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.
When we first arrived at the hotel the first impressions weren't good based on the driveway and entryway. It was a little run down. The dining area could use a few upgrades as well to give it some wow factor. The room was very clean though and the air con was nice and cold. The grounds are very beautiful and tropical. The staff, Phil and Rico were very laid back but helpful. In the days to come I would really come to appreciate these guys. Phil especially always seemed to be there for us. He's a combination of a lot of good traits, laid back, friendly, hard worker, helpful. Him, Rico and another guy I don't know his name are all excellent chefs. They cook fish and vegetables in such a way that puts an expensive Beverly Hills Restaurant to shame. They also bake bread fresh every day and pizza and I can't imagine them saying no if you have a special request. I caught some very small reef fish which they managed to turn into a culinary masterpiece. Because of the staff this place deserves 5 stars. I've never even done a rating on expedia before but because of how special these guys made our stay I wanted others to know.
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 Mockingbird hill Hotel is immaculate. There are constantly people fixing and cleaning. The food is really gormet and well worth the meal plan. There are really no good resturants other than the hotel. The hotel helps you plan your activities for the next day. The views from the hotel are really wonderful. There two beaches near the hotel are only 5 to 10 minutes away by cab. The hotel uses their driver for Frenchman's cove which is one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. The other beach is Winfred beach and they use a driver from an agency. Both are great. Although there is no airconditioning the cool breezes and fan cool you off. It was like sleeping in a primeval forest listening to the tree frogs and birds put you to sleep. To save time we charted a plane from Timair from Montego Bay to get there but you can take a cab from Kingston for 1/2 the price. The trip to the coffee farm in the Blue Mountains was really an adventure we saw lots of birds. There is also a star deck just built.
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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