Sandals Carlyle Inn
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Historical Traveler Reviews Sandals Carlyle Inn Montego Bay
A-OK for Sandal's Inn
We spent 11 days at Sandals Inn this past summer and were very pleased with our honeymoon, overall. We had researched the Sandals and opted for the more 'intimate' Inn. We were glad we did. We got to know some of the staff (even had drinks named for us) and were able to visit the other Sandals whenever we wanted but come home to our quiet retreat anytime. We did some crazy things that were "no-nos" like renting a jet ski from a local while at Montego Bay Sandals, rented a car and drove all over the island, which was a BLAST! I don't recommend this to those that aren't used to LH driving on narrow streets. It was the scariest driving experience in my 40 years and I was glad my hubby was behind the wheel. We even stopped at a 'local's bar on the way home from Ocho Rios and took some photos with some of the patrons. We visited ALL of the Sandals on the island and I must say that Dunn's River and Negril were my favorites for beauty and scenery. Staying in Montego Bay gives you more choices, though...unless you do the car rental thing. My advice is to relax! Don't get taken in by the locals if you do venture off (which I DO recommend, just be careful). Try a local restaraunt or 2. Shop on the hip strip instead of the Motel Gift shops. Bring your own cigarettes if you smoke. They are $$$ to buy there! Have fun and don't ruin your vacation chasing opulence. This is a poverty-ridden country. If you want fancy-schmancey, don't go to Sandal's Inn. If you are more interested with getting a better feel for Jamaica, get a car!
Try all fo the tropical drinks you can and don't lose your sense of humor with the drug-dealers trying to get your attention or if (when) the AC fails for an hour or so.We were very happy with our Honeymoon.
Email me with questions, if you want. Good Luck!Joanne
*CAUTION* fake sandals inn pics
me and my girlfriend just got back tonight and i just signed online to make sure i was looking at the right pictures when i booked the trip..
i was.. the picture of the inn had a beautiful beach directly infrount and connected to the hotel.. when we got there we werent sure if the bus dropped us at the right place... the beach is across a semi busy street.. the beach is smaller than my frount yard.. it is also coved in very nice im sure but very loud locals.. the beach isnt private it is very public.. at night time the street is full of locals beeping there car horns, spinning tires, yelling, and laughing.. in the 5 days we were there we must have heard 30 car alarms go off.. we made the best of it by spending all our time at the mb sandals and the royal.. and only sleeping at the inn.. we had a great time.. spent only money on duty free (do not buy any liquor to bring home at the resort u will spend double the amount then u will at the airport).. the sandals staff was great.. we were on a first name basis with every bartender and door man.. one other small problem we had was trying to call out to the u.s.. it took us a good 40 mins to do so on our first day.. in the end we were charged for all the calls that didnt go through but the sandals staff understood our difficulties and there was no charge for them.. we will be returning to sandals most likely by next summer.. were goin to try the st. lucia resorts.. if were to go back to jamacia we will be staying at the mb resort.. i wouldnt recommend the inn unless ur budget calls for it.. i really dont know why sandals would risk their reputation on the inn.. and why they would post fake pics of the resort.. my 5 star rating is for sandals and not for the inn.. id give the inn 3 at the most..
A Perfect Honeymoon
My husband and I spent August 8-15, 2002 on our honeymoon at Sandals Inn. We wanted a luxury honeymoon at an affordable rate and we got it. The room, pool, restaurants and grounds were clean and well kept. The staff could not do enough for us. It was heaven having someone bring us champagne in the hot tub at midnight! The cozy atmosphere and seclusion from tons of other vacationers was great. While the beach at the Inn was across the street, we opted to catch the shuttle to Sandals MoBay or Royal Caribbean and take full advantzge of their beach, restaurants and entertainment. We ended up with the best of both worlds - places to live it up during the day and a spot to unwind at night.
Fun in Jamaica!
