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Grand Palladium Lady Hamilton Resort & Spa
Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Lucea
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 2 March 2009

We stayed at the new Grand Palladium Lady hamilton resort in Lucea Jamaica on a very last minute getaway february 17-22 to escape the freezing cold snowy new england weather. This resort is amazing we got a great deal for an all inclusive resort. Beautiful views and amazing food and restaurants. we didn't even have time to try them all. They had a great live reggae band. Bars to get drinks anytime. A beautiful infinity swim up pool bar. All rooms have sliding doors to a patio or deck. You walk to get everywhere or they pick you up in a large golf cart. alking is great to work off all that food you will eat remember it is all inclusive. They even made covered walkways so you dont burn up whil walking and stay nice and cool during the day. One night they had a beach barbeque so nice with a bon fire. The King and Queen of Spain even flew in while we were there and they innagurated the King. You will not be dissapointed and it is half teh distance to get to Lucea than if you go on to Negril so the people on the bus will be haters because we get off first and get picked up to go back last about 45 minutes from the airport. Have fun i know we did. We are a young maried couple and celebrated our anniversary and just limed out. No problem mon the people are so nice and friendly even asked us to take them home with us.

  • Stayed: February 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 1 March 2009

We went to Jamaica with 2 other couples and we are all in our 30's. After booking our room at the Grand Palladium, I read some of the reviews and was scared of what to expect. We booked transportation from the Montego Bay airport to the resort through Clive's Transport Service. I highly recommend this company. They are AWESOME!! I booked them online (no deposit needed to book). I also emailed the resort before leaving and requested buildings 11 or 26. They granted my request. These are centrally located and I highly recommend asking for them. The resort is huge and beautiful. The rooms are ok. Beds aren't that bad!

Food was good. Creole was our favorite. We ate at 6:30 every night and never had a wait. None of the restaurants accept reservations. Men must wear long pants.

The entertainment team were so much fun. Dr Dre and Mr Bond are a blast. Make sure you do water aerobics with them at noon!

We left a $1 tip everyday for the maid and our room was always clean with plenty of towels. None of the staff were rude. My husband did have a staff member ask him if he wanted to buy some smoke....he said no and they went on their way.

I HIGHLY recommend that you take your own huge cups. They don't have a problem filling them!!

You can take a bus trip to Negril for $30 a couple. You stop at 3 shopping locations and then go to Rick's Cafe. If you want to get out and see Jamaica, it's worth it, otherwise, stay at the resort.

  • Stayed: February 2009, travelled with friends
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1  Thank jenmich11
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Reviewed 1 March 2009

My husband and I got married at the Riu Club Hotel in Negril on Valentine’s day. We decided to spend our honeymoon at the Grand Palladium Lady Hamilton in Montego Bay. Overall, the resort does have great potential and will one day be an amazing resort. This resort is HUGE. At one time there are three buffets open to eat, three beaches to choice to spend your day, four pools (the main pool is bigger than a football field. It is amazing to see), tons of games to play, an awesome play ground/fun center for the little kids. We upgraded to the Beach villa suites. Amazing! These suites are directly on the beach with an out side shower and the hot tub could hold up to five people at one time. If you are willing to spend the money this is the only way to go! My husband is a very picky eater and he very much enjoyed all the food.

Cons: This resort is not finished.
-The beach is still covered with rocks and boulders and you can’t even walk or swim in the ocean without rolling your ankle. There is no sand on the beach. It looks like finely grounded limestone gravel, not at all enjoyable to walk on. The resort has workers working on the beach at night. They bring in the “sand” by trucks, plant palm trees, and are pulling out the rocks/boulders.
-traveling from this resort is expensive. The starting price is $25.00 per person for their taxi services. (In Negril the price is $5.00) Also there is nothing close buy for travelers to go do or see. Technically, this resort is half way between Montego Bay and Negril.
-Everything is an up grade at this resort and you must pay for it. Nyquil cold medicine is $25.00 for the small bottle, the Blue Mountain Coffee is $35.00 per pound (at the local shopping center the coffee goes for $16.00 a pound), and on top of everything being expensive this resort also charges you the Jamaica tax of 16.5%.
-Entertainment is not very good.

Overall, I do think everyone should go to this resort and make their own opinion. Either you will love it or hate it. I personally wont go back to this resort. I will stay on the 7 mile beach for my future vacations.

