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Club Ambiance
Ranked #12 of 14 Hotels in Runaway Bay
Ontario
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“WOW! Bigger isn't always better!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 July 2012

I traveled to Jamaica alone have stayed at the luxury 5 stars in Jamaica.......don't let the 3 stars fool you" bigger isn't always better". Stayed from June 23-30 and I can't say enough about this quaint resort. I learned so much about the culture from the staff, Storm and Omar taught the guests some "patois" (Jamaican Slang) and felt a true connection with the staff as they were enthusiastic and willing to please above and beyond. The food was tastey and a great variety, lots of activites and entertainment. Rooms were very clean and comfortable, the beach is lovely had a great time sipping coffee in the mornings down by the ocean. The resort is a safe, secure relaxing atmoshpere. All staff was wonderful if you choose to go here you will meet some great personalities who treat you great!
I will absolutey be honored to be a guest there again!!!!

Room Tip: I was located on the second floor "Ocean View" I could hear the entertainment at night fro...
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  • Stayed June 2012, travelled solo
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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9 Thank pixmaquest
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Charleston, SC
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 July 2012

Arriving from Montego Airport along the main highway in what appeared to be a rundown section of a small village I was not impressed as we moved through the unattractive perimter wall and guard gate to this oceanfront hotel, which I had selected because of the affordable price when compared to so many others. However, once inside we were greeted with warm smiles and a very friendly staff. Although it it small, probably having only about 100 or so rooms, this unobtrusive all-inclusive, adult only resort is really relaxing and fun with all one needs to have an authentic Jamaica vacation ~ decent food, a great bar, very good entertainment, nice pools,
and (for me) just enough of a gym to meet my requirements. The room I stayed in was good size and well maintained. Great to have wireless reception. If you want a genuine all-inclusive Jamaica getaway without all the hassle of a big resort property, this is a really good, affordable choice.

Room Tip: Second floor overlooking the pool and ocean or the main building. Rooms near the alternative nude be...
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  • Stayed June 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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8 Thank Signe G
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Largo, Florida
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3 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 2012

Our trip was in 6/12. Arriving on the bus, the first impression was scary. The front entrance does not give the place justice. June is slow season so there were less than 50 people for the time we were there. The food was good and sometimes great. The room was of good size with a king bed. The place is not a 5 star resort but we didn't want the large club. We got what we wanted, sun, quiet and no children. We understand the club is under new ownership and management as of 6/1/12. The greatest asset of the place is the wonderful people who work there to make the club a happy place to be.

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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6 Thank John C
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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 June 2012

We returned to CA May 30-June 6. New owners took over on June first and put in their own tour people and spa/massage team. The cost of a mani-pedi went from $30 USD to $90 USD along with increased prices for all the spa services. Other than that, the reguular staff was required to re-apply for their jobs. I was happy to see that all of them were re-hired(at least for the time being). The property still needs a good cleaning in the public areas and all round maintenance but the staff is as friendly and fun as usual. We were again in room 33 at the pool, Monica was our room housekeeper, and Lisa is still turning out great omelets, pancakes, and eggs cooked to order. Richard and Phillip are still manning the bars. Storm and Omar are running the entertainment depatment. We will return yet again. This is not a 5 star resort but is small (90 rooms) and fun.

Room Tip: The pool rooms are really big and have a patio right at the pool (and pool bar)
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  • Stayed May 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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9 Thank Traveler0264
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UK
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 May 2012

Small and friendly hotel. The staff really really make this hotel, nothing is too much trouble for them.

When I visited I was on crutches and nothing was too much trouble, they noticed when my glass was getting low and instantly had a refill delivered.

The rooms are clean and nice, not large, but just the right size.

The beach as described on other reviews isnt amazing, but then again I'm more of a pool person anyway!

This is a completely different experience to staying in a "mega hotel" in Ocho Rios or Negril. You will make friends of the staff here, nothing is too much trouble.

Just book it!

