Hotel Mocking Bird Hill
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No fair! Time to leave already. Had breakfast at the hotel and planned to stop at Somerset Falls on the way into Kingston. Somerset Falls Entry: J$500 Location: (on a corner) in Hope Bay, Portland Open: 9am to 5pm When you pay and enter you are immediately at ease. Lovely maintained grounds with birds and a strolling peacock and unobtrusive …
YAH!!! Scuba diving day! I went with a company called Lady G'Diver. The master diver is Jan Lee Widener. Just give them some notice and let them know what equipment you will need. Meet them at the pool at the Marina by 10:30am. Bring your diving card and logbook. Got there a little late (damn ATMS!). You will get a nice debriefing, intro to staff …
Had breakfast at the hotel and decided to drive about Port Antonio. Just got in the car and zoomed around taking whichever road I felt like. Not yet into Port Antonio, I saw a magnificent castle - The Trident Castle. Please do turn in their driveway and get closer pictures of a simply awe inspiring structure. They are not open for touring just now …
The hotel is a bit past the town of Port Antonio (like round couple corners, over two bridges). The construction isn't going on here but the pot holes are going to slow your journey. Look for a sign on the left on the main road and take a right. The road is an uphill drive through the mountains and if you look really carefully at the start of that …
So I decided, mainly by intuition, that Vacation 08 would be in Port Antonio, Jamaica. I got on the internet and tried to find a good hotel that was giving me what i wanted and would not bleed me dry. I decided on Hotel Mockingbird Hill - and I'm glad I did. I'm writing this blog as if you might be interested in going to Port Antonio. Nationality: …
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Mocking Bird Hill Port Antonio
We spent 2 nights there and it was more then enough! from the scenery and location it was a nice spot. But on our arrival the room was not ready and cleaned and the clothes of the previous guest was not removed. We also encounted other guest in our room. Lots of mosquitos (no nets) and also a few lizzards were our room mates. The food was average but overpriced. The owners could be a bit more accomodating with guest problems. Last comment: it will be not on our list of our next visit!
We were looking for a place in a beautiful setting, with a restaurant that would allow us not to have to wander about in the morning and evening in search of adventure, that would leave us alone if we wanted to be left alone, take care of us when we needed something. Hotel MockingbirdHill proved to be all of these things during our week-long stay.
Great view, comfortable rooms
Enjoyed our visit at Mockingbird Hill, although overpriced, especially the famed restaurant. One simple breakfast for two topped out at $52 U.S., and we're not talking lobster omelettes here. The place has a fabulous view from its moutaintop perch, but the long (and crumbling) road left it a bit too remote for regular walks to the main road. Because of the cost and location, I would recommend a night or two stay. The innkeepers were very accommodating. Shireen was very nice and helpful and Barbara could be, too, however, her unsolicited political opinions were rather offensive and left us leaving on a negative note. The dogs were well behaved even if they did have freedom of movement, but we love dogs.
Don't ask for more coffee!
We were paying US$16.50 per person for the much vaunted "Mille Fleurs" breakfast. When the bill came they had added US$5.50 for "Extra coffee" beyond the 2 cups per person we were "entitled" to. Unbelievable at these rates - but, I fear, typical of the view this hotel has of its customers - "Milch cows"! No mention of the fact that they had not provided the Yoghurt which figured in our expensive breakfast menu.
I also concur with the comments in another review regarding dogs. Dogs should not be wandering around the eating area.
There is no doubt that the location and general ambience are very fine but it is all a bit over hyped and over priced in my view
This is a difficult one for me - I want to join the bandwagon & say how wonderful the hotel is, but, the truth be told, there are several areas of significant shortcoming. -the dogs - 7 to be exact. They have free run of the hotel, including the dining area. The biggest problem to me was at night when they barked & howled. What a shame - such a beautiful setting & dogs barking at night. Don't expect to sleep through the night. The innkeepers are either oblvious to the problem or just don't care...-don't drink the water from the tap! No warning signs anywhere.
My husband and I spent 5 days including our anniversary at Hotel Mocking Bird Hill. We were looking for something tastefully elegant "far from the madding crowd" where there would be plenty to do when we felt like doing something and nothing to do when we didn't. This is the place.
My wife and I have just returned from our stay at the Hotel Mocking Bird Hill and words cannot do justice to the special place that Barbara and Shireen have created. We were originally drawn to their hotel due to their focus on the environment and giving back to the local community, plus catering to vegetarians (my wife is vegetarian, I am vegan). We were there for our 1 year wedding anniversary and I don't think it would have been possible for us to choose a more special place to celebrate our first year together. There are so many wonderful memories and this is due in large part to Shireen, Barbara and their professional and friendly staff (Clyve, Opal and Moira in particular).
The Hotel Mocking Bird is a stunning place with good facilities for someone with limited mobility. My husband and I had a wonderful, relaxing holiday. The hotel was beautiful and the food was amazing. We had a great time sampling all the different meals, watching fireflies amid the sounds of the forest. The homemade breads were especially delicious, cocktails lovely. The vegetarian menu was very good and there was a good choice every night. The staff are really friendly and helpful. They made our holiday really special.
A most special stay
A wonderful stay; the result of immense hard work. What we saw was simply serene, gracious and elegant. Our room overlooked a fabulous sweep of lush rain forest and magnificent flora, with the crystalline Caribbean curving into the horizon. The great staff provided excellent service. Service with warm, natural, tropical smiles.The food was phenomenal. Every day we ate like royalty, indulging in what they aptly describe as Creative Caribbean cuisine.We recommend Hotel Mocking Bird Hill to all who want true Jamaican feel in a casual and relaxed atmosphere with an emphasis on personalized service, gourmet dining.We had a most special stay.
For complete relaxation, personal service, and excellent food, Mockingbird Hill is the best. It is a small and intimate hotel where all the staff will attend to your every need. The view of the Blue Mountains from the 3rd floor bar area is breathtaking. There are plenty of comfortable chairs to relax in and read, or talk with the other guests. One can sit in the open area, lean back and gaze at the stars without the "light pollution" that keeps the stars from shining brightly at home. Shireen and Barbara are perfect hostesses, and they make you feel as if you are a freind visiting their home. If you stay here, they will help you arrange any tours you desire. (I highly recommend Wayne Drysdale of Attractions Link Ltd. for all the times you need transportation and tours). My favorite memories are of listening to the hummingbird wings as they feed at the huge orchid tree at the edge of the building, while all the stress of home melted away. The only drawback of the hotel is the lack of air-conditioning (although there are plenty of fans to keep the air moving) and the uncomfortable beds (rather hard) But the rest of the amenities, the personalized attention and overall comfort and beauty of the property more than make up for that. Be sure to go out the front door after dark to enjoy the blooming night jasmine.