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Columbus Heights
Reviewed 30 August 2006

What a great place, I stayed here for my wedding. We had a two bedroom in phase 1. The verandah was huge, the apartment was nicely decorated and we had a welcome kit in the fridge, which consisted of egss, sugar, orange juice, butter and some other staples. We had a housekeeper/cook from 9 to 5 and the bedrooms had A/C. I would go back in a second. Skycastles shares the same property and my sister and some friends had a three bedroom penthouse up there. They liked their apartment but they didn't have a cook. You are on a steep hill and you are a five minute walk from town.
The apartment had one king bed and the other bedroom had two twin beds which were pushed together. The master bathromm consisted of two rooms which had a full bath/shower and toliet and the other room had a sink and a mirror that covered the entire wall. The other bedroom also had a full bath. The property is gated and when you go the supermarkets stick to the local brands as I paid almost $8.00 US for a package of butterball turkey breast

  • Stayed: August 2006, travelled with family
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4  Thank jengles
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Reviewed 28 March 2006

My family and I had a wonderful time in Jamaica. The newly refurbished apartment we stayed at was wonderful. It is well stocked, spacious, clean and an extremely inviting place to go back to. The housekeeper was a complete dream and her meals were amazing and nothing was too much for her!

We would most definitely stay there again. And would highly recommend it.

  • Stayed: March 2006
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9  Thank Pauline&Family
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Reviewed 10 January 2006

I loved my stay at Columbus Heights. We rented a beautiful unit that was well cared for. the people there were very friendly. Our housekkeper, Nadine, was wonderful. She cooked fantastic meals and was very helpful with tourist sites. I would definately reccomend this place to others.

  • Stayed: February 2005, travelled on business
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5  Thank A TripAdvisor Member
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Reviewed 20 September 2005

Columbus Heights is an apartment complex located on a steep hill a short walk from Ocho Rios town centre, Island Village shopping and the beach.
The views are great and you can see the cruise ships when they dock.

You can see that some of the apartments look better cared for but most likely you won't be staying in one of them!Unless you can see up to date pictures of the apartment you'll be renting - it really is very much pot luck what you end up with.

You have to be reasonably fit to climb the hill, or take it slowlybecause the novelty wears off pretty quickly in the heat.
I stayed here in August in a one bedroomed apartment that was dingy, uncared for and in dire need of fresh paint. The muddy brown sofa looked like someone's dogs had slept on it after ripping the material off the front of the armrest and trying to chew the stuffing. The bed was a small double with cheap linen. There was a kitchen area but I didn't use it, I was put off after seeing the sofa and frankly it was better to eat at some of the restaurants a short walk away. The toilet kept getting blocked and one day the electricity was off for the whole day (luckily I was out sightseeing). In short, it looked like owner had forgotten they had an apartment here.

There ought to be some minimum standards for letting 'holiday' apartments and the Travel Agent as well as the management of Columbus Heights should vet these apartments more thoroughly before considering them for holiday lets. It's a big disappointment when, after travelling from thousands of miles away to enjoy a short break, you find that the accomodation is a bit of a dump and overpriced. Part of the enjoyment of a holiday is that the accomodation should at least be pleasant and comfortable.

Jamaica itself is beautiful and there are many pleasant trips like the touristy Dunns River and Bob Marley's mausoleum at Nine Mile where you're discreetly pestered to buy ganja before you enter , then on the inside you're asked for tips but not so discreetly by the 'guide' with tired and smoky eyes. There are other trips into the spectacular Blue Mountains dotted with tiny communities and Cockpit Country.

Don't bother staying at Columbus Heights it's overpriced and doesn't deserve to be touted as ' 3 star' . I've seen it included on websites that offer 'quality' accomodation but that's a joke, save your hard earned cash and look elsewhere.

  • Stayed: August 2005
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8  Thank MangoUK27
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Reviewed 12 April 2005

Visited Columbus heights.....was clean...every Condo is individual...on the whole everything is nice and clean and acceptable.amazing surroundings..friendly.....tho a steep walk, so have to be fit...shuttles are available.......if you like sleep take earplugs as Conchita bugs chirp all nite and the Bongo,s sound till the early hours.......so be warned...friendly area....tho some locals tend to be far to pushy....had a wonderful stay....

  • Stayed: April 2005
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5  Thank A TripAdvisor Member
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Reviewed 23 March 2015
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Room Tip: Procurar quartos mais baixos, para evitar subir muitos morros. Solicitar quarto com wifi.
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  • Stayed: March 2015, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Columbus Heights

Address: Main Street | PO Box 383, Ocho Rios, Jamaica
Region: Caribbean > Jamaica > Saint Ann Parish > Ocho Rios
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Kitchenette Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #18 of 33 Speciality Lodging in Ocho Rios
Price Range: £87 - £172 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Columbus Heights 3.5*
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Luxury hillside condominiums offering a panoramic view of the Ocho Rios Bay. Services include Daily Housekeeper/Cook, free daily shuttle to town for shopping, complimentary starter package. Cable TV, hot and cold water and air-conditioned bedrooms. ... more   less 
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