I went to Sandals Inn in Jamaica for my honeymoon. We had a wonderful time. The staff at Sandals Inn were amazing and much friendlier than at the other Sandals we traveled. I loved being able to travel to the other resorts. Sandals Inn is definitely not the resort to go to if you do not want to leave your resort though. When we booked the trip, I knew that there was not a lot to do at the Sandals Inn. There are other Sandals resorts that are a short ride on the Sandals shuttle that you can spend the day on the beach and have dinner and drinks. I didn't mind the short ride, but there were some people that did not realize that there wasn't a nice beach at the Sandals Inn. The Shuttle stops running at 12 from the other resorts, so staying out drinking at the other resorts is also not an option unless you want to pay for a taxi. Do not get me wrong, we had a great time, but we heard other people complaining about the resort from the moment we arrived so I wanted to make sure that I made this information available. Of course, I would think that most people would have researched where they were going to stay a little more and been aware of the accommodations. Overall if you want a wonderful vacation at Sandals without paying the price of the larger Sandals resorts then Sandals Inn is the way to go, but if you want a lavish vacation pay the extra money and go to the larger resorts.
Pampered and protected...
Pampered and protected are two of the goals Sandals Inn, Jamaica tries very hard to make you feel. When we arrived May 26th (our first trip to Jamaica) my first impression was similar to Mexico. The roads had a lot of trash beside them and we drove past many poverty stricken abodes. I did love when I saw a tiny home that the owner had planted several beautiful flowers in the yard, poverty does not mean lack of appreciation for beauty or pride. There were several people at the airport who helped us with our luggage from place to place-my husband tipped $1-$5 each for their help. Customs and finding the Sandals Desk was "no problem mon"-you basically just herded along with everyone else. There were Jamaican singers and dancers there to greet each plane. The Sandals Shuttle took us straight to the Inn. We were escorted to the lounge, given a cold cloth and cold drinks of our choice. Our travel agent had written a note for us and had us upgraded as a gift. It was so nice! We ended up on the 3rd floor in the Grand Lux Oceanview room. A better room than we had experienced in Hawaii in a conservative hotel so I was very happy. I expected large bugs in the room because everywhere tropical we had been had them, but I noticed they sprayed often for bugs and we had no problems. I hate to take anything alive home with me. Wednesday we renewed our vows and Antoinette helped me pick the prettiest bouquet of flowers I have ever seen in my life! I found out later the florist is just on the corner next to the Inn and you can go there and get beautiful flowers arranged in your hair for less than $10 US. They are amazeing! Food was great all week. A great place to stay. People so kind and helpful. We shuttled to all the other Sandals and tried Snorkeling-loved it from the Inn. Reba and Bobo will dive for a shell if you see one you want. Our daughter got married at the Royal on Thursday and it was beautiful. Buy the photo album and video-they are SO worth it. Color in pictures was perfect. The garden with oist is not as good as the Inn. They pampered our bride like a princess. Cinderella could not have had a better time. We ate at the Royal Thai 3 times and learned the menu. They have a rating with hot peppers and we ate most things with 2 peppers or less and it was mild. Tokyo Joes at Montego Sandals was a big meal but didn't care for the appetisers and soup. It was a pretty setting for pictures. Shopping is a walk down the road or you can take a taxi for about $20 round trip(includes tip). They bring in crafts once a week to buy right there at the Inn. I bought his/her outfits from Murial (custom made in one night) and beautiful art and baskets from Dotty. The all-inclusive thing was new to us and we like it. Didn't have to worry about meals or tips all week. Just went to the tour desk and made reservations for anything we wanted, anywhere we wanted to go (within the Sandals plan) If you go outside the Inn they will arrange it, but once outside you pay high and tip. If you go on the Dunn's River trip stay with the guide because if you go past the vendors they will eat you up trying to sell you things you don't want. Climbing the Falls was fun. Try the Sunday 10 AM service at the Baptist Church on Market Street if you want a good cultural experience in Montego Bay. Have the taxi pick you back up at 12:30. It's worth it if you can take the heat. The children's choir is adoreable. When we headed home, they had a bus to the airport and got us in to the building (you tip this guy). No problems mon. Go, do it. I'd reccommend it. Have fun.
