We've just returned last week from RIU Ocho Rios and after reading the previous three reviews I knew I wanted to post my experience. Wow, it couldn't be any more opposite from what I'm reading.
I found the staff to be extremely friendly is all areas. Never felt like they had their hand out for tips but smiled (genuinely) when we did slide some cash into their palms. Our service was the same whether we were tipping or not.
Food in buffets...mostly good. Beef always seemed tough to me but with so many other things I didn't care. Mexican night in buffett was superb. Desserts delicious..coconut ice cream to dreamy creamy cakes...oh boy..between the plentiful food choices and wonderful rum cream....is it hard not to gain weight on these trips. We only hit one ala carte, the Steakhouse and it was very good.
Lots of rain and yes tile is always slippery ...just like at home. Use caution....just like at home. They couldn't POSSIBLY run around the entire resort with a squeegy moving water around when it rains. Even at pool with wet tile due to splashing...just be aware and you'll be ok.
Rooms were nice...clean, air works fine, love that the screen doors are tight so you can leave glass door open at night and sleep in balmy Caribbean air with the sound of the ocean and not worry about bugs. We booked into the top floor so no worries about anyone trying to come in during night either. Our housekeeper was great and left us "towel art" occasionally. Fridge was restocked every other day I think but with so many bars on property it's not a concern for me. I will say, pillows were lumpy and water pressure was low. Turns out neither of these things are deal breakers for us.
Shows were typical of AI resorts...some good, some not so good. I don't expect Vegas. The audience participation shows never dissapoint...some people are just hilarious without even trying. If you've been to AI's before you know that the staff works from sun up to sun down and when they're dancing in those shows at ten o'clock at night many times I'm impressed at their talents.
Disco is typical..we only went one night and it was lively to say the least. Music choices that night were mostly hip hop..perfect for the crowd that was there.
We did stop on the way from airport. I would've preferred to skip it but some people are older and may need to use restroom facilities. No pressure to get off bus and buy a drink.
One previous poster said something about the bartenders "not knowing how to make many drinks" hm-m-m-m this is one of those times where I ask myself "were we at the SAME resort??" Not only do they know every drink in the world, we even have a special drink we dreamed up and they would stop and listen to what was in it (4 ingredients into the blender) when they were very busy and make it for us smiling all the while. Once they had it, we'd go back and they never had to ask ingredients again...just remembered....HUNDREDS of guests being served daily at the swim up bar. They were not only capable bartenders but FUN to boot. So many laughs while always busy and hot. Great customer service.
I also traveled with another female companion, my sister, and we didn't feel as though any inappropriate comments were made. Maybe a "hey baby" or "princess" now and again but nothing creepy.
Beach was a little short. for me....we like to take LONG walks..but it's clean and water is warm and clear. If you don't care about a seriously long stretch of beach to walk you'll be fine. Tons of chairs at beach and pool chairs didn't get scare until about 10 or 11 am but I expected this since the sun is out and hot by 7:30 AM. Love, love, love the people of JA and met a few locals on the beach walks. We'd chat and move on but it's always interesting to me to get a little insight of someone else's life, especially when it's quite different from my own.
Feel sorry for those that spent their hard earned money at this resort and had such a bad time but am genuinely confused how that happened. Therefore, I would highly recommend RIU Ochi for fun in the sun...great, friendly staff...laughter....and lots of memory making. Any questions, feel free to email me and I'll try to answer. Enjoy!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Situated in northern Jamaica, on the beachfront. Two 6-storey buildings and one 5-storey building. Surrounded by 90,000 m2 / 107,000 sq. Yards of lush gardens. Complimentary sun loungers on the beach. 10 Km / 6.2 Miles to Ocho Rios. 4 Km / 2.5 Miles from various shops. 105 Km / 65 miles to Montego Bay airport. 600 M / 1,970 ft. From a bus stop. Credit cards accepted: MasterCard, Visa, Diners ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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- Riu Ocho Rios Jamaica
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