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Shaw Park Beach Hotel & Spa
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Reviewed 24 February 2009

My s.o. and I stayed here for a week this month. Our balcony was steps away from the beach. The hotel was very quiet and there were no more than two or three other couples on the beach at any time. The beach was groomed every day at dawn.

Our room was very attractive and clean. The bed was comfortable. The staff were all very helpful and friendly.

I was unhappy with the food and bar. The bar had no tequila for three days. They made mimosas with white wine instead of champagne.

All meals were buffet style and boring. We had snapper three nights in a row{4 days total). If I see one more vegetable medley I'll scream.
They offered a special meal in a dining room for $25. I booked it wednesday for Sunday(there were no openings until then). When we sat down we were the only people in the place. The " prawns" were just normal shrimp.

If you just stay on the property this will be fine. If you like to walk around the neighborhood, forget it.
If this was in a better area I'd stay here and eat meals out.

  • Stayed: February 2009, travelled as a couple
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Thank jazzpix
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Reviewed 19 February 2009

I traved here a few years ago. we got a awsome deal on it cuz it was very last min. 2 days befor we got thier ( we mised our other trip we had booked in advance so ended up here) This hotel is very good for older people looking for a quiet vacaion that you dont have to walk 20 min to get to the beach. It is very small the room that we stayed in was about 10 steps to the beach 5 to the bar and 20 to the buffe. NO WALKING. which was awsome. also you will NEVER have any trouble getting a beach chair. We whent witha group of 6. 2 15 year olds , 2 - 22 year olds and 2 - 40 year old. we all enjoyed it. Its what you make of it. This is by NO means a party resort. the night club is boring and all the bars are closed by about 1 in the morning. we mad our own partys though and had a great time. Food: best food i have every had on vacation. Overal for what we paid ($600pp incl flights) Totaly worth the money.

  • Stayed: March 2007, travelled with family
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1  Thank Trippy420
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Reviewed 16 February 2009

Not sure why other reviews say there was a 3 hr ride and seemed surprise they state that.........?????
Upon our arrival aware that this was not a 4* hotel but to have bugs, doors did not close properly, bathroom awful sheets dirty then to make things ever worse we were not even in our room 10 mins someone came to our room door and offered pot ??? What is up with that???
We did not sleep the entire night could not wait till morning to book another resort so paid for a week stay there......then had to go elsewhere and pay again but the balance of our stay was AMAZING !!!!!!

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  • Stayed: February 2009, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank JLO1968
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Reviewed 29 January 2009

It is obvious that Shaw Park was once a nice resort. It's current state of repair limits one's enjoyment of a grand setting.

First the positives:
Weather was great. Comparably small, quiet property with all rooms on the beach with oceanview. Sandy beach (daily maintenance) is private with no vendors. The room was kept clean, had a comfortable bed, tv with lots of channels and the air conditioning was fine. Each room had a terrace or balcony with table and two chairs. No problems with hot water or electricity. Pool was maintained. Nice upper lobby and dining room facility (opened one night when it rained). Meals and drinks overall were okay.
Some issues were raised with management and an effort was made to address them. Hard to make a "silk purse out of a sow's ear!"

Now, some drawbacks you should be aware of:
The estimated 90 minute transfer time from Montego Bay is closer to 3 hours with drop-offs to other hotels. The highway was excellent though.
At our check-in, 11:00 pm, the bar was closed and resort was pretty well shut down for the night. Bottled water was unavailable. Bathroom due for an overhaul. Minimal amenities. No shampoo and none available on property. Superior room section totally shut down so not available for upgrade request.
Occupancy for the week was approx. 30-40 guests. EXCEPT: for the 4 days in a row when the busloads of cruisers arrived (approx. 150) to use the beach facilities/lunch etc.
No a la carte dining for the whole week. Buffet always outdoors, except for one rainy night, became very repetitive with lunch and dinner similar offerings. Snacks consisted of tea/coffee with the same cookies/sandwiches daily at 3:30 by the bar.
The beach bar was the only one open for the week versus the 3 advertised.
Entertainment including the disco was minimal and sporadic. Casino never "powered up". Games room and fitness facilities -a joke.
Staffing was minimal except for cruise days or when a group arrived. Staff attitudes ranged from indifferent to fun and engaging.
The gift store opened once during the week by request.
Bug spray is mandatory!
Overall property was in a state of disrepair e.g. dining and beach chairs, cushions, gazebo, railings, carpets.
Internet not working.
No planned daily activities/watersports. One kayak brought in after several requests. Staff only available weekdays.

In summary, Sunwing's "gold" rating is not accurate. While some attempts are being made to address the problems, there are too many other holiday options available. Unfortunately, for us, the negatives outweighed the positives.

  • Stayed: January 2009, travelled as a couple
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5  Thank mom4bkj
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Reviewed 21 January 2009

Hi, i'm marsha
My husband and i came for a anniversary weekend in Oct 2006. We had a wonderful time and we're looking forward to this year's visits. I must tell the world that shaw park is the place to be for a relaxing, exciting and tummy filling weekend, ahhhhhhh. The food is great the hospitality is wonderful. Keep Doing What You Do Best.

Stayed: October 2006
2  Thank hikkie
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