Hotels In Jamaica

Hotels in Jamaica offer outstanding Caribbean accommodations on an island nicknamed “Rock” and “Jamrock”. “Jamaica” derives from an indigenous Caribbean word that means “land of wood or water” or “land of springs”. Known for its Red Stripe beer, Blue Mountain coffee, world-class Olympic sprinters, rum, jerk dishes, wonderful beaches and enchanting waterfalls, Jamaica centers Haiti to its east, Cuba to its north and the Cayman Islands to its west. While the island’s official language is English, most islanders speak a dialect known as Patois, which is considered jargon or informal speech. Examples of Jamaican Patois are “Weh Yuh Ah Seh” (what are you saying?), “Small up yuhself” (make room), “Mi Deh Yah” (everything is okay), “Mi Soon Come” (I’ll be right there), “Inna di morrows” (I’ll see you tomorrow) and “Wah Gwaan” (what’s up?). When traveling to Jamaica. it’s best to avoid Kingston and Spanish Town, while taking extra precautions around Montego Bay. Negril, Ocho Rios and Montego Bay are the top tourist spots. Cars travel on the left-hand side of the road, the drinking age is 18 years old and currency is the Jamaican dollar. Jamaican festivals include Ocho Rios Jazz Festival, Reggae Sumfest, Bob Marley Week, Trelawny Yam Festival, Jamaica Carnival and Port Antonio International Marlin Tournament. Before we get to hotels in Jamaica, let’s take a look at some more background information on the area to help you along the way.

Following Christopher Columbus’ arrival in 1494, Jamaica came under Spanish rule. During this time, many indigenous Arawak and Taino peoples were either killed or died of diseases. In 1503, Columbus was forced to live on the island for a year due to shipwreck. As a result of the enslaved Taino peoples’ declining population, the Spanish transported large numbers of African slaves to the island circa 1524 in order to carry out labor. In 1655, England conquered Jamaica from the Spanish. Sugar became an important export commodity during English rule. During the 1700s, the island’s economy thrived due to other commodities such as coffee, cotton and indigo. Slave conditions were some of the world’s most brutal. Such conditions led to the first slave rebellion, Tacky’s War, resulting in a British victory. Additionally, two of Jamaica’s most significant conflicts were the First Maroon War of 1728 and the Second Maroon War of 1795. The slave trade, though not the institution itself, was abolished in 1807. Another slave rebellion, the Baptist War, occurred in 1831. On August 6, 1962, Jamaica achieved independence from the United Kingdom by way of the Independence Proclamation of Jamaica.

The island of Jamaica spans 4,240 square miles. Third largest of the Greater Antilles and Caribbean islands behind only Cuba and Hispaniola, Jamaica is home to nearly 3 million inhabitants today. Naturally, tourism accounts for a large portion of the country’s GDP (around 20%). Jamaica’s climate is tropical, generally with hot, humid weather.  Home to a diverse animal population, the island’s national bird is the red-billed streamertail, a type of hummingbird. Other animals include Jamaican boas, Jamaican hutias, fig-eating bats, wild boars, mongoose, American crocodiles, black-billed parrots, Jamaican blackbirds, Greater flamingos, treefrogs, Jamaican sliders, Jamaican parrotfish, dolphins and manatees. Major points of interest include Montego Bay, Blue Mountains, Doctor’s Cave Beach Club, Ocho Ríos, Dunn’s River Falls and Negril. Mystic Mountain, considered a “true rain forest adventure in Ocho Rios”, consists of amusement rides and water slides. Glowing at night when disturbed due to dinoflagellate plankton, Luminous Lagoon is located east of Montego Bay. Popular Jamaican foods are jerk chicken, pea soup, oxtail, fried breadfruit and goat curry, while the national dish is ackee and saltfish. Drinks include beer, rum, tea, ginger beer, rum punch and the “dirty banana”. Equipped with some background information on the area, it’s time for hotels in Jamaica that will help make for an enjoyable Caribbean stay.




