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Great Lobster and delicious home made deserts!
The owners and staff of this little restaurant are very friendly and give you a great service.
It's a place for casual dining and it offers you a beautiful view of the sea.
The food is delicious, especially the Lobster! It's their speciality. (See the picture) Also try their home made desert. Yummy!
Definitely a place to go.
Thanks folks! Lobster, the Prawns and their Blue Mountain coffee.
Heaven it Self
Me and my Friend stayed in a one bedroom Villa on the beach side, in november 2004.
It was great the place was clean and the staff were friendly.
We had everything we wanted in walking disatnce a great club called jungle and great beach parties mostly at Alfreds Ocean Palace.
i would reccomend Rondel Village to all age groups as it is a very relaxing place to stay but you are in the middle of all the night life.
the food was fine at Rondel but could be improved, but there are so many places to eat around i would recommend Alfreds Ocean Palace for eating.
I will definately be returning again as it was more than a home from home it was the Ritz Hotel for me .
FANTASTIC - Definately way more than a 2* GO THERE!!!
My 4 girlfriends and I have just got back from Rondel Village in Negril and we all wish we were back there. We were in a lovely villa, the complex is quaint but beautifully maintained. The staff were friendly, accomodating and fun to be around. We felt safe and secure from the first night we arrived, it felt like home.
It is located in a good position on the beach, the bar and restaurant were great, the food and drink was fantastic and very reasonably priced.
In all I can not think of a negative thing to say about it. Even though there was some minor construction going on while we were there, it was done in the most unobtrusive way and caused no problems. Love it, Love it, Love it!!! The fond memories of that little bit of paradise are the only things keeping me going now I am back at work.
My husband and I spent an amazing week in Dec. 05at Rondel Village. Like other visitors before, I reluctantly write this review, for fear of letting everyone know of the Rondel secret.
Rondel was excellent. We stayed in a beachside garden view superior room. Our room was big (with 2 double beds) and honestly there was nothing that we thought we had missed out on, compared to the much more expensive Negril hotels. Our room was cleaned thoroughly everyday. The grounds were amazing, the gardens beautiful.
Rondel is on the nicest stretch of 7 mile beach. We walked for much of 7 mile beach, past the Couples Swept Away, Beaches Negril and most of the smaller beach resorts, and each time we were so happy to return on OUR beach.
Like others before, we were constantly approached by vendors, but many just required a smile and a quick shake of the head to know you were not interested and walked on to the next place.
Although the hotel guide advised not to, we walked every night along the beach, going to several beach parties, and never once had any incident or reason for concern. As in any place, you just have to be sensible and take reasonable steps to ensure your safety….leave the camera in the safe in the room, only take enough money, and smile.
As for things to do Negril, we went to several restaurants (Ricks Café, Xtabi, Rockhouse, etc) and our favourite (which sadly we only discovered on our last night) was Rockhouse. Their complimentary shuttle (with a $2 mandatory tip for driver) was great too. Best food by far was our daily jerk chicken from Mr. Spicy who always had his cart and umbrella laid out across the street from Rondel in front of The Jungle nite club. Rondel’s restaurant was also good (try the calaloo pizza), missing out on my daily dose of Blue Mountain coffee!
All the staff at Rondel were the nicest. Portia, our housekeeper, always greeted us with a wonderful smile. My husband still keeps in touch with several of his new friends at Rondel.
I would give anything to be lying on the beach and having a yummy pina colada from Irie on the Beach Bar, but can only relive the good memories and wish for the next time we can visit Rondel Village.
A Little Goes A Long Way!!!!
I hope my comment helps you!!!!
I read the various comments about Rondel Village. I did not see anyone's comment that stood out more than others. The majority of the comments were positive. I did noticed one particular comment that was negative. A user stated that, “The garden view was a 100 yards from the beach.” The hotel has two choices for its guests, either garden view (across the street) or beach view (on the beach). You should spend the extra money for this convenience. The main street is not too busy to cross. It's just easier to leave your hotel room, and walk directly to the beach. The entrance to the beach is also guarded by a security guard. Therefore, you can go into the water and know someone is watching your belongings.
