Rooms Ocho Rios
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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.
Hated Maurgueritaville, liked Tradewinds, really like the patties at Mothers and Juicy Beef--and the jerk at the Jerk station, and I never miss at least 1 lunch at Bibibips. There's always B K if you are feeling homesick. Have stayed at the Jamaica Grande, and The Village Hotel and, other than the lack of a fridge, like ROB the best.
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.
2 Stars working on 3
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.
We enjoyed Ocho Rios. The biggest drawback is the 2 hour, at times, bone jarring bus ride. We ate at some very nice restaurants. Our favorites were: Trade Winds, Spring Gardens and The Ruins. The cost of meals at these places ranged from $35 to $50 per person. Trade Winds is about a 5 minute walk from the hotel. The Ruins is about a 20 minutes walk or 5 minute cab ride. Spring Gardens involves a cab ride that will cost $20 for a round trip for two.
I mention that we booked our trip through Sam's. The cost was $870 per person for 7 nights and included round trip airfare. At that price, I felt we received a good value.
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.
Totally worth the money
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.
But once you get settled, the hotel was perfectly fine. Very very clean, they were constantly making improvements while we were there...new lighting, new ceramic in the restaurant etc... The restaurant, btw, serves up great food and very inexpensive for a hotel. They have a breakfast, lunch and dinner menu, as well, as bar snacks, sandwhich menu and poolside grill menu. I suggest the Jerk chicken, pizza, and wings.
The pool is great and has a swim up bar with the best Pina Colada's I've ever come across in my travels. Ask Ricardo to whip you one up.
At night the pool bar is the center of attention with loud music, penuts, popcorn, and lots of red stripe...
The beach is great, although, the hotel is situated on a bay. The water is a bit merky at times as the cruise ships dock less than 100 feet from the hotel beach and kick up some junk in the water. The water was warm and very often a beautiful aqua green. You can walk down the beach and come out the gate that leads you into town and make your way back up through the town.
If you want to venture out at night, I would suggest a taxi after dark. The hotel is in the BEST location. Just outside the gates, adjacent to the hotel is a huge craft market, and directly across the street is all the duty free shopping you need. A little tip, whatever you are going to buy, buy it on a day when there are no cruise ships, vendors are much more willing to bargain as they are hard up for sales.
There are a million restaurants in the area that range from dirt cheap to kinda expensive. You must visit a plce called MOMS. Local quisine and very casual. We took it out a few times and brought it bvack to the hotel. $4 U.S gets you a meal fit for a king. The Ruins resaurant and Margaritaville at night for entertainment are highly reccomended. The Ruins ahs a buffet everyday from noon to 3pm all you can eat with all your drinks included for 12$ US.
All in all, for the money, its a great place to stay and allowed us to see more of Ocho Rios and experience the food and the culture rather than be cooped up in a resort. I would definately reccomend it but keep in mind, its like staying at a Holiday Inn.
Rooms on the beach - not worth the money at all
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 :)
We were on a 4 day trip to Jamaica and our very first night when we got to the hotel was a bad start in itself. We had made reservations at this hotel for 3 nights through travelocity, and when we arrived, the hotel staff conveniently said that we were not showing up in their system and that they were currently fully booked for the next couple of days, so they'd be able to accomodate us for only 1 night. We kept pointlessly arguing with the manager who seemed to think that it was not their problem at all and that travelocity had done to it other people that had come in the same day. He wouldn't even let us patiently get through to travelocity when we tried calling their customer service. Once we put our foot down and insisted that the situation we were in was rather inappropriate, the guy finally promised to give us preference if there were cancellations for the subsequent nights, and with that little ray of hope, we went to our room a good couple of hrs after we had arrived at the lobby.
Once in our room (oceanview), we found that the picture quality on TV was very poor and there was no hot water available. That of course, got fixed relatively quickly compared to the other issues we faced!
Anyways, the next day, we got lucky and were able to continue to stay there for the remainder of our stay, but they reassigned us rooms since we wanted one king bed instead of 2 queens. They said they would have our baggage shifted to the new room by the time we got back after sight seeing/shopping. But that never happened, and we had to haul our baggage (note that there are no elevators in this hotel) to the third flr, but we did get a little bit of help on the way. On entering the new room, we found that the TV did not work at all... numerous calls to the front desk and personal enquiries still had no effect.. noone came up to look at it and get it fixed.. when someone did (during the last night of our stay), they simply said that the cable doesn't work in our room, so we just had to live with it.
