by Courtney Elko
Families will love the pool and white sand beach that overlook Jamaica’s Doctor’s Cave Beach. The rooftop pool on the Sky Deck is surrounded by cabanas and loungers and offers exclusive access to Sky Club Suites guests. The 120 guestrooms and suites feature king or double beds, a mini-fridge, flat screen television, balcony and Wi-Fi. Additionally, the spacious suites feature a soaking tub and massive stand-up showers. The onsite restaurants serve breakfast, lunch and dinner so families will never go hungry.
Our Editor Loves
- Rooftop pool
- Onsite restaurants
- Overlook Doctor's Cave Beach
- Onsite Dining
a nice place for romance and for the family to share. Nicely furnished pool with umbrellas and lounge chair to relax in the sun and sip your favorite beverage.Private beach area, nice spa area for a relaxing and therapeutic massage. It is located in the middle of the city. Very rootsy and vibesy. This hotel has a well equipped gym.
Found this place on Trip Advisor and they were right! It is wonderful and NOT one of those all-inclusive places where they're constantly trying to sell you a timeshare or have you join their 'club'. Someone took a historic hotel and renovated it into a wonderful mixture of modern design, local Jamaican art and history, luxury accommodations, and with access to a wonderful beach. The staff was great. The breakfast, which came with our stay, was great with some local dishes like hominy porridge. You could even order a fresh made omelet. No upcharge. Comes with the stay. By the way, you cannot go wrong by asking for the fried, ripe plantains!
We played pool, shuffle board, and tabletop tennis outside by the pool. We lounged in the pool and used the cabanas, which are free to the first to claim them. We lounged upstairs at the infinity pool. We walked out to Doctor's Cave Beach where they pulled out lounge chairs for us under the trees or umbrellas. No uncharge for that either. Hotel security watched over our seats on the beach, which has professional lifeguards by the way. All safe and secure. The food at the restaurant was excellent! I never met the head chef but they are amazing with running the kitchen and staff! Delray was one of our servers and he did a great job. They all did but his smile was infectious. It really set us in a relaxed mood!
Our rooms were air-conditioned; but as you'd expect with an old hotel, were accessed from an outside hallway. Not a problem though. The hotel is very secure with a guard shack at the entrance monitored 24/7. We had NO worries letting our 16 year old daughter roam the hotel on her own.
The rooms are extremely well done. My wife and daughter loved the modern look of them. The showers were enormous with three shower heads. I can't say enough on how nice the rooms were. There was a record player and Bob Marley record on the desk for decoration. My only regret was that it was for display only. Of course, I grew up with a record player but some younger folks would most likely just scratch the record. That would be a shame for such a great album but this decoration did set you back to the 1980's in Jamaica. A great touch.
The best part? They asked us when we left what they could do better or what changes we thought we needed. It surprised us. It also perplexed us because we had such a hard time thinking of something. We finally did. Towel hooks. We kept trying to dry our suits and hang up the bathrooms towels to reuse them but there was almost no where to do so. So, we kept receiving fresh towels. Of course, it might mess up the decor but it was honestly the only thing we could come up with when they asked.
By the way, you have to wonder the halls and look at the photos and art around the place. The faces, places, and culture of Jamaica are on full display throughout the hotel. I sat in the lobby and thumbed through the many books there. Could have spent a full day doing that with coffee from the Cafe right off of the lobby but my family wanted us all at the beach together.
Now I have to admit. We were not impressed with the "Hip Strip" outside the hotel other than the plaza where Usain Bolt's restaurant is located. The plaza with Usain Bolt's restaurant is right outside the security gate had a great Mini-Mart with some wonderful ladies who helped us find t-shirts, suntan lotion, etc. No pressure like the other places. Usain Bolt's restaurant is a "must visit" and a great place to eat! There was another Jamaican-themed store which had lots of t-shirts and knickknacks. Again, it was great.
Otherwise outside of the plaza, it was just the same things in cramped stores with pushy sales people. Wonder for a walk to go eat and the next thing you know some guy will start walking and talking to you like a tour guide. Get to your destination and he'll want a "beer tip," i.e. a fiver, for "helping" you. I get that it is not a prosperous country but that's a bit annoying. As my daughter says, you have to put on your best "No thank you" face and let them know you've been there before and don't need help.
Luckily, the S Hotel will help you hire a taxi to take you somewhere and you can avoid this situation if you want. Mr. Levy drove us around and he was fantastic. Even for a short trip, he was great and prompt. If he couldn't be there, he would make sure someone was there to drive us.
We will be back to the S Hotel. My wife is already looking at dates. We will also kept Mr. Levy's phone number!