I stayed in the passion fruit room on the beachside of the hotel. The room was safe. It came with a safe in the room w/ lock and key. You can rent the lock from the front desk for approximately $3.00 per day. It's worth the money. Especially, when you go to beach and you do not want to travel with the passport, credit cards, etc. You can lock it up and know that your belongings are safe.
The hotel room was immaculate. The housekeeper cleaned our room with bleach and water, detol (disinfectant), and pine cleaner. She scrubs every crevice of the room with a mop and toothbrush. If there were any germs in the room, the housekeeper killed them all. I truly appreciate this service, because I am an extremely clean person. Therefore, this made me feel even more at home.
We did not eat at the hotel. We did eat breakfast at Errol's Kitchen. It's a restaurant about a 15-minute walk or 5-minute drive from Rondel Village. We ate a traditional Jamaican breakfast i.e. saltfish flitters, green banana, ackee & saltfish, and ripe plantains. It was an excellent meal. I could have come out my kitchen. We also ate at Margaritaville. It was okay. We ate the jerk and honey wings. The restaurant is a typical themed restaurant chain. It tries to mimic the West Indian vibe and feel, but it's not the same. You can purchase a full meal at beach restaurant for approximately $15.00. You can go to Margaritaville and eat dinner for approximately $30.00.
We traveled up and down the beach. There were vendors that were available. They sold fresh fruits, bun & cheese, and souvenirs. They do not haggle you or harass you to purchase their merchandise. It's up to you whether you want to purchase or not. You can say no once and the vendor usually leaves you alone. You have to keep in mind. These people also have to make a living.
I've stayed in some questionable hotels/motels and also some high-end hotel/resorts. Even though, this hotel was rated as a 2 or 2.5 star. The service and the ambiance were at least a 3.5/4 out of 5 stars.
FYI: The pictures on TripAdvisory.com & also Expedia.com (and other travel sites) are true. The hotel really does look like the online pictures. I'm quite surprised.
I enjoyed my stay and experience. I will definitely stay there, again and again!!!
A few tips:
oThis is not America. Therefore, our standards are different. A 2 or 3 star hotel in America is a 4 or 5 star in Jamaica. When you are booking your hotel, please keep this in mind.
oTipping goes a long way. You can give a local (aka Jamaican Resident) $50 JD, and this money will secure you belongings on and off the beach, get you “extra” service, etc. You have to keep in mind that the exchange rate is $60 JD to $1 USD. Therefore, tipping someone $50 JD is not a lot of money to you. It is a lot of money to them.
My wife and I are “value”, “day-life” travellers. We arrived in Montego Bay on US Airways on May 13th. This was our second trip to Jamaica. We had visited for a week 4 ½ years ago, staying in Negril for five nights, after and before spending single nights in Montego Bay (due to flight times). We picked up our Kia Rio at the Europcar rental location, a short shuttle ride near the airport. When I told the Europcar staff that we were driving to Port Antonio, we were shown the spare tire and tire changing equipment. That was our first hint of what was to come! It took longer getting used to the car’s reversed controls than it did to driving on the “other” side of the road.
The road to Ocho Rios wasn’t bad. There were stretches of straight improved road, interspersed with parts under construction. The area is fairly level. The road from Ocho Rios to Port Antonio was bad. The terrain changed to hilly and the road is both curvy with some inclines. The Kia had difficulty with some of the inclines. The road is also narrow and contains many potholes. You share the road with pedestrians, bicyclists, piles of gravel, etc. I would not drive this road again in its current condition. In one stretch I blew out both passenger side tires. Not surprisingly there were locals willing to help and took both flats to the local “tire man” who inflated them both (he had a compressor in a shed). This cost $50 US (non-negotiable). I subsequently drove to his “shop” and had him add more air to both tires and the spare and use a tire gauge. The sun was setting and the road was getting worse plus the concern of getting more flat tires in the dark.
