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Iberostar Grand Hotel Rose Hall
Ranked #1 of 6 Hotels in Rose Hall
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Reviewed 20 February 2014

We just returned from a 10 day vacation to the Iberostar Grand and we LOVED it. The staff at this resort definitely make this place; we were treated like royalty during our entire visit. I would like to say a special thank you to our butler Rushane, who went above and beyond for us, including tending to my friend who stepped on a sea urchin. If you are going to be staying at this resort in the future please request his floor. I would also like to thank the lovely waitresses at the pool, especially the lovely Jodi-Kay and Jodan who kept us well hydrated every day. The staff were always singing and asking you how your stay was and if they could do anything to help. The grounds were beautiful and everything was so clean. The bathrooms by the pool were always spotless and smelling beautiful. I have heard some people complain about not being able to get reservations to the a la cartes, but we had no problems getting the times we wanted. We liked the Japanese and the Surf and Turf the best. The buffet was wonderful with lots of selections for every taste (Jerk chicken was great). The front desk staff were very accommodating getting us a late check out. The towel game was being played in full force when we arrived with people putting towels on both beach chairs and chairs by the pool, but the staff sent out a letter saying this was not allowed and they did start to enforce it by removing towels from unused chairs which helped out a lot. The Star friends were great, always trying to get you involved but if you wanted just to relax they respected that and let you relax. We would definitely come back to this resort, I miss it already! :)

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  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled as a couple
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SantoValdez, Quality Manager - Iberostar Jamaica at Iberostar Grand Hotel Rose Hall, responded to this reviewResponded 21 February 2014

Dear Guest:

Thank you for your generous review. Our team felt privileged to be able to host you for the first time. Your recommendation of our service and professional butlers, waiters, front desk and star friends was very rewarding. We look forward to being able to serve you again and trust that you will not hesitate to make our hotel a part of your next vacation.

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Reviewed 20 February 2014 via mobile

Loved this resort. Every day they made our room special, the restaurants had great food (especially the steaks) and were able to accommodate our need for gluten free meals. The staff was fun and engaging. The sommelier was knowledgable. Best hot stone massage to date.

Stayed: February 2014, travelled as a couple
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SantoValdez, Quality Manager - Iberostar Jamaica at Iberostar Grand Hotel Rose Hall, responded to this reviewResponded 21 February 2014

Dear Guest:

Thank you for your review of our hotel. Your kind comments about our delicious food and our efforts to accommodate your dietary restrictions, meant a great deal to us. Such recommendations mean a lot to us as they demonstrate our willingness to meet the unique needs of each guest. We look forward to welcoming you back and hope that you will not hesitate to return.

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Reviewed 19 February 2014

Resort was beautiful and well taken care of by the clean staff and groundskeepers. The service at the front desk was excellent. They upgraded us to a ocean front suite with butler for our anniversary. The food was wonderful and beautifully presented. The beach was clean and well groomed daily. The Star entertainers were very personable and always very nice. I would return again.

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SantoValdez, Quality Manager - Iberostar Jamaica at Iberostar Grand Hotel Rose Hall, responded to this reviewResponded 20 February 2014

Dear Guest:

Thank you for your review. We were inspired by your comments about our resort’s cleanliness, service of our Front Office team and Entertainment team, as well as the delicious food. We recognize that you were last here in August 2013, so we hope that you have already begun to plan your return trip for 2014. Our team looks forward to serving you again soon.

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Reviewed 19 February 2014

I have traveled to several places and have used Iberostar in the past, yet this has been the first time I have absolutely NO complaints! We were upgraded right away without having to request it. The service was amazing and everyone in the resort was extremely pleasant and helpful. The room was spacious, clean and relaxing. Our butler, Donovan, made our stay memorable! Everything you can possible ask for he made sure we had. He was available whenever needed and never hesitated to go above and beyond. He called us rockstars but truth be told, Donovan is the TRUE rockstar! I highly recommend this resort to anyone and everyone!! I also highly recommend requesting the floor Donovan is tending as your Butler. We enjoyed every minute there and plan to make it a yearly habit of visiting.

  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled as a couple
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SantoValdez, Quality Manager - Iberostar Jamaica at Iberostar Grand Hotel Rose Hall, responded to this reviewResponded 20 February 2014

Dear Guest:

Thank you for your generous review. It was our privilege to have been able to host you on your first visit to our hotel. Your recommendation of our rooms and superb butler service is certainly motivating. Our hotel strives to provide the very best in all-inclusive service, so comments like yours makes us feel that we are meeting our goals. We look forward to being able to host you again and would be more than enthused to be a part of your annual vacation plans

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Reviewed 19 February 2014

As seasoned travelers, we rely heavily on Trip Advisor reviews when choosing our next next destination. We prefer to stay at adult only, 5 star resorts and although this is not our first time in Jamaica, it was our first time at the Iberostar Grand Rose Hall. Over the past 2 years, we have stayed at the Iberostar Grand Bavaro (Punta Cana) and Iberostar Grand Paraiso (Mexico), so it was only fitting that we finish the Iberostar Grand series and book a week at the Grand Rose Hall Feb 1-8th for this year’s holiday.