Now comes the most amusing part of the story, I was sound asleep but my husband told me all about it. At some bizarre time early in the morning, like 1 or 2 am, someone used a key card to enter our room and realized that it was already occupied. Apparently they had just checked in and reception had given them the wrong key card, and we heard elsewhere that this wasn't the first time this had happened! :)
Finally, in every other hotel, the check out process is relatively painless, but at this hotel, my husband stood waiting for quite a bit of time while I was waiting with our baggage in the van that was to take us back to the airport, and inspite of all that wait, they still couldn't manage to print and give us a receipt for our stay! Now that we are back, travelocity wants us to fax them copies of the receipts so that they can refund the appropriate amount, and my husband has already called the hotel several times, and each time they say they'll fax it over, but they never seem to do that. This hotel is just the heights of inefficiency (on the part of the staff) and the worst part is, they don't seem to realize it, so we'd strongly recommend that you try and stay elsewhere if you do have the chance.
That said, a few good things about the hotel:
1. Location - pretty nice with the beach right across. We stayed in an oceanview, so am not sure how the interior rooms were. There were a lot of beach chairs and it was a decent relaxing atmosphere.
2. Pool side bar - they made us some pretty good drinks (and relatively inexpensive) and it was open until late at night.
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.
The Positive - room was inexpensive, convenient to town, good beach, and personnel were friendly. Very close the the TRADEWINDS restaurant, which has great food, I strongly recommend it.
The negative - noise ricocheted from everywhere. People walking, talking, hammering (at 1:30 am), etc was a big nuisance. Normal noises were escalated to very loud sounds. Towels and room cleaning was rare.
If you are looking for its location on a map, it is the former Club Jamaica. Signs are now posted so you should be able to find it without much trouble, unlike our nightmare trying to find it on the 19th. Once renovations are complete, it will be much more convenient to town, the closest walkway is closed due to construction and you have to walk down a long driveway to get to the main drag. Turn left after the Burger King if coming from Mobay.
DO: Try a fishing trip with Donovan on the Hatteras, the sunset cruise with Myrna on the Cool Runnings, eat at Tradewinds, and shop at the Olde Market across from the Texaco.
DON"T: buy a margarita at Margaritaville - it tastes like tequila & sugar. Yuck. Not the Perfect Margarita that was advertised, please tell Jimmy Buffett if you see him around.
DIVING: If you are diving, ask lots of questions from Garfield's, the SCUBA shop on the beach. We dove from a glass-bottom boat, were ditched by the divemaster one day (he went to dive with the cruise ship passengers) and we were floating with the glass boat captain for 1 1/2 hours while they scrambled to call someone in from across the island. But they didn't tell us that, we had no idea why we were waiting. Not good service, didn't even give us a break on the price. We had four divers and dived more than any cruise ship passenger that day and week with that shop. The captain and called-in divemaster were great, but the shop clearly didn't care. And did I mention that the boat didn't have a ladder? In short - get a commitment before paying.
Great location in Ocho Rios
My wife and I just returned from 7 nights at Rooms on the Beach ending Dec 27/04.
When we arrived it had just opened the week before, so there were some kinks to work out with the room. Rooms is a refurbished hotel (formally Club Jamaica), with fresh paint and decor, but older fixtures (plumbing in particular). (no hot water for 1 day for much of the hotel) The staff was helpful, particularily the girls cleaning the room would respond to getting maintenance help on small problems with the room.
We had a ocean view balcony room - very nice. Lots of foilage on the beach stopped a clear ocean view (of moored cruise ships mostly). The rooms overlooking the pool area - be warned that the noise (music and chatter) can be annoying and go on til 1 am per comments by other guests I spent time with. The balcony rooms - worth the extra cost IMO.
Beach is nice beige coral sand - never gets hot. Lots of shade available. Water is wading shallow and little weedy further out before it gets deep. Lots of beach chairs provided at the beach and pool area. Pool is not large or deeper than 3'-4" but has a swim up bar. Beach towels are available for free use - not best quality towels though (thin terry). May want to bring your own.
Lots of watersports and activities available very close-by down the beach (jet skis, catamaran rides, glass bottom boats, scuba, snorkling, parasailing, etc). Beach was closed for swimming at night - was quoted something about fish coming next to shore for feeding and should not be disturbed.
Free continental breakfast was little disappointing with only bread and pastries, jams, juice and tiny tiny coffee cups. Some fruit or cold cereal would have been nice.
Fitness room lacked a treadmill, and some electronic equipment was not functioning as it should. Lots of weights and benches.
There is laundry facilities ($2 token needed from front desk) and ice machine. Ironing board and iron also next to laundry machines.
Location of Rooms On The Beach is excellent to the beach and town center, easy walk and great location IMO. There was a hotel exit that is not yet open to the town (still in an area under renovation), so a longer walk along the driveway to the street is required for now. But lots of shopping is very close by.
