Jamaica Inn  

This famous hotel offers old-fashioned elegance on one of Jamaica’s best beaches. No wonder Marilyn Monroe loved it.

This is one of Jamaica’s top hotels – Marilyn Monroe and Arthur Miller honeymooned here, Churchill visited, and Ian Fleming sipped martinis at the bar. It’s won awards from Condé Nast Traveller, too.

It’s an intimate affair, with around 50 rooms. Along the front of the hotel is a private beach. And even though the hotel is in a secluded spot, you’re just a 10-minute drive to Ocho Rios.

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Food & Drink

Bed and Breakfast

Buffet breakfast.

Dining options Breakfast Lunch Evening meal Drinks Snacks, Icecream
All Inclusive

Buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner.  Selected local-brand alcohol, soft drinks, tea and coffee.  Snacks at set times.

Full Board

Buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner.   

Half Board

Buffet breakfast and dinner.   

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Outdoor pool

With sunbeds and parasols on the terrace showing off the sea and garden views in a peaceful atmosphere.

Spa*

Offering a full range of treatments. Massage can be enjoyed outdoors on the wooden decking, where you will be able to feel a light breeze and hear the sounds of the sea.

Jamaican restaurant

Open-air with beautiful views and fresh cuisine to enjoy.

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superior suite

Superior suite sleeps 2 - with a king-size or twin beds.

deluxe suite with sea view

Deluxe suite with sea view sleeps 2 - with a king-size or twin beds.

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Idyllic inn with a couple recommendations

We just returned from our second visit to the Jamaica Inn, and it didn't disappoint. It's lovely, and the people are lovely. A minor recommendation is to embrace the local culture/music and play more reggae during dinner. We found the "house band" tended to play more American hits. Others may disagree, but we would much rather hear local/reggae music versus "Lady in Red." Also, it would be a nice touch to have a pianist entertaining guests during happy hour.More

Vahoo, Virginia

Beautiful beach resort

This Jamaica Inn is a gorgeous, idyllic beach resort. Sunny 85 degree days, soft sands, and warm calm ocean with small waves. We found our room quite comfortable, and slept well. The A/C worked well and kept the room cool. We wished we could have left our windows open more, but mosquitos are a constant issue in this climate. The hotel provides bug spray and citronella candles, which helps but does not completely resolve the problem. For the most part, customer service is pretty good here. Most of the staff are really nice. Some seem more cheery than others. I'd like to mention one employee in particular - Albert. One day, our waterproof camera ended up on the bottom of the ocean. I guess we looked kind of panicked. Albert saw us out there and called to make sure we were ok. When we got back in, we told him about our camera. We left the next day, and went to the other side of the island. A day later, Marie (one of the managers) called to tell us that Albert had found our camera. From the bottom of the ocean. That's above and beyond! As far as activities, during the day, there are beach chairs to relax in, paddleboards, kayaks and sailboats to play in, croquet, board games, etc. Being in Ochos Rios, there are a handful of excursions to choose from, including the blue hole, Dunn's Waterfall, Dolphin Cove, etc. We weren't big fans of having to hire drivers to go everywhere, but we were advised by multiple people that it's not a good idea to try to drive yourself (wrong side of the road for Americans). If you find a driver you especially like, take his card and you can ask for him again. The restaurant was very good. We ate breakfast and lunch there every day. We never stuck around for dinner, mainly because of the dress code. I understand the intent is to create a classy environment. But on vacation in 85 degree weather, I just didn't want to put on long pants. There's a band there every night until 10:30, which, depending on your perspective, is either a good or a bad thing. The band was pretty good, and did a ton of the expected Bob Marley songs. It was the same band every night we were there, but sitting in a hammock on the beach, listening to the ocean and the band in the background was definitely not a bad way to spend an evening. Overall, we really enjoyed our stay and would certainly return in the future.More

raph105, Springfield, Missouri

Second Visit

We just returned from our second visit within a year to this perfect spot and have already booked for next year. That should say it all but we have a few observations to share. Unfortunately, we were not graced with the usual sunny Jamaican weather, an anomaly we are told, as it rained most days and we didn't see much of the sun. It speaks volumes that the extraordinary food and fine service went a long way to making up for Mother Nature's lapse. This visit we opted to stay in Cottage 4 and were not as thrilled with it as we expected to be. While very spacious, well-appointed and private with wonderful views, it was showing its age - dim lighting, warped doors and a pool area less well-kept than it should have been for one of their best accommodations. That said, we drew these grievances (none important enough to seriously mar our stay) to the attention of the owner and received an email from him the day we got home outlining all the steps he had already taken to addressing them. That's the kind of first class diligence we have come to expect from JI. The owners' love for their property is commendably and touchingly obvious. The food was, if possible, even better than we remembered. Absolutely wonderful, served in the best setting in the Caribbean. And the beach barbecue, while the weather necessitated it being served indoors, was the best BBQ food we have ever eaten, hands down. This visit we did not take the all-inclusive option as we had on our first visit and that proved to be much more economical for us. We just can't eat and drink like we used to! Yes, the staff is excellent. Hats off especially to Richie and Janice at the front desk who went out of their way to make our vacation so enjoyable. Thank you both.More

windswept17, Toronto, Canada

Welcome home!

The title of this review refers to the first words we heard on arrival – no doubt others have remarked on this, but it bears mentioning once again. You have an instant rapport with the staff, and it continues throughout your stay. Why we have never been here before defeats me. This has to be in our top 3 selection of hotels in the Caribbean, joining the Nisbet Plantation Hotel in Nevis and the East Winds Inn in St. Lucia. All are relatively small – boutique I think the word is, and have the same ambience, friendliness, food and drink quality, comfort and cleanliness. It is very hard to choose between them. If you enjoy a quiet, luxurious pampered holiday then the Jamaica Inn is for you. It is unnecessary to reiterate all the previous comments in the 5 star rankings on this site – just read them and believe them! Again, as others have said, all members of this superb staff do their utmost to enhance your stay here, greet you like family (in the nicest way!) and remember you from the day you arrive. I do, however have to single out a couple of the guys and gals who went that extra mile for us. Daniello, one of the beach staff looked after us right from the start of our holiday. He even checked that we had put on our sun-block, moved our seats out of the sun as required (wouldn’t let us do it ourselves). Although he made us feel special, he helped everybody else in the same way, and could be seen doing extra duties around the beach all day. We were also looked after superbly by “Stretch”, Patrice and Reggae in the bar and on the beach (to name but a few), and of course, famous Teddy and Rupert, two long serving members of the staff. After my first day on the beach, Teddy poured my drinks for me before I asked for them – knew everyone’s – don’t know how he did it. Rupie gave us lessons in Croquet and amused us with his droll sense of humour! All the restaurant staff looked after us expertly too – again, too many to mention by name here. Chef Maurice is also a great asset to this hotel. A lot of the meals were quite spicy, it has to be said. However, once I mentioned that my wife couldn’t cope with this, he went out of his way to accommodate her taste, even going around with her at the bar-b-q helping her select non-spicy food. One final point – this place is kept so clean, fresh and bright. Go there!More

Frank_O_PhileWales, s Wales

Dolce farniente

Excellent location. Beautiful architecture. Our room was on the 2nd floor of the main building with a breathtaking ocean view. Balcony like a living room with desk and sofa (I called it my office...). Cocktails and lunch you can get while sitting in your beach chair! Employees are very friendly and the service is very good. The library is filled with many pictures so you can "travel" to the past of the hotel when Marylin and Arthur had a good time there. There is only one improvement to mention: the fitness center is in a very dark room with older equipment. Definitely recommend.More

Anna H,

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