After reading so many glowing reviews of Catcha, I couldn't believe our good luck when they had the Star room available when we decided to extend our vacation. For reference, we were at Idle Awhile one night, then Tensing Pen for four, then Catcha for two. We have stayed at The Rockhouse three times in the past.
Start with the good: Ivan's! We loved the food here! We came one night we were at Tensing Pen and were so excited to move to Catcha so we could also have breakfast and lunch there as well. (Ivan's is only open to the public for dinner.) We live in NYC and we love good food, Ivan's was absolutely terrific!
The atmosphere in general at night is fun, festive, and tipsy. Fun people at the bar, fun servers, it was a nice switch after enjoying the quiet seclusion of Tensing. It's way more subdued during the day. We liked how the sunning areas are built into the cliffs, gives everyone a bit of privacy. Teeny pool in the middle of the restaurant area. Grounds have little flowerpot-lined paths, not as lush as some places but cute and charming.
Ok, now for the room. A few little changes could make a huge difference. Get some new comfy beds, upgrade the linens and awful duvet, trash the kitschy decorations, put some--any--amenities in the bathroom. The bathroom itself was modern and bright. Nicer than TP. But no shampoo? We don't even travel with things like that since they are standard. Not at Catcha (although they offered to go to the store to buy us what we needed which was extraordinarily nice). Big wraparound porch which seemed somehow private even though it was right along the paths people walked to get to Ivan's.
No AC in Star but we didn't need it. But AC may have helped block out outside noise (people walking past, heard dogs a couple times, birds, gardeners and kitchen in the am). I am a light sleeper but even with my multiple white noise machines, I was woken up a few times. But not surprising and not a deal breaker.
Honestly, I don't think Catcha is in the same category as Tensing Pen and The Rockhouse. We had fun at Catcha but I was glad we were only there briefly and we wouldn't stay there again unless they made improvements to the rooms. Right now, I would say they are below average but Ivan's brings the entire rating up.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- There are many places to stay in Negril, Jamaica on the cliffs... ...but where else will you be pampered at a cliff property unlike any other on the planet... Catcha Falling Star Resort on the Negril Cliffs...Our lovely little Negril cliff resort property overlooks the beautiful Caribbean Sea. Catcha Falling Star is truly the "Gem of Jamaica". Nestled among the tops of the Negril cliffs of the West End with a spectacular view of the sea below will make you want to "linger longer" in Negril, Jamaica! These seaside cliff cottages capture the true essence and ambiance of Jamaica. Now yours to discover. . . A priceless experience! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Catcha Falling Star Negril