I would say there was more night security than I expected with night patrols around the grounds and a full time guard in a booth on the drive entrance.
The landscaping is immature along the driveway at the time we were there, with much bare soil showing and the grass seed just taking hold. The grounds were clean though, and swept daily. Lots of existing palm and almond trees - some young and newly planted.
We heard about lots of good places to eat and tried some. My favorite was The Almond Tree - excellent food and service. went there twice including Christmas dinner. Never tried Evitas (Italian), or the Ruins (Chinese) but heard good reports about both. Also a seafood place accessable by taxi was recommended - called Spring Gardens. It was closed the night we wanted to try it due to Christmas.
Didn't care much for the hotel restaurant menu or quality. Lacked atmosphere too IMO. But just fine if not wanting to go out. I understand it is operated separately from the hotel, so meals cannot be charged to the room. I think the pool bar is also the same way. Cash or credit card only.
A decent meal and bar with nice outdoor atmosphere is also at Coconuts, at the end of the beach on the cruise ship pier.
Telephone was expensive at $2 US (I think) for a local call. But the TV had internet connection which I was not charged for, but used 4 times. Was supposed to be extra cost I beleive.
The 2nd and 3rd floor ocean - beach view balcony rooms are worth the extra cost for the view, quiet from the bar/ pool area, and the nice breezes and sounds from the ocean. Many are equipped with king beds instead of 2 doubles - some people seeking 2 doubles with ocean balcony were disappointed that none were currently available at check-in. First floor oceanview also good, but lack little less balcony privacy (but maybe better ocean view under the foilage if you can see over the 4' wall next to the beach) I think 2nd floor is best level.
There are junior suites available as well... never saw inside one.
No balcony's available in the pool area, though some pool area rooms have ocean views too.
Overall our experience was satisfactory at Rooms, and should be even better for the ones who follow after us. I felt the staff generally was friendly and helpful.
Here is a link to my on-line photos of the hotel, our room and the beach area - copy and paste into your browser.
Very much liked Rooms on the Beach. Loved Jamaica
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.
In addition to the restaurant at the hotel, I will recommend Ruins at the falls, Evita's, Bibibips & Tradewinds which are all close by.
Though this hotel is not an all-inclusive, I booked this hotel to enjoy some of the activities offered outside at Dunn's River Falls, Chukka Cove, Dolphin Cove etc with my pre-teen children. The hotel is close to all these activities and I got free transportation for most of the activities.
Children enjoyed the beach, pool, friendly staff, friendly Jamaican people, all the activities very much and want to go back again.
A few negatives :
1. The hotel does not accept American Express cards.
2. The tour desk, restaurant and hotel maintain completely separate accounts. It is not possible to charge your lunch or tours to the room.
3. The room does not have a clock. The hotel provides bar soap, but no shampoo or conditioner.
4. Every weekday morning one or two cruise ships dock nearby. The ships look majestic, but sometimes they block partial view of the ocean and make all the attractions more crowded.
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We had decided not to do an organised shore excursion for our final day shore day for this cruise, instead negotiating a deal on the street or a two hour tour that would take us to Dunn's Falls, a beach, botanic gardens, and the mountains. We were packed into as all can, together with the hypnotist (ship entertainer) and his wife... Our first stop was Dunn's Falls. A number of people got off with the promise that they would be collected at 12 pm. That was ...
... in Jamaica because they live In a very corrupt place. At around four we headed back to the boat and signed in, Then me and others left to go do something on the main deck, After me and the guys had dinner at a Taste (which was free) it was really good and the meals came super fast. After we headed to the sport complex to go play soccer then to the hot tub for the rest of the night. it was a very eventful but amazing ...
... I loved the look of the restaurants and the martini bar was great. The staff there were friendly and quick with your order and they stocked Grey Goose vodka which was a first in my resort experience. I happily plunked myself down each night and ordered a few of those.
Night three was going to be a very quiet, early to bed night. Lisa convinced me to accompany her to Margaritaville in Ocho. I really didn't want to go out; ...
The people at the market in town were definitely pushy, but thanks to Jaime's and my experience in other countries, we had our bargaining skills down for sure. Pushy vendors did not intimidate us. I got a couple of things from the market, I talked one vendor down who tried to charge me $40 for one painting, but then I bargained them down to two paintings for $15. Ah, yea! Jaime got a ...
... to get a free coconut milk which we were surprised at and expected the vendor to insist on a tip!
Finally we went to the Dolphins, we were going to be standing in shallow water and just, kissing, stroking and playing with the Dolphin. Sadly the two little animal lovers bottled out again and would not touch Mick the Dolphin. Mick got his own back on all of us at the end of the show by soaking us all to the bone. It was all captured on video ...