Doctors Cave Beach Hotel
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Historical Traveler Reviews Doctors Cave Beach Hotel Montego Bay
Very clean room...Hotel does need updating
This was my second stay here, and as usual I had a very good time (I not only recommend it to my friends, I take them with me!!). If you're looking for a high-class resort, this is not it... but you're also not paying for a high-class resort either! I met people on this trip that have been returning to this hotel for the last 6 to 20 years!! I was a little disappointed that Kenny is no longer the bartender... but does fill in occassionally. Our room was kept very clean, and all hotel staff was very friendly and accomodating. Brenda, at the front desk, was very nice, as well as Carlene (in the restaurant). The hotel does need some overall updating (our a/c worked... but looked like it had been in the room since 1970!) I would definitely stay here again, but I would like to see some updates to the property (which I left in my comments for the manager). Yes, generally the rooms around the pool are a little noisier, but there are plenty of rooms around the garden in which you don't hear a thing! Please e-mail me if you have any questions about the property (such as which rooms would be QUIETER if that is what you're looking for!) I'd be happy to give you any insight I have.
Avoid id possible
From the indifferent staff to the blaring "hip hop" through the lobby and around the pool....the ants on the dirty bedroom floor was the last straw. A request to have the floor cleaned fell on deaf ears. I found it insulting to have $53usd billed to my credit card for the use of the room safe - then $50 credit given upon check out. No trust or respect ... or is that jsut Montego Bay? I won't be going back!!
Make your own fun
We had a wonderful time in Montego Bay area. The hotel staff were friendly and tried hard to accommodate their guests. Brenda and Artia were very, very nice and warm and worked hard to make all of us happy.
The hotel does need some fixing up but its relatively clean. Some of the rooms are very small so call the hotel directly to make sure of what you are getting. I didn't see any bugs or things of that nature.
Just don't get your expections too high ...just know that its a fairly clean bed for the night and you are pretty secure.
The breakfast and dinner menu and quality needs great improvement too.
I would not recommend eating at the hotel. Instead, go down the street to the Pelican restauranat for a traditional Jamaican breakfast, lunch and/or dinner. The food, service, price there is excellent.
Doctors Cave beach does charge for entry onto the beach. Its a small fee but its clean and more family oriented. No topless bathing there...
couldn't the avoid the tan lines this time. Go to Negril too the water is beautiful.
Doctors Cave Beach Hotel
My family stayed at Doctors CaveBeach Hotel in September/October 2003- we had a fabulous time! The hotel was so unique-hand painted murals & wonderful outdoor areas. The food was by far the best in Mo Bay. The hotel staff went out of their way to make us comfortable. We had such a grand time that we keep in touch with the staff regularly & are currently workingon a quick trip to go see them. They are our new extended family!
The Worst Place on Earth
It was my first trip to beautiful Jamaica and I made the stupid mistake of staying at this God awful place. I would not ever recommend it to any of my friends. The staff was horrible, the room was laughable and the food was anything short of edible. You would be better off sleeping on the beach. At least it would be clean.
OK...but don't expect much
I travel occassionally to Jamaica on business and this means the odd night or 2 in MoBay before I have to drag myself to Kingston. I tried Doctors Cave in Oct 2003 because I wanted to be in town rather than being a single guy in an all inclusive couples resort outisde the city.
My main comment is simply that you get hat you pay for. Dr's Cave is clean and cheap and that's about all to say for it. No beach access.
The "world famous Dr's Cave Beach" across the road is overrated. I hardly saw anybody else at the hotel, so no atmosphere either....but I did enjoy being in MoBay and eating in Margaritaville
It was cool
doctors cave is perfect for the lone traveller prices are good ,staff friendly and the food at breakfast was really nice would stay again without a doubt margaret sharpe
Stayed here for a week. The food was overpriced and the rooms weren't terribly clean, especially for the price. The front desk staff were a little rude, but the security guards were nice enough. Excellent location.