We arrived in Port Antonio a little more than five hours after leaving Montego Bay. It was dark already and many people were in the streets here and in the small towns we passed through en route. I could not find a street map of Port Antonio but had a good idea of where our lodging was roughly located. We were headed to the Ocean Crest guest house ($35US/night) for four nights. It was located in the Titchfield Hill area between the two bays. After passing the first bay, we watched for a road to the “left” and ended up close! We asked some locals where it was and we were just a couple of blocks away (it is on Queen Street). We had made our reservations through jamaicansensations.
Lydia Jones, our host, met us. We checked in and were shown the premises. Our room was small - full sized bed, ceiling fan w/light (no a/c), closet, television on dresser and a portable fan. There was a bathroom with sink, toilet and shower. The bedroom window had wooden shutters. None of the windows had screens but there also were no problems with flying insects. We also were encouraged to use a dining / family / kitchen area and a balcony overlooking the neighborhood. The kitchen had a refrigerator (unplugged if no one is using it), gas stove and sinks. The utensils were minimal due to previous theft problems. The hot water was apparently turned off in the building to save electricity. During our stay we saw very few other guests, a few Europeans and a few Jamaicans. For supper on the night we arrived, Lydia suggested the restaurant in the new marina. It was pricey and geared to tourists. The marina area is fenced off and apparently has restricted access. It is very clean and modern. We were told that there had only been about six cruise ships in so far this year and they had been small ones - two to three hundred passengers.
We were told that this is the rainy season and the Port Antonio area is the rainiest part of Jamaica. It rained most of the next two days. The Titchfield Hill area is an excellent location from which to explore Port Antonio. It is walking distance from the city center, passing the new marina en route. The first day was spent recuperating from the drive and walking into town. The people are very friendly and we didn’t have the “hassle” we had previously in Montego Bay and Negril. The rental car was parked on the street (and along a road while we hiked) with no problem - mon. The hype from the all-inclusives about the danger outside their compounds is just that.
The market in town was mainly fruits and vegetables. We made a small purchase therre and also purchased food at a grocery store “downtown”. They did take $US, but you had to exchange at a customer service window - not at the cash register (which we learned too late). I’d suggest converting $50 or $100US to Jamaican dollars if visiting Port Antonio (or other off-the-beaten-path locations). The processed items in the grocery store were all the same things you would find at home. We were told that the imported goods were less expensive than local products. As there are few tourists, the stores were stocked and priced for the locals.
We had to change our plans as we found out that Navy Island was closed to visitors, the Blue Lagoon bar and lodging was closed due to Hurricane Ivan and the restaurant at the DeMontevin Lodge wa closed. We could have “toured” the Blue Lagoon area for $50US but didn’t.
On Sunday we hired a guide and drove up into the hills for a hike. We took a bamboo raft ride across the Rio Grand to start the hike. We quickly came to a water spigot which was used by those living in the area. We passed very small farms - chickens, pigs, coffee, banana, pineapple, etc. The trail was steep at times and weren’t quite yet acclimated to the heat - as it was still solidly spring in Wisconsin. Our hike eventually brought us to a nice waterfall on a tributary to the Rio Grande. We were the only ones there, as we cooled off from our hike. On our way back to the raft, we passed a group of boys playing cricket on a level flood plain of the Rio Grande. Our guide interacted with the locals along the way and they were all very friendly and non-hassling.
Our third day in Port Antonio we drove east to the area of beaches and the Blue Lagoon. We arrived at Frenchman’s Cove beach early in the day. For hours, we were the only visitors there. The attendants at the beach were very friendly and not bothersome. Entry was $3US each and the lounge chair was $2. Assorted soft and other drinks were available. At lunch time I had a steamed fish for $9US. Again, this pricing is set lower than typical tourist areas. Frenchman’s Cove is very beautiful and has nice, large, protected, waste deep water. There are also plenty of shaded areas.
