Great beach hotel in a good location
Rooms clean and tidy but not that modern
Swimming pools quite small for size of resort
Good food not out standing mostly buffet style
Beach first class
steve from london
This adults-only British-colonial-style resort and spa is located one half-mile from downtown Ocho Rios; active and “quiet” …More
I stayed at the Casa Maria for a few days, wanting to be near the ocean without the craziness of too many tourists. This was the perfect place! The room was quiet and clean, and the staff of the Casa Maria were fantastic. A late night dip in the pool and drinks from the "007 Bar" topped it off.
The only tricky thing was navigating how to get there without a car. If you ask, the hotel can help you arrange a taxi from Ocho Rios to the Casa Maria (about a 40 minute drive). Their taxi driver was fantastic, and we had a great chat. He was very helpful. This is the quickest and easiest way- but not the cheapest way. There are also shared buses that run along the road between Port Maria and Ocho Rios if you prefer the significantly less expensive (somewhere around 150 Jamaican dollars) and more adventurous route. They can be picked up from downtown Ocho Rios, and also can be hailed down outside the Casa Maria hotel. You may feel like a sardine, packed into the tiny hot bus with 15 other people - cruising very quickly along the shore - but it is a fun memory!
There are also shared buses/taxis that go into Port Maria from near the hotel (about a 5 minute drive) if you want to hit up a local beach.
Overall, I was VERY satisfied with my stay and would indeed recommend it!
I visited Chrissans in March of 2007 and it was far better then what I had expected for a budget hotel! I was concerned being a female traveling alone on my my first visit to Jamaice, but I felt completely at ease at Chrissans. What a pleasant vacation! It's 2 hrs from the airport, a small town about 15 minutes east of Ocho Rios. The was hardly anyone staying when I visited and I had the pool and private beach to myself most of the time there. I was upgraded to a deluxe suite, much to my surprise upon checking in - without even asking for one! The AC worked well, and the suite was clean, colorful, and updated. (I was in Apt #10, with a sleeping loft) But nothing is perfect, and there were a couple of cons. The bed linens as well as the towels left something to be desired. The security is supposed to be 24 hrs, though at one point I came back to the hotel at 11:00 pm and the gates were wide open with no security guard in sight. (Though he wasn't too far, I was able to find him in about 10 minutes). Also, make sure you set up your return ride to the airport when you get there...and confirm the time frequently. I was supposed to be picked up at 1:00, but found out at 11:30 that this was not the case, and I needed to be ready by 12:00. But other than those couple of minor inconveniences, which are bound to happen wherever you go, I really had a fabulous time. I would definitely return to Chrissans and would recommend it to anyone looking for a quiet getaway!
Andrea from Long Island, NY
Located directly on the beach, this resort is approximately five km (three mi) from both Dunn’s River Falls and Ocho …More
Lee just returned from our trip to Secrets Wild Orchid and it was fantastic!!! The grounds are beautiful and the staff is amazing! An absolute must see. The food was also delicious and there was plenty to do throughout the day. We are definitely planning a return trip in the near future!
Our room opened up to the beautiful blue/green carribean sea and it was breathtaking to wake up to this everyday. The room was clean and I'm a big clean freak, so I can say I was truly satisfied. The grounds are well kept and the staff was so helpful and friendly. We will definitely return to this gem in paradise. Take advantage of the water activites and go see the dowt area.
The hotel is simple and cozy, the beach close to it is nice and away from the tourist crowd. The staff is super friendly and helpful, they arranged everything for us, from calling taxis, to lower prices in restaurants, and finding out info about activities. They offer a choice between jamaican or american breakfast, both of them are simple, but really good! Loved the jamaican breakfast. Air-conditioning needs some maintenance.
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