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Review of Lazy Dayz

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Lazy Dayz
Ranked #40 of 47 Speciality Lodging in Negril
New York City, New York
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Overpriced!”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2010

A group of us stayed at Lazy Dayz in Negril. The location is the best and the property overall is really cute. The cost of the rooms, however, were terribly overpriced. I paid $110 for a room with a shared bathroom, no light! Imagine being that close to the beach and living in a dark, dingy room for that price! The place does have some nice rooms for a hefty price though. The tree house cabins, yellow mellow and the sea view room are the only good ones. Avoid the other rooms, they are expensive and not worth the money!

The location overall was spectacular, and the maids and caretaker are wonderful.

  • Stayed November 2010, travelled with friends
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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5 Thank Piano79
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  • Location
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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English first
Waukesha, WI
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19 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 March 2010

I have been to Negril 5 times and like to check out resorts/hotels for future visits. I stopped in on the beach side, the gate was wide open, looking for someone to ask for a tour. I was scolded for entering a private place and shooed away immediately. I apologized and told him that the gate was wide open and he wouldn't even look at me! The name should be changed to Uptight Dayz. I have never met anyone so rude.

Stayed March 2010, travelled as a couple
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5 Thank majz1
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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13 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 January 2010

We loved Lazy Dayz. It is a small property with about 8 rustic cabins/gazebos and a beach house with 3 separate apartments. All of the cabins/gazebo have outdoor (but still private showers. Both times we were there the place was barely over half full. Their website (we believe deliberately) does not do the place justice. It is beautiful. Very lush, very private. It is right in the center of 7 mile beach, so it is right next to plenty of bars and restaurants. It does not have it's own bar or restaurant, but we found this preferable as there was never any foot traffic other than our few fellow guests and about 6 local staff. BTW, make friends with the grounds guys and the maids. They are very nice and helpful and will find people for you. But please tip them nicely if you do ask them for help. We ended up getting a private trip for 6 to YS Falls for a good price.

Lazy Dayz is definitely not the place for people who are looking for more up-scale accommodations. My husband and I, along with friends, have stayed at Lazy Dayz in 2008 and came back in 2009, so between all of us, we have stayed at the Gazebo, Green Door, Coral Door and the Sky House. The "Door" cabins are pretty standard cabins closer to the road, and thus more noise, and we felt the Gazebo and the Sky House were well worth the extra money. The Sky House is in the treetops, so it is very private and the view down is great. The Gazebo is 50 feet from the water and overlooks the beach. Listening to the water was wonderful. The only downside is that the bathroom is detached and downstairs and sometimes used by other guests. Since the place is so small, this really isn't an issue. It is definitely still worth sleeping next to the ocean. Take a look at our pictures. You'll see.

Overall, this place is perfect for independent travelers looking for private cabins who don't mind figuring out the area food for yourself.
A few food recommendations: Right next door is a field used for events, but during the day there are little shops. Get a patty from Niah's. They make them fresh (be ready to wait 10-15 minutes) and only cost about 5 dollars. Perfect food to take right back to your beach chair. And see if Pansy is still a couple doors down. She is the sweetest thing and will make fresh squeezed juice for you to pick up the next day. We go to this place almost everyday we're there. Breakfast at Charela's , dinner at Marley's on the beach. Those and patties for lunch are 3 meals you can't go wrong with.

  • Stayed February 2009, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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4 Thank lorax76
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Chicago
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 April 2009

Lazy Dayz is by far one of the best places I have ever stayed. The grounds are so beautiful, it's like , garden of eden. If you want to be service by a wonderful staff, clean accommodatons and steps from beach then I hope u stay at Lazy Dayz u get so much more for the few dollas it costs. Happy Traveling.

  • Stayed March 2009, travelled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank SandleFeet
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toronto
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134 reviews
35 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 198 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 March 2009

Was in Lazy Days for four nights and this place is awesome. We had a cabin with a beautiful ocean view and could hear the waves at night. This may not be the four seasons but if you want a low key quiet place within feet of the beach you simply can not beat this place.

  • Stayed March 2009, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank jonnyrosen
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british columbia
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 December 2008

Just came back from a stay in Negril at Lazy Dayz. The staff was so awesome...they really made it better than it could have been. The fellow Canadian owner was there and did not even take a second to ask us about our stay or to welcome us to his resort. Would not recommend the cheaper cabins...there are much better cheap cabins elsewhere in negril. They had told us that the nicer accomodations were all booked, but there was no one staying in them the whole time we were there. No hot water and crappy showers, but great location on the beach. Glad to have experienced it and to meet the awesome staff, but would not stay there again.

