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Jamaica Hotel Guide

The Best Places to Stay for Every Budget

Updated May 2022

The Best Hotels In Jamaica
The Best Hotels In Jamaica:

Welcome To Jamaica

Jamaica’s lush rainforests, stunning mountains, and reef lined beaches make this Caribbean nation an island paradise. Known as the home of rhythm and sway, Jamaica offers a kaleidoscope of colors and experiences. Enjoy sugary white sand beaches, sparkling turquoise waters, and the dazzling Caribbean sunshine. Here is our guide to the best hotels in Jamaica!

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Where to Sleep

The Top Neighborhoods

  Montego Bay

Montego Bay is the lively capital of Saint James Parish on the north coast of the island. Whether you want to relax on the beach, dance the night away, or enjoy a wide array of dining options Montego Bay makes a great base for your Jamaican vacation.

  Kingston

Kingston is known as the cultural mecca of Jamaica and as the capital city it is absolutely buzzing with life. Dance to the drums with spectacular nightlife, explore a fine art gallery or relax on some of the area’s incredible beaches.

  Ocho Rios

Those looking for beautiful natural scenery will love Ocho Rios. While it may be a major tourist region, don’t let that stop you from exploring this tropical garden paradise. Hear the roar of nearby waterfalls or take in the views of the beautiful Caribbean Sea.

  Negril

The embodiment of relaxation, staying in Negril means stunning sunsets, beautiful cliffs, and miles of white sand beaches. While you won’t find buzzing nightlife here, you will find tranquility in the refreshingly slow pace of the city.

Budget Hotels

The Best Hotels In Jamaica: KuDehya Guesthouse, St. Elizabeth

KuDehya Guesthouse, St. Elizabeth

Price: $   Average Reviews: 4.8/5

The KuDehya Guesthouse is the perfect place to relax and enjoy the simple life. With the spectacular views of the Caribbean Sea these guest houses offer simple comforts with amazing views from each room. The hotel itself sits nestled beachfront at the end of a quaint street. The decor is inspired by African traditional style and the accommodations are tranquil and comforting.

The Best Hotels In Jamaica: Rayon Hotel, Negril

Rayon Hotel, Negril

Price: $$$    Average Reviews: 5/5

The Rayon Hotel is in a great location, right in the heart of Negril and just steps away from  popular Seven Mile Beach. The spacious rooms at this hotel have beautiful garden views and a tropical modern design. Enjoy the on-site Rayon Hotel Restaurant that offers traditional Jamaican cuisine and international fare. Or take one of the many tours that the hotel offers including Dolphin Cove or Roaring River.

The Best Hotels In Jamaica: Mynt Retreat Bed & Breakfast, Montego Bay

Mynt Retreat Bed & Breakfast, Montego Bay

Price: $$     Average Reviews: 4.5/5

Offering unparalleled luxury for an unbeatable price makes the Mynt Retreat a great base for any Jamaican adventure. Rooms are beautifully decorated with tropical relaxation in mind, and breakfast is included daily. In a fun twist, each room has a distinct decorative personality and is named after some of the most beautiful cities in Morocco. Beaches are close by and certain rooms are appointed with personal sun decks.

The Best Hotels In Jamaica: Lashing Boutique Hotel, Treasure Beach

Lashing Boutique Hotel, Treasure Beach

Price: $$     Average Reviews: 4.5/5

The Lashing Boutique Hotel is perfect for those looking to relax with stunning views of Treasure Beach. The rooms have a rustic-chic feel, and each has its own distinct personality. Take a swim in the 2 outdoor pools or a boat trip around Treasure Beach. Enjoy the Beach Club or have some pizza and cocktails at the Lashing Treetop Bar, Grill & Pizzeria.

The Best Hotels In Jamaica: Hibiscus Lodge, Ocho Ríos

Hibiscus Lodge, Ocho Ríos

Price: $$     Average Reviews: 4.5/5

This hidden gem located in Ocho Rios combines relaxation with unrivaled services, and elegant boutique decor. The 26 rooms on the property are set in a tranquil tropical garden. The decor is contemporary with a Jamaican flair and the hotel is walking distance from many of Ocho Rios finest attractions. Check out the Almond Tree Restaurant for breakfast, lunch, or dinner and an array of local dishes prepared by a Master Chef.

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Midrange Hotels

The Best Hotels In Jamaica: The Courtleigh Hotel & Suites, Kingston

The Courtleigh Hotel & Suites, Kingston

Price: $$$    Average Reviews: 4.5/5

Located in the heart of Jamaica’s capital city, you will find the Courtleigh Hotel, a tower of elegance and charm. The spacious rooms have a Caribbean elegance that is unmatched. Enjoy the complimentary breakfast buffet, swimming pool, and gym. Dine at Alexander’s Restaurant where the menu features something for everyone including steak, seafood, and international cuisine.

The Best Hotels In Jamaica: Terra Nova All Suite Hotel, Kingston

Terra Nova All Suite Hotel, Kingston

Price: $$$     Average Reviews: 4.5/5

This hotel is timeless and has been serving Kingston for 60 years. In the 41 suites on property serenity embraces you like a warm hug. Dine at the Regency restaurant where classic, old world charm meets elegant gourmet dining. Or check out The Terrace for more casual dining and food options.