The Cliff Hotel

West End Road

The Best Hotels In Jamaica

Barney’s Flower & Hummingbird Garden

The Cliff Hotel boasts free WiFi, a spa center, an outdoor pool, a sun terrace, free parking, a restaurant, private balconies with hammocks, air conditioning, flat-screen TVs, hair dryers, a 24-hour front desk, concierge service, a hairdresser, a gift shop, water sports facilities, car hire, billiards and darts. This hotel is close to Barney’s Flower and Hummingbird Garden, Just Natural Veggie & Seafood Restaurant, Whoopee’s Park (bar), Murphy’s West End (restaurant), Sir D’s (bar), Wake and Bake (cafe), Rick’s Cafe (restaurant), Ivan’s (restaurant), Ivan’s (bar), Sunset Pub and more.

Within feet:

      • Barney’s Flower & Hummingbird Garden
      • Whoopie’s Hammock Park

Within 2.6 miles:

      • Seven Mile Beach

Within 2.7 miles:

      • Negril Public Park

Within 10 miles:

      • Blue Hole Mineral Springs

The Cliff Hotel is 33.7 miles from Sangster International Airport.

Approximate cost per night (four-bedroom villa): $1,169

Cost per person (eight people): $146




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Polkerris Bed & Breakfast

13 Corniche Road, N/A Montego Bay

Hotels in Jamaica

Doctor’s Cave Beach

With an extensive garden, a longe area, Caribbean Sea views, a terrace with a swimming pool, free breakfast, safes, air conditioning, flat-screen TVs, free WiFi and beach towels, Polkerris Bed & Breakfast is near Teamstorm Fitness (gym), Sunset Bar & Restaurant, Brewery Sunset Restaurant & Lounge, De’Beauti Studio & Spa, Coral Cliff (live music venue), Marguerites (fine dining restaurant), Hunger’s Point (restaurant) and more.

Within feet:

      • Doctor’s Cave Beach
      • Catherine Hall Beach

Within 1.1 miles:

      • Jarrett Park
      • The Catherine Hall Entertainment Center

Within 1.3 miles:

      • The Howard Cooke Park

Polkerris Bed & Breakfast is 1.9 miles from Sangster International Airport.

Approximate cost per night: $316






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Santa Maria Island

GoldenEye provides lush gardens, private beaches, hidden coves, a saltwater lagoon, 3 outdoor pools, a full spa, villas, beach huts, cottages, beachfront and lagoon properties, kitchen facilities, a beachfront bistro and a fine dining restaurant. Bizot Bar, Button Beach, James Bond Beach and more are nearby.

Within feet:

      • Santa Maria Island
      • Chris’s Cafe

Within 1 mile:

      • Oracabessa Fish Market

Within 5.6 miles:

      • Firefly Mountain

Within 8.8 miles:

      • Toscanini Restaurant

GoldenEye is 29.7 miles from Tinson Pen Airport.

Approximate cost per night (three-bedroom oceanfront villa): $2,784

Cost per person (six people): $464






Jamaica Inn

Main Street

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Dolphin Cove Ocho Rios

With a private beach, elegant suites, furnished balconies and porches overlooking the Caribbean Sea, an outdoor pool, a beachfront spa, air conditioning, free WiFi, ceiling fans, sofas, lounge chairs, a shaded palapa area, beach lunches, free morning punch, a varied breakfast menu, free croquet, free parking and a concierge, Jamaica Inn sits close to Blue Mountain Bicycle Tours, Taboo (night club), Eat UR Veggies (restaurant), White River Fisherman’s Village (restaurant), Keith’s Bamboo Crew (tour operator), Jangalee Seafood Joint (restaurant), Calypso Rafting & Tubing (tourist attraction) and more.

Within feet:

      • Miss T’s, Toscanini’s
      • Passage to India

Within 3.6 miles:

      • Dolphin Cove Ocho Rios

Within 3.8 miles:

      • CHUKKA White River Valley

Within 4.2 miles:

      • Zip-line Over Dunn’s River

Jamaica Inn is 33.8 miles from Tinson Pen Airport.

Approximate cost per night (suite): $600




Blue Paloma Bed & Breakfast

East Avenue, Lucea Hanover

Hotels in Jamaica

Grand Palladium Beach

Offering garden views, an outdoor swimming pool, a fitness center, a bar, a shared lounge, free WiFi, free private parking, a patio, air conditioning, flat-screen TVs, an à la carte breakfast and a sun terrace, Blue Paloma Bed & Breakfast can be found close to Reggae Paradise (restaurant).