  • Liked — The staff
  • Disliked — Management and quality of my cabin
  • Stayed December 2008, travelled with friends
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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2 Thank runningchar
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Toronto, Canada
Level Contributor
18 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 130 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2008

Lazy Dayz

Booking

Was traveling to Negril for ATI (Appleton Treasure Island) weekend a HUGELY popular event drawing in over 35k Jamaicans from all over the island, and some people from abroad… it is THE busiest weekend in Negril and I changed plans and decided to reach Negril about two weeks prior… thought I was pretty S.O.L for finding a decent place for the weekend and emailed each and every place up and down the strip and started following up with calls….

Lazy Dayz is owned by a lady up here in the Toronto area… local area code… bonus… she said she was booked up, but hadn’t heard from or received any payment/deposit from the person who had booked mellow yellow (they had stayed in the room last year ATI and had reserved the room from then)… I said I’d have the money to her that day (they don’t accept credit cards here which is a little odd, but worked to my advantage)… she said there was no reason for me to rush it to her, just send out a cheque and she’d hold it for me… great….

Better than great, awesome… while hard to tell by the website and limited reviews, lazy dayz seemed to have a funky flare to it that I tend to get excited about… and even better, it’s location… a huge plus, this property is located directly beside Wavz… the main venue for the Appleton parties…. This would be a huge detriment to anyone NOT in the mix this weekend or who happened to book here if another event was going on… it was LOUD, very very LOUD until well past 3 or 4 in the morning…. Not sure how often they keep parties by Wavz outside of ATI weekend, I’m thinking it’s not a daily or even weekly thing, but no idea…

I sent the cheque (the rate was high, not sure if that’s the normal rate (150/night) or if they cranked it up to get the most out of the weekend, but I was happy to have the room, my only other options seemed to be much lesser rooms at much higher rates)…

Reaching Lazy Dayz

Thanks to delta, my flight (via Atlanta) was about 3 hours late and my pre-arranged clives transfer was no where to be seen… after a bit of scrambling, I secured a private taxi to Negril for $40US (tipped 10 to make it 50), going rate is in the range of 70-80, so I got a fair deal but it’s still a stretch on the $20 that I was to pay on the pre-arranged (shared)…

Uneventful drive (this is far from the prettiest drive I’ve been on so I just chatted to the taxi man (who stopped at the Scotia ATM (I had to direct him as he didn’t seem to know where it was, weird)) for the route… passed the Grand Palladium by Lucea, pretty impressive span of lights that seem to go on for quite some time, was excited to see it during the day on return….

Lazy Dayz is a little hard to find first pass down the beach (coming from MBJ) if you pass wavz you’ve gone too far it’s a small driveway in an overgrown little spot that is immediately before Wavs…. You’ll only miss it once :)

First Impressions…

It was well past 7 when I reached into the Lazy Dayz drive way… even in the dark I could tell this place was very secluded feeling and lush for Negril… just about the second you get in the gate, you feel like you’re completely out of the Negril mix… was hard to explain… but it’s very green and very almost overgrown but fairly well groomed… I liked it…

I had to find someone to take me to my room… was a little uneasy that I wouldn’t actually have a room since the booking felt very much backwards… but once the care-taker/manager came out, he was expecting me… As mentioned I was in Mellow Yellow, which is overtop of the beach front cottage/house… somewhat difficult to find the path leading up to the stairs at times (esp. later when alcohol was involved :)), some potentially slippery and probably very hard stairs to navigate, and a fussy motion detector light, I was eventually at the door of the room…

The room…

Mellow Yellow is a nice muted yellow on the outside and a funky-ish bright turquoise blue on the interior (kitchen area is a yellowy orange colour)…feels fairly new, I think I remember reading that it was built around 2003ish… The door is glass (I’m not a big fan of glass doors for a number of reasons)…. You come in thru the kitchen which is HUGE with large open shelving, a 6 burner stainless steel gas range, a large stainless steel fridge, blender and utensils… didn’t have any condiments which would have been nice for a kitchen of vast size (i.e. no salt/pepper, cooking oil, ketchup just the basics so one wouldn’t have to spend a lot on a full grocery shop to take advantage of it) there wasn’t even dish soap or a dish rag on arrival… kitchen light was also out…

In the kitchen area overhead is the pull down stairs to the loft… a strange area with a bed frame, but no bed, the loft is small and odd… but cool I guess :) I hid my not needed belongings up in this area since there was no safe (passport ect)

The main room is huge, high vaulted ceiling (loft looks down on it)… with a queen bed against the far wall, a twin bed on the other, a large granite table an a couple small shelves, one with a TV… the air-conditioning is over the twin bed and while not overly strong, it kept the room reasonably cool.. the beds both had simple white sheets and blankets (if you know me I much prefer that to floral patterns lol)… There’s a ceiling fan overhead

