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Jamaica Inn

4.5 out of 5.0

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This was our second visit - the first was our honeymoon, 9 years ago. We haven't returned because this is a bit decadent than our "usual" vacations. I was torn between a "Very Good" and an "Excellent" rating, but decided on Excellent because of the lengths the staff went to to make sure that we had everything we needed. Our first room was a "Premier Verandah" room on the beach. It was beautiful. The room itself was large enough for the amount of time we planned to be in it, the bathroom has a deep bath, which was lovely, and the amenities were first class (I snuck some home so I can smell the shampoo and remember my trip). The verandah felt very private, since it was facing the ocean, and we were only steps from the umbrella and lounge chairs we planned to stay in all week. Our only problem was that the man in the room next door was a cigar smoker (I saw something on the previous page that mentioned that this is a non-smoking resort - that is not true). I hate smoke. I hate the smell and it makes me feel ill. He was smoking on his verandah constantly, and the wind doesn't know the difference between the rooms, so it kept blowing onto our verandah and into our room (the room had shuttered windows, with screens, but no glass, which was lovely, as long as no one was smoking). I went to the front desk, and they provided me with several options for moving within the same "level" room, so we ended up with something that was not as close to the beach, but was actually a bit larger, and felt more private. FABULOUS. The food was great. I've seen some reviewers who commented negatively, but we were happy. We found the breakfast menu to be extensive and we enjoyed our meals. The lunch menu had enough options that we didn't feel restricted, and again we enjoyed the food (the lunch menu didn't change, and I do wish there were more "local" options, but we don't eat a lot anyway, so it worked well for us). The nachos were AMAZING. The dinner menu changed every evening, and we enjoyed every meal we had. If you do the meal plan, the dinner is a 5 course meal, I think in the future we would opt out of the meal plan as we never even came close to eating every course, but that's a personal preference. For people with dietary restrictions it may not work as well, but there was always a pasta dish, a vegetarian dish, chicken, lamb or something else, and some sort of beef dish. The sides were typically the same for each dish, but I really enjoyed them. The lack of television, radio and clocks was awesome. We went there to unplug, and two days later I'm still feeling a vacation glow. If you are looking for lots of nightlife, games on the beach, etc, this may not be the vacation for you. There are paddle boards, kayaks, sailing "things" (I don't know what they were, I didn't use them) and snorkeling, and floats available to just laze in the ocean, but if you're not the type who wants to just relax you may not enjoy the gorgeous beach. There was a Thursday morning yoga class, private yoga options, an AMAZING spa (and I have been to MANY spas), turtle hatching and some other options (a "Rumology" lesson, a tour of the garden). There were options for local tourism visits (Dunns River Falls, Dolphin Cove, Ziplinig and several tours), but do your research - I saw one reviewer who complained about the lack of "things to do" in Jamaica, and included that in the review as if it was the fault of the resort!?! I also saw some reviewers complaining about having things stolen from their verandahs, but seriously, what do you expect if you leave a laptop outside at night? The resort is gorgeous, quiet, the staff is amazing, but this is still the real world. It's easy to forget that you're not at home, because everyone makes you feel like you're cared for an it feels like home, but you do still need to bring your common sense with you. The staff. I cannot say enough about the staff. Sherlene, Kyle, Rupert, Teddy, Danielo, Francisco, Patrick, Patrice, Georgia, Bridget, Marvin - they were all wonderful. Attentive, engaging - I couldn't have asked for a more perfect group of people to have with us on our vacation. The weather. We were nervous, our weather app said thunderstorms every day. And almost every day there was a shower, some days lots of rain, but always for a short period. We were there Tuesday to Tuesday and we spent the majority of each day reading on the beach. We will be back. Soon. Loved everything about it. Seriously, my only complaint is the smoking - and that's not allowed in the bar or the "covered spaces", which is great - but but if it were up to me I'd never have to be near smoke in my world.

We come back to Jamaica Inn every year because of the sunny weather and personal touches that Jamaica Inn has to offer. The service is exceptional and the staff make you feel like no request is too big or small. Ask for Georgia who will deliver a warm service with a smile that makes you feel so at home and relaxed. Don't miss it!

Georgia and Damar and all of the staff at the beach bar were so gracious and wonderful. They made everyone around feel special. Truly amazing staff, good food and terrific drinks. Try the dirty banana!

If you value peaceful, quiet luxury, this is the place to go. Even before we arrived, Sherlene was warmly understanding and responsive to my many questions, going so far as to email me a photo of the sunny beach when weather.com had me worried! From the moment we left the airport and were met by our driver, to the check-in process at the Inn itself, it was clear that our comfort and happiness were everyone's top priority. The Jamaica Inn completely lived up to its reputation--the perfect spot to relax and unwind. Our room in the West Wing (room 17) looked out over the water and was totally quiet, private, and peaceful--the only sound was the gentle lapping of the waves. I couldn't possibly have asked for more. Every day, Sadie made our room even more beautiful with fresh flowers and other special touches. The beach was beautiful, clean, quiet, protected, and perfect. Each morning, Bucky set us up with towels and deck chairs in our favorite shady spot on the beach, just steps from our room. There we stayed most of the day, enjoying drinks and lunch between swims. Other guests were friendly but never intrusive. Every day, we had breakfast on our beautiful veranda, overlooking the water, lunch on the beach, and dinner on site, under the stars. We enjoyed tea and treats each afternoon (and the chef made sure there was always something for my gluten-free husband) and cocktails and hot hors d'oeuvres each evening. We were treated like deeply valued guests at every turn. I cannot wait to go back!

