El Greco Resort
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I can't believe this time last week I was getting everything done on the weekends in order to be ready for another work week! It is a bit uncomfortable being on the downhill of saving/spending. The whole time we've been married we've been saving like crazy and now that we have no money coming in, it's an odd feeling to be just spending, especially …
Dear Friends, The Schaefers and psuedo-Schaefers have been having a great and relaxing time in Jamaica. Justin drove us to the airport for our 7AM flight - very sad since we won't see him again for awhile (but not forever for sure). Our first flight was fairly uneventful. I slept for awhile and read my book (awesome book called Nine Parts of Desire …
Finally, a chance to sit down and give an update. We arrived safely on Friday afternoon and were greeted very warmly by the people, our host pastor, and the weather. Thankfully, all bags arrived with us. The rest of Friday was spent getting some cultural introduction and resting from a very long day (a 5:00 am airport meeting time wears one out …
It was the most peaceful moment of the entire week, when Kim and I were traversing over the sharp and edgy coral, where the world ends. Well, where my world ends. We left the patch of beach behind us, and gingerly stepped up to examine giant conch entombed within layer after layer of coral, just as a grandmother's sitting room becomes layered in lace with time, as if to say, "see, I am becoming more precious and delicate every day."
The sky was ...
... Which worked out because Air Canada Rouge has no t.v. on seatbacks.
Arriving in Montego Bay we were directed to a certain line and met J; tour guide for our fam trip who worked for the Jamaican tourist board.
Three or more days into the trip I thought back to the airport. Was that the same guy? I couldn't even recall for sure, I was so tired.
I must have looked like death too. Not ...
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- Swimming pool
- Room service
- Free High-Speed Internet
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Historical Traveler Reviews El Greco Resort Montego Bay
I think the previous 2 reviewers sum it up pretty well.Just returned from a 3 night stay here and whilst I probably wouldn't go again (too many other places to visit) we had a nice time. The staff were all very polite and helpful, though they needed prompting to bring over water and juice at breakfast. The view from the breakfast patio is simply wonderful though the choice of food was pretty limited. The apartment we had was fine, the air conditioning could be set to not actually blow down on your head once we'd figured out the remote. They even had all the major US TV channels in case you don't want to miss an episode of friends ! Plus of course you have a fridge to store any cool drinks you want, and a stove if you want to cook anything yourself.The one thing I didn't understand was the supposed 'hip strip' downstairs from the hotel. I'm thinking we must have been there at a very quiet time as there was hardly anyone around when we went out at night. Of course that just meant there were far fewer people for the locals to 'bother' with requests for handouts or offers of illicit drugs. A firm but polite "no thanks" was normally enough to get rid of the unwanted attention.The best food was found at 'margarittes' next door to margaritaville, but the price was comparable to a good Boston restaurant, so don't go expecting to get a cheap dinner. (Entrees 20-40 dollars each)The beach was gorgeous, and if you don't want to sit at the bar for lunch, there is a handy sub/pattie window 10 yards further along. (which was also much cheaper)All in all, pefectly adequate, If you're looking for 4/5 stars you'll probably be disappointed but if you are after a reasonably cheap hotel close to the beach and don't need too many fancy luxuries i'm sure you'll love it.
Had a excellent time
My Husband I just came back from Elgreco resort in Montego Bay this was a wonderful resort. Our 1 bedroom suite was great we had a full kitchen with a nice livingroom that has french doors that open to a wonderful veranda we spent many hours there.This resort was more intimate less people. We have been to Wyndam rose Hall-Holiday Inn etc. but this 2 star resort was excellent if you wish for more privacy. We visited doctors cave beach across the street. Ate and partied at Margaritaville. The hipstrip was cool shopping with the islanders we had no problems mon. This was a great trip we had paid our deposit to go back in june.
