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November 30, 2006.....my 34th birthday. I'd been plannning this trip for not so long, it was kind of a last minute decision. This was my 5th trip to Jamaica and I decided it was time to break out from the usual places I've stayed and try a different side of the island. I'd never been to Ocho Rios before but heard lots about it from people on our …
I conquered a bobsled. Not even kidding. I owned that thing. It was AWESOME! And the guy at the bottom watched me brake to a stop. I said "wow. that was so fast." He asked how I liked it. "it was awesome" I said. But my heart was beating pretty fast. Then he asked me where I was from and told me I was beautiful. Like I said. I owned that ...
... waited in line for a very long time. As we were in line, we met a nice lady who was from Trelawny and had gone to the same high school as Usain Bolt. Finally got through customs, then went to pick up our bags when I found that the airline had broken my zipper. So I went to the customer service desk, and they gave me a voucher for ...
... we spent about half the time just waiting to move. Plus there was a videographer with us, so that they could try to get us to buy a DVD at the end. And he filmed each person in our group at a couple different places. At one relatively deep pool, they had each of us fall backwards into the water. And there was another spot where we could do a short waterslide down a smooth rock. Very fun.
We also got to learn a couple of typical Jamaican phrases. Instead ...
... a bandana and eye patch. The Master pirate comparing had a lot of fun with him. When the little boy was first dancing on stage the Master Pirate asked him if he was meant to be a Ninja Turtle with his head gear on as he loved spinning on the floor. Towards the end of the evening he said to the little boy ‘Go sit down and rest yourself, you av too much suga’ :0).
During the evening whilst playing musical chairs the participants had to ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Rooms Ocho Rios
JUST returned from R.O.B. . The hotel is recently renovated, so very clean. Tho there are some older fixtures, we did not have any trouble. Surprised at first to be assigned the corner farthest away from the entrance, we came to prefer it for quiet, - would avoid rooms around the central entrance square if possible- and comfort( could open big window and leave it open -feeling safe on the third floor and watched over by 24 hour security. Not ALL rooms have balconies, so double check if it matters) The surroundings are comfortable, the location good, the staff helpful and extremely friendly. Poolside bar,beach,and restaurant at our front door.Water toys, dock to boat tours,On call Taxis, and access to down town within minutes--try Nurses' food stand on the public beach--best ackee and saltfish, and curry, around. Yeah, the ocean view is probably better from the third floor when the cruise ships are in, but the view from the main floor includes beach ,greenery,and the edge of the water. And the ships aren,t there 100% of the time. (they only take up the left corner of the bay--)The grounds and beach were maintained and kept very clean,with service from the restaurant and bar available.
My wife and I just returned from Jamaica and spent 5 nights at the Half Moon Bay in Montego Bay and spent two nights at "ROOMS". in ocho rios. Unless you want to spend time in Ocho Rios proper, there is no reason to stay at this resort. If you stay, bring your own shampoo as it is not supplied, and ear plugs unless you enjoy really loud music until 3AM from the dance hall next door. During the day you can also listen to the constant constuction sounds next door .The beach is open to the public, for a fee, so expect to your typical issues. If you must stay here, I would suggest taking a cab down to HEDO III, where you can use their resort for $69a day until 6 o'clock. Evita's is a good restaurant
and Foxy's was a lot of fun.
The front desk is useless.
We booked our trip through Sam's Club and had no problems with our reservation or travel arrangements. We spent from Jan. 24th to Jan. 31st, 2005 at the Rooms. The rooms were decorated nicely and were clean. The staff was very friendly. The hotel is newly renovated. However, it is still a work in progress. Some construction is still going on so you might hear some banging during the day. They were also having some periodic computer problems. When they get everything running smoothly, I feel they could attain a 3 star rating. The food was average. The complimentary breakfast consisted of juice, coffee, various types of bread and two types of small sweet rolls. You can order off the menu for breakfast. Meals run about $8 to $9 per person for breakfast and lunch. Dinner averaged about $30 per person. The beach was very nice. However, if you are counting on an unobstructed view of the ocean, you will be disappointed. The cruise ships dock 1/4 to 1/2 mile in front of the hotel so you are looking at the side of a cruise ship 6 out of 7 days. You can position your beach chair at an angle so you can obtain a better view, however. The hotel is four stories and I did not notice an elevator so you might want to request a room on the ground floor if you have trouble with steps.
Good time was had by all
My wife and I just got back from 2 days at "ROOMS" Overall we really liked it. Only complaints, pool could have been warmer and there are no hot tubs. But all in all it was a real bargin for the price. The trip to Dunns River Falls set up by the hotel was great. The resort is located in town and a short walk to everything Burger King, KFC, a crafts market and a casino. A couple of cruise ships docked during our stay and the town got busy quickly. Still a nice change when it is snowing at home.
I recently spent 10 days at Rooms on the Beach. I have to admit that I didn't know what to expect as there were so many stories surrounding the opening and functionality of the hotel. However, after a 2 1/2 hr bus ride to cap off 12 hrs of travelling, we arrived at the hotel at ^:30 pm. Check in was fast and easy and they were very accomodating. The room originally reserved for us was on the 3rd floor (no elevators) and we asked if there was nything on the ground floor and we got an amazing room. Unfortunatley, we did change rooms the next day as the safe was dead and could not be fixed. It seems that room changes upon arrival is the thing to do, everyone was doing it.
It looks like a couple of other folks have had luck with this hotel, but my husband and I didn't, so I'd like to share my reviews of this hotel here so that you can decide for yourself :)
Good place to stay if you don't want an all-inclusive
I'm just back from my 6 nights stay at the Rooms.
I was a little bit upset the first day because they didn't give me the balcony room I paid for and they first told me it was my problem to contact Expedia for that. The day after I found a better person at the desk (Theresa0 who fixed the problem. Pros are: 1) location: it is within walking distance from best clubs (margaritaville, Little Pub, Jamaican me crazy), my favourite restaurant Ruins and also to Burgher King. 2) the hotel is new and so it's very clean 3) the beach is bigger and more enjoyable than famous reggae beach and james bond beach 4) cost compared to what they offer
Cons: 1) Staff is very unexperienced 2) pay attention when swimming to the itching plants under the sea
My family stayed at Rooms from Dec 19 - 16, 2005. Like the others, we noted that the hotel was new and had some kinks to work out.
My wife and I just returned from 7 nights at Rooms on the Beach ending Dec 27/04.
I just got back from my trip in Jamaica. I stayed at "Rooms on the beach" for 7 nights. I was very happy with the location of the hotel. It is on a nice beach, very close to a craft market and a shopping center offering restaurants and good shopping within walking distance. The hotel is very quiet, the pool(it is quite small, but nice with a swim-up bar) and grounds are nicely maintained, the rooms have been completely refurbished with new bed, furniture, drapes etc. I had some problems with a showerhead, but it was fixed immediately. May be I was lucky since I was only the 2nd guest at the hotel. Though the hotel staff is very young and inexperienced, I was happy with the personal touch in their efforts with my activity plans, restaurant selection(the choices are limited), shopping plans etc.