We just returned on Jan 30th from a 7 day trip.
Remember this is not a mega resort and you aren't paying Sandals prices. It was a taste of the real Jamaica.
Grounds: great plants and flowers, cleaned every morning
Service: was everybit as good as a high end property.
Tip the waiters and you'll be well taken care of.
Very personalized and attentive.
Rooms: need updating and some repairs, very dark, but great balconies and open windows.Extrememly clean.
Maids were excellent, just ask if you need anything. As to washcloths, bring your own, we've traveled all over Europe, etc. They don't have them or use them. This resort caters to Europeans, so....
If you ask, you can get about anything you need from the maids. Leave a few dollars a day, on the bed, and it will be appreciated.
Food: local flavour, don't expect a grill with hamburgers, etc. There are two main choices for each meal, lots of local dishes, and wonderful desserts. Remember, this is Jamaica.
Fruit choices are slim, due to the hurricane destroying their trees, but still good, usually 3 choices at each meal.
Drinks: Can't go wrong with Red Stripe, liquor is all local brands so don't expect top shelf. If you must have those brands, bring your own.
Beach: beautiful caribbean water, it's a public beach, so yes, there are vendors selling everything but a polite no thank you and they leave you alone. You can walk for miles each way. Never felt unsafe, but used discernment. Several topless, Merills I and III cater mostly to Europeans. There were quite a number of Americans at II.
All in all, it was a great vacation, all the staff were very helpful.
A lot of it is what you make of it. If you want top of the line rooms and food choices, stay down the beach at Sandals, Beaches or Couples.
If you want the real Jamaica, great beach and personalized service, stay at Merrils II
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Set amidst lush tropical gardens, Merril's II Beach Resort offers a tranquil and serene environment with 38 cozy, clean, air-conditioned rooms. Wake up to the glorious sounds of chirping birds outside your spacious guest room window, or enjoy the warm breeze from your own private balcony overlooking either Merrils' own botanical gardens or the beautiful Caribbean sea! This comfortable, friendly beachfront resort offers a selection of ocean, pool or garden view rooms, each equipped with two double beds, a ceiling fan, air conditioning, and its own private balcony. Other amenities are also provided such as Cable Television, Safety Deposit Boxes and In-room Telephone Services. Whether you are relaxing by the pool with an exotic Caribbean cocktail, or soaking in the warm rays of Jamaican sunshine, leave your worries behind and let your mind wander. If you ever dreamed of a vacation where all you did is relax, enjoy yourself, and have fun frolicking in the sand, then Merril`s II is where you should be! Our courteous staff are waiting to serve you... ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Merrils Beach Resort Ii Hotel Negril
- Merrils Beach Hotel Ii
- Merrils Beach Negril