On Tuesday we drove back to Montego Bay and then onto Negril. We would strongly recommend visiting the Port Antonio area if you find a safe way of getting there. Typically visitors fly into Kingston and take a cab($100US one way) to Port Antonio. Because our final destination was Negril, we didn’t take that route. The lodging in the Titchfield Hill and downtown Port Antonio area is limited. From the reviews I’ve read of those who stayed at higher elevations, the best value is to stay lower and to get the views from higher elevations when with a guide.
We stopped in Montego Bay for lunch and continued on to Negril. The road was all new since our last trip. The area is level and the roads largely straight. There were even center lines and edge stripes! The small towns that you passed through had sidewalks. I’m assuming that this is what the road to Ocho Rios will look like before long and hopefully the road to Port Antonio will eventually reach these standards.
Our reservations in Negril were at the Rondel Village. This is in the same mid-seven mile beach area that the White Sands which we stayed at previously is located. We had a “superior” class, 2nd floor room on the side of the complex, which was beach side. The rate w/ tax was about $104US / night. Though we didn’t have a view of the Caribbean from our balcany, it was very nice. Remember that typically the beach view rooms also face the restaurant / bar areas and can be noisy. We had a room with two large beds, ceiling fan, air conditioning, plenty of shutter style windows, desk and closet. There is a safe in the closet you can use for a fee. There is a bathroom with shower and toilet and another room in between with the sink and small cabinet area. Near our room was the small swimming pool and too-hot-to-use whirlpool. There is a small restaurant on the grounds and another is under construction.
It seemed to be a slow time for tourists, mainly Europeans – English and French. The restaurants associated with the hotels along the beach often had reduced menus and didn’t start grilling until evening. We ate a number of meals “across the street” at restaurants run by locals. They typically had fuller menus (nothing pre-prepared) and more reasonable prices. We drove into town and bought groceries as well.
Excessive hassling could easily discourage return visitors. We were offered “smoke” three times within as many minutes on our first walk on the beach. They eventually recognize you and leave you alone. Not so for those renting jet skis, selling fruit or cold juice or out right begging. I never thought my wife would object to being called “Pretty Lady” too much! While you are on the property you are staying at, the security or staff runs some interference for you (as they have there own associated vendors).
We did some shopping in town and bought the typical tshirts (7 for $20US), coffee ($13US / lb. for Blue Mountain), cooking sauces and crafts. Here in Wisconsin, Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee goes for about $50 / pound in malls. We drove up by the lighthouse but the area was too congested and we didn’t find a place to park.
The beach and water were great. We took a number of walks up and down the beach. Rondel Village and a few others have buoys protecting their swimming areas – which is much appreciated. The weather was great for a couple of days then turned cloudy our last two days in Negril.
We left early on the 21st to return what was left of the Kia (we had lost a wheel cover to a pot hole0. The ride was uneventful. In the areas where the roads are better, you can actually enjoy the scenery, as the road follows the coastline.
Very long, slow lines at US Immigration greeted us on our return.
Lovely, Quaint, Irresistable
I had to rate this place excellent. I was so very suprized to find such a piece of heaven at such an affordable rate. I dont know if you can do much better for the price. I stayed on the garden side thinking I would want to upgrade to ocean side upon arrival. They said I could, but out of curiosity I wanted to see my room on the garden side. Wow what a great room, I stayed in the pineapple room. It was addorable. No its not the Ritz, but well worth the money I spent. Clean, secluded and every thing I was looking for. Needless to say I did not upgrade. The staff was great, the grounds lush and well kept, and the maids did an excellent job. Within walking distance to all the night life, but on a quiet part of the beach with just enough happenings. The only thing I think they could impove upon would be a larger menu. The food was fine, I just would like a little more variety. No problem thou you can walk to any of the other restaurants. I would reccoment this place to anyone. I will definately be back. Feel free to e-mail me with any questions. firstname.lastname@example.org
Couldn't ask for better
I stayed the week of May 21st to the 28th in the One Bedroom Villa with my daughter. My sister and her son stayed above us in the superior room. We loved having the fully equipped kitchen with separate living room from the bedroom. We went down to HiLo to stock up on essentials and had our toast and cereal at the Villa. Another nice touch was that your Housekeeper would prepare and cook you one meal a day, you only had to supply the food. Jono and Glen did an excellent job on the security as did the bartenders Peter and Crazy. Donna at reception and Donna our Housekeeper were extremely pleasant and helpful. (As my name is also Donna I took this to be a very positive vibe) The location of Rondel allowed us to travel a short distance on the beach to some great restaurants. Must mention Kuyaba and Norm's at Bar-B-Barn both had great service and the dinners exceptional. Can't wait for the opportunity to return.