Secound attempt at finding somewhere to stay in MoBay(first was the Grandiosa Resort, and is not recomended) El Greco is perched on top of a cliff 12 stories high in MoBay overlooking Doctors Cave Beach, the place is very clean and the staff friendly. We stayed there for 2 nights prior to moving on to Pebbles FDR. What's really great is It's only 10 mins from the airport. It has breathtaking views of the Ocean, yet is quite and a safe place for kids (we travelled with 4 adults 4 kids), It has a swimming pool restaraunt It's own shop for groceries, the rooms have stove refridgerator / balcony etc. you take an elevator down 12 stories and your right there on the strip, with the hustle and bustle of restaraunts shops etc. right across the road is doctors cave beach which is kept in prestine condition (Oh yeah, normal cost to enter the beach is $5 but the hotel gives you a free pass and towels to use) I read an earlier post that mentioned bad security, but I'm happy to say that was not the case for us. In fact It was highly secure there was even a guard on the stairs to our complex. I would rate It 3 stars (not luxurious but adequate) And I will definately go there again.On another note, while your there, great places to try, "the pork pit" offers Jerk chicken/pork/shrimp at very reasonable prices and is about 15 min walk. "Magaritaville" is about 10 min walk and the whole fish is fantastic though this place is more expensive. Email if you have ??'s Have fun!
I read all the reviews on every hotel in MoBay before I decided on El Greco and they were very accurate. I was w/a local for my stay and they gave me no problems. The place was clean and the staff was very friendly. As far as the ants your going to get them everywhere you stay on the island if you leave food out or in cabinets. Keep everything in the fridge. The free breakfast was great and kept you full till the late afternoon. The pool was quiet and clean w/a bar located adjacent, w/a very friendly staff. The security is top notch here, so no worries about people "sneaking" around the place. There are 2 stores to buy your supplies, beer, food, etc...located on the premises. The only thing that went wrong was at check in they don't take American debit cards, so I had to find an ATM to pay cash and they dispense only Jamaican money. So know your exchange rate before hand. I will be staying there again so I guess that says it all...
El Greco is beautifully situated atop the bluff overlooking Doctor's Cave Beach and is located just minutes from Sangster airport (so watch how much you might pay for a taxi since the 'resort' does not have shuttle service). The room was a decent sized suite, with full kitchen and large patio/balcony. However, there were some drawbacks. First, we had ants. My wife went nuts and killed them all, just moments after I'd left some British twinkie snack on the counter. A few brave fellow ants ventured back out later, and unfortunately, my wife was nearby and so met the same fate as their brethren. Second, they use a very small water heater in the room for bathing, cooking, etc. No problem, just beware, it is small so no long showers. Third, only the bedroom is air-conditioned. This wouldn't be so bad if it weren't for the fact that it is positioned right above the headboard (so it blows on your head all night) and that it was extremely loud. To sleep, we had to turn it off, only to wake up an hour later, covered in sweat, turn it on (with the remote control, which was nice), wait for it to cool, then back off so we could resume sleeping. Fourth, the walls are thin, and our room was on a corner so we heard conversations, phones ringing, construction, etc.
Home away from home
I love it greatly have stayed there several times from nov 98 until current at least twice a year the mattresses need up grading otherwise it is ok M Sharpe.
Bad for local guests
Nice accomodations, but don't try to bring local guests into your room. They will treat you like they are paying you to stay there. I bought a guest to visit with me and they wanted ID, birth certificate, etc., I think it was uncalled for, if I want them to visit me, then what is the problem. They need some teaching in customer service. THE CUSTOMER IS ALWAYS RIGHT
I really like this place. It was clean, nice service. Big and spacious villa style accommadations. Very relaxing.
I was there about a month ago for a week and it was really nice. I was surprised by the apartment style room we had. But the bad stuff happened towards the end of the week. First of all, I had my cell phone and cd player stolen from my room. My cell phone was in a drawer underneath some clothes and my cd player was in my suit case underneath a pile of dirty clothes. The worst thing was that the hotel staff was very ambivalent about it and did not seem to care that my stuff had gotten stolen. That was not even the end of it.
Good Price, Good Place
Don't expect too much and you will not be disappointed. Very nice, clean, accomodations await you. The view from the bluff is spectacular and you get free passes to Doctor's Cave Beach--which is a must-see. If you get a room on the road side it can be a bit noisy.
Restuarant and pool are nice. Staff is very nice--they wouldn't take the tips we were leaving until we told them they could.
Having a kitchen is great--Ice is a premium in Jamaica and the fridge keeps your Red Stripe cold.
It's not a resort as much as it's an apartment, but we're going back again!!