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Merril's 2 is a delightful little resort. It allows you to get in touch with the real Jamaica. It is somewhat more modest than the larger resorts and when we drove up I felt a little disappointed . We came in a tourist van from the airport which had been stopping at some fairly posh hotels. That feeling quickly changed as soon as we checked in and started to explore the grounds.The grounds and the beach are beautiful.
The rooms are large and comfortable and all have patios or balconies overlooking the gardens. Merril's has a very personal, intimate atmosphere which allows you to get to know the staff and guests. The staff is wonderful. They are always working very hard to make sure you are well taken care of. Some reviews critiqued the quality of the food.
I have been the"guest" of a Boston newspaper food critic so I have some comparative experience. I thought the food quality was excellent! Every meal featured fresh fruits and vegetables, there are three seperate dining areas to select from, and each one is serving something different. Amongst the main courses, there was always seafood and authentic Jamaican regional cuisine to select from. The fresh fruit blenders were superb.The majority of the guests seem to be European and in my opinion that made things a lot more fun. I enjoyed things so well, in fact, that I am paying nearly double to go back for this Christmas/New Years!
Fun! Fun! Fun!
This was my first trip to Jamaica (August 7 - 14, 2003), but it will not be my last. If you're looking for information about Jamaica in general, here's a little advice: (1) There's no need to exchange your US currency. Everyone in Jamaica is trying to sell something (usually for "20 American dollars"), so I wouldn't bring anything larger than a twenty. And never pay the asking price for anything, Jamaicans are always willing to negotiate. (2) BRING YOUR BUG REPELLANT!! I had so many mosquitoe bites my legs looked like I had chicken pox. A can of OFF is a must. They sell it at the gift shop, but it's cheaper if you but it in the states. (3) Bring along a few extra dollars for tipping. Although your travel agent will tell you that tips are including, some people are so attentive that you might want to give them a little something extra. (4) If you want to sit out on the beach, get out there early or all of the beach chairs will be gone. The front desk will supply you with beach towels. Most people used their towels to claim their chairs before breakfast.I (along with two friends) stayed at the Merrill's II Beach Resort. If you're on a budget (like me) and you want to get the best value for your money, this is the perfect place to stay. The staff is excellent! The grounds are will kept and beautiful. Each room has a porch with a table and chairs. My room had a TV, telephone, and air conditioning (another reviewer stated that most of the rooms as at this resort doesn't have a TV or telephone). While we were there we did two excursions, horseback riding and YS Falls. I had never been on a horse before, but the guides were more than helpful and I had a great time. We rode for two miles to the ocean and then swam with the horses in the ocean. I didn't think swimming with a horse sounded like the most interesting thing to do (especially since I can't swim), but it was a lot of fun. We also went to YS Falls. This excursion included lunch, which was excellent. The guides will carry your camera and take pictures of you and your friends without the falls. It's well worth the money.I had such a great time in Jamaica I'm going again in December 2003 to bring in the new year!!
Last year October 2002, myself and 14 guest flew to Jamaica, after a last minute hick up with the holiday company our accomodation was changed to Merrils 11.
I got married on the 18th October 2002 at Merrils 11.
I had a wonderful day. The staff were brilliant and went out of their way to make everything go of smoothly.
The holiday was brilliant. The resort was great. I thought Merrils was located on a great spot, within easy walking distance to everywhere I needed to get to. The rooms were kept clean and tidy, and the staff were always very friendly and went out of their way to make sure we had everything we needed.
I would definitely go back there.
In short...LOVED IT! Merrils was perfect for my husband and I. LOVED Negril!! Definitely will be going back in the near future.
I try to get to Negril at least once a year so I've had the pleasure of staying in several resorts there. Merrils is one of my favorites.
The most important thing to know when travelling is what type of hotel experience you are looking for. I don't like being confined to a "compound" resort that discourages you from venturing outside to explore the country you are visiting by being so far away from the action. Merrils is right in the middle of Negril's famous seven mile beach. You are within walking distance to town as well as Marguaritaville. The grounds are nice and well maintained.
