What we did not know about CocoLaPalm is that it has a strong following from "back then" - visitors who return year after year; mainly Minnesotans and Midwesterners. Now before I get wacked, I am a midwesterner; grew up in Iowa and have family that live in MN. Midwesteners are good people. But more on that later. And for good reason. The hotel property has been beautifully maintained, staff friendliness is outstanding, and it's clear the owners have tried to stay up with the times. However, the long standing returnees can become a bit much and can be very loud. It's definitely a clique with its own tribal customs. Smoking is one of those customs. It's been a long while that I have seen so many Americans smoking in one place. I don't mind who chooses to smoke, but on the beach it begins to become difficult to escape smokers. Sure you can move after you have settled into a shady spot, but most likely that will be into the sun.
The breakfast was a delight every morning; the dinner menu is fine and somewhat pricey but lots of other dining options are available and I would recommend checking those out.
I also would recommend booking a deluxe room for not much more $ as the standard rooms (which we were in for most of our stay) can be a tad dark and not as comfortable. Not a huge problem as we were also out and about. Also, if the room is not acceptable (of which there were a few of those rooms by the road and also by a generator) the staff is extraordinary in accommodating request to be more comfortable.
If you like a beautiful beach this is as good a place as any.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- CocoLaPalm Resort was established in 1994 and is the largest of the small hotels in Negril, Jamaica. We are a family resort located on a beautiful expanse of Negril's 7-Mile Beach, with non-motorized water sports, mouthwatering cuisine and exciting entertainments for the convenience of our guests. We invite you to come and claim your spot at CocoLaPalm, we'll keep you coming back for more. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Cocolapalm Hotel Negril
- Cocolapalm Resort Negril
- Coco La Palm Resort
- Coco Palm Negril
- Coco La Palm Jamaica
- Coco La Palm Negril