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Crystal Ripple Beach Lodge
Ranked #27 of 36 Hotels in Ocho Rios
Brooklyn, New York
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9 reviews
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Reviewed 30 November 2011

I returned to Jamaica and I made my way back to Crystal Ripple Beach Lodge! After my visit in March I decided immediately upon my arrival back to New York that I would be going back in the next two months to celebrate my twenty fourth birthday. Best decision I ever made! Special thanks to CRBL to helping me make this a birthday to remember! =)

  • Stayed May 2011, travelled with friends
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  • Location
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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English first
Leicester, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 September 2011

Stayed August 25th-28th 2011

I purposely wanted reasonably priced accommodation so money can be better spent on day activities such as Dunns River, Dolphin cove, mystic mountain etc. It is a locally owned business, good sized rooms and bathroom with hot & cold water, excellent air conditioning you can even control the temperature if its too cold. There is cable tv in every room. Breakfast is continental - toast, tea, coffee, orange juice.you can order porridge, ackee & saltfish etc. but you have to pay extra. Its not 4 or 5 star quality but its more than adequate, and it is quiet - apart from the sea tide at night.

Early Sunday morning some local men had a small fishing boat . There isn't much nearby within short walking distance -the general tourist/downtown area is a short 5 min drive, a single taxi trip J$200 IF you ask the hotel to order it for you, also its useful to arrange for the same driver to bring you back for J$400 return if you give them a time. Jumping into a taxi on main street will usually cost you more.

Staff are most helpful, don't be afraid to ask them for help for local info for example they informed me that there were no cruise ships due that weekend which cuts down crowds significantly for places like Dunns River.

Beach wise, you can arrange a river raft trip but anything else like kayaking or powerboats would have to be arranged further down the beach perhaps with another hotel. Additionally there is no safe

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled with family
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3 Thank Chi-chi-Buena
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Maxine E, Manager at Crystal Ripple Beach Lodge, responded to this review, 23 November 2011
Hello, Top of the day to you,

I want to thank you personally for making it Crystal Ripple Beach lodge.

Thank you for staying at our porperty , and if there is anything we can do to make your stay a more memorable one the next time you plan to stay with us, please don't hesitate to let us know.

Again thank you for making it Crystal Ripple.
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Atlanta, Georgia
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45 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 August 2011

Pros:
Location - The views, peace and quiet at this place is just amazing.
Friendly staff - you request them nicely and provide clear instructions and they will help you out with everything, with a lovely smile.
Charm: Local kids come and jump around the beach, a couple of fishermen try to catch their day's worth, swaying almond and other trees, wave runners, blue skies and blue green waters, buying fish straight from the boat and getting the hotel folks to make a traditional dish for us, charm and tranquility is the name of the game here.
Affordable - very much so, awesome value for money
Cons:
Location - This hotel is next to the white river rafting area entrance. Which means reaching this place takes some asking around and also a little apprehension at the surrounding areas. It is very safe, just not the fancy locality the tourism brochures tend to showcase. Till now, not so bad. The hard part comes if you don't have a car. There is hardly a restaurant, grocery store or any nightlife nearby which means you have to cab it wherever you want to go. And no last minute cravings :). The gas station close by stocks basics and is closed on sunday and the ATM next to it dispenses money only in local currency. So have a car or have a cab plan. The front desk will get you a cab to go to town at very reasonable prices though you might have to tell them in advance if you dont to wait too long.
Not fancy enough - As I said if you were thinking resort vacation, you are in the wrong place. A basic but well set room is what you get besides the breathtaking views and ample loads of relaxation and soul searching times.
Breakfast is bare bones - Think toast, butter, jam, coffee, tea, milk, orange juice and milk. Nothing more and nothing less :). They do stock beer, cold beverages and a couple of snacks at relatively cheap prices if you want it.

Room Tip: Ask for the beach level rooms. Avoid rooms 106-108 as those face the relatively crowded section of t...
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  • Stayed July 2011, travelled with family
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Montego Bay, Jamaica
1 review
Reviewed 15 August 2011

I went on a get away with my boyfriend recently and was really surprised at how beautiful the place was, the pictures did not do it justice. The room was exceptional and the staff was really friendly and ensured we were comfortable.

We had the best view there was and it was perfect for us to share together . Its the perfect spot to let loose and unwind.

If your looking for relaxation and comfort then this is best place. Looking forward to going again. So if your in Ocho Rios look them up, i am sure u wont be disappointed.

Sherry H

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled as a couple
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Thank Sherr H
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St. Catherine
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 15 August 2011

Went there with my girlfriend recently and it was amazing. The staff was friendly and nice and ensured that we were satisfied. The beach was beautiful and our only regret was that we did not bring extra clothing to take a dip. The room was clean and the balcony gave a breath taking view of the ocean. Perfect for couples.
The staff even went as far as to ensure we got transport after a heavy rain fall so we didn't have to walk through the flooded road.

If you're in ocho rios and looking for a quality room at an affordable price this is the place to go. We surely will be back again.
- Mike R

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled as a couple
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North Miami Beach, Florida
1 review
Reviewed 5 August 2011

Oh the staffs are wonderful they should be commended: Sherese, Angel and Mr Hoilett at the Front Office. Ms Drummond and staff the all arounder
that cooks any thing u like, and takes care of rooms: Thanks to u all::
Jeanie Lobb:

  • Stayed December 2010, travelled with family
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Ocala, Florida
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviewed 13 July 2011

Economical, Quaint and secluded Bed & Breakfast Lodge. The breakfast was delicious...the service and staff was great !! It is an older yet clean lodge but undergoing renovations. 5 minutes from many attractions. Stone throw to the beach and warm ocean. Relaxing and breath taking balcony view. I did not want to do the larger resorts because I wanted to experience the "real Jamaica". The locals fished and the lodge staff would cook them for us. The Jerk Centers were the best !! the restaurants were not that great, small portions and expensive. 24 hour stores opened 5 minutes away. Great location !!

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled on business
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Property: Crystal Ripple Beach Lodge
Address: PO Box 24, Ocho Rios, Jamaica
Region: Caribbean > Jamaica > Saint Ann Parish > Ocho Rios
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
#13 On the Beach Hotel in Ocho Rios
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 20
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