I just returned from Negril and stayed at the Shields. I stayed in a 2 bedroom with another friend and another friend was in a one bedroom.
Location: The hotel is the 2nd to last one on 7 mile beach when heading towards the roundabout. There's not much in the roundabout area except for a supermarket, ATM, and Burger King so that's not a plus in regards to location. It would be better to be closer to the middle of the 7 mile beach area so that you're closer to more food/bar/activity options. The hotel is right on the beach. The beach was short in this area with only about 10 yards of sand to the ocean, which was less than a lot of the other hotels there.
Rooms: The rooms are clean and basic. Shower worked fine, decent pressure. No toilet issues. The AC worked well. One issue is that there is no room safe and the door locks are very basic. I was concerned about theft. You can rent a small safety deposit box for$3/day that's by the restaurant near the pool. This should be free. They were small and could only fit documents though and not a laptop. We didn't have any theft issues though. They also wanted to charge my other friend $3/day to have a fridge in his room. This should be included. I believe he paid $100/night for a one bedroom. We paid $160/night for a 2 bedroom. For this time of the year, that rate was reasonable. We also did have a full kitchen in our 2 bedroom which was nice. Only the 2 bedrooms had this.
Guest Fee: They charge you $30/night if you bring a guest back to your room after 11pm. They must have cameras somewhere b/c my friend hooked up with a girl and she came back after midnight. There were no guards anywhere to be seen when he came back to the room but 2 days later, they told him he owed them $30 for the guest that stayed over. Book your rooms for the max # people allowed b/c then you can have that many people in the room with you. If you book for 1 person, they'll charge you for bringing someone back. If you book for 2 people, but it's just you, than you won't get charged. Personally, I don't think any hotel should have this fee unless the "guest" overstays their welcome more than a night. Part of going on vacation is having fun and that might mean having an unexpected guest in the room for an evening. What's the harm?? It doesn't cost them anything more. They just do it to make more $ off of you.
Staff: The front desk staff was kind of gruff and not too friendly. We had to loosen them up with some jokes. The restaurant staff, maids, and maintenance guy were all friendly. Our airport driver said that this place has poor customer service and that a lot of the smaller hotels are the same way. He recommended the all-inclusive places, if you can afford them.
Restaurant: The food was decent at the pool restaurant and priced competitively with other hotels. Service is slow but that's typical anywhere in Jamaica.
Misc: There's free wifi but you can only get a signal in the lobby. They give you beach towels at the front desk. Beds were decent.
Overall: It's fine for a roof over your head, but I didn't like the attitude of the front desk staff. I think there are better places to stay in better locations towards the middle of 7 mile beach for a little more money and likely with a nicer staff. Personally, I'd make sure I stayed somewhere with a room safe as I've heard of theft issues in Jamaica even though we didn't have any problems. I should have looked into that before staying there.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Shields Negril is a unique 36 bedrooms beachfront resort, located on the world famous seven miles beach in Negril. The intimacy of our facility provides a cozy, family feeling which is equally welcoming to singles, couples, and families. Our highly competitive rates make Shields Negril Villas a most ideal vacation destination for making dreams come true. Our room types include modern rooms, beachview deluxe rooms, one and two-bedrooms studios. We provide meals from our most tasty and affordable restaurant, through direct purchases or our meal plans. ... more less
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- Shields Negril Villas Hotel Negril