Historical Traveler Reviews Kuyaba Negril
Favorite Spot in Negril
My best-friend and I stayed at Kuyaba, Negril August 6th-9th 2004. The hotel and staff were wonderful.
Rooms: We stayed in a deluxe room, the beds, floors, walls, bathroom were all very clean. Everyday the staff came in and cleaned and straightened our things up. The floor is tile, so you tend to track sand in, but lay a towel right inside the door and that will take care of that.
Bar: The staff at the bar were absolutely wonderful, every day we spent a good portion of our time hanging out.
Restaurant: Without a doubt some of the best dining in Negril. The breakfast was UNREAL!! Ackee and saltfish every morning for me.
Beach: Right in the middle of the strip so a prime location for white sand beach. Lots of water activities if you want it, or relax on the provided lounge chairs with a book.
Neighbours: There's a jerk pit on either side and also across the street from the hotel, so its easy to get some hot jerk chicken. There's also a duty-free mall across the street for any gift shopping or last minute items. Nightime partying is a five minute walk along the beach, or grab a taxi by the mall to take you to one of many hotspots.
I'll be coming back for more August 2005.
My partner and I travelled to Jamaica on 24th February. We flew independently with Air Jamaica and decided we wanted to see most of the island. We had a lot to fit in as we had only booked for two weeks. We arrived in Kingston 7 hours late (apparently Air Jamaica are notorious for delays!) forcing us to stay one night in Kingston. The following day we flew with Air Jamaica Express to Montego Bay for our onward journey to Negril. I would recommend this mode of travel in Jamaica between all the main resorts just for the views on the small aircraft! The journey time is short and it's approximately £40 each one way.
After arriving at Montego Bay domestic terminal we conveniently found a (free) Air Jamaica shuttle bus right outside to take us to the international terminal where we quickly found a reasonable cost for the hire of a Jeep for the remainder of our holiday.
Our first stop was Negril, Kuyaba was one of our first choices of accommodation for the first leg of our journey. When we tried to book two months in advance we were told they were fully booked. The only thing they could offer us was a Cottage beside noisy building works for the first night and then we could move to a Deluxe Room. We agreed as this accommodation was by far better than some seen and I really wanted to stay in boutique style accommodation but keep within my partners strict budget.
Kuyaba was by far our favourite accommodation out of everywhere we stayed in Jamaica, Negril beach was the best stretch of beach we stepped on. Having an artfully designed collection of accommodation ,there was something appealing for everyone at Kuyaba. Walking through the immaculately pebbled gardens each morning to the beachfront restaurant for breakfast was so nice, stopping on the way to say good morning to the talking parrot, The food was lovely, the service outstanding. Everything at Kuyaba is good value, with rates that - considering the quality of the rooms - are a relative bargain. The only thing they do need to improve is their reservation system.
We finally managed to stay at Kuyaba, everytime we have wanted to stay there in the past it has been fully booked. We checked in to Kuyaba the day before Hurricane Ivan decided to visit Jamaica. Our friends had just got married in Ocho Rios, Negril was the next stop on the tour of the island. On the day Ivan arrived Mr Williams and the staff moved us into a "safe" room upstairs , which we shared with the honeymooners. I knew we were going on honeymoon with them but didn't expect to share a bedroom too!! We were very well looked after, hot meals and drinks provided. When we have gone to negril on several other occassions, though we have stayed in other hotels, we have always eaten at the Kuyaba as the atmosphere and food is excellent. We'll be going again as soon as possible.
Jamaicans have it hard enough!!
I was there in Sept, this was my 2nd trip there. The 1st trip was much more enjoyable. They let go a bartender who was courteous, kind, & fun. The people in Jamaica are treated very poorly almost to the point of slave like. I will not stay there again & the group of people that I was bringing down next will go where I go.
Our vacation started off on a bad leg , after booking and paying a deposit months in advance our booking got lost but after seeing the reservation system it is was easy to understand how it got lost but after travelling for 18 hours it was no fun to be told that we were not expected!!! We had to change rooms 3 times over a period of the first four days as a result of this mix up. It was difficult to get angry with the staff who were very apologetic. However with the great food and the fantastic location that was soon forgotten.
Kuyaba creates a very intimate and family like atmosphere - a little haven.
Anyone with an open mind would see and appreciate the rare beauty of Kuyaba.
Boutique and Special
Got back from Negril on 20th June 2004. Stayed at Kuyaba for one week. This is hotel is a little paradise, from the moment you walk in and are greeting by the speaking parrot, to the moment you step on the private beach. It is chic, boutique and exclusive. No thumping music n the background for water aerobics here! No drunken tourists either! No screaming kids escaping from kids' club! This is a small hotel, but exudes the real feeling of Jamaica. My sisters stayed at the 'cookie cutter' Riu, and were soothed by the understated but quality service at the Kuyaba. The rooms are large and comfortable. I am definitely going back there. If you want to relax, this is the place. It's a great base to explore Negril and taste the real Jamaica. Interestingly, and quite surprisingly, I found that it was ideal for singles, couples and families. The food is good. Expect to pay £5 sterling for breakfast, and about £8 for a main course. For drinks, try the bottomless blue mountain coffee offer, and rum-and-ting.
Basically Kuyaba is for the kind of traveller who prefers scheduled flights to charter flights. Do you understand what I mean? Yeah mon!
I am a travel agent and I usually stay at Negril Gardens (all inclusive), this time I wanted something a little less expensive and different, so we stayed at Kuyaba (May 15th, 4 nites--rainy season). We stayed in a "rustic cottage" (no TV, radio, clock and/or blowdryers). We had a refrigerator, stove and oven in our cottage (Room 19). For a seasoned traveler, it was great. The "deluxe" rooms were beautiful. Kuyaba is small, very intimate and quiet property. The beach was beautiful. We had dinner there one night and it was excellent! I felt the service and staff were great. I would highly recommend this property to my clients and I would definitely stay there again.
If you have any questions about Kuyaba or any other properties in Jamaica, please feel free to contact me.
Kuyaba is a simple place. Though among other hotels, Kuyaba has the feel of selclusion. Nice rooms, private balconies, great food, kind and helpful staff, relaxed atmosphere, and a nice beach. Agreat place at a great price to go and simply relax. My wife and I loved it.
Loved it...for what it is
My husband and I stayed there for a week in early december. The rooms are simple...they look just like they do on the website. The food was great, the staff for the most part was kind and helpful. Kuyaba is great for what it is, a small hotel. It is not a mega resort or a luxury hotel, but it is a beautiful small hotel.
No frills, horrible service
we just got back from a week in negril. stayed 5 nights at rockhouse, which was great, and one night on the beach at kuyaba. the kuyaba resturant has a great rep. and the property looked nice, but the attitude of the staff was just terrible. our room was not ready until hours after check-in time and they were very rude about it. when the room was finally ready, we asked the desk lady if she could have someone bring our bags to our room. she replied "i dont know who i would ask", as though it was the first time anyone at a hotel asked to have their bags carried. so we carried our own, large bags. the room was okay, for the price ($103.00). we asked the desk for towels at 8 am to shower before our trip to the airport -then waited 3 hours for towels that never arrived. we asked several housekeepers with a pile of towels if we could have one and they refused to give them to us, saying (nastily) they were reserved for arriving guests. they didnt even have a beach towel to give us. so we sat on the beach sans towel, and then had to air dry ourselves after our showers. this is after waiting 4 hours for our rooms to be ready the day before. i would not go back, nor i would i recommend the hotel. the desk staff were unapologetic and uncourteous.
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