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“ELEGANCE IN THE CARRIBEAN”
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Jamaica Inn
Ranked #1 of 35 Hotels in Ocho Rios
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Reviewed 30 April 2012

Over the last 22 years we have visited a number of hotels in the Carribean, always coming back to a certain well known, colonial style hotel, in Barbados. Reviewing our holiday plans for spring last year we just felt that the service, staff and management attitude and beach at the hotel we had favoured had deteriorated to such an extent we had to look somewhere else. We spoke to friends, reviewed tripadvisor and read Conde Nast. Finally settled on Jamaica Inn, how lucky can you get. We had a premier verandah suite, almost loathe to say the number as we will be going back for as long as they run the place in the same fashion (if anyone wants to know it is the block straight onto the beach) These suites are straight onto the most amazing part of the private beach, never crowded with the calmest part of the water, clear blue and like a mill pond and very warm. Suites consist of an open lounge fronting the beach with pristine white couches and lots of room. Bedroom is cool and air conditioned. Sheets are all frette linen and we asked for 6 feather pillows, no problem, really white fluffy towels and super comfy bed, just like being at home. Cleanliness was to the highest standard. If there was one tiny complaint it is that the bathrooms are not great, it says they had a make over in 2007, they need another one, however, everything is there.

Food is amazing as is the service, they have it right on every level. The management really care, initially they seem very relaxed but saw them in action and they are on the case if there is the tiniest thing out of place, all to make it as perfect as possible for the guests. Cocktail list is huge, great wine list and the menu is so extensive (changes every night) it is a tough choice trying to decide. Dining arrangements are in 3 possible areas, depending on weather/type of meal. Candles on the table and they have live entertainment every night, at first I wasn't sure when we read this but it hits the right spot every night. The group sense if it is a more conservative crowd or if people want to dance and they are a really high standard.

We went out to dinner on the second of the bbq nights (each Tues) - take our advice, don't bother. When you compare the setting of Jamaica Inn and the standard of food and cost you are wasting an evening going out.

People tend to keep themselves to themselves which suits us. One of the owners was in evidence, very charming and laid back, however, he knows how well the manager runs it and very much leaves it to her, she is in evidence from 6am until the last person goes to bed, keeping her eye, in a very unobtrusive way, on everything.

We are not easy to please but can barely fault this place.

There are some comments about the cottages, we saw two,. The White Cottage is amazing, perhaps if you are on honeymoon, however, in none of the cottages do you have direct beach access so can't see we would want to do this.

We will go back, congratulations to the owner and manager, they have created an amazing place.

Room Tip: Premier verandah suites straight onto the beach
  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 28 April 2012

We have traveled for the entire 35 years of our marriage and much of the travel has been to properties in the Caribbean. We have been to Jamaica numerous times and always had a great time.
We chose the Jamaica Inn because we were celebrating our anniversary and wanted a hotel that was smaller and not commercialized. We were also looking for a hotel that would provide us "down time" that we both needed.
The Jamaica Inn was the total answer. The hotel is a meticulously maintained property with a charm all its own. The rooms are very comfortable in size and the furnished porches make each room somewhere you do not want to leave. The restaurant and bar were excellent; the food was served with class and was all delicious.
Of all the things that was most impressive were the people that work at the hotel. From the minute we stepped into the charming lobby we were treated like we were the only guests they had. The attention to detail and the wonderful, smiling people made this the best stay we have ever had.
I recommend that if you want to be pampered and feel like royalty, you stay at the Jamaica Inn.

Room Tip: All the rooms had views of the water, some on the beach, some were overlooking the rock outcroppings...
  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank Michael C
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Reviewed 23 April 2012

Amazing stay at Jamaica Inn to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary. I called before arrival to ask advice about best room choices, asking if it was worth upgrading to a cottage for our special occasion. The staff person assured us the cottages were very special, and she was absolutely right. The regular rooms also seemed very nice, with wonderful outside living rooms, but our cottage was by far the best place we've ever stayed. Cottage 3 provided us with gorgeous, immaculate accommodations, with ultimate privacy, our own plunge pool, private access to the ocean, a pair of rafts and a private deck to sun on, and another area to relax or dine outside. Inside was a heavenly-to-sleep-in bed, charming living area and romantic daybed overlooking the ocean, incredible marble bath with walk-in shower, outdoor shower, and soaking tub. The best thing was opening up the huge glass doors every morning to let the sunshine and ocean views in- incredible! Service is attentive but discreet- anything we needed was taken care of immediately, including locating a missing piece of luggage & delivering it to our cottage. Many of the staff members have worked at the Inn for a very long time, including the beach bartender Teddy (great jokes along with delicious rum punches or margaritas!) and the gardener, Henry (take a garden tour- the grounds are amazing). Manager Mary Phillips is gracious and welcoming and seems to effortlessly keep things running smoothly. We had an all-inclusive plan that included meals & drinks- we had breakfast delivered to the cottage, ate lunch lounging on the beautiful spacious beach, and enjoyed dressing for dinner under the stars & listening to the music every night. Food was very good, service excellent. One night we returned from dinner to find a romantic candlelit path across our room, another night there was champagne chilling and an anniversary message in flowers on the bed. We snorkeled, paddled kayaks, and enjoyed a couples massage at the spa listening to the ocean crash on the rocks below the spa deck. We thought we'd go do a few things in town, but we were perfectly happy relaxing and enjoying all the Inn had to offer. We had a chance to meet some wonderful guests, most were from different parts of Europe, and found that many have returned to Jamaica Inn for many years, which says a lot about the quality of the place. I know we look forward to a return visit! Thank you, Jamaica Inn staff, for an incredible stay.

