- Reviews: 3604
Blue House: A gem of a B&B
When planning our trip to Jamaica, the only thing we were clear about was that we didn't want to stay in an all-inclusive. Then we stumbled across reviews of the Blue House on Trip Advisor, and suddenly we knew where we wanted to stay! But once it was booked I started to wonder - could it really be that good?
Well, I can assure you it can and is! We had a wonderful stay here and our only regret about choosing it was that we hadn't booked for longer ;) Everyone who stays here seems to enthuse about the hospitality of Elise and Darryl, and rightly so. We really felt as if we were staying with friends rather than as paying guests in a B&B. Nothing was too much trouble - a lift to church or to a local restaurant, a call to pre-book an excursion, checking shipping schedules so we could avoid the crowds at Dunn's River Falls, and so on.
But in enthusing about the hosts, I should also mention the house itself, which is very stylish and set in a pretty garden. Maybe its distance from town (about 2 miles) is a small drawback, but more than compensated for by the quieter location - apart from the crickets and frogs, that is! My favourite spot was the terrace, in the early morning before breakfast, with a mug of Darryl's strong coffee to wake me up and the hummingbirds flitting among the blossoms :)
Inside, there’s a comfortable seating area with good coffee table books if you have a spare hour to while away (we never did!) and four comfortable bedrooms. Ours, the "Sanctuary", lived up to its name: cool and comfortable after a day's sightseeing on the island. Elise also showed me the (slightly dearer) room next to ours, the Upper Room, with its large open air shower and king-size bed. And behind the main building is the Cosy Cottage, perfect if you’d like to be more self-contained.
UPDATE SUMMER 2008 - The Blue House has been awarded 2nd place in the Best New Hotel Of The Year - 2008 International Restaurant and Hotel Awards
Darryl's cooking is a real plus point. From the first evening, when we were welcomed with a dinner of curried goat and rice and peas, we realised we were in for a few treats. Both breakfasts and dinners here afforded us lots of welcome opportunities to sample Jamaican specialities - ackee & saltfish or rundown for breakfast, conch or that goat curry for dinner. We HAD planned to only eat a couple of dinners here and go out for the others, but the combination of tasty food and good company was too hard to resist!
An added bonus of staying somewhere like this is that you meet like-minded travellers. Within a few hours we had hit it off with Monica and Javier from LA and with Michael from Germany, and had agreed to do some of our sightseeing together – which added to the fun and reduced the costs.
And finally, a special mention for Dave, who drove us around so safely and was great company on those outings.
There are more photos of this special home in my Travelogue - do check them out!
We paid $130 a night for B&B only, and $180 a night on the days we had dinner (making the meal a bargain!).
- Reviews: 4202
Various: Other resort/hotel options in Ocho Rios
This website had a good listing of the various options for lodging in and around Ocho Rios. All inclusive options include Sandals, Couples, Sans Souci Grand Lido
Ocho Rios Lodging
The two tower 720 room Jamaica Grande is currently undergoing renovation and is the largest resort in Jamaica, this is until the new 1,000 room RIU is completed, currently under construction near Ocho Rios.
- Reviews: 238
Club Caribbean Hotel: A nice holiday village
The Club Caribean is near Runaway Bay.It is a holiday village with many bungalows plunged into a tropical garden or by the sea. The central building include the reception, the restaurant, a pub ,a bar, a little swimmingpool and a stage for the shows. There is also a gazebo on the beach with a little bar and a place where you can have a snack.
- Reviews: 4017
Gran Bahia Principe: In the neighborhood
We didn't stay in Ocho Rios, but in Runaway Bay, 17 Km distant.
Don't bother with distance - there are not many reasons to leave the beach and come to town, so the most important care when planning is to choose a good hotel.
We've been in Grand Bahia Principe, and it was great.
- Reviews: 17
Marine View Hotel: On a budget
The Marine View Hotel is located in the heart of Ocho Rios.
This is a place to stay if you are on a budget and want to enjoy
Ochee. Remember you pay for what you get.
The room was basic and clean. The linen was clean. The beds were comfortable.
I had just checked out of a luxury villa and I could not tell the difference between
the "luxury villa" mattress/bed and the "Marine View" mattress/bed. The A/C was
The towels were clean. They did not provide a washcloth, I don't know why but they
do not give you one. So it would be a good idea to bring your own.
There is a small deposit if you want a remote for the TV.
The rooms range from $35 to $65. My room was $47.
This hotel is down the street from The Silver Seas Hotel.
There is a nice pool there as well as fully stocked bar.
There is a gameroom with pool tables there.
Some rooms have kitchens with a fridge and dishes.
The rooms have a tropical feel. The staff is very friendly and nice.
- Reviews: 321
Treaveler's Rest Inn: Treaveler's Rest Inn
This restaurant/hostal is located at the end of Ochi, just in front of the Margaritaville. It's not one of the best hotels in the city, but probably it's one of the most cheap and it's save.
It wasn't as clean as we wished but you have fridge and TV.
The worst part of the hostal: cocroaches!! :-S
The best thing of the hostal: It's just
in front of the Margaritaville and the beautiful female staff working there.
- Reviews: 238
Club Caribbean Hotel: The beach at Club Caribbean
The Club Caribbean has a nice beach. Here there are three inlets, so you can choose your favourite beach. The first one is reserved at the nudists, the main one is the most crowded, the third one became our little Italian beach.
- Reviews: 238
Club Caribbean Hotel: The gazebo
The gazebo on the beach is a lovely place situated between two inlets, so you can have a drink sitting down on a swing and take an aperitif before dinner while a little band of old musicians are playing sweet songs.
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