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“Best Vibe on the Beach” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Negril Tree House Resort

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Negril Tree House Resort
Ranked #13 of 84 Hotels in Negril
Certificate of Excellence
Atlanta, GA
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23 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Best Vibe on the Beach”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2013

This was my fourth stay at the Negril Treehouse, and certainly will not be my last. I visit Jamaica frequently for work and vacation, and have stayed at numerous properties in Negril (on the beach and the West End cliffs) at varying price points. The Treehouse is a centrally located, independently owned property, with good beach space that allows you to relax away from beach traffic. The hotel bar is almost in the water, and offers one of my favorite locations for people watching. But thankfully, unlike some other spots in Negril, there's no "scene" at the bar and hotel security keeps hustlers at a distance (if you want a scene, Margaritaville is only two properties down the beach and The Jungle nightclub is within walking distance). I should also mention that, unlike another place I've reviewed in Negril, the liquor at the bar is actually what's on the label. The hotel owner, Gail, lives on property and is a friendly and welcoming presence. And, as other reviewers have noted, the staff at the Treehouse is fantastic!

The guest rooms are clean, air-conditioned, and comfortable. There is room for some aesthetic improvements in the guestrooms, but they are more than adequate and each time I return to the Treehouse there are new upgrades (e.g. flat screen televisions and iPod/USB charging stations). The restaurant on property has good, reasonably-priced lunch and dinner items. And I would be remiss if I didn't mention the great complimentary breakfast offering eggs made-to-order, fresh local fruits, and a variety of traditional Jamaican dishes. Once per week, there is also a festive manager's happy hour with complimentary drinks and tasty snacks.

Overall, the Negril Treehouse is a great value that's far superior to many of the all-inclusive options in a comparable price range. But, more than the value, the friendly, laid back, and inviting atmosphere at the hotel is makes it worth the visit. I definitely recommend it for couples and groups looking to just kick back and relax in Negril without breaking the bank.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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6 Thank Coach51
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2013

We stayed at a five star hotel near the airport for one night after staying at Negril Treehouse for several days, and if I could turn back time like Cher, we would have stayed another night at the Treehouse!

PROS:
- Helpful, friendly staff - Janice is best! (We forgot to tip her before we left. Someone hook her up with some 20s!)
- Beach bar, pool, hot tub (although it closed temporarily during our stay for renovation)
- Jamaican breakfast every morning! Fried dumplings, grits, waffles, callaloo, fruit, coffee, etc. We miss it.
- Cool rooms.
- Local fisherman came everyday to deliver lobster, conch, fish, etc on his makeshift canoe. He'd clean the fish on the beach, and the stingrays (non threatening) would visit.
- The Beach is clear and the skys are beautiful
- Perfect beach for Sunsets
- Adjacent to many activities, snorkeling, jet ski, etc
- Although it takes getting used to, vendors walk up and down the beach, some sing to you.
- Fresh towels, maid service daily
- Next to small convenience store
- Jerk chicken/pork lunch from the Chef's grill next to the bar was great.

CONS
- Food from the bar was only so-so (there are many other places to eat though)
- Water pressure could be better
- You can hear muffled neighbors
- (also a pro) local vendors walk up and down the beach and frequently come up to you to sell you fruit, bracelets, jet ski rides, horse rides, weed, weed, and more weed. It's a PRO because it's interesting, but a CON because it gets annoying. There was a "cat in the hat man" who would give you a dirty look after you decline his very smiley pitch of cigarettes and bracelets. One man would just stand in front of you and play his guitar and sing Bob Marley songs. It's a little off putting, but you get used to it.

Overall it was a great experience! The 5 star hotel was so "sanitized" that why would you come to Jamaica to experience what you could in California or another secluded highly manicured non-descript yet expensive hotel?

