the singing from afar on a Sunday morning in the other. Short drives to Toscanini for dinner, or to the many Ocho Rios attractions for those interested. And boats could easily be flagged down in the lagoon or arranged should you want to snorkel, fish, or tour the reef.
Finally the price was low relative to what we were paying elsewhere. If I were to go back I'd plan for two nights here in a heartbeat. Thanks to the staff for getting our trip off on the right foot!
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- Also Known As:
- Hibiscus Hotel Ocho Rios
- Hibiscus Lodge Hotel Jamaica/Ocho Rios
- Hibiscus Ocho Rios