ClubHotel Riu Negril
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Tiggerva stayed here on May 31, 2009 during their trip titled: Jamaica: RIU Negril.
hey ihr lieben leut daheim,
wer etwas zum rauchen braucht der ist in Jamaica sehr willkommen, bin schon vom Airport zum Taxi 3-mal gefragt worden. ansonsten ist Jamaica ein armes Land, die leut sind aber voll relaxed und sagen zur begrüßung "respekt mann" (find ich lustig). und sagen immer "ja mann, ja mann,...", wie bei uns halt das "euda". …
... on the balcony and drank some more.
For dinner, we decided to go to Neptune's. It was pouring rain, fortunately we had an umbrella. When we arrived, we were still a little drenched (I had on flip flops because I had blisters on my feet from the fins). One of the waiters came up to us and gave us napkins to dry off on. Since it was raining, they had the curtains down. We were originally sitting at a table close to ...
... br> Dinner was at Eleanor's, and it was really good. We had the cutest waiter who was just beside himself that we were on a girls trip. After dessert (a special moment for two), we took wine out to the huge loungers by the firepit, drank laughed, Skyped with Sean and then went down to the water to dip our toes in. We first tried to go to the piano bar, but it was a really sad sing-a-long. Back to the room to go to ...
... we were overlooking the oceanThen we went back to our room and realized it wasn't what we paid for, so we went to the Concierge. His name was Sheldon, and he proceeded to show us three different rooms (so patient), we finally selected the third one
We went to get our bags and unpacked in our new room. Once unpacked, we went back to the club and tipped Sheldon and handed in our old keys.
Then we wandered around looking at ...
How has this resort rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews ClubHotel Riu Negril
Just returned from the Riu Negril yesterday (Aug 14-21). All the previous reviews were exactly right. The grounds were beautiful!! We arrived in the pm and the staff were all organized ready and set us up right away...no long wait and annoyance. Rooms were very nice...we had a standard room..I can only imagine the ocean views.
My friend and I just returned from this resort on August 15, 2004. Anyone from Toronto arriving by Skyservice s/b aware that the flight arrives in Mobay around 7:30 p.m. (if it leaves on time). After going through customs and finalizing the bus situation with Sunquest the 1.5 hour ride to Negril you'll be getting there around 9:30 p.m. The buffet restaurant closes at 10 p.m. - so you better make a mad dash if you want to get something to eat other than pizza (that restaurant's open 24 hours). Anyhow I have to agree with another review about the Front Desk Mgmt - they are appalling. By the end of my week there, I made sure that the Asst. Gen'l Manager was aware of the hotel's faux pas. To describe the chaos at Front Desk would be equal to entering a lovely home and observing what looks like a whirlwind of chaos. The so-called managers at Front Desk - Melkis, Franklin etc. do not know how to communicate effectively or with proper English. That can be very frustrating when you're a tourist staying at a resort. Note: English is not a 1st language at this resort - Spanish, Italian, German all take priority. So it sucks to be Canadian, American or British. You not only have to awaken at an ungodly hour just to get into one of their a la carte restaurants, another added feature is you have to make a deposit of $10 U.S. to obtain and Iron & Ironing Board for your room (if they have any available that is). Don't worry you get it back b4 you leave. If you are enquiring about any tours, taxi services etc. the information provided will be different from each person at front desk. Left and right hand definitely not in sync. Check-out!!! This is very rigid (12 noon indeed). Any extension would be like pulling teeth. Make sure you double check your phone bill b4 you leave. My phone bill was reduced to $26 U.S. from a whopping $78 U.S. after I kicked up a stink. The phone will be turned off in your room on the day you are departing and I do mean by 6 a.m. if not earlier - so if you need to make a call back home to ie. pick-up arrangements better do that the day b4. So while the architecture is a definite 5/5 - the service is about a 2/5. For 1st time visitors like myself - if you wanna go to Jamaica and experience the history and culture - this resort is definitely not the place to be. However, if you liked to experience the warmth of the Caribbean sun, sand and palm trees while capturing the European old world charm of say Spain - go there. The old saying of when in Rome do as the Romans do - does not apply here. When in Riu Negril do as the Spaniards do. Final note: For those who have stayed at other Riu Resorts and have ventured to a nearby sister resort - don't even consider going to the sister resort in Negril - Riu Tropical...while you can shop at their duty free store - you will be duly kicked off their property. We certainly were!