  • Stayed: February 2009, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank darcibridget83
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Reviewed 1 March 2009

I could not wait to get back to write this review because if you were like me you were you could not figure out all the mixed reviews on this resort. This is my 18 A I resort vacation and I must say one of my best! This resort is beautiful...everywhere you look there are beautiful details from the gardens to the rooms.
I just want to say you are in a differnt country right... I love to travel to experence other cultures... the moto here is "No problem" and if you take this attitude you will have a much better time! Honestly ( whiners)...did a few pool tiles off ruin your vacation? If so I feel sorry for you you need to stay in your own country where you are more comfortable!
The food was awesome we ate at all the resturants but the steakhouse. Splurge one night and have the lobster for $30.00 it was a hudge tail and was so yummy! All the buffets were great too...if you can't find something to eat here you are doing something wrong.
For transportation to the hotel we used Clive's Transport Service Jamaica...you can google it . Fare was 36.00 round trip PP to and from the airport. We had Clive himself...an ex school teacher that is real knowable about the island a wonderful safe driver and wonerfully prompt! We went right to our hotel...no running around dropping everyone off! We even booked a side trip to Negril with him stopped off at an old fort then did a little shopping then on to Ricks to watch the cliff divers and the sunset then we stopped off for a Red Stripe at a neighborhood bar. What a wonderful day! was only $80.00 far less than the other cab co. wants! Just us and Clive...so again not a bus load of folks to "wait on"!
The beaches are beautiful! whatever your looking for you can find it...a quiet place to read a book and listen to the waves or the action of the activities crew at the main pool with salsa lessons or trivia questions or drinking games: ) We had lots of fun here! Activities Crew do a great job and are really hard working as is everyone here. They start day at 9:30 AM and end it in the disco at midnight all still smiling! Say hi to 007!
My tips:
Bring lots of $1.00 & 5.00 we had those water proof cases that you wear around your neck ( the flat kind) this would hold your room card and tip $. Tip these folks for good service! No its not expected but appreciated!
Maid: we left 5.00 for the maid per day and our room was cleaned first, around 11:00 our neigbors after 5:00. Don't forget the "mini bar man" a buck in there for a special request.
Pick up a bottle of whatever at the duty free to have in your room to go with coke etc. Yes, there is a liquor store at the resort but $$ Appleton Rum 18.00 Duty Free...Resort 32.00 .
Use the spa...I booked a masage, wonderful!
Use Clive's Transport Service! Awesome, professional ,safe economical!
Don't forget your insulated mug...a must! $20.00 at the resort!
Don't sweat the small stuff!

  • Stayed: February 2009, travelled with friends
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5  Thank Mollyhandsome
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Reviewed 28 February 2009

If you can't find something to like about this resort, then you are used to paying a lot more for your vacations than we are. We stayed here February 16-22. If you are looking for a resort with a long stretch of sandy beach, this is not the one for you. Instead, you have the option of exploring three different rocky coves, the main pool area, or two adult pools. We never had a problem obtaining a beach chair in any of the locations-a significant plus compared to other resorts we've been to. There was also plenty of shade. The snorkeling was not great, but was adequate for a diversion. The area off of Coral Beach worked best for us, but you do have to chose a quiet day. Some tiles were missing in the pools as other reviewers have said, and were being replaced. You will do quite a bit of walking if you take advantage of the entire resort. We liked that.
Our room was one of the most spacious we've a. We ate at the buffet, the Asian, the Indian, the seafood, and the Italian restaurants. In general, the food was quite good, with some hits and misses. There was always something good about each meal. The ala cartes were a great option, because I am not a big buffet fan. I much prefer to be waited on. You were seated on a first come basis and the longest wait we had was about thirty minutes.The breakfast buffet tended to be a bit busy when the resort was full and there was sometimes a line for the made to order eggs. We never had difficulty getting coffee. Our biggest complaint was that the resort closed the upstairs restaurants one night. We heard that the queen of spain and the prime minister were there. Regardless, our options were limited that night and we should have been compensated in some way.
The staff were friendly and helpful, and you did not have to tip to get good service. I would agree that there was a lack of information, though. It took a couple of days to figure out where everything was, and when bars and restaurants were open. The two lobbies were confusing, we were dropped off at the incorrect one, but quickly transported to the correct one by golf cart. When being picked up for the airport, we weren't really sure where the tour company would meet us, but the bell hop said there would be "no problem" and, sure enough, they did find us.
What was the downside? As a new resort, we missed the tropical vegetation we'd had at other resorts. The marble floors were noisy, which we noticed mostly when the maids began cleaning (opening and closing doors and moving furniture) in the morning. I would have liked a true beach bar and more outdoor seating options for breakfast would have been great. The hotel was isolated, so was not a good choice if you are planning to explore. (We did take the $15 trip to Rick's cafe. Though the shopping was pretty lame, it was a cost effective way to see a bit of the island. A couple on the bus with us skipped out on the shopping and took an early cab to Rick's. We would definitely do the same if we took the trip again.)
If you do your research, and know what you are getting, this resort is a great value. Enjoy!