Yes the standard rooms are a bit basic, no balcony which is pretty bad really, had to change rooms, ours stank of cigarettes. But the staff are brilliant, very kind, helpful and friendly. Loved eating at the other restaurants, they were all good if not exellent. If you like the friendly touch, then here is a good choice, everyone gets to know everyone and its good fun sitting around the bar having a chat and a drink. Mostly Brits here, but the Americans joined in and were great. Loved the Royal, wonderful, quite classy, great house band, found Montego Bay a bit to much, there entertainment was games etc which is fine if you are playing but boring if your just watching! What is this about the drinks being watered down, I wish, if anything they were too strong! We had a great time, met some lovely people, found the Jamaicans to be wonderful, they couldnt have helped more, no real hassle, I wonder about people who said the hassle was bad, where else have they been! This was not a problem! Shall probably go back in a couple of years - its a big world.
Nice resort but wouldn't do it again....
I stayed at the Sandals Resort in Montego Bay and although the resort is beautiful, I'm not sure I would do it again. Everything is included - meals, drinks, tip etc BUT to me there's a catch. I believe there are 5 different restaurants you can eat in. They have different eating times. So you have to eat when they tell you to unless you want jerk chicken or a meat pattie from the beach area (that area is open most of the day). On Friday, 3 of the restaurants were closed and if you didn't have a reservation for the others, you were out of luck. We got stuck at the "buffet" for dinner. The food there was terrible. The Italian restaurant was okay. The tex mex restaurant was okay nothing spectacular. If you're a person that likes to have nice dinners when you're on vacation, this place is definitely not for you. The breakfast buffet was probably the best thing there. Anything you wanted, they had. The homemade stuffed omelets were very good. As far as the drinks go, if you don't ask for alcohol, you'll get a virgin pina colada and so on. The good thing are the water sports. They have a nice choice to pick from as far as kayaking, the aqua bike, sailing, and you can use them as much as you want as long as it is before 5:00, because that's when they start pulling them out of the water and closing up. Also, they start pulling back your beach chairs at the same time. So if you're in the water and come back and your chair is gone, you have to go and look for it and well as your belongings! It seems to me that the beach closes at 5:00. The casino is about the size of my hotel room and all they have are slot machines. The so called "nightlife" is pretty non existant. Their nightlife is considered everyone meeting in the lobby (which has no air conditioning) and watch different acts. For example, one woman came out and sang Tina Turner songs, one guy, who was supposed to be a reggae singer sang Top 40 songs. There was absolutely no reggae acts or singing the whole wnd I didn't hear one Bob Marley song!!! They had no disco or night club. We were back in our hotel room at 9-10 p.m. As far as going outside the resort and doing other activities (you had to pay for this), we went on the rafting ride down a river. This was actually not a bad thing to try. The neighborhood that we passed was horrendous. Be careful if you do this! I must say that the staff are great and very friendly. The guy who worked the breakfast/dinner shifts was a sweatheart ( I think his name was Ginchie). The guy who worked the water sports was awesome as well. My friend lost the key to our room in the water and he assured us he would find it and he went diving in the water and 1/2 hour later he found our key! His name was Robert. If you're a person like likes to lounge on a beach and each moderate, mediocre food and not too big on nightlife, then this place is for you. If not, go to the Atlantis!!!
Overall great stay at the Inn
My wife and I spent our first trip to Jamaica at the Sandals Inn during the week of January 20th, 2003.
1. Flight: we flew non-stop from Atlanta, Georgia via Air Jamaica. The flight to and from Jamaica was "wide open" and only about 40% full. After take-off, we could move out of our assigned seats to anywhere we wanted in coach class. It was nice to spread out and, in retrospect, I am glad I did not spend the extra money for first class. The highlight of the flight was the free, unlimited Red Stripe Beer and champagne. The planes were very modern and the flight crew was superb.
2. Airport transfers: once we breezed through immigration and customs at the Sangster International Airport, we proceeded directly to the Sandals desk. We were greeted warmly by the Sandals representatives and quickly escorted to the awaiting taxi without a wait. Although the transfer was free, we tipped the driver a couple of dollars because of the great service and convenience.