TRANSFER:
Our package through Transat Holidays included private transfers and airport lounge access. Even though our flight was 2 ½ hour late arriving, our driver Steve (from Airport Transfer Tours and Excursions) was waiting for us to take us directly to the resort. He gave us some great tips on things to do and see while in Jamaica and offered his services if we decided to venture outside of the resort during the week. Unfortunately, we didn't end up doing any excursions that week but we were fortunate to have him return us to the airport a week later. When leaving Jamaica, our vacation package included entrance the airport lounge and a personal escort to take us through the airport and being expedited through security. This was a lovely way to end a lovely grand holiday.

CHECK-IN & ROOM:
It was after midnight by the time we checked in, so the front desk wasn't busy and check in was very quick. The first room we had, was on the ground floor (room 5021) overlooking the pools. Unlike the other Grand properties we've stayed at, the balcony had no privacy; the bathroom only had 1 sink, a huge shower and no bathtub. Since it was so late at night, we decided to deal with it the next day. After speaking with some other guests of the resort, we found out this was not a typical room but rather, a wheelchair accessible room. A quick trip to the front desk and this was immediately rectified, with us being reassigned a regular room on the 4th floor. I have to admit; the room on the 4th floor was much more private and had a lovely view. The front desk was very accommodating and followed up with a few phone calls to ensure we were satisfied. Although it was disappointing that we had to deal with this issue in the first place, I have to commend the personal for rectifying this problem promptly and without hassle. Maid Service was excellent and always done early in the day. Tip: we always put the “make up room key” in the door when we leave the room in the morning so the maid service knows it’s ok to come in and clean. All room are ocean view (not necessarily ocean front), so consider this when booking your holiday. There isn't a bad view in the complex in my opinion.

WIFI:
Like the Iberostar Grand Paraiso, WiFi is available throughout the resort including your room and your balcony.

BUTLERS:
We were disappointed that the butlers did not introduce themselves to us or check in on us at all during our stay, like they do at the other Grand properties. To be honest, we didn't even see a butler until the day of our departure. As far a dinner reservations, I would suggest emailing the resort a week prior to your arrival like we did.

POOLS:
I really like the layout of the Iberostar Grand Rose Hall pools over the other Grand properties. Although all 4 pools are next door to each other, each had their own appeal. There is the pool bar, a pool with a volleyball net and basketball hoop, the 3rd pool tends to be quieter than the previous two and the last pool is in an area somewhat dedicated to those seeking relief from the sun. I was impressed with the number of loungers and cabana beds that were around the pools, yet, it never felt crowded.

“TOWEL GAME”:
The dreaded towel game is where sunbathers “reserve their spot by the pool AND/or beach” by leaving towels and belongings early in the morning only to return hours later (if they return at all). The first few days of our stay, we were able to still get a cabana bed at 9am but by Wed you couldn't a single lounge chair by the pool and the beach had very slim pickings. I do have to commend Rose Hall though for trying to deter this silly game by not allowing guests to leaving their belongings on loungers before 7am (I think it should be 8am) unless the guest plans to stay there. Thank you Rose Hall, at least it’s a step in the right direction!!! Nothing irritates me more than guests having lounges reserved at the pool AND the beach at the same time OR those guests not returning their towels once they are done for the day…thus lounges looking like their occupied when in reality…they are vacant. I know you’re on holidays but so am I, return your towels to the towel hut and clean up after yourselves…have some consideration for other guests. Sorry…a small pet peeve of mine.

BAR SERVICE:
We were was impressed by the number of waitresses around the pool and beach areas There were at least 3 waitresses around the pool area and a couple down by the beach. We found Jody Kay to be exceptional and a great ambassador for the Iberostar Grand brand. She ran nonstop ensuring all her quests are well hydrated (no matter where they are…including in the pool), yet, she took the time to get to know each one of her guests and made sure they felt special. That’s a mighty tall order to fill if you ask me. All bars, including the pool bar, were well staffed and service was always friendly and very quick. The resort as a whole was fairly consistent with their quality of drinks with the exceptions of a couple of hiccups (don’t order a whiskey sour).