A week at Jamaica Inn will set you back in time. A time to white glove service, afternoon tea and a place where the warm welcome of staff who know your name. Exquisite! A small boutique hotel leaves you a perfect oasis to truly relax. The beach is expansive and quite, so no battle for beach beds to be had here. Plenty of room to spread out and avoid your neighbors. It's easy swimming on this clear stretch of ocean. No tides, undercurrent or hidden rocks to distress the unconfidendent swimmer. Only two things of irksome note to mention: 1. You're paying expensive US$ prices for meals that don't warrant it. Don't get me wrong the meals are good but you'd get far better for the same price at a restaurant in Atlanta. J.I may suggest it adds to the "exclusivity". I'd suggest it's the rip off of a captured market. Take yourself off the hotel and experience some wonderful local, inexpensive meals. 2. And then there's the house band. I still have nightmares about the house band. There were nights we didn't want to go to dinner because the house band were playing AGAIN! Like the hotel, set back in time - the 80's! With a limited repertoire of bad synthesized tunes. The problem being, the hotel being small and quiet, there was no hiding from them. Even the one night it rained, dinner was taken inside from the terrace. No respite - the band followed! On other nights You could still hear them from your room when you chose to order in room service! Like I said, we still have the nightmares! We had hope the one night of the managers cocktails, when they brought in some local mento players. They were awesome! Except then, the house band followed. Now J.I, please add to the timeless beauty you've carefully crafted, unplug the synthesizer and play the olde time mento. That's real Jamaica!

My wife and I spent a week at this place and loved every minute of it. We got lucky - they were filming Like Father on the grounds and needed all the rooms and suits in one building, so we were upgraded to a cottage! It's a large one bedroom free-standing villa on top of the 30 foot cliff, with wide veranda, dipping pool, outdoor shower and stairs leading straight from the veranda into the ocean! It was a paradise! We got to hang out with Kelsey Grammer, Seth Rogan, Kristen Bell and some of the other film crew members, which by the way were extremely nice. The staff at the hotel was genuinely courteous, from the owner Eric who came up to us several times inquiring about how our stay was, all the way to the administrative office, housekeeping, food services, room service, beach services and grounds maintenance crew - everybody was concerned about how we were doing and had "is there anything else we could do to make your stay more enjoyable" type attitude. Unfortunately you don't get to experience this type of service very often these days - kudos to the management for a great selection of employees and high level of training. This place has a long tradition of excellent service and it shows - you meet employees that have been there for 40-50 years! The only suggestion I have is to add more local dishes to the menu. That way people don't have to drive to nearby restaurants off the premises to experience the local flavor. Overall, this was probably the most relaxing and enjoyable experience we've had in a long time. Highly recommend to give it a try!

My wife and I just returned from celebrating our 30th Anniversary at the Jamaica Inn and I can tell you it was one of the best things we could have done to celebrate! The resort is family owned and the staff are all so friendly that you would think everyone was family! What a beautiful resort! It takes about an hour and a half to get there from Montego Bay airport (which may shorten significantly in the future with a new airport access possible) which can be made MUCH more comfortable by taking advantage of the hotel/resort transportation. It will cost about $135 but is only minimally more than getting transport from the airport and MUCH more comfortable and reliable! We stayed in Cottage 7 and I cannot say one bad thing about it (or the resort for that matter). I have never been to a resort where I instantly felt at home and relaxed until this visit. I would recommend the meal plan but get the one that skips lunch. You will not want to feel that scheduled and besides, there is afternoon tea with sandwiches! If you are celebrating a special occasion you may want to have a private dinner on the beach. They will only allow two a night and it is truly a great experience worth the extra cost! If you go, say hello to Shadow (the "Hotel Hound") who is well behaved and an active swimmer! If you go to Dunn's River Falls (recommended) take the boat with Marvin and stop and snorkel on the ride back! Believe it or not, I lost a GoPro camera doing this and two days later we went back to the approximate area and I found it! When it was time to leave my wife actually teared up. I rated this an excellent value. It is not cheap but you will NOT be disappointed in the service, relaxation and atmosphere. You will not want to leave and as I have told everyone, I never knew Jamaica was so close! We will be back to the Jamaica Inn!!

