Stayed at the Riu Negril March 20-27, 2009. This is our third abroad trip in the last 3 years. Mexico-Ixtapa, Dominican Repubic-Punta Cana, and by far Jamaica has been the best....
The Club Hotel is on the east side of Bloody Bay. There are 4 other resorts on the bay, the water calm, clear and warm. Every morning we would go down to the pool (with BAR) and save our chairs. Eat breakfast, which was great!!!! Then walk the beach to the other side where the Grand Lido Resort and back.
There are local people on the beach selling their wares, and a simple "NO THANKS" and they would say "NO PROBLEM". There is one person we got to know, his name was " Samuel". He makes thing from wicker, he would go up into the mountains and gather the wicker vines from the trees and come back and make baskets and hats. He sits in a chair that he made. There is another, his name is "Cheap Charlie"
There is a area on the beach at the resort that states "No Swimming-Fish Sanctuary". There you call see all kinds of Ocean Life!!!!!
Food: The food was very good, like I'd said earlier, the Breakfast was great, had a omelot everyday. Lunch, the buffet was at the Garden Inn or Lugi which was Ok, but the "JERK HUT" is where it at!!!!! Ate there everyday but Saturday, was close because of Jamaica night. It was open from Noon to 2:30, also there was red beans and rice, and corn on the cob at the HUT!!!! Dinner, ate at the buffet, which also was very good because the other three restaurants required a reservation, which you had to stand in line in the lobby for over an hour in the morning and asked for 6:30 or 9:00 PM.
The Staff: Everyone we met, was friendly and fun to be around, the entertainment people, had a really great time with them, from the pool and beach activities, to the jokes before dinner, to the nightly shows.
"PAUL" AKA Singer is a MUST SEE, you see him all over the resort, he is also a Asst. Bar Supervisor. On Friday and Tuesday nights at 8:00 pm in the lobby, he sings and PACKS TO HOUSE, he also sings when he is bartending in the lobby bar.
Our favorite bartender was Cleon, tall, very friendly, likes the ladies, he would make our wifes his specialty drink of the night. Tipped him very well, and your glass was never empty.
Rooms: We were in building 2, on the second floor 2144 and 2145. King Bed, Mini Bar, RED STRIPE BEER in the bottle!!!!!!!
A|C work well, ceiling fan, great water pressure and hot water. Everyday before going to the pool in the morning, I'd would leave the maid $5 and some mini hershey bars. When we got back to the room to shower and get ready for dinner, there was fresh flowers and something different every day on the bed made with towels. We never had a problem with face, hand, or bath towels.
Transportation: The bus trip from the airport was 2 1/2 hours, the bus driver will want to stop for you to eat or drink or use the bathroom. All we wanted was to get to the RESORT!!!!!
A guest we meet, gave us a number of a cab driver he used when he there, his name was Norm. Once again very nice and friendly. We had him pick us up at 4:00 PM and take us to Rick's Cafe, which is a MUST!!!! bar, restaurant, swimming pool. cliff diving, and caves to explore. About 7:00 PM after sunset, he takes up to the market for about a hour. Then we went to Margaritaville, and Norm joined us for a few RED STRIPES, we got back to the resort about 10:00 PM and the far was $15, we gave Norm $40 and he gave all 4 of us a hug and told us he loved us!!!!!!
Had no problem checking in or out. They never stop cleaning and grooming the whole resort. From mopping the tile though out the resort, to raking the beach. EXCELLENT!!!
By far th best and alreadly looking to go back to the SAME RESORT next year!!!!
The Jamaican people make you feel welcome, and they tell you to tell you friends about Jamaica!!!!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- * Newly renovated in November 2015 * Located on Jamaica's west coast in Negril * Located on the beach front * Complimentary sun loungers on the beach * Main building and four 2-story annexes * Surrounded by 45,000 m2 / 56,000 sq. Yards of lush gardens * 9 km / 5.5 Miles from Negril's West End * 7 km / 4.4 Miles from various shops * 80 km / 48 miles from Montego Bay airport * Credit cards accepted: MasterCard, Amex, Visa, Diners ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Riu Hotel Negril
- Rio Negril
- Riu Negril Jamaica
- Riu Resort All Inclusive Negril