Royal Decameron Montego Beach All-Inclusive

2 Gloucester Road, St.James, Montego Bay, Jamaica, 00000, Caribbean
(3 star hotel)
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Good (3.0 out of 5.0) 4 reviews
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Best Location in MoBay

Good (3.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on January 21, 2011

For a three star, the location and the resort layout are far greater than we expected. 99.7% of the rooms have a panoramic ocean view. There were plenty of pools, chairs, hammocks etc. for guests. We did a glass bottom boat tour which gave us a good view of the MoBay coast line and this resort had the best location and the best beach as far as we could tell. We did a two day exchange with the SuperFun Resort in Runaway Bay which was a 5 star and we were so glad to get back to the Royal D. For us it was far superior. That said...

It seemed to us that 'in general' a lot of staff resented the tourists. I know there is a history (colonization, investment and de-investment, etc.) and having to serve people (in a resort one probably could not afford to stay in) may lead to strong feelings but...many did not seem to try to hide feelings of hostility / contempt. Obviously it wasn’t anything that was said so much as unpleasant looks and tone of voice. Honestly, I realize the employer plays a role in this but we tried very hard to repeatedly be friendly and we were a little surprised by the response. We are Canadian and when we travel we are conscious of the fact that we are representing our nation. We make a concerted effort to be kind, respectful and polite - even when we are not treated the same way in return. However, a few staff members did not look at us like we were enemies and they were very kind. Michael at the front desk was really funny and friendly.

I would recommend the Royal D for the resort but if you are hoping to get to know Jamaican people and their culture, I think you'll be disappointed.

Safety / Security...It is not very safe to walk around MoBay unless you are an assertive person who can stand their ground. If you leave the resort there will be numerous people trying to get you to buy things. Obviously they have to make a living but there were moments when the people were very aggressive. They also have strategies like: separating a couple and using guilt to make you feel compelled to buy something. If you leave the hip-strip you will be one of the very few daring tourists to do so - you will definitely notice this. However they also say the farther from the hip strip you go the better deals you'll get. If that is what you are after I suppose.

However, you have to be prepared to be firm. For this reason I would not suggest my mother-in-law go to MoBay. One fellow from Edmonton said he was beckoned into a store and then two men cornered him in and they would not let him go until he bought something (which he paid far too much for of course). In this circumstance one should be prepared to make a loud scene and communicate this to whomever maybe threatening them - knowing that tourist police are nearby (every few hundred feet it seems) precisely for those situations. Neverthelss, these moments can be quite uncomfortable which may lead you to feeling it is just easier to stay in the resort or take a tour rather instead.

The other side to this is...because it isn't very safe/comfortable to walk around and explore the towns and culture, the only other things to do apparently are the tours. All of these tours are very expensive (min. $80 each). You can zip-line, or do jungle excursions etc. Great! If you have the money and you are into it. For us it just wasn't worth it. In BC we have zip-lining at Whistler and Grouse Mountain. We have horseback riding and all the other possible options they had (except for swimming with dolphins which seems inhumane to us). We go on vacation to experience things we don't have at home so we weren't interested in the tours.

The end result is that it ends up feeling like summer camp. You feel sort of restricted to the resort and the entertainment staff end up being your camp counsellors. There are a lot of people who enjoy this. This trip and resort is perfect for them.

If you want beaches, warm water, EXCELLENT entertainment, snorkelling and reefs within feet of the water front, a large comfortable room with a large deck that looks out to a seemingly endless carribean sea - then the Royal D is the best location at a very reasonable price.

If you want to spend most of your time inside the resort, this is a really great place to do that. It has many water activities, enough pools, three beach areas, two long piers and a cozy dock surrounded by sails. It has a board walk covered in queen sized cushions with 2 large ocean tramps. There are also 2 life guards.

All of these things we felt made the Royal D in MoBay so much better than the SuperFun in Runaway Bay. At the SuperFun, relatively few of the rooms had ocean view. The beach areas were not as good. The live entertainment was not as good although the entertainment staff were comparable. Superfun rooms did not have decks and ours was in the 'quad' area where the pool was. Needless to say the Royal D rooms were much quieter than at SuperFun. It was also actually harder to get a drink at the SuperFun. The 5 star rating for SuperFun just seemed ridiculous to us and we felt bad for the people we met that paid that much more than we did for poorer quality.

