This is a review that I have been looking forward to writing. My husband and I just returned from a five night stay at the Westender Inn. This was one of our most relaxed and memorable trips of all time, largely due to our accommodation and the staff at the Westender Inn.
For those of you who are not familiar with Negril, it is a bustling beachside community with lots of small inns, a gorgeous beach….. and lots of vendors, solicitors and noise from end to end. If you go a bit past the main town to the "west end", you will find a mellower, funky scene. Located at almost the very end of the road is the Westender Inn. It is set miles away from the touristy scene up the road and well worth the journey.
The rooms are modestly furnished, but are clean and include very comfortable beds. Most of the units are set right along the ocean, which is a rocky beachfront that you dive right into for snorkeling. There is a small beachfront pool set right into the rocks. Its a gorgeous setting. Each of the units have a private porch with hammocks and chairs.
The true highlight of this place is its staff and management. The owner, who resides in the US, was there during our stay. It is clear that he has built a very strong management and staff team, and has earned the respect of the local community. Each member of "the team" is dedicated to making guests have an exceptional experience.
The food at their restaurant is very good. Meanwhile, there was a "guest chef" staying at the Inn during our stay. This led to amazing meals including a roasted pig that was cooked along the beach and an enormous snapper that was fetched from a local market and cooked to perfection. Did I mention that this guest chef is also a very talented musician who entertained us all after creating culinary masterpieces?
The inn maintains a shuttle with a fabulous driver who will take you where you need to go for a very reasonable rate ($3.50 each way to most local destinations).
This place is not for everyone. If you want high end luxury with a ton of amenities, it is probably not the hotel for you. If you are looking for a true getaway that will offer unique, memorable experiences… this is your destination. There were quite a few repeat guests staying at the inn who return year after year. We may have to follow suit.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Westender Inn recently completed three new ocean front luxury log suites. There is something rustic yet stately about log construction and many people love the antique look with modern finishing. Come stay in one of our new ocean front luxury log suites. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Westender Hotel Negril