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Loved the peace and quiet!
Location! Location! Location! If you're looking for peace and tranquility, this is definitely the resort for you! The view from the cliffs is breath-taking (especially at sunset) and anytime you sit near the cliffs, you are calmed by the crashing of the ocean on the rocks.
There is easy access with ladders and steps right there to swim, snorkel or dive. The scuba shop on site was fantastic (extremely inexpensive diving!) and friendly. The rooms are nothing fancy, but are kept very clean. The staff was extremely friendly and the food good.
Next time, I would probably not go all-inclusive, as we were told about the many good restaurants in the area, but felt we had already spent the money for our meals at the hotel, so didn't want to pay for others outside the resort. The other minor bad things about all-inclusive is that your meals are on a schedule, so if you aren't hungry at the time... Also, it includes bar-pour drinks and their standard beer (Real Rock) only, so no margaritas or Coronas. But if you aren't a big drinker and don't mind eating on a schedule, the all-inclusive is a great deal. The bar closes at 10 p.m., which is nice because you don't have to worry about loud music or people until all hours of the night.
We had heard mixed reviews before leaving on our trip, but were more than pleasantly surprised with our experience. Helpful hint, if you're planning on snorkeling, bring your own equipment, rent it from the dive shop, or buy some at Times Square...the resort's is outdated.
All-in-all, I would highly recommend it and cannot wait to return. For all the resorts we saw in Jamaica, I would say this had the best location away from the crowd and the best value for your money.
OK For What It's Worth
The Samasara Cliffs Hotel wasn't bad considering the amount we spent. The Scenary was beautiful. The hotel sits on top of cliff by the water. It's not a beach area but you can still swim in the ocean, snorkel, or what ever. The room wasn't the best. We did manage to chose the a/c room which was a plus. Our room also had two beds in it. I only have two real complaints about the hotel and the first one is the food. It wasn't total bad but it was bad, and my second complaint is the fact that they turn off your phone one day prior to your check out. And therefore you can't call out unless you use the front desk phone. I found that to be a little inconvient considering the front desk closes at 10pm. I wouldn't advise anyone to purchase the all inclusive package. It's a waste of money. There is several good resturants in the area. I recomend Sweet Spice and Cosmos on the beach. cabs are available to take you were you need to go. We never took the shuttle to Legends Hotel so I can't comment on that. For the most part I will say that this was an ok hotel. I highly recommend it for couples who just want to get away and have some relaxation and peace and quite
Best place to relax, kickback
We stayed at the Samsara Resort Hotel from June 9, 2003 to June 15. They have absolutely the best location of the Negril Hotels. They are located on the cliffs, on a point so you have an incredible view of the surrounding coastline. You can see off to the right the entire length of seven-mile beach which is about 8 miles away across the ocean. The sun sets directly off the cliffs and the process seems to occur in slow motion, in fact a day seems to last as long as two back home. Our room #216 was located on the second floor, and from the attached balcony we had an unobstructed view of the ocean, the pool, and the hot tub. There were two coconut trees, (with coconuts) located slightly to the right half of our viewing area and banana trees with bananas overhanging the main walkway to the beach and bar. You can sit at the bar protected from sun or brief shower and be within 20 feet of the pool and 50-75 feet of the ocean. The dining area is located above the bar and provides a view of the open ocean on all three sides. We had the all-inclusive package and were surprised to find absolutely no catches, the bar was open from 10 to 10 they had pina coladas and strawberry daiquiris right on tap and they obligingly would mix more for you any time they ran low as well as banana Daiquiris and hummingbirds etc. We thought the food, which was served buffet style was excellent they always offered different choices, and I always went back for seconds... no problem. In fact we ate all our meals at the Samsara except for the day we took the free transportation to Legends their sister club on Seven Mile beach, where we enjoyed the same privileges e.g. free food and drinks as at the Samsara. Legends is located in the center portion of the beach, which has beautiful Aqua water and is protected from rough conditions by the reef. As an ex-lifeguard (college) I can attest that this is the safest beech for children or adults I have ever seen. The major difference between the hotels on 7 mile beach and thh is frequented by an assortment of characters that offer you a glimpse of another side of Jamaica. There are people selling an assortment of "items" but they do understand a polite no and the Legends beach does employ Tony, who is the head of security and he has the knack of letting you know with his easy going manner that you and your valuables (especially if shop at times square across the street) are safe. Samsara is protected by the cliffs.
