Hibiscus Lodge Hotel
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Nice hotel, great view and great breakfast
My wife and I recently spent four nights at the Hibiscus and really enjoyed it. It is within walking distance of downtown Ocho but the nice gardens keep the hotel rooms facing the water quiet. The deluxe rooms look directly over the water (the hotel is on a cliff with no beach -- not yet anyway, they are discussing creating a small one. There is a small beach just a few minutes walk down the street as well.) while the standard rooms look over the pool to the water. This hotel is the best spot for snorkeling! They have steps right down to the water and only a hundred feet swim to the first reef with a second reef another few hundred feet out. It was funny to watch the snorkeling excursion boats from the cruise ships bring folks to the same reef we were snorkeling for free. A nice swim was followed by a delicious breakfast (priced at $9/person) but free with the room. You could choose a 'gourmet' breakfast (juice, cereal, cheese, omellette, toast, fruit, pastries and coffee/tea) or the 'Jamaican' breakfast with the omellete substituted for a local flavor dish like ackee and codfish or mackerel with bammy.the Hotel was a little pricey especially when compared to the Crane Ridge (which looked nice too) The deluxe rooms are about $115/nt for double occupancy and standard is about $10 less. Both include the breakfast. We thought it was worth the extra to be right on the water and be able to snorkel whenever we want. They also have a nice pool, outdoor hottub and tennis court.Since we came after peak season (May 4-8), the hotel was almost deserted and we had tremendous service. The room was very comfortable but no phone (we didn't want one!) or refridgeration (which they helped us with by keeping us supplied with ice).They were very helpful in helping us to arrange the bicycle tour. (it was fun but a long day -- the ride over to start the bike ride took almost 3 hours and the way back almost 2.5 hours on rough roads). We only ate dinner at the in-house Almond Tree restaurant once because of the expense ($20/person) but were able to find some great local spots nearby -- Blue Cantina (cheap), BiBiBips (moderate/expensive), Chinese place downtown (moderate), and the Jerk Centre (moderate). It was easy to walk and we felt safe. The most annoying people were the taxi drivers trying to get your business. None of the food was really cheap though and they often add an automatic 10% tip and %15 govt tax so add %25 to the price you see printed! Also watch out for the exchange rate they use if they charge to your charge card -- one restaurant tried to use J$55/US$1 instead of the J$60/1 just to pad things a little more. Best to pay in J$ if possible.We were not impressed with Fern Gully but really enjoyed Shaw Botanical gardens. Taxi up there and then walk down -- it's a relatively easy walk back down to the Island Village/Margueritaville area.In local transportation, the cheapest is to take a route taxi that travels a fixed route at a fixed price (generally J$40 to J$60 per person). They will try to get you to charter them for twice or more the price but if you insist, they'll honor the price. Of course only use red tag taxis as they are the only ones with govt approvel, licensing and liability insurance. We used a route taxi out and back to Dunn's River so we could climb it on our own without being constrained by a guide. it was no problem.We walked through the Jamaica Grande to see how the all inclusive looked and for those who are not as adventurous as us, it would probably be a good fit. We much more enjoy being among people and seeing the local culture. One thing we particularly enjoyed was buying fresh peeled sugar cane in the vegetable market -- makes a great snack anywhere and is a great way reward a new friend who helps you. yummy.Be aware that the cruise ships come in on Tues-Thursday generally and it all gets more crowded esp Dunn's River and the Shaw gardens which are part of the cruise ship tours. That's a good time to a)leave town on the bikes or b) stay on the beach.don't be fooled by words of a short trip from the airport. it was 2.5 hours of bumpy, swervy riding for us. Our mini-bus driver did just fine and it was air-cond. so no problem. they are building a new road but only precious few pieces are finished. Quite a contrast to the totally smooth ride from MoBay to Negril (see write up under Casa Blanca Hotel)Several of the other all-inclusives are more distantly located between cities and so once you're there, you pretty much stay except for an excursion. No free walking around for them. Some other friends who stayed in Jamaica Inn said they got a little bored but found it very tranquil.Hope that answers all of the 'wish I had known that' questions. Nice place but after 5 days we were ready for new adventures.
Very relaxing and accomodating
i stayed at the hibiscus lodge february 21st for 4 days and it was a very pleasant experience. i was kinda scared at first knowing it was located on the small busy main street. but once you get on the grounds.
the atmosphere changes like night to day. its very quiet and beautiful with a magnificent backdrop of the ocean. the rooms were clean and the staff friendly. its a good place to chill and relax. but best of all was the breakfast which was a treat of island dishes. i would definately stay there again.
