I agree with all the good reviews I have read here: Beautiful hotel, big bathroom, nice room, lots of clothing space. I'll try to add some thoughts of my own to help others.
Weather: Hot with a breeze in the daytime so that the sand never got too hot to walk on, warm in the evenings needing only a light sweater or wrap for the breeze.
Beach: Big and sandy, about 2 miles long covering all 3 hotels. Yes, it is a man-made beach but we wouldn't have known it if we hadn't been told. The sand is not as fine powdery as we've seen in some other paces like Aruba or Cancun, but nice enough. The ocean is warm and swimable. You can walk out about 100 feet (or more) and the water will not be over your head. It's roped off the length of the beach at that level. We had no trouble walking in the ocean without shoes but stepped carefully in case there were hidden rocks, which we never found. I loved the fig trees (and others) that provided shade at the Beach hotel. Most of the beach is filled with palapas only. Let me add that this is the first resort I have been to that it was not necessary to save a cot with a towel in the early morning to be assured of a place in the shade. You could always find one.
Pools: I never went in the pools because the water was too cold for me. Those that did said that once you were in you got used to the water. Not to my liking. I wish the hotel had one heated pool or at least a heated hot tub. I heard many people express the same thought. It would make the swimming experience so much nicer. I've been to Los Cabos and Nuevo Vallarta with heated pools that were heavenly.
Staff: The entertainment staff, as well as the wait staff, were very friendly. No one walked by without saying hello with a smile. The girls at the towel shack went to the trouble of asking your name upon first meeting you. From then on they remembered and used your name every time they saw you.
Service: We were constantly asked if we wanted a drink at the pools or at the beach. In the buffet we never waited for coffee or water or to have out plates removed. Someone was there as soon as we sat down. The staff was very attentive. There was always vacant tables.
Specialty Restaurants: We found the food good in all of them. The decor in the Japanese and Jambalia restaurants was fun and added to the ambiance. The steak restaurant decor was ordinary but they served good steaks. The buffet was always good.
Market: Next to our hotel is a market that the hotel does not advise you going to. We went and were pleasantly surprised. The people there were friendly and not as aggressive as we've encountered in Mexico. We bought some t-shirts and hats and had nice chats with the vendors. When we left they thanked us for coming there. We went a second time with the same results.
Day Trip: We hired a taxi from the hotel (George) for several hours and he took us on a great tour around Montego Bay. We went up into the mountains to see how the poor people lived, to a fishing village, up the other side to Richmond Hill Inn for a great view of the area, to a few shopping areas, into downtown MB, and to see the homes of the wealthy people. I recommend this to anyone wanting to get a feel of Jamaica.
Evening Entertainment: The shows were good compared to many I've seen in Mexico. The performers are excellent dancers who work very hard to please.
The Front Desk and Courtesy Desk: I was annoyed that neither would make a phone call for me. To confirm my pick up for the airport they told me that I had to go to my room to make the call. That was a long way just to make a phone call. At any other hotel the concierge has always gladly done that.
In closing I'd like to say that I loved Jamaica and plan on returning again, perhaps to this resort, or another area since I've not seen it all in this first trip.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This new 5-star- hotel is located in beautiful Montego Bay, Jamaica. Directly on the beach. Elegant colonial design. Water sports galore. Scuba diving. 3 specialty restaurants. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Iberostar Montego Bay
- Montego Bay Iberostar
- Iberostar Rose Hall Jamaica
- Iberostar Jamaica
- Iberostar Rose Hall Beach Hotel Jamaica - Montego Bay