Within 1.5 miles:

      • Grand Palladium Beach

Within 3.2 miles:

      • Blenheim Heritage Site

Within 10 miles:

      • Crocodile Reserve & Bird Sanctuary

Within 12 miles:

      • Discovery Falls Park

Blue Paloma Bed & Breakfast is 18 miles from Sangster International Airport.

Approximate cost per night (deluxe double room): $222

Cost per person (four people): $55








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Hotels in Jamaica

Frenchman’s Cove Beach

Geejam features a spa, a fitness center, an on-site recording studio, a restaurant, digital surround systems, private patios, mini-bars, modern décor, hardwood floors, 500 thread-count cotton sheets and a mobile phone upon arrival. Woody’s Low Bridge Place (Jamaican restaurant), Pellew Island (Monkey Island), Blue Lagoon (swimming lake), Blue lagoon tour with Illis (tour agency) and more are in the vicinity.

Within feet:

      • Frenchman’s Cove Beach

Within 2.4 miles:

      • Rotary Park

Within 3.1 miles:

      • Bikini Beach

Within 30 miles:

      • Norman Manley International Airport
      • Tinson Pen Airdrome

Approximate cost per night (three-bedroom villa): $1,885

Cost per person (six people): $314




Tensing Pen

Westmoreland, Negril

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Seven Mile Beach

Tensing Pen has rustic-style, an outdoor swimming pool, massage services, a spa, yoga lessons, free WiFi, safes, patios, ocean views, an on-site restaurant with ocean views and complimentary breakfast. Near here you may find The Lodge Restaurant at Tensing Pen Hotel (Caribbean restaurant), Kool Vybes Bar And Jerk Center (Jamaican restaurant), Shark (restaurant), Ivan’s (restaurant), Rick’s Cafe (Caribbean restaurant), Wake N Bake Café and Restaurant (cafe) and more.

Within feet:

      • Whoopie’s Hammock Park

Within 2 miles:

      • Seven Mile Beach

Within 2.2 miles:

      • Negril Public Park

Within 6 miles:

      • Hedonism II Beach
      • Homers Cove Beach
      • Bloody Bay Beach

Tensing Pen is 34 miles from Sangster International Airport.

Approximate cost per night: $474




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Round Hill Hotel & Villas

John Pringle Drive, Montego Bay

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Montego Bay

With a garden sand beach, a pool overlooking Montego Bay, free WiFi, dining options, iPod docking stations, Jamaican Blue Mountain Coffee, modern yet exotic rooms, air conditioning and a spa, Round Hill Hotel & Villas is in the vicinity of Orchard Beach (Old Steamer Beach) and Tryall Golf Club.

Within feet:

      • Montego Bay

Within 3.5 miles:

      • Reading Beach

Within 5 miles:

      • One Man Beach
      • Doctor’s Cave Beach

Within 12 miles:

      • Roaring River Park
      • Roaring River Cave Park

Round Hill Hotel & Villas is 7 miles from Sangster International Airport.

Approximate cost per night (six-bedroom signature villa): $10,625

Cost per person (twelve people): $885




Half Moon

Rose Hall St Montego Bay

The Best Hotels In Jamaica

Mystic Mountain

Half Moon is a 400-acre resort with 2 miles of private white sand beach. It has 3 restaurants, 5 bars, an 18-hole golf course, 68,000 feet of spa, a basketball court, a volleyball court, 4 squash courts, 11 tennis courts, an Equestrian center, a fitness center and a 24-hour medical center. Italian and Jamaican cuisine may be found, along with alfresco dining at The Seagrape Terrace. Lounge not at the pool bar, but IN the pool bar, at Hibiscus Swim-up Pool Bar. Nearby you may find Fern Tree Spa, Il Giardino Restaurant, Escape To Exhale Day Spa. Renus Sports Bar & Gaming Lounge, Island Juices (restaurant), The Jerk Hut, Splendid Jam Cafe & Grill, Montego Bay Convention Center, Cinnamon Hill Golf Course, Rose Hall Great House, Cinnamon Hill Great House (Home of Johnny Cash), White Witch Golf Course and more.