Room Tip: If I couldn't go back to Cottage 3, I'd try the premium rooms that are directly over the oce...
  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled as a couple
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8  Thank irishgirldln
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Reviewed 23 April 2012

My boyfriend and I had a wonderful time at the Jamaica Inn. The beach is beautiful and quiet. The rooms and views are lovely. Mary and the staff is like family- most of them have worked there for years. We met one of the owners, Eric, upon arrival and he was clearly involved in the running of the place. The inn has been owned by the same family since the '50's and doesn't feel like a chain style resort at all. It is a special place to visit and I would recommend the Jamaica Inn to my friends and family.

Room Tip: all the rooms are really nice- you can't go wrong.
  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank limerickphoenix
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Reviewed 19 April 2012

We have been here before, but in all honesty, I was never sure we would be able to come back. When it became apparent that we would, indeed, be able to once again enjoy everything that is The Jamaica Inn, I could hardly contain myself with excitement. If you are looking for a place to enjoy a vacation with your children, this is not for you. The best thing about this place is that children are discouraged, not encouraged. When we actually arrived at the gates, I wanted to get out of the car at that moment to walk up to the lobby by myself, savoring every possible sense of this marvelous place. If you want to dine in shorts and flip flops, this is not for you, although you can still stay here and enjoy room service. This is about enjoying the finest things in life that the tropics have to offer, in an atmosphere that does those things justice. There is no nicer beach, to which the staff attends meticulously, and no better cuisine. No crowding of chairs along the shoreline, and no lining up for anything. Just plain paradise. With any luck, we willI be able to enjoy the sound of tree frogs at night again.

Room Tip: The deluxe veranda suites are heaven. You will not be nearly as happy in a room on the second floor...
  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled as a couple
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4  Thank KFM9275
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Reviewed 11 April 2012

We received a charming welcome to a beautiful (upgraded) room and private terrace after our tour of the establishment. No TV or radio, tea making or mini bar, one could use and charge iphones and pads - wonderful. Morning tea and coffee was available on the main terrace also afternoon tea. It was all very civilised in an english colonial style and mostly patronised by Americans. Our host Mary Phillips keeps everything to a very high standard. The private beach is a pretty bay no suitable snorkelling, but canoes and a sailing boat are to hand and plenty of sun beds. We were surprised and delighted to receive a complimentary drink served to us on the beach. The food was excellent and mainly quite expensive but with all the little extras and the evening band it proved to be good value. We had difficulty with communications before our arrival but it was all worthwhile, Jamaica Inn is exclusive, luxurious, expensive, quiet and relaxing and we liked it very much. We also stayed at Strawberry Hill and Jakes during this holiday.

Room Tip: All the rooms look very good
  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled as a couple
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5  Thank Plovers
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Reviewed 11 April 2012

The experience of the previous reviewer happened 3 years ago! I would ignore it if I were you. We stayed at Jamaica Inn for two days and I absolutely loved it. The beach is private and the sand like powder sugar. The rooms have a large covered outside lounge where you can take your breakfast and then walk straight to the caribbean sea for a swim! There is snorkelling a few hundred metres from the beach and beautiful corals to look at. We were there in November and the sea was so warm and calm. You can float forever on the floating mats provided, Stripe beer in hand. I did not find security to be an issue in Jamaica but then again I travelled all over the world and take a few precautions. Do not show jewellery or flash your cash, be polite but firm to everybody. We rented a car for a week and found everyone we met very friendly and open. I found everything apart from the food to be perfect at Jamaica inn. We had dinner there one night and the food was mediocre at best! Otherwise it is a perfect beach hotel. Take a taxi or rent a car to eat out. There are options around

Room Tip: Stay in a room on the lower level to be able to walk straight to the sea from your veranda
  • Stayed: November 2011, travelled as a couple
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4  Thank Epicureanpenguin
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Additional Information about Jamaica Inn

Address: Main St, Ocho Rios, Jamaica
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Region: Caribbean > Jamaica > Saint Ann Parish > Ocho Rios
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#1 Green Hotel in Ocho Rios
#1 Luxury Hotel in Ocho Rios
#1 Spa Hotel in Ocho Rios
#1 Romantic Hotel in Ocho Rios
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Ocho Rios
#1 Family Hotel in Ocho Rios
Price Range: $377 - $895 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Jamaica Inn 4.5*
Number of rooms: 52
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Since 1950, Jamaica Inn has consistently been ranked as one of the top resort hotels in the Caribbean. Jamaica Inn is a small, elegantly timeless resort located in beautiful Ocho Rios, Jamaica. With just 52 suites spread over 8 acres, there are sweeping views of the Caribbean Sea from every suite. This property boasts a 700-foot premier private beach, which is often considered to be the one of the best in the Caribbean. ... more   less 
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