Ocho Rios Travel Guide
It's Friday! In other words, we’ve been ready for the weekend for about four days now. And hell if we couldn’t go for a laidback jaunt to Jamaica right about now, especially if this delightful amenity was to greet us in our hotel room — which it would, if we were to stay at Riu Ocho Rios Hotel.
As the date stamp concedes, this photo isn’t exactly new, but it still stopped us in our tracks while browsing the ol’ HotelChatter Flickr pool.
Says Flickr user His Naima:
The bottles are full when you arrive (the liquor is free), and the refrigerator is stocked with mixers of water, soda, tonic, juice, etc. (also free). This is a cool amenity, since all the bars on the property close at 10pm!
[Photo: His Naima]
Jamaica can be a hit or miss destination. We found here however, perhaps the most interesting account of a Jamaican stay yet, at the Sunset Jamaica Grande Resort where a guest felt like he was starring in the Truman Show. To make things worse, it was an all-inclusive resort.
Firstly, I had never been to an all-inclusive hotel, or the Caribbean before, but I found the whole experience to be like living in the film The Truman Show. It's like a false reality planted into the middle of a beautiful, but impoverished Island. I & my wife spent 14 nights on honeymoon at the Jamaica Grande, from 26th June - 10th July 2006.
Can I also add that some of the reviews here appear to be written by either employees bigging themselves up, or hotel management.
This guest went on (quite abundantly) to add that the "business room" with internet service was hardly as it was advertised to be. It was instead, ancient computers in a room that was open an hour or two each day. The description of the lazy employees leaves us bewildered then as to how the employees would have gotten the energy to write "good" reviews of the place--especially given the state of their "business room".
On dear disappointed guest, there's so much to tackle here. False reality, false advertisment of a business room, false reviews on TripAdvisor. Of course, the latter is the risk you run when you publish hotel reviews without a net, but you have to admit there is some damn good stuff over on TripAdvisor, we are there all the time. Our role in all this? We are constantly trying to keep the hotel review game on the up and up --- of course trying is the key word here, those hotel review carpetbombers are a sneaky lot, but we set them straight when we can. Remember what your history professors said--study the source and maybe you will be able to tell if someone's telling the truth or just stirring the pot--of course the comments are complete guerilla warfare, which is why they are just that--comments.
How do we do all this? You help us. So comment below the hotel reviews with your yeas, nays, and tightly honed fake spotting skills to keep us on the straight and narrow, will ya? Or email us if you are more of the wham, bam, thank you mam type.
· Sunset Jamaica Grande Resort Reviews [TripAdvisor]
T&L on the Jamaica Inn:
A staff who genuinely wishes to please, sweeping views of the Caribbean Sea from every room, a 700-foot beach, delicious dining, spacious accommodations, and full-service spa, combine to give the hotel its ideal get-away-from-it-all atmosphere.
So if you are planning a honeymoon or perhaps planning a Valentine's day getaway to the Rasta Isle, it's apparently the place to go, according to the glossy mags.
Check out their packages for Honeymooners, wellness-seekers, lovers, and "tropical togetherness" (whatever that means...)