Within feet:

      • Mystic Mountain
      • Dunnes River Falls

Within 1.2 miles:

      • Progressive Supermarket

Within 14.1 miles:

      • Luminous Lagoon

Within 10 miles:

      • Blue Hole Mineral Springs

Half Moon is 5.3 miles from Sangster International Airport.

Approximate cost per night (prestige ocean suite): $1,124



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Hyatt Zilara Rose Hall

Rose Hall Rd

The Best Hotels In Jamaica

Sugar Mill Restaurant

With an outdoor pool, a beach-front spa, free WiFi, air conditioning, hairdryers, French cuisine, a gourmet buffet, 3 bars (one a swim-up, one open-air), meeting facilities, an airport shuttle, a garden and free parking, Hyatt Zilara Rose Hall is near Sugar Mill Restaurant, Half Moon Golf Course, David’s Grocery Store, Kelly’s Wholesale, Punkie and Rosie Sports Bar and Club, Freddy’s Connection (restaurant) and more.

Within feet:

      • Sugar Mill Restaurant

Within 9.3 miles:

      • Shopper’s Fair Supermarket

Within 9.8 miles:

      • House Boat Grill Restaurant

Within 13.5 miles:

      • Luminous Lagoon

Hyatt Zilara Rose Hall is 6 miles from Sangster International Airport.

Approximate cost per night (one-bedroom ocean front suite): $2,312

Cost per person (four people): $578




R Hotel Kingston

Renfrew Road

The Best Hotels In Jamaica

John R Wong Supermarket

R Hotel Kingston has a restaurant, free private parking, an outdoor swimming pool, a fitness center, a bar and a terrace, a 24-hour front desk, air transportation, an a la carte breakfast, a business center, rental car service and a gift shop. It’s near Pleezas Cafe, Starbucks, Tea Tree Creperie Sora Japanese Sky Cuisine, BeWellers Pharmacy, The Peter Tosh Museum, Emancipation Park, Cafe El Centro and more.

Within feet:

      • John R Wong Supermarket
      • Emancipation Park
      • Mandela Park

Within 2.4 miles:

      • Mona Heights Park

Within 2.8 miles:

      • Tinson Pen Airdrome

Within 5 miles:

      • Norman Manley International Airport

Approximate cost per night (two-bedroom penthouse): $406

Cost per person (four people): $102




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Jewel Grande

Montego Bay

The Best Hotels In Jamaica

Half Moon Point Beach

Offering a restaurant, a bar, a shared lounge, a garden, room service, a kids’ club, free WiFi, an outdoor swimming pool, a fitness center, evening entertainment, a 24-hour front desk, fully-equipped kitchens, a playground, pool and ping pong, Jewel Grande Montego Bay Resort and Spa is in the vicinity of Half Moon.

Within feet:

      • Half Moon Point Beach

Within 4.5 miles:

      • Cornwall Court Park

Within 5 miles:

      • Tropical Bliss Beach

Within 8 miles:

      • The Howard Cooke Park

Jewel Grande is 5 miles from Sangster International Airport.

Approximate cost per night (3-bedroom grande penthouse): $2,070

Cost per person (seven people): $296




Whispering Seas Penthouse

Tower Isle St. Mary

Hotels in Jamaica

Sapphire Island Jamaica

Offering 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, an outdoor swimming pool, a fitness center, a balcony, free private parking, free WiFi, a flat-screen TV, a dining area, a fully-equipped kitchen, a patio with pool views, a sun terrace, a garden and a shared lounge area, Whispering Seas Penthouse is in the vicinity of Delly’s Brick Oven Pizza Restaurant, Twist Ice Cream & Cheesecake Parlor, Heaven’s Wynter Lodge Sports Bar & Restuarant and more.

Within feet:

      • Sapphire Island Jamaica
      • Bambu Beach

Within 4.5 miles:

      • Ocho Rios Market

Within 5 miles:

      • Dunn’s River Falls

Within 33 miles:

      • Tinson Pen Airdrome

Approximate cost per night: $328

Cost per person (four people): $83




Penthouse On The Ridge

Main Street

Hotels in Jamaica

Ocho Rios Bay Beach

Penthouse on the Ridge has free WiFi, private parking, panoramic harbor and town views and private gazebos. It’s found close to Turtle River Falls And Garden, Konoko Falls, Little Dunn’s River Beach, Mystic Mountain Rainforest Adventures and more.