I'd go again & again to the Hibiscus
Some of my fondest memories of Jamaica are ones that included my stay at the Hibiscus. My husband was comfortable allowing me to travel alone when my accommodations were at the Hibiscus. It's central location in Ocho Rios is convenient, allowing one to experience local life, sights & sounds, yet feeling secure in the slightly secluded location. The staff are ever-friendly, and accommodating. The rooms are clean, the atmosphere is relaxing, and the gardens are magnificent. The fragrance of night-blooming jasmine in the evening is intoxicating and wonderful. Short of my residence in Florida, there's no other place I want to visit.
The Best little hotel in Jamaica!
I stayed at Hibiscus Lodge twice. The first time was April 8, 2000. It was so beautiful that I got married there May 25,2002. I'm from Chicago,IL and had 50 guest come to my wedding. We rented out the whole hotel. I had the best time in my life. The staff was so friendly and nice, I would recommend anybody who want to have a wedding in Jamaica you should come to Hibiscus. The food was excellent! My guest are still talking about the food. If you want to stay at a place that's small and intimate with excellent service, Hibiscus is the place to be. Why go A.I. when you have Hibiscus.
Fifteen years of bliss
my wife and i have traveled to jamaica for the purpose of staying at the hibiscus for fourteen years; 2004 will be our fifteeneth year.
every year we are welcomed by a warm, friendly, and gracious staff whose main goal is to make our holiday 'irie.' they have never failed us. the grounds are serene, the food is delicious and the views are things memories are made of. it is familiar and it is exciting, it is quiet, peaceful and it is an adventure. we are just minutes from varied activities, either by walking or by taxi. our daily routine is marked by glorious mornings, yummy breakfasts, dips in the ocean and pool, and nice stays in garden among the palms and flowering plants. a perfect place to watch the hundreds of shades of blues in the caribbean water.
The Hibiscus Lodge is a wonderful little place - beautiful views, wonderful staff - breakfast at The Almond Tree restaurant on site is absolutely a lovely experience.
Highly recommend the place for a nice option to All Inclusives. There is no beach however there are steps leading to the sea and remmington the pool guy will take you snorkeling.
The staff will call for cabs if you need to go out to restaurants or to see the sights. Highly recommend Trevor, the cab driver. Really nice guy. On site restaurant Almond Tree is great - great choices on the ficed price menu.
No better place to stay in Ocho Rios.
The atmopshere is friendly, and the staff goes out of their way to make your stay unforgettable. There is a choice of rooms, some overlook the ocean, others overlook the pool. Breakfast is included ... not continental but your choice of selctions from the menu.
The grounds are absoultely beautiful, well kept and manicured. The pool offers a place ito enjoy leisurely afternoons while reading, swimming or sunning. Walk down a flight of stairs carved in the cliff and step out into the ocean. The water is crystal clear and the snorkeling is great.
The lodge is just a short distance from downtown. Lunch and dinner are served on an outdoor terrance overlooking the ocean. There is no better food on the island than that served in the Almond Tree Restaurant. The Swinging Bar, overlooking the ocean allows a nice setting to unwind after a full day on the island.
Wonderfully Relaxing Hotel
The Hibiscus Lodge is by far the best lodging choice in Ocho Rios. The lodge is located in the center of town, yet is miraculously secluded. The well-tended gardens, complete with waterfalls and duck/goldfish ponds, contribute to the relaxing atmosphere of this hotel. Although the rooms are dimly lit and have no in-room phones, they are spacious and immaculately clean.I recommend this place if you like to stay at small, intimate inns that are locally owned. It is a good feeling to know that your money is going directly to local families that are hurting as a result of the "all-inclusive" resorts that surround them. At Hibiscus Lodge, a person gets a greater opportunity to become immersed in the local culture (something you do not get when you support the Drug Lords that operate the all-inclusives).Pay them a visit. It is WONDERFUL!!!
After a week in this laid back hotel we really felt so relaxed we did not want to move on. Make sure you have a room overlooking the sea as they have fabulous views and lovely balconies. Breakfast in the morning takes a long time but is excellent and a lovely way of sitting back and enjoying the view of the Carribean. The restaurant is out on the terrace and there is an excellent set meal if you want to keep to a budget:better to have the evening meal as tour groups tend to descend on it at lunch time. The hotel is on the busy main road but is set well back and there is no noise at all even though you are only a few metres from the shops and the centre of town. The pool is small but very pleasant, and if you want to swim in the sea there is a small jetty down some steps. There is a lovely little cove a short walk away, Mahogany Bay, and from here you can indulge in all the water sports. All in all an excellent hotel in the centre of Ocho Rios but away from the infernal 'all inclusives' that line the coast.
A room with a spectacular view of the Carribean,a friendly and most gracious staff,some of the best food on the island and the peep,peep,peep of tiny night creatures to lull you to sleep at night. What more can you ask for? If you are looking for the most relaxing place to stay in Ocho Rios, then you have found it at the Hibiscus Lodge.
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Travel Blogs from Ocho Rios
... they took of us at the bottom of the falls.
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