Sunsets at Samsara
After reading reviews about Samsara I was a bit weary and even looked into changing my reservation. I am glad that I did not because the resort offered a true Jamaican experince. My wife and I did not partake in the all-inclusive meals and that is the way to go. I ate breakfast there one morning and the food was average at best. The dining room's atmosphere also was nothing to write home about, actually pretty drab. However the views were fantastic and the sunsets, breathtaking, coupled with the two for one happy hour drinks and you are in paradise! The only downside about Happy Hour is Samsara does not offer Red Stripe (as they only had Real Rock on tap). If you need Red Stripe as we did, buy it and bring it to the bar and they will refrigerate it for you. The rooms were not outstanding but were clean, quiet, and private. We actually stayed in the Ocean cottages for two nights and the Pillar House for five. I would recommend staying in these accomodations rather than the hotel. As mentioned we never ate there other than breakfast but went out each night for dinner. Places to mention: The Rockhouse is beautiful with excellent dinners, our favorite - ate there 3 times (Michelle is the best). They will provide a shuttle for dinner but a reservation is a must. LTU was also a nice restaurant with good food. Obviously, Rick's is a must see with very good food and the best "old school" Bob Marley on the sound system. 3 Dives does offer 3 lobsters with rice and peas for $20.00 U.S., a nice snack after the beach. Half Moon Beach offers privacy with a "restaurant" which is about a 20 minute cab ride from Samsara. Rent a motorcycle and go to Mayfield Falls, but before you go agree on a price! And do not get roped into going to see where they filmed the Blue Lagoon. The trip took about 1hr. and 15 minutes via motorcycle and was a great way to see the country. It is not for the unadventurous type as the roads are bumpy and you are in God's country but well worth it if you are looking for ey your guide more than 60.00 U.S. As this was my fourth trip to Jamaica I knew what to expect and some of the reviews I read must have been from first timers. Yes Jamaica is poor, yes people will try to sell you things, and yes even try to take advantage of the exchange rate, but courtesy and a no thank you will serve you fine. The Samsara is by no means the Ritz-Carlton, but it does offer a place to lay your weary head, and rekindle your relationship with that special someone. Will definitely return!
MAJOR RIP OFF!!!!!!!!!!!!
we just returned last week and i agree with the comments on this site. we stayed for 2 weeks at the Samsara the room was drab with just a matress on top of a slab of concrette and our shower too needed regrouting during the middle of the day when we needed to stay in our room because of a storm. the only friendly staff from my experience were the cleaners. the receptionist looked like a bulldog chewing on a wasp whenever we asked her any questions and the bar staff appear to be bored with their work at the hotel on more than one occasion we waited over an hour and half for our food. (however the Thompson rep was lovely and very helpfull) THE FOOD AT THIS HOTEL WAS A JOKE (I THINK THE PRICE WAS TOO!!!!!!) we paid £12 for the buffet one night and ended up with UNCOOKED SPAGHETTI in total we paid £600 on food in two weeks we later worked out that we could have stayed AI in a 5* hotel for the two weeks at half the price of our two weeks at the Samsara. if you have have the unfortunate chance of staying in this hotel then i RECOMMEND that you eat at CHOICES RESTURANT that is across the road and to the left of the hotel the resturant has only five tables and is really clean the food there is nicer and cheaper the people are friendly too. also there is an airconditioned shop a little further than the resturant that sells the same drinks at the fraction of the price of the hotel, they also sell ice cream, sweets and other things that you may need such as sun lotion, newspapers etc. we were also ripped off with the money exchange at the hotel and through this we lost £40 on average whenever we changed money. our holiday was suposed to be a late deal all i can say was yes it was late but i think we left the deal part behind.dont be scarred to go to Jamaica, the locals are friendly and the island is beutifull its just a shame that the hotel and its staff have to put a grey cloud over the holiday experience. i wouldnt recommend this hotel as it was very disapointing.
No Problem mon!
The samsara was a wonderful place to go. Not only did they have a great staff , but they also have live bands, good food, and a killer bar. Im going back in late april. If you wanna save money and get a feel the culture go stay at the samsara!
Not the best deal in town
Beware of the false advertising that surrounds this hotel. The pictures of the property that are so prominent on serveral websites are a bit misleading. The sun deck overlooking the cliffs is beautiful as advertised and thes taff is also very friendly, but that's where my compliments end.
My major complaints are as follows:
1. No one to assist you with luggage to your room. A maid shows you the way and that's it. There are many steps to climb also.
2. The rooms are primitive and are in need of repair. The shower needed re-grouting. The ceiling fan looked like it would come down at any minute. The air conditioner looked to be about 30 years old.
