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Iberostar Grand Hotel Rose Hall
Ranked #1 of 6 Hotels in Rose Hall
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New York City, New York
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“Love This Resort!”
Reviewed 26 July 2014

We've been to Iberostar Grand Rose Hall twice now and absolutely love this resort. If you are looking for a place that's easy to get to from the east coast (only 3.5 hour flight from NYC), is right on the beach, want top class service and great food, this is the place to go!

Upon your arrival at the resort, which is only about a 20min drive from the airport, you are greeted with a cold towel and welcome drink.The hotel has a lovely, grand reception with marble floors and you immediately realize that this a classy place. Check in is quick and easy. You are assigned your own personal butler who tells you a little about the hotel facilities and how things work, and who is available throughout your stay should you want or need anything.

Both times we stayed in an Oceanview suite, which is amazing. The room is very spacious, with a table, sofa, large, comfy bed (bit on the soft side), tv, minibar, and huge bathroom with a rain forest shower, jacuzzi and two sinks. My favorite part about the room though is the oversized balcony. It has a couch and table, as well as a comfortable swing, where you can relax after a day at the beach and take in the view. The rooms (and the entire resort for that matter) are in great condition and kept very clean. Cleaning is once a day and there is also turndown service at night.

My only gripe about the room is the wifi. While it has much improved since the first time we were there, for the first day of our most recent stay the wifi wasn't working at all. When we told the reception about this, we were told that that's just the way it sometimes is for some people. I guess they were right, because sometime during our second day it started working. No problems with wifi after that.

The food at the resort is really good. There's a buffet for breakfast, lunch and dinner and for dinner they have a number of restaurants as well for which you have to make a reservation (Italian, Japanese, surf n turf etc.). If you are travelling during peak times, plan to reserve in advance of your arrival or right when you get there as the restaurants do get fully booked. We love the buffet, it's one of the best we've seen, both in terms of quality and variety (especially breakfast and dinner) and so we usually don't bother with the restaurants. The dinner buffer has a different theme every night, but there's always a Jamaican station as well as some other staples to keep everyone happy. For lunch, in addition to the buffet, there will often be something set up at the beach, such as a BBQ or jerk stations. One thing to keep in mind is that people at this resort tend to dress up a bit for dinner. Men will wear button-up shirts and slacks and women will wear dresses, particularly at the restaurants. I personally don't like wearing anything dressy or formal when on vacation, and the first time we hadn't really packed for it either, which is why I am mentioning it. You can dress down though as long as you don't show up in your swimsuit.

While the resort's beach doesn't have the whitest of sand or bluest of water, it is still really nice! It's a private beach, which means that there aren't people trying to sell you their stuff every ten minutes. There are plenty of beach chairs and umbrellas if you want to sit in the shade. You can do as little or as much as you want at the beach. There are water activities such as snorkeling and kayaking, and the resorts entertainment staff, Star Friends,organizes beach volley and other games and gives aerobics/dancing classes, among other things. They work really hard to make sure everyone has a good time and have great attitudes. Another nice thing about the beach is that there is drink service (try the Jamaica Smile), that is more consistent and faster than we've experienced at other resorts. At the same, there a bar right at the beach so if you don't want to wait, getting a drink yourself is really easy. While we spend most of our time at the beach, the resort has a pretty nice pool area as well, with a swim up bar and plenty of chairs.

One suggestion is to bring some $1 bills for tipping. The resort is all inclusive and tips aren't required (like they sort of are in the US) or even expected, but all of the staff works really hard to make sure the guests have a great time and tips are definitely appreciated!

All in all, this is an absolutely wonderful resort and we will be back!

Room Tip: Oceanview suites are very spacious. The ones on the first floor don't have as good of a view of...
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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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SantoValdez, Online Reputation Manager at Iberostar Grand Hotel Rose Hall, responded to this review, 28 July 2014
Dear Guest,

Thank you for your informative review. Your generous comments about our staff, food, and rooms will serve to inform prospective visitors about our hotel. We apologize for the inconsistent wi-fi service and assure that this is not the norm. We look forward to welcoming you back and hope that you will not hesitate to think of the IBEROSTAR Grand Rose Hall as your “home away from home”.

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Reviewed 25 July 2014

It was truly satisfying in all aspects! Our wedding was executed to perfection by Syrecka and her team! They did an amazing job for us and we would definitely recommend anyone to hold their wedding there. These seem to happen on a daily basis and only one per day. She made our day go smoothly and we will never forget our choice to get married here! The grounds, the food, the cleanliness and staff make this place a true getaway! We were there for 2 weeks and really felt like we got to know the staff. It was also nice to have the option of going to the other 2 Iberostar resorts, as we had family and friends staying there as well. My husband especially enjoyed the lamb chops! YUM!! All a la carte restaurants were delicious and the service was impeccable!
FYI-- as an added special touch, those of you getting married may want to consider lighting off Chinese lanterns with your guests! We did them on our wedding night and also the following night. These must be biodegradable in order for you to use them off of the beach. These are truly magical and set the mood for any special event! WOW!