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Blackpool, United Kingdom
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100 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 May 2012

Stayed at CA in Mar 2012...... met by Mr Gilbert Blackwood whom we had met 6 years previously, just as though not been away ......... hospitality and food second to none, rooms spotlessley clean, bar staff outstanding .I could go on and on. The overall experience is excellent and would recommend to anyone wanting to enjoy Jamaican hospitality at its best.

Room Tip: ask for second floor in block overlooking the dive school
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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank chrisnlil
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boston
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 May 2012

Club Ambiance Review 4/7/2012
We just got back from a three night stay at Club Ambiance in Runaway Bay Jamaica. This was a guys only trip, done on a budget. We came from all over the U.S. so when you strip out the costs of the different flights and the $40 round trip transfers from Montego Bay Airport, we paid just under $50 a night per person for double occupancy, all-inclusive access.
At that money it was definitely worth it. This is a no frills resort for sure, but the food was good, the Red Stripe was cold/unlimited, and the Air Conditioning worked. Beyond that, many aspects of the resort need updates but don’t impact your stay unless you are picky.
The Good:
Nothing was stolen from our rooms, which we left unlocked the whole time, and we felt very safe on the resort. they have room safes you can rent for $3 per day. The snorkeling at the resort was excellent and free. We never had to wait for a drink. Dunns River Falls was a great excursion that we recommend ($85 - Cool Runnings) and if you go on a day that rains in the morning it makes the hike up the river more exciting. The food was very good, authentic Jamaican style. Resort was not crowded so we always had chairs, and could toke pretty much wherever/whenever we wanted. Adults only meant no kids, but no hot moms. Channel 5 was a nice touch (playboy channel). Legends is a pretty cool bar out on a pier, and even though it wasn’t operational, it was a great spot to bring a beer and hang out. Plenty to do besides relax, there is pool, ping pong, shuffleboard, chess, volleyball, in addition to the pool and beaches. The staff was friendly but not overly pushy trying to get you to participate.
The Bad:
The resort had very few guests staying, so bring your own party. We met some friendly people (suspected swingers), but for the most part the resort had older couples keeping to themselves. The food was very good, but only one buffet, no restaurants to choose from. There were multiple bars, but only one or two were open at any given time. Again this didn’t hamper us at $50 per night, but would have been a disappointment had we paid more. We are a beer crowd and had some rum and cokes and daiquiris, but not many and the booze was all Jamaican, no top shelf anything. You may have to deal with stupid stuff, i.e. the beach towels ran out (drip dry!), no stocked booze in the rooms (bring beer/water back to the room and put it in the fridge). Also the transfer to the airport when we left picked us up at 5:50am for a 10:50am flight out, which didn’t have anything to do with Club Ambiance, but I wouldn’t recommend the roundtrip transfer (Caribic). Instead order a cab or driver yourself so you don’t get stuck at the airport for 2.5 hours unnecessarily.
We read a lot of good and bad reviews, but the bottom line is that the place is safe and relaxing and very good value, plus it is more of a Jamaican experience than some of the other corporate resorts where they offer great rooms and more amenities, but you can’t tell what island you are on.

Room Tip: Honeymon or Club rooms were probably worth the upgrade based on View and Size.
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  • Stayed May 2012, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Additional Information about Club Ambiance

Property: Club Ambiance
Address: Main Road | Saint Ann, Runaway Bay, Jamaica
Region: Caribbean > Jamaica > Saint Ann Parish > Runaway Bay
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Spa Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#6 Spa Hotel in Runaway Bay
#9 Top resorts Hotel in Runaway Bay
#11 On the Beach Hotel in Runaway Bay
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — Club Ambiance 3*
Number of rooms: 90
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Shuttle Bus service attract an extra charge. Airport Transportation attract an extra charge. Free internet service only in lobby area. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Club Ambiance Hotel Runaway Bay
Ambiance Hotel Runaway Bay
Resort All Inclusive Ambiance
Club Ambiance Jamaica/Runaway Bay, Caribbean
Club Ambience Jamaica

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