My wife and I stayed at Xtabi for the first three nights of our eight night trip to Negril. This was our third trip to Negril, our previous two times on the cliffs being at the Rockhouse. Just to set the record straight there is a big difference in the feel between the two places but each has their own advantages. Xtabi is a budget place and should not be judged against the higher end properties. We stayed accross the road from the water in an air conditioned room on the second floor with a view of the ocean. The room had high cielings, was clean and comfortable with great water pressure in the shower. There's no tv, phone or clock but those are the things we are trying to get away from anyway. There is also no fridge but when I mentioned that fact to our housekeeper she immediately arranged for us to borrow a big cooler which we filled with ice daily to keep our drinks cold. The small pool was off to one side of our block of rooms and was pretty much unused during our stay.
As soon as you cross the road to the cliff side you enter the bar/restaurant In our experience this is the best, friendliest bar in Negril. No piped in reggae covers of bad American songs, good, reasonably priced drinks and great conversation. Donovan is such a great bartender that he would pretty much play any music we requested and even burned a copy of a cd for us before we left. We had some bad weather during our stay and spent a lot of time hanging out there with him, Andrew, Michael and a couple of the property managers (forgot their names). Had one dinner and two breakfasts there . Breakfast is good and reasonably priced but we thought dinner was a little pricey. It was good but $19.00 for the regular fish meals is high for the area. The view and the service provided by George was top notch. Also ate at Jus Natural, the Rockhouse and Sips n Bites. Jus Natural is a wonderful outdoor place where we met the owners whole family and had a great breakfast. Just a quick word on Sips n Bites: this is our favorite place to eat in Negril. It isn't much to look at but the food and atmosphere can't be beat. The owner, Rona is a true credit to the Jamaican people and her smile lights up the entire place.
Water access at Xtabi is the one thing that I wished was better. There are two places to sit by the water but there is no shade and the stairs leading down to them are a little hazardous. Not a big deal but a couple of umbrellas and some repairs to the railing would help.
Overall we enjoyed our stay and wished it was longer. For the price Xtabi delivers much much more than we expected. The staff members make it a true Jamaican experience which is not easy to find, especially at the beach area of Negril. If we choose to check out different lodgings on the cliffs in future visits we'll always stop back to visit these fine people.
Dave and Kate
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Xtabi is a 25 Room Boutique Hotel, We are located on the West Cliffs of Negril, one + miles from the Negril Beach.XTABI offers a variety of different facilities such as economy and standard rooms, as well as one or two storey private cottages. Some of our accommodations are set in the lush tropical garden near the pool, others are on the impressive cliffside overlooking the Caribbean Sea.XTABI RESORT awaits you with a dramatic water front setting where spiral stairs are leading down through a cave to a sandy beach. Many grottos along the cliffs are to explore and the shallow reefs nearby ensure great snorkeling. The cliffside bar and restaurant welcomes you for breakfast, lunch and dinner, serving good food in a friendly atmosphere with a breath-taking view and nice music. Xtabi will make you feel IRIE ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Xtabi Hotel Negril
- Xtabi Resort Negril