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“Look no further this IS paradise ...Keith G. NYC,NY”
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Westender Inn
Ranked #32 of 81 Hotels in Negril
Certificate of Excellence
New York City, New York
1 review
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“Look no further this IS paradise ...Keith G. NYC,NY”
Reviewed 3 September 2010

I had not been back to Jamacia for 25 years.After three children and a marraige i thought it was time, Thank God i choose The Westender.From the time i was picked up at the airport by a driver specially selected by the manager Keith and given a detailed tour along the way i had already felt that i had not been away from Jamacia as long as i had.

Keith and his fantastic staff make you comfortable and at ease as soon as you arrive at the Westender.The rooms, the view, the peacefulness of the property are not to be topped.The best way to experience the beauty of Negril, Jamacia is not from behind the walls of some all-inc hotel in the heart of the city but from a short ride away in the beautiful hills and untouched coastline surrounding the Westender.The feeling you get from the carefully picked and trained staff to the extended stay residents as well as the beloved dog make you so comfortable that leaving is difficult but going back will be like coming home...of which i plan to do at least once a year till the sunsets stop setting.Thanks Keith and your staff as well.

Don't leave the Westender off your Bucket List!!!!

  • Stayed July 2010, travelled solo
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Reviewed 28 August 2010

My first trip to Negril was in the very early seventies. I have never selected to travel to another island. When asked my reasons I simply say I found my paradise --why look any farther? Back in the day, there were no public phones ( no phones period in Negril I think). One took a trip to Savannah Lamar if one needed one and stood in a long line, much like going t o the Scotia Bank ATM nowadays. My first stay was at Crystal Waters Resort on the beach. The white sandy beach,, by the way stretched seven and one half miles then as it does today. But, you could shoot a cannon down it and hit no one. Man! That was a glorious sight to see and claim ownership of for hours at a time. One or two rum bars poured the Appeleton and played the new rage raggae music on the radio. I think there was one place that might qualify as a restaurant on the beach. Chicken Lavish was the spot off the beach for real food. And, there was Ricks and the Lighthouse.
I returned over the years and have experienced many accomodations. These include my dear friends wonderful internationally known spa "Jackies On the Riff!" Jackie is next door and provides the guests here with a place to get a bevy of health treatments like the greatest massages and scrubs and yoga lessons. She and Dan Brewer who created and owns this INN have hung out here for over twenty five years providing class, creativity and confort to many world travelers.

I decided after spending two months here to rent one of the pristine cottages on the property here for a year. I am an author who recently retired from NYU and NYC to complete my third work. My intentions since my first trip to Jamaica have been to return here for my third phase of life. I am here and I want to tell you in brief here The Westender Inn at times, I think, has been created for me and others like me who want the best of the Caribbean off the beaten paths where the air is clear, the poinsettas are perpetually bloomingand the sunsets and sun rises are colossal. The people who run the place like Keith Dunhany the genera lmanager and Dan Brewer the owner and their staffs are incredible, the food is home cooked, the swimming pool backs up the salty sea pools and the Sea Herself. I am sure I have left out something like the music is great, the access to Negril and the hill communities is easy. This is a charmed place nestled here on the West End of Negril.
There is so much more I could say,but I think you get the picture. Oh Yes! For those like myself, who are challenged by physical problems THE INN is wheel chair, cane and walker accessible;it is so landscaped that the visually challenged will be free to move about with ease and comfort. And, the price is right so you can come on down and stay awhile as I am doing. It is truly as its motto says is" The place to come and set the sun." You will leave this INN thinking "soon come back to this jewel tucked away fron,but near the action of Negrils' strip.

Nettie Jones

  • Stayed July 2010, travelled on business
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Rockville, MD
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 August 2010

To Keith, Kamar, Corin, Gary, Germaine, Natty, and all the rest of the amazing staff at the Westender Inn, thank you for a most unbelievable experience – We’ll be back next year and the year after that and the year after that!

Planning for our first trip ever out of the US was a challenge to "pick that special spot" – find the one country we wanted to visit, and THEN find the "right" hotel – teenager friendly being a necessity. The Westender Inn met all our needs, and far exceeded our expectations. While pictures may give an idea of what to expect – they pale against the reality of this place.

From the moment we arrived, the fantastic staff of the Westender seemed to have anticipated every need, and to go above and beyond to make sure our stay was wonderful. Each staff member was attentive, helpful, and oh so friendly and welcoming.

We booked suite 23 – definitely perfect for us. Located on the second floor, garden side, it has huge great room with a kitchen, living area, and dining table and chairs, tile floors, high ceilings, beautifully decorated and with two balconies overlooking the ocean greeted us. A twin bed was situated behind the couch for our 13 year old, and was barely noticeable due to the size of the room.

The huge master bedroom with bath was fantastic. The stunning hand carved, king-sized bed was covered with heavenly pillows and we experienced a sleep so peaceful --we awoke fully refreshed, relaxed and rested each morning.

