The hotel has undoubtedly earned its solid four star rating. The staff is extremely courteous and friendly, available to help at one's first beck and call.
The dining options are much more numerous than your typical All-Inclusive resorts offer. There are 6 a la carte restaurants. We would highly recommend Mare Nostrum (Mediterranean and first-class sea-food) and Calabash (gourmet, fine dining, small portions). Important word of advice: try to reserve all your restaurants on the day of your arrival, for they all get booked pretty fast and one risks either not to get a restaurant of their choice or to get a very late seating (8:30 PM). The buffet options and varieties are abundant, there is everything for everyone's taste, health choices, Jamaican corner, burgers, omelets counter, cold cuts, sea food, salads, exotic fruits, cheeses, desserts, etc. The room service options are decent, your orders are typically delivered within 45 minutes or less.
Another words of advice for the wine lovers. Do NOT get any of the so-called "extra-wines" from a very nice and charming sommelier you will see on the property. The prices are exorbitant. For a bottle of wine retailing for $20 you will be charged $60.
The Wi-Fi is OK, but doesn't really work in the beach area. To save your time you should know that BOTH your user name and your password is your room number.
Important! Save your money on souvenir shopping and do it at one of the several hotel shops. We all think that hotel prices are usually much higher, and that is true. But only comparing to the prices in the city (Montego Bay). However, to get to the city you have to use a taxi, and the rate for a round-trip is $60, so all your saved money is going to be cancelled out by the cost of your cab. Now, the free shuttle that is offered from the hotel goes only to one destination, the Shoppes at Rose Hall. The prices there are HIGHER that in the hotel's souvenir shops, even after negotiating.
The beach is very nice, some areas (when getting into the sea) are somewhat rocky but easy to avoid. The water sports are limited, there no jet skis, neither there are any boat cruises or sunset sailing trips, only catamarans.
We don't really have any negative comments to post. Honestly, there were a few issues but all of them would belong to a nitpicking domain. Having said that, there are three problems to be considered.
First, the overall dampness/moldiness, both in the rooms and in the public areas. This is, however, intrinsic to numerous beach resorts, so one just got to deal with it.
Secondly, the pools. Both pools, the main and the 'volleyball' ones are of very modest sizes. Comparing to the neighboring sister property Iberostar Beach, they are rather miniscule. The "volleyball" pool when taken by raucous players, is impossible to use altogether.
The last but not least important is that walks options are severely limited. The resort is located in the middle of nowhere and gated. A walk on the hotel's beach would last 10 minutes back and forth. So basically, eating, drinking, laying by the pool, and attending evening shows (and perhaps a night club) are the only options one gets. But that's what All-inclusive all about, isn't it?
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- Also Known As:
- Iberostar Rose Hall Hotel Rose Hall
- Iberostar Montego Bay
- Iberostar Rose Hall Suites Jamaica - Montego Bay