Value Score Average Value
Good For Solo
Three Star Accomodations
First, this review is based on staying at TBT 3 times- 2006, 2008 & 2009.
That being said, we have always found most of the staff friendly & helpful. The towers themselves while having some improvements made could still use some updates. (And I think there are renovations going on building by building.) Most of our group has had decent accommodations over the years, the staff was usually working to find solutions, although sometimes at a slower pace then we "Americans" expect from hotel facilities in the states. :) Every year we return, things seem to get a little better. :) Also, TBT is more like condominiums than a hotel, just so you are aware.
We usually stay from a Saturday to Saturday, spending the majority of time away from our rooms until the evening. Often times, we take advantage of their great pool in the dark! Usually we are the only ones. It is very refreshing!
The towers have a secure entrance with admittance through a security guard at the main gate as well as one at the exit to the beach, where you sign out and must sign back in to return. The beach is also secure and require entrance/exit through the beach main entrance or through hotel entrance (sometime available, sometimes not, I don't know why.) I do know that a friend and I went over through TBT entrance our "down" day and a thunderstorm overtook us and the guard refused to come out to unlock the gate to let us back in! So, we had to walk around to the main gate and return down the alley way to TBT entrance. It stunk, yeah, but we had a good laugh over it!
We really enjoy returning to TBT year after year, it is not 5 star but to us after a long hot day in the mountains, it IS!!
Unique Quality: The pool! The views of the sea and the hills are awesome! AC usually worked pretty good. Beach towels were available for loan.
TBT is within walking distance to Island Village and the Taj Mahal Shopping Center. I think there is a movie theater within Island Village and a delicious ice cream shop, called Devon House I Scream!! They offer numerous flavors to tempt you! (There are a couple of places to sit in and nearby.) Margaritaville is also within Island Village with more of night club/restaurant atmosphere.
The Ruins at the Falls is a great place to eat and a short drive away (you could probably walk it, but as I recall there was some heavy traffic to navigate through.) They offer a lunch and dinner buffet with Caribbean, Indian and Asian food fare. I believe there may be some inside seating areas but we always sit outside under and enjoy the breeze of the cool falls. They have artwork and crafts for sale.
Also nearby and within walking distance is The Hard Rock Cafe., Burger King and Kentucky Fried Chicken. The Craft Market was nearby and one of my friends said it was actually an easier walk to get to if you went by way of the beach then on the sidewalks. There is also a little food market near the craft market and an ATM. Also, many little shops in between!
Directions: Ocho Rios Cruise Terminal area
For the independant
This apartment style hotel is a great way to stay in Jamaica if you are the more indpendant travellor. You have the choice to stay in a bachelor, one or two bedroom apartment. Most of the suites have there own kitchen, living room, dining room and bedroom seperate from eachother. I felt more at home at Turtle Towers. The suites are fully furnished allowing you to buy groceries and make your own food. Housekeeping was excellent, coming in daily to clean your suite. For those that are staying longer, housekeeping will also pick up your laundry and have everything cleaned and back to you within a day for a reasonable price. At night for those who like the club scene, one of the best bars in Ochos Rios is right across the street, making the walk from the club home very convenient. Also, security guards the gates of the apartment block from day to night, making you feel very safe.
A fun experience at Turtle Beach towers.
I stayed with my parents in a bedroom suite. It had a bedroom with two twin beds, a bathroom in the bedroom, a kitchen, a living room with 2 day beds, and a table & chairs. 2 other sets of people had the same. The only difference was in one of them the bathroom was outside of the bedroom, and it had a queen bed instead of two twin beds. The other room was a two bedroom suite. Four ladies shared it. There was a master bedroom which had a queen size bed, and a bathroom. It had another bedroom with a queen bed, a living room which had 2 pull-out couches. A kitchen, another bathroom, and a table & chairs. Its a regular hotel, but its a nice hotel for Mission trips.
Unique Quality: There was a little snack shop. I think they were building a cafe at TBT, and there was a pool. The pool was fun, but we didn't get there till at night after devotions. So, it was dark. There is also full access to the beach until 6 P.M.
Directions: Near Bauxite mine, ship docks, and Dunn's River falls.
Affordable and Decent
There were 13 of us who stayed in 4 rooms at Turtle Beach Towers. My family (3 of us-my husband, myself and our 11 year-old daughter) were on the 11th floor. The rest of our group was on floors 3 and 4. The staff was helpful and courteous. The rooms were pretty decent for being on a tight budget.
We did have a problem with very tiny ants throughout the hotel, but nothing that stressed us very much. One of our rooms said they saw a roach one night, but that was it. The elevators worked well except for one night when more than the allowable # of people were on, but they had them fixed the next day.
In our room, there was 1 bedroom with 2 single beds in our suite along with a vanity/desk. Also, there were 2 daybeds in the living room area. There was a small table to eat at (seats about 4). The kitchen had a full sized refrigerator, microwave, small stove, cabinets/drawers, some plates, mugs/glasses and silverware. There was also A/C & a color tv! I believe the floor was tiled throughout. Our bathroom was in with the bedroom.
Two other families had a suite similar to ours, except the bathroom was adjacent to the living room. The 4th group had 2 bedrooms. In one room was a double or queen bed, the other the same. One of the bathrooms was in a bedroom, the other adjacent to the living area. There were 2 pull-out sofas in the living area, along with a bigger table to eat at. The kitchen was pretty similar to everyone else's.
Unique Quality: Our balcony looked out towards the bauxite mine (featured in the movie Dr. No) and Island Village Shopping Center area. This is where the cruise ship passengers disembarked. (Only happened once while we were there.) The Taj Mahal was also within a short walking distance to the hotel. We also had a pretty view of the mountains!
The pool was a welcome relief-but we only got use it at nighttime after we were done with our mission activities. It has a little snack shop adjacent but it was usually closed by the time we got back. We pretty much had it to ourselves, though! The beach is a short walk away and it closes at 6 PM daily, I believe. We didn't get back in time to use it but once in the afternoon and we used it the morning of our departure. The water was warm and clear, didn't see too many "critters." The only disagreeable thing was the amount of seaweed-but still we didn't mind all-in-all.
There was 24 hour gated security. Not sure exactly what our rate was as we worked with a missions group.
Being Home Far Away from Home
The Turtle Beach Towers offer a appartment style room. Most of the appartments have a bedroom a full bathroom a small living room with hide-a-bed and a kitchen fully equip with a stove and a refrigerator and attire for 4. It is a very clean hotel. The staff is very pleasant. If you are in good health please take the stairs. I had lots of problem with the elevator. There is no room service but they have a snack bar on the first floor where they offer a small but good menu. Access to the beach is very easy and the pool is also a good option if you are sensitive to very salty water.
Overall I recommend the Towers: clean, cheap, close to everything and very practicle.
Unique Quality: View on the beach not garantied.
Very clean and large pool.
Very practicle room.
higher and higher!!
it was in 83 but things go vvvery sloowly there must be the same !! watch out for critters (roaches gigantico) on the first floors of the hotels and visit the room before accepting it we were changed and it was superior !!
Directions: the jungle is luxurious lol
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