Room Tip: Ask for an upgrade upon check in. It doesn't hurt! We got one for free!! (It was our wedding, to...
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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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SantoValdez, Online Reputation Manager at Iberostar Grand Hotel Rose Hall, responded to this review, 28 July 2014
Dear Guest,

Thank you for your cordial review. We appreciated the feedback of your wedding coordinator and the efficient way that our hotel had catered to your wedding needs. Your generous comments concerning our delicious cuisine, beautiful grounds and professional staff was very inspirational. We look forward to welcoming you back and hope that you will not hesitate to return.

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Land O Lakes
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Reviewed 24 July 2014

We took this trip as a couples vacation/wedding. It was our first vacation without our kid, since our own honeymoon 9 yrs ago. The staff - butler service, concierge, pool service, buffet service, a la carte service, spa/salon, etc. AMAZING! By the end of the first day, the staff knew our names, our preferred drinks, etc. The wedding coordinator took the stress out of everything. The bride & groom truly enjoyed their day! It was spectacular! We are already planning our trip back to celebrate anniversaries. The rating does no justice for the true grandeur and quality of service you receive! Absolutely best vacation ever.

  • Stayed July 2014
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SantoValdez, Online Reputation Manager at Iberostar Grand Hotel Rose Hall, responded to this review, 28 July 2014
Dear Guest,

Thank you for your kind recommendation of our hotel. Your positive assessment of our hotel will go a far way in motivating our team. It was especially meaningful to hear that our wedding coordinator had catered to all your wedding needs. We look forward to welcoming you back and hope that you will consider returning for your wedding anniversary trip.

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Reviewed 24 July 2014

Been to Jamaica 5 times and this was the best resort we've been to in Jamaica so far. A great all adult resort with plenty to do and nothing to do if that's what you like. We've stay from 7-9 to 7-14 in room 5430; we were upgraded upon arrival. We stayed in the oceanfront ste, the rooms are big and the restrooms and balcony are too. The butlers were great the whole trip and made things easy. The food was pretty good...special thanks to the ( i forgot her name :( I’m sorry) smoothie bar attendant. She made me special smoothies with protein because I'm a little health nut every morning for breakfast. That's sums it up about their customer service. I never asked her to do that for me; she just decided it would be a nice jester and I really appreciate it.

The property grounds were always clean and the pool area was nice. Plenty of beds and chairs to either lay in the sun or catch shade. The Beach was nice as well...not as pretty as 7 mile in Negril, but was beautiful nonetheless. The entertainment staff was always full of life and had great personalities. The staff walked around taking drink orders consistently while laying out buy the pool or beach. They would bring, cakes and pies pool side to serve the guest...just because! That's the point.....the place was great, but what made it DAMN good was the extra effect that they didn't have to do. I have NOT ONE negative thing to say. The Resort is rated high for a reason.

Keep in mind....when reading reviews some people will accidentally mistake this resort with the sister properties next to it. I like the properties next door, but they compare. One resort is called Rose Hall and this is Rose Hall GRAND....big difference. Enjoy your stay...we will be back

Room Tip: Every room is a great room....most rooms have views of the ocean
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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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SantoValdez, Online Reputation Manager at Iberostar Grand Hotel Rose Hall, responded to this review, 28 July 2014
Dear Guest,

Thank you for your generous compliments about our hotel. The IBEROSTAR Grand Rose Hall thrives on ensuring the satisfaction of all our guests. By so doing, we hope to be able to turn all our first-time visitors into loyal IBEROSTAR fans. It was a pleasure to see your positive feedback. Even more so, we felt rewarded to know that your vacation had been a resounding success. Please come again soon as we would love to welcome you back soon.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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Reviewed 24 July 2014

My boyfriend and I visited the Iberostar Grand Rose from July 3rd-July 7th. Let me just say it was AMAZING! Everything from the food to the service was IMPECCABLE! The hotel is adults only so there was definitely peace and tranquility. We did not have an ocean front room (and this is the only thing I would do differently next time), but the room was HUGE and very well decorated. Initially I had some reservations regarding the price, but honestly it was worth every penny! The rooms were bery quiet and secure. The only issue was that our air conditioning went out the first night we were there and the cold water didnt work one day. Both issues were resolved very quickly.

My boyfriend and I were not that impressed with the restaurant food from the Jamaican restaurant. Our favorite was the Surf and Turf. Be prepared for a LOT of food!!!!!!! And it is delicious. The buffet was very well stocked and delicious each day. The bartendars at the bar are great; however, I wish they used a tad more alcohol. (Some drinks had only about 2tbsp of alcohol). Overall, I would rate the food and drinks GREAT!

