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Sorry for the dreadful pun incorporated into the title of this section, but a trip to the Caribbean in January 2006 replaced the regular annual January ski fixture, and was yet another encounter with the American tourist, who was as keen as I was to sample this slice of Caribbean life. I arrived on the island of Jamaica in poor shape due to a newly …
Flight was I uneventful and arrived to our Iberostar Resort looking to enjoy sun. We weren't disappointed! Beautiful room, great view and wow water is crystal clear and like bath water. Tonight is the pirate beach party. Buffet on beach has a great selection of foods and salads, ...
... on their excursion. The poinciana trees were in full bloom and added a picturesque contrast to the crystal blue waters of the Caribbean Sea.
After setting sail in the late afternoon, we dressed for another tasty dinner followed by the entertainment for the evening--a night of extraordinary illusions--Destination: Unknown!
Jamaica was a great vacation. We over ate, over drank, Courtney was always happy and Cher had the "Palsy". Mornings on the ramp making multiple deposits and when the smell of bbq jerk chicken was in the air, we moved to our afternoon spot.
Aside from a pedicure from some whack women, we did very little else! It was a killer vacation...
... and we hung out at the port together for a while and had a light lunch at Margaritaville, which seem to be popping up everywhere.
Then it was back on board for some quiet time on the ship before we departed for Royal Caribbean's private resort at Labadee, Haiti. Dinner tonight was at Tuscan Grille with friends. Another excellent meal. Celebrity really excels in the food department I think.
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Historical Traveler Reviews The Gloucestershire Hotel Montego Bay
My trip to Jamaica in this hotel had to be the worst travel experience in my life. As soon as we got to the hotel, we were early so we ate at the in-hotel restaurant. We were seated right away to a dirty table in the middle of the room and handed an over priced menu. Being as hungry as we were, we ordered 3 curried chickens ($5 each) and a grilled cheese ($6), (4 of us there). We then sat and waited, and waited, watched 3 seperate groups of locals be seated, waited, watched the 3 be served, waited again watching 2 of the 3 groups finish and leave, then finally we recieved our meals (at approximately 58 minutes later!). The chicken was horrid. It looked like half a cornish hen thrown in a blender with highlighter ink, bones and all. The grilled cheese must have been from goat or something because it was discolored and tasted stale. We finished half the meal due to the amount of bones in the curry and the taste of the cheese, and were served the menu. It read: 3 Curried Chicken @ $9 each! We complained and watched the manager argue with the server(who was trying to get her to change it to $5 as stated on the menu). 10 more minutes later a new bill was given to us almost suitable to our tastes.We left the restaurant displease and was shown to our room. To our surprise it was actually pretty nice (it was a corner room so it was bigger than the rest). The only problem we had with the room is that the water pressure for the shower was very low.
The hotel was basic and no frills. We were there for five days and the pool was being renovated so we had to use the pool at the nearby Doctors Cove hotel (which was in fact nicer). Our room overlooked the janitors cupboards. The room smelt slightly of damp. The bathroom was small and basic. The resteraunt looked like a Aberdeen Steak house and was outdated. Breakfast was $20 each for a bland buffet. The rooms were cleaned late in the afternoon, even if you left a notice on the door for the maid. There are better places to stay in the area for the same price. Go to eat at The Pelican or The Native for cheap tasty food. The actual area is not great, the beach is nice but the 'Hip Strip' is overrated and you will get hassled all the way along it for taxis, weeds, hairbraiding, crafts etc.
Don't Go Here
the area is crawling with drug-pushers and prostitutes, its noisey, and it smells the rooms look nothing like the pictures online, I have stayed in classier Motel-6's,, the air conditioner and the cable TV never worked,, the staff did nothing to fix the problem but they expected tips for coming up to the room to tell you the cable was out. all resturants in the area are outrageously priced for mediocre food,,And i said it before and ill say it again,, the neighborhood is infested with dirty prostitutes and everyone you walk past will try to sell you pot. This is not the place to take your family vacation. Stick to florida or california,,,, half the price -- and youll atleast have some positive memories.If you want hookers and marijuana, go to hollywood or vegas,,, Its cheaper.
