The Palace is a quiet, safe grand hotel with beautiful and expansive garden/grounds. It offers a free and fast internet connection and is located near (but not walking distance) to Pt Antonio's best attractions, like the Blue Lagoon. You can walk to a rather well stocked shop and Woody's Care/Bar which has the best burgers and veggie burgers in Jamaica. If you want to go into Pt Antonio for dancing/dining, local taxis run just outside the hotel every few minutes and only cost about $1.50 US. The staff was helpful and friendly. You could not touch a place like this in the US/Europe for the price - especially with the online booking discount. The Palace is a bit past its prime but well worth a visit.
The hotel is awesome. The blue lagoon is awesome. The office staff and beach staff are awesome. The restaurant is a huge disappointment. Make sure you arrange with the office to have a driver take you elsewhere for dinner if you don't have a car. The office is great about this and there is lots of great eating in Port Antonio. I can't imagine how they can leave the restaurant like that - very expensive and very very dull. The food and experience are nowhere close to what you pay. (Breakfast was nice.) You may note that I still gave the hotel a 5 and heartily recommend it. Everything else was that great and you can work around the restaurant easily.
Great for adventurous travelers. I wouldn't say it's a great place for younger kids though. Staff is very friendly and will ale care of anything you need. Just be prepared to be bombarded by all of the venders in the market when you come and go. All friendly people though.
My husband and I enjoyed our stay at Tim Bamboo. We stayed in one of the premium rooms that had a flat TV and wireless access. The size of the room was reasonable if you will be venturing a lot outdoors. It is also comfortable to lounge in if it is a rainy day and you do not mind watching movies on TV or on your laptop/tablet. The staff was nice enough to sprinkle pink and red peddles on our bed when they knew we were on our honeymoon.
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