Highly recommend Rondel
My husband and I stayed at Rondell 7/2/05-7/9/05 and I have been hesitant to write this review for fear of giving up our now favorite vacation spot! We stayed in the oceanfront room-which we had requested-and had no difficulties at all during check-in. The room was clean and everything was in working order. The room was cleaned everyday and a request on our 1st day for extra towels was immediately granted and then continued the remainder of our stay. On our first morning we awoke to find that we had forgotten our camera somewhere and knew it was either at IRIE (The Rondel bar) or the Bar next door. We were not very optimistic of ever seeing the camera again, but sure enough when we went down to the bar, JEROME the bartender had our camera safely put away for us!! I would also like to make special mention of the awesome seciurity provided by RV and especially JOHNSON!!!! He was always there with a smile, looking out for us and keeping any unwanted higglers away!! We were there during hurrican Dennis and RV did a good job of giving us information/safety precautions and kept the resturaunt open throughout the entire storm to accomadate us-even delivering us room service in the pouring down rain! All of the staff, from the owner to the cooks to the security were friendly and welcoming and we can not wait to return. I also want to mention that the beach is one of the larger ones on seven mile beach. People have mentioned that there is no shade in prior posts and I want to add that RV has responded by putting up a "portable" gazebo for shade. We will be returning (again and again) to the Rondel!
beer choices and prices
My husband and I were lucky enough to spend a week in Negril almost 20 years ago...oh, for those days! We stayed at a locally-owned and run place called Rondel Village which we absolutely loved. The only problem we had was coming close to starvation! Not whining here...just info for my next questions. We didn't have the bucks back then to eat out all the time, so we relied largely on the jerk shacks. It was waaaay good! Question...are there modern grocery stores there now for us spoiled yanks? Also, is American beer available at the stores...and for how much? We're planning a November trip. Thanks, in advance.
RE: beer choices and prices
Hi Sandcat.Rondels is still there and have good food too I might add.If you remember Sonias' Shack for the best Paddys on the beach,or anywhere I've been in Jamaica for that matter.The little pickney cooking for Sonia was Nyah.Nyah bought it and it is still the same only Nyah's Paddys.Back when you went,there was an old boat washed ashore,That is now The Boat Bar at Rondels I believe.There are a few grocery stores,one at the Hi-Lo a short way up the West End Road and one or two at the circle.I havn't noticed if they have Ameican beer but they do have Hienekin,Guinness,Red Stripe and, my favorite,Red Stripe Light with a lime.I think it tastes like Corrona.Most beer at most bars is 100-Js.I think you are getting 63Js to one U.S$ We have been staying in the cabbins at Roots Bamboo every year for 20 years and you will see many things have changed.Oh yeah,just for old time sake.If you remember Sonia,she has a new place across from Roots Bamboo.Tell her Barry says hello.Jah's is a good place for a pasta fix,just another two minutes walk west from Roots.Bring Skintastic or a good sand flea deterrant,they are bad sometimes. Enjoy your trip. Barry
RE: RE: beer choices and prices
Hey Barrylee...Stripe Light with a lime, huh? Sounds okay, mon. Thanks for the info. I do remember Sonya's Shack. We will personally check out your spots. Going this November. Wish we were leaving tomorrow! Sandcat
RE: RE: beer choices and prices
American beer is available at Hi Lo grocery.