Top Reviews of Jamaica Hotels
Hey! I’m Michael… A freelance web designer. When I’m not busy building websites you’ll find me lounging on the beach at a hotel somewhere or feasting on some of the most authentic Jamaican food around (we have some of the best).
It has become a new found passion of mine to explore the world. I love the idea of traveling and experiencing new things. But with a limited budget, I have to, unfortunately, put the explorations on hold (at least until I can finance it all).
Luckily for me, I already live in Paradise. Jamaica is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world with over 1 million visitors yearly. There’s a ton of sights to take in, food to experience and most importantly hotel resorts to enjoy.
So I decided in late 2016 to create this website and share my travel experiences with anyone looking to stay on this beautiful island of Jamaica at a fantastic resort. Here you’ll find reviews, tips and general information that will help you to decide on the best place to stay when you visit.
My ultimate goal is to ensure that you come here, enjoy yourself and want to return again and again.
Finding the Best Place to Stay
There’s a ton of hotels in Jamaica to choose from. Each has its own merits and admittedly they all have a fault or two as well.
Before pulling the trigger and booking your stay at a resort, I recommend you consider what each has to offer and whether it appeals to you and fits into your budget.
Here are some of your best options:
A massive, 4.5 star, picturesque, adults-only resort with quality service and friendly staff all within a luxurious setting. I had a fantastic time here and I'm proud to recommend it as one of my TOP PICKS.View on Map
You'll find Royal Decameron just an hours drive outside of Montego Bay. It is a fantastic budget-friendly, all inclusive hotel featuring cottage-style huts. Definitely one you should consider.View on Map
Tucked away in one of Jamaica's main tourist destinations, the Grand Palladium Jamaica Resort and Spa offers breathtaking views of the ocean, beautiful clean rooms all within an all-inclusive package.View on Map
Note: By no means is the list above exclusive. I’ve highlighted the places that offer an all-inclusive package, but there are a ton of smaller options as well. Most tourists on vacation feel comfortable staying somewhere that takes care of all their needs and you’ll find that those listed here do just that.
If you do go for a smaller type hotel, keep in mind that you may not get the highest quality service. After all, you do get what you pay for.
Understand Your Needs and Expectations
The needs and expectations of one visitor may also be different from that of another. It’s important to note that things like customer service, for example, can be hit and miss at some locations. But you’ll find that this is common no matter where you go in the world.
Don’t worry, overall the complete package is pretty darn good. I can go out on a limb and guarantee that you’ll have a fun time. The people here are very friendly and happy. That’s what Jamaicans are all about. Despite any challenges we may face in our everyday life you can be guaranteed a beautiful and warm smile.
So expect to relax while sipping a cold Red Stripe Beer (if you’re a drinker) and hum to some great Jamaican Reggae Music.
On this website, you’ll find the best Jamaican Hotel Reviews based on my honest experience as well as (in some cases) the experiences of the experiences of others as well.
What To Look For in a Jamaica Hotel?
Some people just search for a place to rest their heads at night. For others, they come wanting to get the full Jamaican Experience.
That’s what the all-inclusive resort experience in Jamaica is all about. But do you know what to look for?
Most of the resorts on my list have a host of different features. Some may appeal to you while others you may not care for as much.
If you’d like clarification on any of this or have a particular need, then be sure to send me a message. I’m more than happy to help you in your decision by pointing out my top recommendations.
Here’s what people prefer:
- Good Price / Great Deal
- Excellent Customer Service
- Clean and Spacious Rooms
- Bathroom Amenities
- Healthy Dining Options (Buffets and Specialized Restaurants)
- Quality Entertainment
- Well Kept Grounds / Pools
- Quality Room Service
- Turn Down Service
- Amenities for Kids
- Good Security
There may be a few things I missed out, but that pretty much covers it. I’ve found that above all things a friendly and supportive staff goes a far away in helping people determine whether or not they would return to a particular location.
After all, if you encounter any challenges during your stay you pretty much want to know that you’ll be taken care of. It’s your vacation; you shouldn’t be stressing yourself out.
A good hotel understands all this and will always do their best to make sure that you’re happy and relaxed while staying with them.
Watch your Budget – Travel and Visiting Places
Let’s face it; not all vacations are created equally, and there are a few places that are significantly more expensive than others.
When deciding where to stay in Jamaica ask yourself whether you’re satisfied with a 3-star hotel or one that’s 4 or 5 stars.
Budgeting for Accommodation
Now, the 3-stars aren’t necessarily bad, but if you’re looking to get the ultimate luxury experience, then you should probably look towards a 5-star Jamaica Hotel.
You’re going to want to set aside enough money to cover a week’s stay. After all, if you’re coming here for a vacation then 2 or 3 days just isn’t sufficient. You may find yourself wanting to extend your stay even longer.
Budgeting for your Exploration
The island proudly boasts beautiful pristine beaches, naturally landscaped mountains, rainforests, rivers, and springs. It’s no surprise then that there’s a ton of attractions that you’ll want to visit.
Seeing as you’re most likely to be located within one of the tourist hot spots (Ocho Rios, Montego Bay, Negril or Port Antonio) then you’ll want to check out what those areas have to offer.
There’s horseback riding, zip lining, swimming with the dolphins, rafting and even historical trips which take you on a walk through our past.
Setting aside a few extra bucks to enjoy all this is, therefore, a MUST. It might also be worthwhile calling a few of them ahead to find out what the prices for foreign residents are. Prices will be quoted in U.S. dollars, so you’ll know what to expect when you get here.
As for transportation, most (if not all) hotels are more than happy to help you secure a car or bus to take you to and from the activity of your choice.
If you need any assistance here, then drop me a message. I can help you with some suggestions. In fact, you can check out this page for a list of my things to do in jamaica.
So, When Should I Plan My Vacation?
This is perhaps one of the most frequently asked questions that I get from time to time. There’s no right answer – it all depends on you.
The summer periods are fantastic because you get to bask in the lovely sunshine. The warm temperature is comforting if you’re running from the harsh cold climate of the winter in some countries.
From around May to November you’re likely to benefit from lower rates and fewer tourists. These months are the off-peak periods for hotels on the island. There are of course exceptions.
The first two weeks of December are a bit slow as well but as you get to Mid-December going into January then occupancy significantly increases as people try to escape that bitterly cold weather.
So use this information as a guide before you secure your arrival date. The best jamaica all inclusive resorts can also have different offerings at certain points during the year. Be sure you check for any deals before you book.
Ready, Set, Grab the Best Deal!
If you haven’t made up your mind as yet, then what are you waiting for? This lush tropical paradise awaits your reservation. The beautiful thing about stumbling upon here is that I’ve done much of the work for you. Scroll back up to my table above and pick the destination which appeals to you the most.
Thank you so much for reading my guide. I hope you found my information useful. If you visit the island, be sure to message me and share some pictures. I’d love to hear your thoughts and feedback on what you thought.
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