3. Our room was classified as Superior. It was a beach front room, but it felt very low rate.
4. The hotel is not suited for the American traveler.
Special treatment and attention was given to it's mostly European guests.
Just a warning for the traveler looking for a budget hotel. There are many hotels on the beach that offer more amenities for a slighly higher price, but it will be worth your while to spend the extra cash.
If privacy is what you're looking for, Samsara's it
My fiancee and I recently travelled to Negril and stayed at the Samsara Hotel. It was right after spring break and we were very impressed with how clean and tidy the property was; however, there was about 20 people there. It made it very private; however, no entertainment was provided..unlike their advertisement on the web site. The bathrooms could've been improved (due to the moldy and missing tiles). The bar and restaurant staff were very friendly and attentive. The shuttle service was prompt at 10 and 4. However, the property is not located in the best place for an evening stroll. I'd only return if they offered continuous shuttle service to the beach strip. Oh, and the complimentary snorkle equipment was a nice touch.
SamSara: not even if the rooms were free...
Well we just got back the other day and I wanted to share our experience and some "highlights", especially about this "hotel".
This place should really be called a guesthouse. We've staid at some crummy places before but the Hotel Samsara comes pretty close to being the worst. Maybe we're too picky and I'll try to be as specific in my comments and proffer examples and as much detail.
I'm not sure how everyone prefers to travel and expect certain minimal "creature comforts" but besides a bed and shower that's about all you get in this place. And our shower was a stall that was simply on a slab of concrete. There were chips all around and the "window" was covered and just looked in disarray. The floor mat that was offered looked like it was 20 years old and who knows what germs were on it. The bedroom window wooden blinds were broken and we couldn't even open them all the way. The bed was simply "there" at best and one of our cab drivers told us that most beds were simply slabs of concrete with mattresses on them. Funny thing is, we peeked at a couple of rooms on the south side of the place and at least their bathrooms looked cleaner and in better shape. We did have AC fortunately and it really was needed. And our "ocean-view" was barley that--the wooden blinds did not really allow for any view unless you stuck your head in between 1 of the blinds. We didn't even eat there, as the food looked terrible. I did have a coffee, which tasted like crap and the supposed daiquiri tasted like water mixed with flavored strawberry and sugar.
The shower was separate from the sink...sheesh.
Forget to bring shampoo, conditioner, a blow drier, tooth paste, a tooth brush? Take a cab into downtown cuz you ain't getting anything from the less than friendly staff. Want to have the front desk call a local restaurant for a free shuttle? Be prepared to shell out US $1. Exchange rate? JD $40 for US $1. Go across the street to the cambio and get JD $47 and he'll even let you call the restaurant for free since it's a local call.
Every room does not have a TV or phone, which is a real inconvenience. What happens if it's raining--which fortunately for us it did not--and you wanted to kill a couple of hours catching up on the latest news or movie?
A staff member offered to sell us "ganja", i.e., marijuana, mere moments after our arrival. It only happened once but isn't that too much? If you simply walk outside the gate there are taxi drivers and other "jugglers" waiting to pounce.
That's the 1 really bad thing about Negril and Jamaica in general. Anywhere you go, someone is trying to sell you something: getting your hair braided, crafts, all kinds of drugs, fruit, food, and even aloe! I wish the police would do something about it but they haven't in years and don't appear to want to do anything about it.
That's why I highly recommend an all-inclusive. Couples, the Riu, Negril Cabins and Sandals all looked really nice. I'm not sure if there's such a plan but if there was the best thing would be a plan that would allow you to go to a list of restaurants and resorts for food and entertainment. For instance, I'd love to be able to choose amongst a group of places. Lunch at the Riu, dinner at the Cabins and check out a show at Hedonism 2.
The entire point for my diatribe is that when you go on vacation you want everything to be special and memorable And the bad things just seem to stick in your mind as much as the good things. These people are supposedly in the accommodation business but they only thing they appear to accommodate is their wallets. Granted it's not that expensive but we got a package (air/hotel/transportation) deal from Travelocity so it's hard to say what we paid for the hotel only. That's why we'd never even go back to this place even if it was for free. Heck even the "live" entertainment on Sunday was this local bloke playing a lame guitar and singing reggae through a crappy PA and the cheesiest fire-eater (who naturally went around the tables after his performance asking for tips). Bleck...
Better values elsewhere
Samsara is a hotel which I would consider hit or miss at its best. The accomodations are OK and the bar staff is top notch. However, the Canadian ownership of the hotel is not reputable and what you make a reservation for is not always what you get. This negative attitude toward the guests is also evident at the front office. There are better values on the beach at nicer locations. Shop around if you can.
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