WINES:
We were very disappointed with the all-inclusive wine selection in comparison to the other Iberostar Grand properties. We were surprised that they do not offer a Pinot Grigio anywhere in the resort. I’d recommend going to wine tasting event in the yoga area on Thursday afternoons. Even though only the house wines are available for tasting, when we went, we noticed that not all wines available in the inclusive package were being offered openly by the wait staff in the restaurants. By attending the wine tasting event, we found a wine we did like and from then on, we could ask for it specifically at the restaurants. The lady overseeing the wine tasting was very helpful; not only did she help me find a red wine (we are white wine lovers) that would satisfy both my husband and my pallet (which are quite different) but she made sure a bottle of that wine would be sent to the a la carte restaurant that we were dining at that night and waiting for us when we arrived (which it was). Little touches like this, that make the Grand stand out above and beyond all other resorts.

BUFFET:
In general, we were disappointed with the food at the buffet. The buffet as a whole seemed smaller and had fewer offerings than the other Grand properties. I’m not sure if the fact that neither of us eat seafood or fish made a difference or not, but it shouldn't. Breakfast always had a good selection and the omelette station was always a hit with us. It was nice to have a choice of 2 different restaurants for breakfast, although I’m not sure if the offerings were the same. There seemed to be regular BBQs by the pool or down at the beach over the lunch hour and at least once through the week, they offered freshly cut coconuts (to drink). We found the staff at the restaurants to be very attentive and the dining room never seemed overly crowded.

A LA CARTES:
As mentioned earlier, we suggest emailing the resort the week prior to your arrival with your reservation requests in order to get your preferred dining times. We tried both the Gourmet and Surf & Turf at the Grand and both were nice but the real star was the gourmet at the sister property Rose Hall Suites…the Calabash. This restaurant is definitely at the wrong location…the caliber and quality of the restaurant deserves to be at the Grand. My husband and I love fine dining and to be honest, this was one of the best meals we've ever had. We were so impressed that we asked to meet Chef Linton and congratulate him on an incredible meal. We dined there twice and were fortunate to have Raymond as our waiter both times, who gave us an incredible dining experience. Definitely book this restaurant, you will not be disappointed.

ENTERTAINMENT:
The entertainment personal during the day was great…if you wanted things to do, they always had something on the go but if you didn't want to participate, they respected that and did not bug you. They have the typical activities you find at all resorts but they also had some unique things eg…cooking class and wine tasting. We didn't really take in the evening shows but we did have the opportunity to enjoy the nightly entertainment in the lobby bar. Of all the Grands, Rose Hall blew me away with the caliber of talent they had playing in the lobby bar. All the entertainers were extremely talented but the flute player in particular was absolutely amazing. Having played flute myself for over 20 years, I was absolutely blown away listening to him. After one of his sets, we had a chance to talk to him and I was flabbergasted to find out that he makes his own arrangements from just listening to the music. Absolutely incredible! I think it would be great if one night could be set aside in the theater to showcase all the musicians’ wonderful talent, allowing guests to really hear and appreciate them. Unfortunately, I don’t think playing in the lobby really gives them justice…especially with everyone talking and conversing in that small area. These musicians are real stars. Every Thursday night, the entertainment staff put on a “Pirate Party” down on the beach instead of a show. We had a late dinner seating that night, so we only caught the tail end of the show but from what we say, it looked like a lot of fun. They even had a full bar set up on the beach.

OVERALL IMPRESSIONS:
If I had to rank the Grands in order of preference, I couldn't. They are all very special in their own unique way depending on what you are looking for in a vacation. The one thing I can say about the Grand Rose Hall, the people who work there are the friendliest, most professional people you’ll ever meet and their main goal, is customer satisfaction. In regards to tipping, we didn't come across anyone “expecting” a tip nor did we find tipping made any difference in the quality of service. We found a smile and “thank you” was always appreciated and reciprocated. Of all the resorts we've been too…Grand Rose Hall is definitely at the top for customer service. I wouldn't hesitate to go back to any of the Iberostar Grand properties and I wouldn't have a problem recommending any one of them. If they can please me…believe me…they can please anyone.

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  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled as a couple
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SantoValdez, Quality Manager - Iberostar Jamaica at Iberostar Grand Hotel Rose Hall, responded to this reviewResponded 20 February 2014

Dear Guest:

Thank you for your review of our property. We were proud to hear that we compared favorably to all the other Grand properties. Your kind comments about your room, despite your initial disappointment, also meant a lot to us. Such comments show that our team is anxious to ensure that all guests are satisfied. To this end, we regret the inconsistent service of our Butlers. We would like to offer our sincere apology. Unfortunately, quite often when our Butlers are checking on guests who spend a great deal of time outdoors, the Butler might miss such guests. We are not sure if this was the case here. However, in such an instance, the Butler would have been required to still try to make contact with you by phone or leave a message with the Concierge asking if you needed anything.