Unique Quality: By far the best beach location in MoBay. The location and the view each room appears to get are exceptional. There are three beach areas all with reefs. There are 2 life guards which make it perfect to learn how to snorkel here. This is the perfect place for people who want to spend most of their holiday in the resort on the beach.

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Worst front-desk service ever!!!

Terrible (1.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on September 7, 2007

For our last 3 days in Jamaica we decided to stay at the Royal Decameron. What a bad choice! This must be one of the worst hotels, what customer service is concerned, ever!

The room that we got was fair enough, but there was a lot of noise from the lobby. So for 3 days we tried to change to another room (the hotel was not even half full) This was impossible as "all the other rooms are closed for maintenance...." The attitudes of most in the girls at the front desk was as though you didn´t exist. They walked around as zombies, never looked at you when you spoke to them, were rude and consequently walked away when you were in the middle of a sentence. They never had the right information, mislead us a few times and never tried to help us in anyway.

Apart from this, the location and beach is ok, sunsets great, the rooms are worn down, the foods tasteless and the drinks artificial.

Jamaicans are known for saying "no problem", at Decameron everything was a problem! I´m just sad that this was our final image of Jamaica as it has nothing to do with what we experienced elsewhere on the island.

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Be Treated Like Royalty!

Great (4.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on October 16, 2006

This was my first stay at an all-inclusive, and I have quickly learned to love it! If you really don't want to, you don't ever have to leave the Decameron for anything. Food and drinks (yes, cocktails too) are available almost 24/7. Private beaches, 2 pools, a jacuzzi, nightly shows, beach games, a nightclub, a gym, a nurse, a masseuse, a hair braider, and a gift shop are all on the premises. You can rent a jet ski, snorkel gear, or a glass bottom right there too.

Though my room didn't have a balcony or terrace, I woke up to a nice view of the ocean every day. The room was larger than most rooms I've been in, with 2 queen beds, a chaise longue, a bench, table with 2 chairs and a dressing area with shelves and racks for clothing. It was clean and the beds were made daily, but on some days, the towels, soap and shampoo weren't replaced. Also, the iron was terrible! Though these were minor annoyances, they should be corrected to keep in line with the quality of the other hotel facilities.

Since the hotel is gated and visitors are only allowed in the lobby, I felt very safe. The security guard will also get you a taxi if you need one.

I would recommend this hotel, and would love to stay there again!

Some prices as of October 2006 (U.S. Dollars):
-Telephone: $20 deposit. Any amount you don't use will be refunded.
Calls to the US are $1.25/minute. Calls within Jamaica are 60¢ per minute.
-Safe: $2 per day (Don't lose the key or you'll pay $100 fee!).
-Internet: $5 for a 15-minute access card.
-Glass bottom boat: $20 per person (minimum of 2) for about 1 hour.
(You get to feed the fish by hand!)
-Jet ski: $40 for 15 minutes.
-Passes (allows non-guests to use the facilities): Day $70; Night $80.

Unique Quality: Despite all the activities at the Decameron, the hard-working restaurant and entertainment staff made my stay so enjoyable. Sharlette is the best! From day one, she took good care of me—even catering to my request for iced coffee at breakfast (apparently not so popular in MoBay). Her warm smile and friendly manner was so welcoming and made every meal even better. Big-ups (Jamaican for "shout out") to Raymond, Leeyoung, Joseph, Gary and his first mate (whose name escapes me-sorry!). Leaving them was like leaving family!

Directions: "Hip Strip" Montego Bay, about 10 minutes away from Sangster International Airport.

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cheap all inclusive

Great (4.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on February 4, 2006

The Royal Decameron is a bit older, cheaper and all inclusive hotel located right in the heart of Montego Bay. As such, it makes a good compromise for the independent traveller who wants to see the local culture and sight see independently.

Unique Quality: Great beach side location, with the nightlife of Mo- bay just outside the gates. Swim out snorkelling is available. Only down side is the airport is close and planes do fly by close during the day.

Directions: Northern end of Gloucester Avenue, by the airport

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Address: 2 Gloucester Road, St.James, Montego Bay, Jamaica, 00000, Caribbean

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Amenities at Royal Decameron Montego Beach All-Inclusive

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