Treehouse is not a fancy place, rather a nice, clean home-y place. From the airport, it's about an hour drive, which allows you to see a pretty good cross section of Jamaica.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Jimiyo
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Detroit, Michigan
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2013

The hotel staff was always willing to assist, kind, and welcoming. Facility was very clean. The location was great, and the atmosphere was warm. Thanks go out to Janice and the other receptionist for all of their assistance in moving around Montego Bay, particularly Negril. A beautiful stay and anyone visiting Tree House will not be disappointed.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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1 Thank Barbara S
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2013 via mobile

The resort is located in the middle of the 7 mile beach. it allows you to walk in any direction and take in the sights and come back and enjoy dinner drink right on the beach. Ms Gail treats you just like family seeing her pick up a broom and sweep let me know the rest of her staff takes just as pride in serving the guest as she... Ms. Gail insisted my wife and I join her at a Chamber of Commerce function with all of the resort owners for drinks hor d'oeuvres. that night we hung like wet clothes.

  • Stayed July 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank davis_michael1
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Bethel, Maine
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14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2013

I didnt actually stay at Treehouse, but my co-workers did and they had a wonderful time! The entire office chipped in and paid for their drinks and food while staying there. Gail and the staff pulled this off perfectly- surprising them at checkout with a couple jokes and a card that the office made for them. Gail even sent me a picture of them at checkin which was nice to see they made it safely. Its funny- I asked one of my coworkers if they are going back to Negril and she said yes... "but Im only staying at Treehouse!" So that says alot.

Thanks Gail for being such a good sport!

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank AdventureCalledLife
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New York City, New York
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10 reviews
9 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2013

I booked this place based on the reviews here, and was not disappointed. I travel a lot (more frequently than I post reviews), so I was worried it would not live up to expectations, but the Tree House exceeded expectations!

A few things make the Tree House so special ; the location is fantastic. A beautiful sandy stretch of beach with shallow water and no rocks at all (great from my young children!), wonderful gardens and fantastic staff. This is the only place I saw in Negril with a restaurant / bar ON the beach. Most places only have it by the beach. The tropical gardens are beautifully maintained. Ian is one of the main gardeners and took plenty of time explaining the Breadfruit trees and Aloe Vera plants to us. We saw bananas out of our window. The staff was always smiling and would do anything for us.

Unless it has been updated very recently, the website does not do justice to this place. It is much prettier than the website (unfortunately I normally find it to be the reverse!). My young children, wife and I stayed in a 'one-bedroom suite', but that description is false. It was actually a two bedroom suite, with two bathrooms, two entrance doors (helpful when the children were sleeping), a kitchenette and a huge secluded patio. One bedroom was a living-room by day, and then we used the two pull-down beds at night.

I really recommend this place. Great for children and very well run. The hawkers on the beach can be annoying, but the Treehouse runs very good discreet security and Moises will rush over if anyone starts harrassing you.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank akf100
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Denver
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12 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2013

This is my 3rd time at The Tree House Negril, and my fiance has been there more than 20 times. It's interesting when you go there, so many people are repeat visitors. The reason is that there is hands down no better place to stay on 7 mile beach. The rooms are clean and comfortable, and we always get an ocean view, which means the beach is literally steps from your door. The staff is friendly and accommodating, and Gail acts as if every guest was her best friend. Each Friday she hosts a happy hour for all guests, and makes the rounds talking to everyone. We also enjoyed a very long chat with her son. As the other reviewers state, the breakfasts are super scrumptious and filling, and the oceanside bar is the best place to hang out in the afternoon, or late into the night. This was the first time I had a massage from Cher, and it was fabulous! Richard always picks us up at the airport, and is a great source of information about culture, politics, and general island gossip. The one thing I miss here is a gym, but we made up for it by taking very long walks and splashing around in the ocean. I have always liked Negril, but this time I fell in love. We made a pact to come back every year.

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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Margaret H
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Additional Information about Negril Tree House Resort

Property: Negril Tree House Resort
Address: Norman Manley Boulevard | PO Box 29, Negril, Jamaica
Region: Caribbean > Jamaica > Westmoreland Parish > Negril
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#3 Family Hotel in Negril
#9 Top resorts Hotel in Negril
#17 Romantic Hotel in Negril
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — Negril Tree House Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 62
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Laid-back family friendly property. Fabulous breakfast is included. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
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Negril Tree Hotel
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