El Greco Resort
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- Continental Breakfast
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Room service
- Swimming pool
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Historical Traveler Reviews El Greco Resort Montego Bay
There was no hip in that strip !!!!!
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.
Pearched on Paradise
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...
Good, not great
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.
Just adjust your expectations and you'll love the place.
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.
El Greco, nice.. sort of
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.
The head of security arrived and thoroughly questioned us about everything, it seemed more like an interrogation! He definitely did not seem to believe us either. He thought that we were making this up so we could scam money off of our traveler's insurance, and this was definitely emphasized in the hotel report he wrote for me! It was very surprising that an establishment with such a reputation as El Greco would be so rude and unhelpful to a customer. All in all, I am NOT coming back!
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!!
TripAdvisor Reviews El Greco Resort Montego Bay
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Sunday 15th February, Montego Bay
Belly and Wendy took the dingy to Doctor's Cave, a reef site about 3km away. It was a bit windy with a few waves which meant the visibility was a bit poor and keeping each other and the dingy in sight was a quite a challenge. It was a pretty good workout for an hour or so. There were really pretty corals and quite a few fish, though all very small.
Belly and Wendy went in to ...
... a joint! In the end Baker bullied a young man on a motorbike to escort us. Off we went again on bad roads which ended in a dirt track. This time we just got out and walked. Baker sent us to a grave answering our description with a black marble slab, but unfortunately it wasn’t ours. We decided we’d had enough of pursuing the quest and were about to head back to the boat when Ken and Belly ...
... Gary was very nearly an alarmist suggesting that at this port everyone should opt for a Carnival excursion or risk being harassed by locals attempting to either sell you illegal substances which would ultimately result in your arrest or steal your belongings. I overheard one woman in the Cezanne Restaurant who opted to not go ashore at Montego Bay loudly saying that she had been advised to only go ashore on her own “if accompanied by a large group of friends.” Really? I ...
... Me and Erin catch a route taxi to
Treasure Beach, It's clear blue skies and a baking 30 degrees so I
decide that half an inch application of factor 50 should do the job
of keeping sunburn at bay.
Jamaica’s transport system works on a
number of licensed 'route' taxis that run specific routes and cost a
specific amount per journey. These are allowed to fit up to 4 people
... him record a dancehall track with another MC who had just been doing a radio interview. After work on Wednesday, me and some other volunteers travelled by taxi to Nine Miles, a small village about an hour and a half away from Mandeville, and also the birth place, chidhood home and resting.place of Bob Marley. Jamaican taxi drivers will try and fit as many people as possible into a cab, regardless of how many seats there are, so you need yo be prepared to be ...