3. The Inn: We were upgraded to a deluxe oceanview room without asking. The common areas were spotlessly clean. There was never a moment where we did not observe staff members cleaning or polishing something. The quaint atmosphere allowed us to personally get to know almost all of the staff members, and vice versa. In fact, each night, several staff members, including the chef (who studied in Switzerland), sat at the bar and socialized with the guests. The drinks were excellent, never watered down, and we never had a problem at the bars with service. The staff did not like to see us empty-handed and on some occassions, we had to turn down offers for something from the bar. The food was terrific with particular attention given to the presentation. And, if ever you wanted an "in between" snack, the Nibbles snack bar should be a definite visit. There cheeseburgers and fries were outstanding, not to mention the jerk chicken.
4. Shuttles to and from neighboring Sandals resorts: always on time, dependable, clean, and roomy. The shuttle began at 9:30 a.m. and ran every hour (except during a lunch and dinner break for the driver) up until midnight.
5. The entertainment: Absolutely fabulous. Bingo, karaoke, and name that tune were just a few. It was truly fun trying to do all while intoxicated.
6. Security: Never a moment where we felt unsafer or uneasy.
7. Beach towels, lounge chairs, and umbrellas are included!
8. Iron and ironing board are in each room along with a safe.
9. Departure tax ($28.00 U.S.) included in our airline ticket.
1. No elevators.
2. Beach was across the street (not a problem since it was small and not nearly as pretty as the beach at Sandals MoBay.
3. Very little water pressure in the rooms and took a while to get warm water.
4. Noisey up until midnight. Loud cars and persons up and down the "hip strip". Definitely trouble sleeping in certain rooms unless you were drunk (which we were most of the nights)
5. Trying to time the shuttle buses at neighboring resorts, especially during the lunch and dinner breaks.
6. The dress requirements were not enforced strictly enough at the restaurants that required reservations. Casual elegant does not mean shorts.
I would not hesitate in returning to Jamaica or staying at the Sandals chain. If visiting the Inn, make every effort to request a room above the pool. The closer to the front of the resort you are located, the more street traffic you will hear. Also, I would recommend taking your own drinking glasses. They would hold more and be cleaner than the ones at the bars. Otherwise, use straws. I loved bargaining with the local vendors at the beach and across the street from the Inn. They are courteous and fun to interact with. Carry alot of small bills (U.S.), as it is easier that way to horse trade with them.
I miss it very much already and can't wait to return next year.
Stay at Montego Bay Sandals
Stay at Sandals Montego Bay! Sandals Inn is ok, samll, noisy & not real clean rooms.
Good Bar, upgraded rooms are much nicer, if you stay here UPGRADE! We had to the 1st night. Our standard room was terrible!
Sandals as a whole is a 10! I would go back in a heartbeat, just not to the Inn.
I am sorry to see a fine resort like Sandals & Beaches have a tarnished piece of property like this.
The beach (?) is across the street where you must leave the safety of the gates & immediatley be hounded to buy drugs, bracelets, shirts etc.
Just tell the peddalers "no thank you" very nicely and they will leave you alone.
I had none of these problems at the other Sandals I visited.
The staff was #1!
My fiancee and I were looking for a place to go and get married. both our 2nd time. We were going alone and wanted to go someplace special. After a month of reviewing resorts via the internet, we deicded on the Sandals Royal Caribbean. We definitely made the right choice. From the airport in to the airport leaving, everything was taken care of for us. The weddingmoon arrangements are as advertised. You submit the paperwork and let them take care of the rest. It was amazing. If you are looking to do the same thing, go here.
The resort and rooms are super clean. The service from the front office to the bartenders and maids was timely and friendly. We had read many reviews about unlimited drinks, just try to get one, absolutely false. We instantly met couples that we hung around with the whole week. The Sandals couples policy is a perfect way to vacation. There's unlimited drinks without the typical bar room problems.
Paying for your trip upfront and supposedly not having to spend once you are there is true. We are definitely going back this November.
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