I recently stayed at the Gloucestershire and was most disappointed in the service offered and the poor standards of the facilities. I found the hotel to not meet the amenities described in the brochure or on the website. The bedroom decor was outdated and the view was of a busy street, which was noisy at times. The bathroom was dirty and also in need of renovations. I requested a room transfer and was offer something of a similar standard so decided to stay in the room that I was originally assigned. The restaurant was a bit pricey, offered basic items and we received consistently slow service. The best thing about the hotel is it's location as it is right across the road from the Doctors Cave Beach which is one of the best attractions that Montego Bay has to offer. It is also close to the airport and the area has a good selection of shops, restaurants (which I needed) and some nightlife. My advice is that it's worth spending a little more somewhere else if needed to make your stay more enjoyable.
Great for the price
It was one of the cheaper hotels in Motego Bay. It was centrally located to everything people would want to do there. There is literally a beach directly across the beach. The main party spots are a few hundred yards down the street. If you dont mind an average/clean hotel then this is a good one if you get a good price. It is near the street, so it gets slightly loud, but if your there to have fun, it wont bother you.
Maybe I was there at a bad time?
Hotel was beautiful, clean, across the street from the beach and close to shopping and restaurants. The amenities described in the brochure were left to be desired. The restaurant seemed to never be open or ready to serve, and there was supposed to be another snack type restaurant by the pool ?? never saw it, or it was never open. The pool area was not clean, the water cold, and the jacuzzi was not working. The help did not speak very good English, so ordering food and drinks was trying. I would love to hear from others who have been there since to see if things are up and running (?) Maybe they were doing some work around the place and things were shut down. I would go back again, but would expect to pay a lot less if I have to find meals and entertainment away from Gloustershire.
A great bargain.
The Gloustershire Hotel was the best hotel bargain. I stayed with two friends and we each had our own full size bed. Our cost was $115 a night and included a breakfast buffet. By the way the cost was divided by three. We felt safe, shopped and party up and down the strip. We had no issues of safety, the staff was wonderful and when we go back we will stay there again. Loved it.
do not go here. it is in a bad area. cheapest hotel around. room is ok, but area is dangerous.
Pleasant, but noisy
I was at the Gloustershire from March 14th-17th. It's a pleasant hotel right across from the doctor's cave beach. My room was clean, and well appointed with a 25 inch TV with cable, telephone, a hot shower, nice view, king sized bed, and an in room safe. The hotel has a tiny pool and a jacuzzi. The restaurant is fairly nice and situated next to a waterfall. The food is pretty good, but the breakfast buffet was kind of expensive. You'll have no problem finding a cab, either. Friendly drivers wait outside most all of the time. The hotel rates are relatively inexpensive, especially if you book through Expedia.com. My only complaint is that because the hotel is right on the strip, it gets pretty noisy at night.
When I booked this hotel, I was a little leery, since no one had reviewed it. I was pleasantly surprised to find a clean, charming hotel in a convenient spot. Legitimate taxi drivers are plentiful, the staff was, for the most part, very friendly, the breakfast buffet was a little expensive at $10 (same stuff every day), but there's a Burger King nearby that offers a cheap breakfast. I ate dinner there one night and it was reasonably priced and quite good. The beach is right across the street and there are plenty of places to buy souveniers. One thing to consider, however, is that the hotel is right on the "Hip Strip", which is very noisy at night. Also, there are a lot of agressive hustlers around hoping to braid your hair or sell you some weed. Still, I'd recommened this hotel to those who want a comfortable place to stay that isn't teeming with Americans (there are Americans there, but not nearly as many as at the Holiday Inn or Wyndham--not as many kids, either, unless you count those that are college aged). Also, the Gloustershire is quite affordable, relatively speaking.