Within feet:

      • Ocho Rios Bay Beach

Within 1 mile:

      • Jerk Center Restaurant
      • Oceans 11 Restaurant
      • General Foods Supermarket

Within  2 miles:

      • Farmers Market

Within 3 miles:

      • Dunns River Falls

Penthouse on the Ridge is 53 miles from Sangster International Airport.

Approximate cost per night: $255

Cost per person (five people): $50






The Fan Villa

Williamsfield, P.O. Port Antonio

Hotels in Jamaica

Bikini Beach Jamaica

Providing ocean views, free WiFi, a sun terrace, a hot tub, gardens, free parking and a bar, The Fan Villa is close to Geejam.

Within 1 mile:

      • Frenchman’s Cove Beach

Within 2.6 miles:

      • Bikini Beach Jamaica
      • Winnifred Beach

Within 29 miles:

      • Norman Manley International Airport

Within 30 miles:

      • Tinson Pen Airdrome

Approximate cost per night: $385








So there they are, hotels in Jamaica that will help make for an amazing experience. We hope you have found this information valuable and most importantly, that you enjoy your time in the Caribbean!

10 Replies to “Hotels In Jamaica”

  1. The history of Jamaica is very interesting. I’d like to go there one day. I once flew over Jamaica when I was on my way to Cuba, many years ago. It looked so beautiful from the plane, so green.

    The hotels look amazing. I would love to unwind there for a week! The Jewel Grande and the Hyatt are beautiful, although  the price per night is a little over my budget 😉 If you travel in a group though, it is very doable. That’s something to consider.  Sandcastles Penthouse looks very cozy and has a good price. I may check out that hotel when I decide to visit Jamaica 🙂 

    This is a great post, and it makes it a lot easier to plan a vacation. 

  2. Jamaica is a place I would like to visit as I’ve never been there yet.
    I always loved the tropical climates and islands.
    These look like some awesome places to visit and to stay in.
    They do appear to be rather expensive but I think one or two might fit my budget.
    In fact the Turtle Towers penthouse is perfectly fine!
    It’s got everything around to make it a great vacation!
    When is the best time to go there?

    1. Some say that the best time to travel to Jamaica is at the end of the year, but you can’t beat Caribbean weather no matter when the time of year Rob

  3. The historical backdrop of Jamaica is extremely intriguing. I’d prefer to go there one day. I once flew over Jamaica when I was en route to Cuba, numerous years prior. It looked so wonderful from the plane, so green. The lodgings look astounding. I couldn’t want anything more than to loosen up there for seven days! The Jewel Grande and the Hyatt are delightful, despite the fact that the value every night is a little over my spending limit If you travel in a gathering however, it is entirely feasible. That is an interesting point. Sandcastles Penthouse looks comfortable and has a decent cost. I may look at that inn when I choose to visit Jamaica

  4. I love Jamaican cuisine and have been hoping to get away for some nice island vibes, especially after COVID 19 eventually becomes less dangerous to the world someday. For now, I’m just checking out potential vacation spots for the future. Of this list, I think my favorite is the Jewel Grande at Montego Bay. I do some photography and I think that hotel has some fantastic architecture. Thanks for the suggestions!

  5. Thanks a lot for the great recommendations. The hotels you recommend are so attractive and beautiful. I would love to go when COVID 19 ends. I love travelling a lot. And I will definitely save your list so that I can save my time researching the hotels later on. Very informative. Thanks for the review.

  6. Hi there,

    Awesome list of hotels! Thanks for sharing!

    I planned to travel to the Caribbean just before the Covid; I had to cancel my trip. Now I am planning again, so this list will be of great help. I really like the last one, “Tower Isle St. Mary.” It looks beautiful. I’ll check this through the link you sent. Are there private transfers from the airport to the hotel? I don’t want to travel from one place to another with all my suitcases:) 

    Thank you for this great list!

    1. HI Daniella, most of the hotels have airport shuttle service. Keep in mind that rideshare service such as Uber and Lyft currently do not operate in Jamaica, though taxi fares are relatively inexpensive.

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