My family of four just returned from our trip (July 31-Aug.7) to Club Hotel Riu Negril. We travel every year to different Caribbean islands and 4+ star resorts, but this was the best. Our arrival was not so bad, the bus ride was 1 hour and 15 mins. on a smooth pathed road from Montego Bay Airport. We got the the resort by 9:30pm, and check-in was expedient. We ate pizza at Luigi's that night. I sent the resort an email asking for a room close by the pool, amenities and with a high nice view of ocean, and they accomodated every request (even though I only paid for a standard room). The rooms were bright, granite floors, large bathrooms with double sinks and a bar area with liquor dispensor and well stocked mini-bar. There are no coffee makers in the rooms. The resort is new, extremely clean, beautiful grounds with esthetically pleasing roman/greco architecture amongst lush gardens and palm trees.
My boyfriend and I went to the Riu Negril at the end of May 2004. It was fabulous. We had a beautiful room with a garden/ocean view. The food was amazing and there was food everywhere all the time. You were never hungry, that's for sure. The bar in your room was always stocked up and the service was really good. The ameniteis were great and the rooms were very clean and spacious.
My husband and I (we are in our mid-20s) had a great time at the Riu Negril - July 21-28, 2004. The hotel is new and in beautiful condition. The staff are working hard, constantly cleaning and working on the beach, etc. They were all friendly and very helpful.
Great Place, BUT........
The RIU was terrific, the management was appalling. If you have a late flight out of Jamaica, be prepared to be kicked out. Check out is not one minute past Noon, or $100US. Don't expect any sympathy from the front desk manager, Melcous.
Truly the resort and the staff were terrific. The food was amazing. The beach needs work, and they were working on it everyday. Don't expect to eat at one of the a la carte restaurants; you have to line up at 6:00am to get a reservation. The only shortcoming was the management's lack of accountability and direction. Enjoy this very under priced resort while it lasts.
Stayed the week of 5/21 - 5/28. This resort was awesome. The BEST all-inclusive we have ever stayed at. The food options with the buffet were so extensive (and delicious), we didn't even want to try either of the reservation restaurants. Rooms were nice with stocked beer, soft drinks, and mixers as well as 3-4 liquors for your enjoyment. Staff was extermely firendly and accomodating.
The resort had Red Stripe (and RS Lite), however the only complaint was when those ran out (due to a Jamaican holiday), Real Rock was the only beer available. That was not good stuff. Walked down the beach to the Riu Tropical Bay and was definitely glad that we made the decision to stay at this RIU.
This is a new resort. We were there June 14-21, 2004. The decor was beautiful. The rooms were quite nicely appointed. Each room had a refrigerator with pop and beer and jugs of water. We were greeted in our room by a plate of fresh fruit and a bottle of rum. There was a patio with table and chairs and a pullout drying rack. The food is good. The A la Carte restaurants are good but Sir Andrews is the best, especially the fish dishes. You do have privileges at the sister resort-Tropical Bay-. Yes, the beach is good, but the water is murky at the new resort. They were working on it 24/7 while we were there. We walked down the beach to the sister resort and the beach and water is wonderful. So is the snorkeling. Mayfield Falls is a wonderful side trip. Grab a taxi for $20 for 2 and have 2 stops to go shopping. They will pick you up at the appointed time to take you to the next shopping center. The beds are comfortable and there are plenty of beach loungers. The pools are much larger than the sister resort , but as usual a fight for pool lounges. This is a great resort. Staff was very helpful and friendly. very Kid friendly!! They also do weddings. Saw 2 while we were there! They did a great job. Great resort.
I would go back over and over again!
My husband and I stayed at The Club Hotel Riu, Negril for our first wedding anniversary during the first week of June. Although we were visiting during the rainy season, our trip was fabulous! We ate dinner at the Restaurant Green Island every evening and had snacks during the day at Luigi's Pizzeria. Club Hotel Riu, Negril employs a phenomenal group of individuals and the hotel accomodations were impeccable. We can't wait to go back!
Riu was Fabulous
I've stayed at over 5 all inclusives throughout Jamaica and by far the Riu was the best especially for the $!!
Beach Beach Beach!! best I've been to
Accomodations, beautiful property! rooms are gorgeous very elegant
Great Service!! Great Staff
Atmosphere - everyting irie mon, no problem
Veggie Pizza - fantastic!
cheap brand drinks
buffet food - just "ok"
mosquitos - be prepared to be bit
Had a great time! I highly reccomend it. You will have a blast! Best for couples. Singles should stay closer to Alfreds & the Jungle (nightspots)