The Gloucestershire Hotel
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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.
We then decided to explore the "Hip Strip" and was scared $hitless. As soon as we left the gates, locals constantly harrassed us for a taxi and "smoke". They even would step right in front of us if we said no then continued to ask us if we wanted something from them. We walked about 50 yards south of the hotel then immediately turned back because we were fed up with the locals. We then decided to call it a day.In Jamaica (according to the in-room tour book) it is law to honk your horn for certain actions you take in your car such as coming around a corner or backing up. I say this because the Gloustershire has a bend in the road not to far from it both to the right and to the left of it AND it has the beach across the street with parking spaces. The windows are paper thin so pretty much you heard every car screaming down the road ALL NIGHT. That must be why its called the hip strip because the shops are all run down. The next day we went to the beach, and again were harrassed for a taxi and smoke even though they saw us heading for the beach. Its a beautiful beach but small, and make sure to eat at the "Groovy Grouper", its fantastic. We went on tours the next days so I can't say anything about the hotel for those times. But after that we tryed to swim in the pool there. It had no chlorine in it and plenty of leafs, and ofcourse as EVERYONE else says, the jacuzzi did NOT work.
The maid also kepted giving us odd numbers of towels such as 3 then 2 then 5, never 4. The breakfast was a rip off, $10 for a small buffet.The only fun that I seriously had in that area was the casino (EXCELLENT SERVICE), Pier 1 (once again EXCELLENT SERVICE and extremely cheap meals too! $6 for almost anything, and $2 for any drink you can think of [from heiny to a by the bay] and they have very exciting fashion shows on wednesdays!), and Margeritaville!Margeritaville, don't trust the ads and the bartenders are truely rude. I say don't trust the ads because they said win $100 USD for a dance contest and all I won was $100 USD worth of alchol! AND they said free shots for the ladies and the bartenders denighed the ad even when we showed it to them and then they said that you would get some shots from the DJ gesturing with his hand "jerking off".CONCLUSION: It is an OK rundown quality inn on a very dangerous and annoying road.
There is better elsewhere
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.
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