Spent 60 days here in 2005 while on a business contract in Kingston. The hotel is in the New kingston area which is safe. The rooms are average size and the furnature and carpets could use updating but the public areas are nice. It is near the chinese owned grocery store and I used that to re-stock my room with drinks and snacks. I room minifrig was extra as was the full cable package (including a XXX channel that came as quite a shock). The pool bar was my favorate spot for meals. Good fast food and interesting guests. They have a full theme buffet every night. The buffet breakfasts in the coffee shop were occasionally so full I gave up but when I did get in it was OK, fine but not great. The "deli" in the lobby has good sandwitches. fast food joints are within easy walking distance. Staff friendly and helpful. Pick your taxi driver carefully if you are going to hire one regularly because many are undependable after they agree to your deal. The executive level has drinks and snacks at night and a continetal breakfast.
Unique Quality: The executive lounge has a continental breakfast and evening cocktail/snack time. very nice and good place to start the day or unwind after work or tours.
Directions: Near the downtown area of New kingston.
Close to Emancipation Park. Inside the hotel it's very pleasant - swimming pool, good breakfast and refreshments.
The main problem is it's difficult to leave th ehotel without being accosted by various people on the street sometimes quite aggressively.
The Hilton, by general agreement of regular visitors, is still the best hotel in Kingston. It was, however, described to me by a friend as being “a bit tired” and this is undoubtedly true. Whilst spotlessly clean, it has obviously seen better days. It is a multi-storey hotel and the rooms are well-appointed. Rooms on the executive floors have broadband internet access (see separate internet tip). A room safe is available at additional cost, as is a cable TV box which gives a large number of additional channels. Should you require one, a fridge is also available at extra cost. Be aware of the electrics which are slightly odd. You may think a particular wall socket is not working, but some of them only work when the main room light is switched on - a strange arrangement.
The lifts in the hotel are a law unto themselves. On the ground floor, only press the call button very lightly or it will not work at all. Once inside the lift, you must swipe your key card to alight at one of the upper floors. This can be temperamental in the extreme, and you can find yourself going absolutely nowhere as you repeatedly swipe your card.
There is a large swimming pool with a nearby pool bar. The pool bar doubles as the area for early evening entertainment (see separate nightlife tip). A mezzanine level restaurant / bar seems popular with local business people. There is a gym for the use of guests, and there are organised activities there.
Breakfast is a buffet affair with all “Western” dishes as well as a good selection of fruit and freshly prepared omelettes. There is also a selection of Jamaican breakfast dishes. Every evening, by the pool bar (weather permitting) there is a themed buffet. The Jamaican night is good, but the fish night less so. A limited selection of bar snacks is available at the pool bar until about midnight (burgers, jerk chicken etc.). The pool bar closes at 0200.
If possible, get a room overlooking the pool (rear of the building) as there is much less traffic noise than at the front.
Unique Quality: The best part about the Hilton is undoubtedly the staff. They are extremely friendly and helpful, even beyond what you would expect in a hotel of this standard.
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