  • Stayed: February 2009, travelled as a couple
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Thank lkr15
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Reviewed 28 February 2009

First off, the people that give this resort a 2 or 3 star and complain about BS, please don't go to Jamaica any more, you ruin the experience for the rest of us, we go to Jamaica because the Jamaican people are so laid back and easy going, so fun to be around always smiling.
This resort is excellent, we've been to Cuba, Mexico, DR, etc., and by far like Jamaica the best for the people and culture. Stayed at Sandals Whitehouse last year and it's a 51/2 star you can't compare and way more $$$, and we also stayed a week at Sandals Dunn's River and to tell you the truth we perferred this resort better as it's bigger, newer and more selection of great places to eat and a lively disco. The disco is excellent with great music and great service, best bartender yet, Andre in the DISCO he is amazing and really loves the video camera. The pool bar LeRoy is the man and keeps the party going all day. All restrarants we enjoyed but we ate at the Asian place twice, long wait but worth it. Try the 2nd desert the ice cream on the menu, deadly.
Beach's are not that bad and serve the purpose, there is a topless beach too and adults only pool which is cool. Mr. Lou's bar has some premium drinks and red strip, however rest of resort serve Real Rock beer instead of red stripe, not a bad beer actually. Not real fond of the Spanish mgmt, as we go to Jamaica for Jamaican culture not spainsh, they were lacking a bit of jerk chicken and patties but we got them in airport. Resort is a little out of the way, you can go to Negril however we didn't bother as we did Rick's Caffe and shoppping there last year. Spa was good, except they were repairing some of the pools, as people say tiles are coming up, b ut that isn't too big of deal if it is to you, please don't go to Jamaica. We had the couples massage which was excellent, took a while for the portable debit interac to work due to wireless network, but no problem mon, your in Jamaica, just chill and relax. The breakfest buffet is really good, lots of great selection there. This resort is huge and built very quickley less than 2 yrs, thus reason why some stuff is kind of not perfect like the tiles in the pool. Rooms are big, with stand up shower and jacuzi tub whirlpool. I would recommend staying on the Lady Hamilton Side as it's close to everything. I would recommended to others.

  • Stayed: February 2009, travelled as a couple
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5  Thank Tuffie2
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Reviewed 27 February 2009

Fabulous new hotel complex. Huge! Most of the rooms have views of the sea. Request that! Large comfortable rooms with seating areas and balconies. Large bath with jacuzzi and shower. Outdoor lobby and seating areas are beautiful and have a cool breeze. There are elaborate buffets for breakfast and lunch. You cannot image the variety of food. There is a bar in the buffet area where you can get a mimosa or cappacino for breakfast....no one tells you that! Dinner is served at a casual buffet or in one of 6 or 7 restaurants (men must wear collared shirt and pants here). We dined at the Creole and the Indian restaurant. Both were good. Food at any all inclusive is not fabulous, but it was quite good and was nicely presented. There can be long waits for the restaurants, so you might ask for reservations or stop by early and put in your name. Miss Lou's bar, upstairs, is the nicest bar and the only one that serves Red Stripe and top shelf liquor. Pool bar is always busy and fun. The activities are unbelievable. Everything from water polo, bingo, Patois lessons & volley ball to tennis, archery, basketball, soccer, miniature golf, and dance lessons. Pools are lovely. Tanning areas around the pool have thatched covers for shade. The beaches are not very big, but are fine. Staff was very friendly and helpful. They like tips! Did not try the spa or exercise room, but it looked great. The Lady Hamilton part of the complex is closest to all of the activities and beaches. Great hotel. Great fun! Close to Negril so you can go to you beautiful 7 mile beach there. While in Negril, be sure to stop in at Rick's Cafe and the Rock House for a Red Stripe and beautiful views.

  • Stayed: February 2009, travelled as a couple
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11  Thank ebchristie
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Address: Building 27, Lucea 8800, Jamaica
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Region: Caribbean > Jamaica > Hanover Parish > Lucea
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Lucea
Price Range: £226 - £477 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Grand Palladium Lady Hamilton Resort & Spa 4.5*
Number of rooms: 444
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The resort is bathed by the calm turquoise waters of Jamaica's north coast, in a small bay on a privileged enclave on the coast. The design is a perfect harmony between modernand luxurious facilities of a first class hotel and the attractive natural environment of the area characterized by the turquoise sea and the relief of the landscape. The complexalso houses an ultramodern Spa, which is equipped with the most advanced facilities and offers guests a wide variety of therapies and services. Near the village of Lucea and approximately 30 minutes from Montego Bay and its airport. Within the complex is theGrand Palladium Jamaica Resort & Spa has a total of 540 guestrooms in 15 villas ofthree levels with 6 Suites and 30 Junior Suites per villa. The Grand Palladium Lady Hamilton Resort & Spa has a total of 516 rooms distributed in 13 villas of three levels with 6 suites and 30 Junior Suites per villa and 48 two-story cabins with 4 cabins suites (adults only) each. ... more   less 
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