Me and my girlfriend stayed here and I can honestly say I've never stayed in a place like it. It's idyllic! After we checked in we was greeted by one of the owners who personally came to say hello which I thought was very welcoming. We was shown over to the seating area as they was serving tea and biscuits the time we arrived. Our room had a veranda which lead to the beach it was absolutely beautiful. All rooms are beach view and it's a private beach with canoes to take out for a ride and free snorkel equipment provided. Lunch was delicious I recommend the chicken wrap. Dinner was very fine dining with exquisite food infront of a live band playing mellow music. Look out for the on site dog (shadow) who loves jumping on the surfboard and riding the waves.. I'm not joking! I genuinely cannot wait to return to this place it is truly amazing

This is a charming cove with white sands and palm trees. There are palapas located around the private beach. The staff is caring and intuitive as they appear at you side the minute you select a palapa for the day. There is a small rustic bar on the beach where you get your mixed drinks from Teddy who has been serving tourist since the fifties. You can indulge on a chilled coconut or order lunch from the day menu. Breakfast and lunch are served in a bright open area with a magnificent view of the ocean ant it's cristal clear water. I enjoyed atypical Jamaican breakfast with ackee and codfish as well as more traditional egg dishes with a basket of breads and pastries that were fresh and tasty. You can also eat in on your private balcony with a beautiful view of the beach. Colorful fish come by to indulge on breads and pastries. They serve tea daily accompanied by small sandwiches and cookies. They host a cocktail hour daily that is just before dinner with wait staff serving cocktails and appetizers which include crispy plantain chips. Dinner was my least favorite meal as they had dishes that tried to hard to be fancy. The lobster was awful with a texture that was below par. This would be the one thing that needs tweaking as there are too many things on your plate. The fish lacked condiments and taste. This Inn has been around for a very long time, with pictures of the likes of Marilyn Monroe and Winston Churchill around the library and the main bar. It a quiet place with bright royal blue exterior walls. The rooms have air conditioners and comfy beds, there are nice toiletries, fresh flowers and an overhead fan. The only drawback is that they don't have screens or plastic cover in the windows, therefore the space is dark during the day and it's too hut in July to enjoy the large balconies. If we opened the doors the room got much too hot. There is no air conditioning in any of the other common areas like the library or the bar. They have board games in the library and a nice selection of books to borrow during your stay. The open areas where food is served usually have a nice breeze to cool you off. All in all it's a perfect place to relax and unwind. Not the place for people who need more stimulus than paddle boards and non engine driven crafts. They also have a black lab that loves to go with guest on the paddle boards.

We've been home a week from the Jamaica Inn and we are already planning to go back next year. This is hands down the best hotel I've ever stayed in, and I travel all the time. Rooms are clean, pure white, with comfortable beds and good sized bathrooms. Our room had a veranda overlooking the sea, where we watched the most brilliant sunsets I've ever encountered. The private beach is powder-soft golden sand, and the water is calm enough to float on peacefully most days. There's good snorkelling in the bay - we saw tiger fish and brightly covered tropical fish. Your every wish is taken care of - we ate lunch on the beach every day, served by cheerful waiters who carried it down as soon as we got hungry, and whisked it away the moment we were finished. Teddy, the beach bartender, is a marvel. He's been working at the hotel for seventy years, and the man can make a planters punch that will blow your socks off. It would take too long to describe it all to you - the library, where we played chess as Marilyn Monroe watched from a photo on a nearby table, the baby sea turtles that hatched on the beach and were escorted to the ocean by staff and guests. The delicious dinners, the amazing musicians who performed every night, the jolly waiters and kind staff who looked out for us. The crystal clear water and warm, balmy nights. This really is paradise. If you're not there already, get there as soon as you can.

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Hotel highlights

  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Free valet and self parking
  • Onsite dining
  • Spa

Jamaica Inn is a short stroll from Coconut Grove Shopping Village and White River Reggae Park. This 52-room, 4.5-star resort has a private beach, a full-service spa, and a restaurant. It's also close to Turtle Beach and Prospect Plantation.


Dining

For your convenience, breakfast is available for a fee. Order from room service to satisfy your hunger without leaving your room, or enjoy a bite to eat at the onsite restaurant.


Rooms

The 52 air-conditioned accommodations feature balconies or patios and afford space to spread out with sitting areas. Guests can stay connected with free WiFi. Bathrooms offer hair dryers and free toiletries, and beds sport premium bedding. Minibars, ceiling fans, and safes are also standard.


Property features

Guests of Jamaica Inn have access to a private beach, a full-service spa, and an outdoor pool. Free valet and self parking are available—or if you're not driving, take the airport shuttle (available 24 hours). The front desk is staffed 24/7 to help with concierge services, luggage storage, and securing valuables. Other amenities at this beach resort include a fitness center, free WiFi in public areas, and a meeting room.

Room options

Cottage (One)

King 1 | Sleeps 2

Cottage (Two)

King 1 | Sleeps 2

Cottage (Three)

King 1 | Sleeps 2

Cottage (Four)

King 1 | Sleeps 2

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

97% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 1313 reviews