Merrils dinner buffets do leave something to be desired - especially after a few days. All inclusive packages are generally really good IF you plan to enjoy alcoholic drinks. Between the standard mixed drinks and numerous delicious frozen mixtures I always get more than my money's worth of the package in drinks alone! So venturing out for dinner every now and then doesn't bother me at all. However, if you don't plan on drinking more than one or two drinks a day I would not advise AI packages anywhere.
A nice thing about being Merrils is that you can enjoy the amenities and all meals at any of the three separate Merrils resorts. Sometimes it is a nice way to change your vantage point. Upon check in they give you an armband which lets the staff at the sister resorts know you are a guest.
So if you are looking for an clean, no-frills, all inclusive, economical resort on the most active part of the beach, Merrils is it.
Note: Because many of their clientele are European, many of the rooms at Merrils do not have televisions or phones.
Clean and Cozy
My husband and I visited Merrils II in July 2003 while attendinfg a friend's wedding. Although very different from what you'd expect when comparing it to American hotels (no carpet, very basic, no frills) the rooms were always immaculate and the staff extremely friendly and accomodating! Carlene at the front desk and Rohan in the dining room stole a special place in my husband's and my heart. Our friend's wedding was held at Beaches Resort which in comparison is much more "resort-like". At Beaches, if you didn't leave the confines of the resort boundaries there was no way to determine if you were in Jamaica at all, except for the accents of the staff. In sharp contrast, at Merril's you were steps away from the locals! We enjoyed this experience much more! My only desire would have been a more diverse buffet. Other than that I have no complaints and was very satisfied with our stay at Merrils! You must try their blended fruit punch!
We were guest at Merril's II in May 2002 and LOVED the one bedroom suite...very roomy and steps away from the beach....furniture was a little wore but no big deal. We had the AI plan and it was okay.....my thoughts were they didn't have enough jamaican food on the menu but a good value. Staff went out of their way to accomodate our group of 4 adults and 5 children. Good location on the beach and within easy walking distance to night life etc. Would most definitely stay at this property again.
A little disappointed
Not bad, but not great. Me, my fiance and four other friends spent a week at the Merrils II resort. (May 2003) The grounds were beautiful, the pool was nice, and the ocean and beach by the hotel was awesome. Some of the serivce people were very friendly and accommodating. I was very disappointed with the food. We had jerk only once, but had curried goat more than enough. By day four, we finally broke down and started eating dinner out of the resort although we paid for an all-inclusive deal. There was no power one night and we about sweat to death. You can't open you're windows or you'll get eaten alive by the mosquitoes. Two days later, we had no water and couldn't shower before dinner. That was a bummer since we'd been out on the sandy, hot beach all day and no way to get clean. For what we paid, I just expected things to be a little better.
The best holiday ever!
My boyfriend and i went to Merrils 1 in August 2002 for a 2 week holiday. We had never been to the Caribbean before, so we were very excited!! Merrils was everything we expected and more! The staff have to be the best thing about this resort...there is nothing they wont do for you. By the end of the holiday we were on first name terms with everyone...it was just like having another family. Camile in the bar makes the best banana milkshakes by the way. The sea was beautiful. Warm and shallow, but beware of stingrays and the odd jellyfish after the rain! ( It bring them closer to shore) I would definately reccommend that you go on a couple of trips. We went horseriding which was fab. And the Black River with the crocodiles! But the best was the trip to the YS falls. ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL! natural and unspoiled...it was amazing. We gave Dunns Falls a miss,cos we'd heard its just soooo busy. The BBQ's and the food at the hotel is fabulous. Just watch out for vendors on the beach...When they see you are lilly white with no tan, they know you are new, and will pester you for a bit. But my advise is to be POLITE!! and a firm 'no thank you' is enough.If you are going to Merrils, beleive me you are lucky...I wish i was going again! You'll have a fab time!!
Merrill's Beach - Very Small Resort, but Ok
My husband and I spent a quiet getaway at Merrill's Beach II. It was a very small resort.
If you are use to a luxury resort this is not the place for you. The grounds were nice and clean. The staff was friendly enough. The food was just ok with a very limited variety. The rooms were neat and large. If you want to stay on the beach, not party very much and have a nice, relaxing romantic trip, Merrill's is not a bad choice. It's
simple, affordable and just ok. We had a good time with no major complaints. We did eat out a lot although we had an All inclusive package. There are several resturants right on the beach.