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4 of 5 bubbles Review of Club Ambiance

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Club Ambiance
Ranked #12 of 14 Hotels in Runaway Bay
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“boring”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 May 2013

small hotel great for couples looking for quiet resort. Food , staff, everything great except no people. There were only about 35 people and the majority were couples. Dont come here single, it is the most boring place I have ever been

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 May 2013

We came here for our honeymoon and if we didn't already pay upfront, we would have gone to another hotel. When we arrived, there was about 13 ppl in a 90 room hotel; you can imagine how empty the place was. The food offering was limited and mediocre. The occupancy was low so they didn't serve the buffet on the weekdays. I give them credit for being well clean, albeit the outdated facilities. The rooms and decor is what you would probably expect from a Howard Johnson in the US or a hostel in the EU....you have the basic needs but don't expect any modern comforts. The so-called beach is man-made and only about 2-3 feet deep so if you're looking for waves, this is not the place to be. The staff is extremely nice, probably bcuz they know their hotel sucks and the only thing they can offer is good service. There are two resident cab drivers that camp there, Chris and Ernest; both who will us around town on excursions. Both seem to be honest and have our safety as a priority.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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White Plains, New York
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 May 2013

This place was horrible! My friends and I could only bare to stay 1 night. We booked a reservation at another resort the following morning. The food was gross. There was NO beach, just some man made rock thing. Don't waste your time or money!

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled with friends
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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 May 2013

We enjoyed staying a this resort for one week. It was a nice older resort but very clean and well maintained. Our standard room was large with a huge balcony overlooking the pool with an ocean view, We enjoyed the food, everything fresh and lovely presentation at the buffet, Breakfast was a good variety of the usual fruits, yogurt, porridge, cereals, hot dishes eggs and the Chef doing the eggs was very nice and efficient. The deserts were just a cookie or cupcake type of pastry but to be honest we didn't miss having the rich high calorie type. The dining room is delightful, retro décor, open windows, sea views. Beaches are small, man made, only for lounging, unsuitable for swimming, no where to walk. The beach chairs need to be replaced, could do with more sun shades. Very low key entertainment. Quiet most of the day, no loud music.
We just sunbathed all day with swimming in the pool which was very nice, there was a small bar beside it.. Hotel backs onto main highway, nowhere pleasant to walk and no place to go really. This was our only problem as we like to take a stroll but did not want to take taxis or go sightseeing, It was a very lazy relaxing week in the wonderful sunshine. Other guests were from a variety of countries, some returnees, some used this hotel as a base and hired a local taxi driver to take them sightseeing.
We would recommend it for a rest and relaxation in the sun for a short getaway at a reasonable cost for Jamaica.

Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 May 2013

I was shocked that they created their own beach. It is sad, just sad. If you are going to Jamaica to enjoy the beach, do not stay here. Their 'beach' is tiny with shallow, still water and fake sand. It is some sort of ground rock and sand mixture.

We didn't have any other real problems. The place is ok, not top notch. The food at night was good. The place was almost empty, I think there might have been 10 guests including me and my guy. So, if you want quiet at the POOL, I guess this is the place for you.

Room Tip: Ask for pool view, it was quiet on that side of the building.
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  • Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Orlando, Florida, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 May 2013

Very nice place. Simple, friendly, relaxing...no kids. Actually not too many adults either, as the place was pretty empty, but that contributed to its charm and relaxed atmosphere. I think they were in the process of changing ownership. Excellent, all-inclusive.

  • Stayed November 2012, travelled as a couple
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Arab, Alabama
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 May 2013

Stayed for 17 days inApril 2013. The staff was friendly, but not always accommodating. Rooms very outdated, moldy bathroom, no hot water for 3 days before I demanded a room change. Took 5 hours to clean new room.
Beaches both lack depth and size. The water is only 3 feet deep and you cannot swim only float. Beyond the man made rock break is only more 3 foot water and rock.
The alcohol selection is poor, only name brand is Appletons rum. No fruit with drinks.
Food was for the most part pretty bad. Hamburgers and hot dogs were even terrible. They had some great roast beef and small steaks with gravy that would have been delicious if not turned into shoe leather. The breakfast was great and on most days my only meal.
Entertainment staff was great, but the same band and same games got really old.
Location is 30 minutes west of Ocho Rios and cost is $40 or so to get there. Locally their is not much of anything to do or see closer than Ocho, other than public beach and a grocery store.
I did learn to scuba in the pool and enjoyed it greatly. The pool is nice, but closes at 5 which I thought was stupid.
Overall, I enjoyed the r&r. I will probably never return, but I am more apt to always go somewhere new rather than returning to same places. Not just resort, but location also.
I did meet lots of very nice guests there and a few not so nice, made friends for life with some.

Room Tip: Pool side gives best views and keeps you from listening to entertainment all night.
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  • Stayed April 2013, travelled solo
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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):
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Club Ambiance Hotel Runaway Bay
Ambiance Hotel Runaway Bay
Resort All Inclusive Ambiance
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Club Ambience Jamaica

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