It was tremendously uplifting to hear that you enjoyed other aspects of our service such as, our A la Carte Restaurants and Bar Service. Please be assured that we intend to look at our Buffet Service and Wine List to see how we can improve on these areas.

We look forward to serving you again and hope that you will not hesitate to return in the near future.

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Reviewed 18 February 2014

We stayed in Ibero Grand RH for 5 days in mid February. We are past guests of Iberostar chain and they never disappointed us in past.
But this hotel is way above all of them! The best Iberostar we had stayed. It offers everything that you can dream of. Feel like true star. Wonderful service, great food and drinks selection. Delicious! Not a single complain.
Super nice rooms with swing and sofa on balconies. Amazing views. Most rooms are ocean view. Perfectly cleaned twice a day!
Special thank you to front desk personnel who granted all our requests. And to our butler Donovan who made all arrangement for celebrating our unforgettable Valentine's day.
We never had problems to find lounges under hut in shadow. No need to run at 7 am in the morning to reserve it.
Room service is fantastic!
We enjoyed every moment spent there. We'll be definitely back next year again. Highly recommended!

Room Tip: Most of the rooms are great. Try to get room on higher floors for better non-obstructed views.
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SantoValdez, Quality Manager - Iberostar Jamaica at Iberostar Grand Hotel Rose Hall, responded to this reviewResponded 20 February 2014

Dear Guest:

Thank you for your kind review. We were grateful to hear your kind comments about our service, food, beverages and rooms. Comments such as yours reflect on the genuine service offered by all of our staff. Our team looks forward to serving you again and trust that you will not hesitate to choose the Iberostar Grand Rose Hall for your next vacation.

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Reviewed 18 February 2014

I found this resort experience very pleasant. The room was very spacious with a step down area for relaxing, computer use and large settee for reading, etc The outside area allowed a good view of the resort complex, contained a large rattan suspended over-sized pillowed seat and another couch. Watch the marble floors. I actually put a pillow in front of the step down to remind me it was there.Maybe overly cautious but it could be that was why there was a telephone in the toilet area. Marble floors everywhere. The staff is very accommodating, everyone smiles and genuinely wants to assist the guests.

The wedding was perfect and well planned. The outdoor reception with a steel band was off the lobby and well catered. The spa staff did an excellent job preparing those wanting hair and nail services. This is a well equipped Spa with a selection of amenities, including a small health bar for healthy smoothies, The whole family relaxed in the very large Jacuzzi pool the day before the Wedding. The Wedding dinner setup in the Italian restaurant was great with a separate table for the bride and groom and another for the cake. The service and food was excellent and a wonderful experience for all..

There are numerous activities available. There is a Yoga class outside in an enclosed arbor and a session on the beach. Ping-pong, pool exercises and volley ball on the beach. I did the
para sailing and catamaran experiences. Inside there is Pool tables, chess tables and card tables. There is a bus that goes to the Rose Hall shopping plaza every half hour and returns every hour compliments of the hotel. This is just a sampling. There was a Pirate Party on the beach that was very entertaining with lots of guest interaction.

The beach and lounging area are well serviced for drinks and refreshments. There is a cake cart every afternoon circulating with a chef to cut and serve. There is outside casual dining and inside buffet dining available on any eating schedule. The family enjoyed the gourmet restaurant with fresh lobster and lamb ribs to die for. The food was good everywhere. You
can avail yourself of the pool bar-b-que or occasional beach cookout if you want to eat in swimwear.

This hotel really allows the guests to tailor a vacation to their individual tastes and provides the variety to do so.

  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled with family
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SantoValdez, Quality Manager - Iberostar Jamaica at Iberostar Grand Hotel Rose Hall, responded to this reviewResponded 20 February 2014

Dear Guest:

Thank you for sharing your comments on this website. Such comments are helpful in assessing the quality of our service and is particularly helpful in guiding us to making our guests comfortable. We were grateful to hear that you had enjoyed our spa services, amenities and activities. We look forward to serving you again and hope that you will not hesitate to choose our hotel for your next vacation.

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Address: Main Road | Little River, Rose Hall, Montego Bay, Jamaica
Region: Caribbean > Jamaica > Saint James Parish > Montego Bay > Rose Hall
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Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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#1 On the Beach Hotel in Rose Hall
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Price Range: £313 - £669 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Iberostar Grand Hotel Rose Hall 5*
Number of rooms: 295
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