Clean, Friendly & Reasonably Priced
A friend recommended the Doctors Cave Beach Hotel to me. Well once again my well-traveled friend came through for me. Doctors Cave was just what I was looking for which was a clean, casual hotel at a reasonable price. I wanted to do some exploring around the island, so an all-inclusive hotel package was not for me. The hotel is very centrally located in Montego Bay, which is a great base as many attractions are relatively close, Negril is to the West and Ocho Rios to the East. There are alot of shops, restaurants and nightlife within close walking distance. The hotel has personality! I found the staff to be extremely courteous and the facilities to adequate. The pool bar is a great place to work on the tan during the day and later in the evening offered some of the best music of the trip. The rooms are bright, clean and spacious. Doctors Cave Beach Hotel certainly met my needs and I?ll return.
Doctor's Cave Beach Hotel: On the Main Drag
Doctors Cave Beach Hotel is a great place to stay because
it's on the "main drag" of Montego Bay.
Most of the hotels, shops, restaurants, etc. are on this street. The Hotel has traditional rooms and
suites in the front area, and in the back has rooms with a kitchenette.
You'll find great ocean views in the front but in the back you'll have more privacy. A downside is that you have to walk across the street to get to the beach.You can't just walk out of the hotel and onto the beach, like you be able to do with the hotels that are right across the street. It's
also a public beach, so all kinds of high brow and low brow people are there. This is a safe area, but out on the street,you will meet the usual locals who want to sell you something. I've stayed here about three out of the
five times that I have been to Jamaica. It's reasonably priced, and close to everything. I don't recall there being an on site restaurant, but there's plenty of places to eat in the vincinity. A good one to check out is the Toby Inn. Get a local taxi driver to take you "out in the country." You will see the real Jamaica there. Stop in a shanty store out in the middle of no where, talk with the local country people, and have a Red Stripe beer (the true Jamaica beer), and soak up the lush surroundings. Then come back to Doctor's Cave Beach Hotel, relax on the balcony, and catch a view of a Jamaican sunset. What more could you want?
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... because we haven't done many side trips in Jamaica, but they cost so much. To leave the hotel costs you $100 minimum in a taxi, even if it's 15 minutes down the road, then you add on the tour price and tips and it comes very costly. Also, after 6 full-on weeks where we were doing something everyday, it is nice to sit around doing nothing for a change. A whole heap of Pommies turned up today and have spent all day at the swim up beer drinking. No hats, ...
... which is a crazy pub in Montego Bay. We got there at 11am and there was a massive catamaran anchored next to it and heaps of college students in their swimmers and bikinis partying in the pub and the ocean. They have a huge water slide on the side of the pub for drunk people to slide on and land in the ocean. Loved to have gone there without the boys for a crazy afternoon.
Came back to the resort and had our delayed AFL Grand Final day. ...
... there just in time, don't like these close calls, not good for the stress levels. From Miami we flew to Montego Bay which was only an hour and a half flight. Got to our hotel, and it's fantastic. It's got a nice big pool right next to the beach, a lazy river and a couple of water slides. We've got the all-inclusive package so you can eat and drink as much as you want. Spent the afternoon floating around the pool drinking Piña Coladas and Red Stripe beer ...
... beer; and be completely unperturbed by it. What’s more there’s probably significant expectations regarding service from a foreigners perspective. Particularly in the all-inclusives. It didn’t feel overly nice to be lumped into the same crowd, but there simply is no budget travel option available here. There isn’t.
There’s significantly more hype on the days the cruise ships roll into town. And it’s ...
... 8220;White Party” on the pool deck - that was fun. Good music and everyone having a good time. After the White Party, we went down to the Casino. Fortunately, it was much better than previous nights - we closed it down.
Back to the room, we crashed - eager for two sea days.
Note: While we were in Falmouth, we had our camera set on a weird setting that caused a lot of light to be shown.