To the one side there are no windows, but to the other there is a huge patio with large sliding doors.. a couple sitting areas and a table are on this patio, it looks out to Wavz and one of the unique tree houses that exist on this property… ate breakfast on the patio most mornings… was also a nice place to sit and watch the rain…

Fair-sized bathroom with shower only… no soap/shampoo or whatever provided… extra towels were provided when requested…

The property…

In the morning it was obvious that my first impressions of the property were more than accurate… very very lush and green…. Almost like a hidden oasis from the beach.. many of the accommodations are much more rustic/basic than mellow yellow which was a concrete structure (as is the sea view cabin or whatever it’s called)… this place has some tree houses (literally reminded me of very well built versions of things that kids often try to construct) I wish I had the time/energy to investigate the property more because some of this looked pretty cool! To my understanding not all the rooms have private bathrooms or indoor plumbing and most do not have a/c…

The Beach..

It’s negril beach so it’s a pretty stretch of sand… not very wide in these parts although gustav may or may not have made this better or worse… they have a cute little gate blocking off the property and some craft sales near the gate… inside the gate on the property is a hammock and some seating areas… I’m honestly unclear if there is any sort of food service on the property, I didn’t see any, but got the impression that one building near the front might not have been accommodations but a small restaurant… dunno???!?! Website doesn’t mention it, but the website is pretty much garbage for providing any real detail on the property…

Service

The maid service was fine…fresh towels daily and I believe they changed the sheets once during my 4 nights… I tracked quite a mess of sand thru the room one night after one of the beach parties where I ended up in the sea… lol… we dealt with it until it was cleaned the next day… that was the worst part… but my own fault… there is a bowl for cleaning your feet before going upstairs, but I didn’t realize this in my state… the only thing I see with this arrangement is that wet feet/shoes would be very slippery on the tiles… not a good combination on those steps… so do watch your step…

The thing I’ll give Lazy Dayz credit for was meeting stupid requests I had for extra blankets, pillows, towels at unreasonable hours of the morning (2, 3am)… much respect to them and had alcohol not been involved, I don’t think I would have made such requests lol… the staff all seemed a bit.. ummm… flustered… I don’t think this hotel typically sees much times where it is at peak occupancy and then some and considering that most guests are not the typical tourists, guess it’s a bit of a difficult time for them… this was my second ATI so I knew to expect this and it didn’t really bother me that much this time around… last time it just seemed like everyone was miserable, this time if it was the case, I didn’t notice as much, but I did notice that the staff, while very accommodating, seemed pretty much out of their element… I’m sure that being in direct proximity to the venue and the constant noise and people about until 3 or 4 each morning was a bit much on them too…

The details…

Not much else that I could think of… it’s Negril so if there isn’t a restaurant of any sorts on property there’s dozens a short walk away… great location unless something keeps at Wavs and you’re not interested in participating… it was hard to hear someone in the room talking loudly when the music did pick up… there was no telephone in the room…having a bright and spacious room did a lot of good for our group to wait out the afternoon rains we had…

Lazy dayz has a nice little vibe that transports you from the hustle and bustle of the road into a tropical oasis almost immediately on entering the gates… so many times I forgot that I was mid beach and coming out to the road was a bit shell shocked for a few seconds… not sure if there are many other properties that capture that “secluded” atmosphere so well… it was a treat in that way….

All and all I was happy with lazy dayz in Mellow Yellow however I felt if the price point is as it is, it’s not the best deal for your dollar… (not sure if that’s the case)… there are plenty of rooms that are much more affordable and basic, so I guess it’s an interesting place because of this… giving this experience a 4* but it was closer to a 3.5*… just can’t think of anything specifically negative to round it down rather than up, and location location location won this place over for me :)

Getting home was a hellish adventure to which i can now write a review of Red Roof Inn in Atlanta, Georgia courtesy of Delta, but that's another story for another day :)

  • Liked — location and huge bright rooms
  • Disliked — entrance to room dark and sometimes slippery
  • Stayed August 2008, travelled with friends
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
4 Thank Chell00
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Additional Information about Lazy Dayz

Property: Lazy Dayz
Address: Norman Manley Blvd, Negril, Jamaica
Region: Caribbean > Jamaica > Westmoreland Parish > Negril
Hotel Style:
Ranked #40 of 47 Speciality Lodging in Negril
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Looking for simple paradise, laid back living in a cozy setting? Lazy Dayz will make you feel right at home with your own cabana or beach house suite amidst crystal clear blue water and tropical sunshine. Nestled in the centre of our world famous seven mile beach on one acre of lush tropical gardens, the Lazy Dayz tranquil environment is an awesome spot to watch nature's glorious sunsets. Cook your own meals or walk to enjoy authentic Jamaican cuisine. ... more   less 
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