The service is what truly sets the Iberostar Grand Rose Hall over the top. From the time you get there they greet you with a cool towel and welcome drink. They are continously checking on you to make sure you dont need for anything. Our butlers were really good at bringing us any and everything we desire. My initial concern was that I was a bit worried about traveling solo. Even though I initially went with my bf, I truly feel like this is a place I would'nt mind coming alone. It is safe and secure AND the staff is great! The star friends make sure you have a great time and the serving staff is there at a snap of the finger. So, if you are interested in traveling solo this is a great place for you!

**The only concern we had is that we took a cab outside the resort for shopping. The cab ride was $65 AND he took us to a place where we got hustled out of almost $200 at a "Jamaican shop". Turns out the lady was the cabbies cousin. We definitely could have saved a LOT of money if we had not listened to him. Just be mindful of "cousins" when you visit.

Overall, the hotel is amazing and I will definitely be back.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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SantoValdez, Online Reputation Manager at Iberostar Grand Hotel Rose Hall, responded to this review, 28 July 2014
Dear Guest,

Thank you for your cordial review. It was a pleasure to hear that our rooms, food and service had met your high standards. We were also grateful to hear that you recommended the relaxing ambience of our hotel.

We apologize for the fact that our alcoholic beverages did not quite meet your expectations. We would suggest that for your next visit, you inform the Bartender what your drinks preferences are.
We recommend that guests ask the Bellmen to call a taxi that is parked on property, as these taxi drivers follow the standard rates. These on-property taxi cabs would also take guests to the Jamaica Tourist Boards’ (JTB) licensed craft shops. Not only are these persons more reasonable in cost, but they are also aware not to hassle visitors.

We look forward to being able to serve you again soon.

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Darlington, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 24 July 2014 via mobile

This place is amazing from the moment you walk in you are looked after by every member of staff from the gardener to the butler they all stop,and ask how your doing!! The food in every restaurant was high quality and something for everyone. Room was a great size with ocean and pool view, well stocked bar with Red Stripe,Wine and Spirits and cleaned twice a day. The biggest asset this place has is its staff, they can't do enough for you and just want to please you and it's not an act for a tip either they just appreciate you being nice and talking to them. Cigar bar is a nice little place for a nice drink all top quality brands spirits too, with no music so you can chill and hear a conversation unlike the lobby bar which has musicians on nightly, they are good but just not for us. The staff made it a special amazing Honeymoon for us every single on of them!!!

Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thank Lee S
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SantoValdez, Online Reputation Manager at Iberostar Grand Hotel Rose Hall, responded to this review, 28 July 2014
Dear Guest,

Thank you for your generous review. Your feedback on your enjoyable honeymoon spent at the IBEROSTAR Grand Rose Hall was very motivating to our Management and Staff. Your hearty recommendation of our staff, luxurious rooms and top-shelf liquors to other prospective guests was very helpful in assessing our services. We look forward to being able to host you again soon.

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Thomson, Georgia
1 review
Reviewed 24 July 2014

My husband planned this trip as a complete surprise to me! I found out only hours before leaving that we were in fact traveling to Jamaica. So, when I arrived at the Grand Rose Hall, I had seen zero pictures and had no expectations. My husband later told me that he booked our trip with Lisa from Beach Bum Vacations and boy did she do a great job!!! This hotel was by far the most beautiful hotel I've ever stayed in. The rooms were spacious and beautiful, especially the porches. All of the views were magnificent and the food and beverages were on point in all areas. Another part of this birthday surprise was that seven of our friends were there when we arrived. The hotel staff was all in on the surprise. They helped our friends pull it off. It was truly wonderful! All of the hotel staff, particularly the concierge staff and entertainment staff are extremely detail oriented and give a great deal of individual attention! I simply cannot say enough about how wonderful this resort was and Lisa at Beach Bum Vacations really outdid herself getting all 9 of us there simply and safely. This was by far the BEST BIRTHDAY EVER!

Room Tip: Choose a room on a higher level and all views from higher levels are perfect.
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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with friends
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Thank Ashley M
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SantoValdez, Online Reputation Manager at Iberostar Grand Hotel Rose Hall, responded to this review, 28 July 2014
Dear Guest,

Thank you for your warm feedback of our hotel. We felt privileged to have been your hosts for such an important milestone as your Birthday. Your compliments concerning our delicious food and beverages was also encouraging. Our team tries exceptionally hard to ensure that each guest is treated to a uniquely special visit. So hearing how enthused you were about your “Surprise Birthday Trip” at the IBEROSTAR Grand Rose Hall was very rewarding. We look forward to being able to host you again soon.

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Property: Iberostar Grand Hotel Rose Hall
Address: Main Road | Little River, Rose Hall, Montego Bay, Jamaica
Region: Caribbean > Jamaica > Saint James Parish > Montego Bay > Rose Hall
Amenities:
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
Hotel Style:
#1 Spa Hotel in Rose Hall
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Rose Hall
#1 Green Hotel in Rose Hall
#1 Luxury Hotel in Rose Hall
#1 Romantic Hotel in Rose Hall
#1 Family Hotel in Rose Hall
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Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££££
Hotel Class:5 star — Iberostar Grand Hotel Rose Hall 5*
Number of rooms: 295
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