Flowers and trees abound on the immaculately kept grounds. Paths lead down to the ocean and a sea pool where you can watch the most spectacular sunsets I’ve ever seen. The cove is wonderful for snorkeling and there are various lounges and chairs both in and out of the sun for worshiping the sun or shade as the fancy strikes you. On the garden side is the restaurant and pool, again, beautifully maintained. Great food, great service, and reasonably priced!

Close to Negril, duty free shopping, wondeful day trips, and a spa next door for yoga and incredible massages -- perfection! Plenty to do for any age -- and the most awesome vacation we've EVER had.

  • Stayed August 2010, travelled with family
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New York City, New York
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Reviewed 4 August 2010

Great staff, they went out of their way to make my time very special. Thanks to everyone, see you soon.

  • Stayed July 2010, travelled with family
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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Reviewed 29 July 2010

My girlfriend and i stayed at the Westender for 8 too short days in june - july. It is the peak of relaxation. Everyone was so hospitable and made you feel like you belonged, especially Keith, Kemar, Kevin, and Ben. As amazing as this place was it actually seemed, even during our stay, that they were improving things. Due to other bookings we stayed in 2 different rooms and both were immaculate and just as described. If you are looking for a non stop party this is not the place for you it is off the beaten path although we spent several nights out in the city partying and had a great time, and it was nice knowing we would have an amazing nights sleep when we returned. There aren't words for the sunsets or the ocean views no matter if the sea is calm or rough. There isn't a better value in Jamaica than the Westender. I can't wait to get back next year.

  • Stayed June 2010, travelled as a couple
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Macae, Brazil
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Reviewed 3 July 2010

In April, 2010, we celebrated our wedding at The Westender Inn with our families and friends. Still, after several months we are stunned by the experience. Our guests still mention how much fun they had in Jamaica and how they miss staying in this hidden paradise.
The staff, Keith, Ryan, Kemar, Karen, Jermain, and the rest were so friendly, positive and always made sure we were enjoying our stay. They did whatever was required to cater to our requests and their service was flawless.
The Westender Inn is a short drive away from Negril's busy buzz. It is so quiet and peaceful it is unbelievable. Perfect for a couple, group of friends or a family. The staff can arrange your ride to Negril beach and back very conveniently. If you are looking for a party, there are a lot of spots to do that in Negril beach and the cliffs. There is a 24 hour guard on the property so you will always feel safe.
The restaurant has great food, especially the breakfasts which were always very fresh tasting and delicious. The restaurant opens around 9, so to cater to our early morning coffee fixes, the staff provided us with coffee makers, which shows their willingness to make your stay as comfortable as possible.

Amazing snorkeling is just a few steps away. The morning snorkel sessions were always refreshing and a great activity . There is also a nice pool to float around in or play with the kids. My friends went for runs around the area and did yoga on the rocks or rented bikes and biked around in Negril.

Next door there is a spa/yoga retreat. We went there for facial, hot stone massage, manicure and pedicures and all treatments were top notch!

The rooms were great! The honeymoon suite was very comfortable with a little kitchen nook and a fridge. There are also new suites which overlook the bay and if returning to Negril would be our choice of room for next time.

For the wedding, Keith and his staff made sure everything was tip top for our day. We chose their catering services with Jerk Chicken, Curry Goat and Shrimps. There was a lot to eat and it was all very delicious! The venue was beautiful! We had a small ceremony by the water and then had the party on the roof top of the restaurant. The roof was perfect for our group of 19.

We were in Negril during Easter, and the week we spent there, the wedding guests and ourselves had the run of the hotel. In addition to being able to have all of our party in the same hotel with us, and spend some time together, adding to the experience was the staff in the Westender. It is rare that one gets the level of service and amount of genuine smiles as we got here.

We have traveled the world for many years and there are no other place that we would love to go back to as much as The Westender Inn. Thank you Keith, Ryan, Kemar and the rest of the staff for making our wedding celebration such a memorable experience!

  • Stayed March 2010, travelled with family
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Reviewed 8 June 2010

Stayed at the Westender May 19-26 with wife.
It is really as simple as this: If you are looking for the best place for a relaxing vacation in Negril, stay at the Westender. If you want a party atmosphere with lots of interaction with other people, go somewhere else.
This is a beautiful property run by some great people. I came back from this trip more relaxed than I have from any other vacation. The setting is peaceful and the ocean is right there and gorgeous in an unspoiled environment. You will be in heaven if you just want to kick back; you will be bored if you need constant tourist trappings.
We really appreciated and enjoyed all of the staff, but we are going to give a special shout-out to KaMar, our waiter/ bartender. If you can be unhappy when you are around KaMar, then you are hopelessly grumpy!
Also, be SURE to stop by next door at Jackie's. It offers reasonably priced spa and massage services, but at least visit to have a fantastic lunch, chat with a remarkable lady, and a must-have is the soursop smoothie- as great as this trip was, that drink was one of the biggest highlights.

  • Stayed May 2010, travelled as a couple
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Property: Westender Inn
Address: West End Rd, Negril 03277, Jamaica
Region: Caribbean > Jamaica > Westmoreland Parish > Negril
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#11 Romantic Hotel in Negril
#17 Spa Hotel in Negril
#23 Family Hotel in Negril
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Westender Inn 3.5*
Number of rooms: 20
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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