The Best Hotels In Jamaica: S Hotel, Montego Bay

S Hotel, Montego Bay

Price: $$$     Average Reviews: 4.7/5

With some of the best views in Jamaica, this boutique hotel is located in the center of the Hip Strip and overlooking Doctor’s Cave Beach. The rooms are designed for relaxation and the beautiful views will facilitate complete tranquility. Enjoy turndown service, the pool, and the on-site restaurant and bar. Dine at the Rocksteady Restaurant for urban elegance and locally inspired cuisine.

The Best Hotels In Jamaica: Negril Tree House Resort, Negril

Negril Tree House Resort, Negril

Price: $$$     Average Reviews: 4.5/5

Located on the beautiful Seven Mile Beach, this hotel offers 70 rooms and 4 luxury suites. The spacious rooms are decorated with tropical peacefulness in mind. The amenities at the Negril Tree House are impressive. They offer a fitness center, on site restaurant, outdoor cocktail bar, pool, and spa treatments. The on-site restaurant serves Chinese and Jamaican cuisine, try the jerk chicken and say hello to Allen the chef at the outdoor grill.

The Best Hotels In Jamaica: Royal Decameron Club Caribbean, Runaway Bay

Royal Decameron Club Caribbean, Runaway Bay

Price: $$$     Average Reviews: 4/5

You can find the Royal Decameron on Runaway Bay, one of the most beautiful locations in all of Jamaica. The cottage style rooms at this hotel invite the tropical garden vibes indoors. Enjoy 2 swimming pools, one for adults and the other for kids. Try watersports or dine at the on-site restaurant that offers cuisine ranging from Jamaican classics to delicious Asian inspired dishes. The Royal Decameron also offers all-inclusive packages.

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High-End Hotels

The Best Hotels In Jamaica: Moon Palace Jamaica, Ocho Rios

Moon Palace Jamaica, Ocho Rios

Price: $$$$     Average Reviews: 4.5/5

Moon Palace All Inclusive Resort will leave you awestruck between the beautiful tropical decor and the long list of amenities. Your only responsibility while staying at Moon Palace is to relax and play in the Caribbean sun. Enjoy watersports, top shelf drinks, and fine dining with 6 restaurant options that will satisfy even the most discerning of diners. Try the Sundeck for casual dining or Pier 8 for incredible fresh seafood.

The Best Hotels In Jamaica: Goldeneye, Oracabessa

Goldeneye, Oracabessa

Price: $$$$     Average Reviews: 4.5/5

This luxurious collection of private cottages, villas, and beach huts will make the perfect Jamaican base. Each accommodation is set in a tropical garden, but the private beaches and secluded coves here are the real draw. Goldeneye’s main beach, Low Cay, offers many water activities including snorkeling, kayaking, and glass bottom boat tours. Relax at the pool during the day and indulge at one of the resort’s 4 restaurants and bars in the evening. Have cocktails and drinks at Shabeen or indulge in a private outdoor dining experience.

The Best Hotels In Jamaica: Jamaica Inn, Ocho Rios

Jamaica Inn, Ocho Rios

Price: $$$$     Average Reviews: 4.5/5

The Jamaica Inn is an intimate resort property where all of the rooms are spacious and have gorgeous ocean views. The amenities include watersports, a fitness center, swimming pools, and a tennis court. An on-site spa offers a plethora of treatments with a Jamaican flair. And several dining options for each meal of the day, try the Sea Shanty for breakfast and lunch or the Terrace Restaurant for a gourmet dinner.

The Best Hotels In Jamaica: Half Moon, Montego Bay

Half Moon, Montego Bay

Price: $$$$     Average Reviews: 4.8/10

Luxury right on Montego Bay is the name of the game at Half Moon Resort. This is Jamaica’s highest rated resort and offers 3 distinct accommodation options for guests: Eclipse, Founder’s Cove, and Rose Hall Villas. Eclipse features spacious rooms, 2 restaurants, 3 bars, infinity pools, a spa, and a private beach. At Founder’s Cove you still stay in classic cottages centered around the iconic Sunset Beach. The Rose Hill Villas are the most luxurious and offer 5-7 bedroom villas. Each villa comes with a butler, housekeeper, and a cook. Enjoy the golf course or any of the 5 unique dining options.

The Best Hotels In Jamaica: The Caves, Negril

The Caves, Negril

Price: $$$$     Average Reviews: 4.8/5

This all-inclusive luxury resort offers a wide array of amenities and relaxation options. Every room at The Caveshotel is uniquely decorated and each has awe inspiring coastal views. The resort’s amenities include snorkeling, kayaking, fishing, and swimming. There’s also a spa that offers luxurious treatments and 4 restaurant and bar options. Dine at Bamboo Terrace for some laidback island charm or try the jerk chicken at The Sands, the Caves coolest spot.

Looking for an all-inclusive? Check out our Best Jamaica All Inclusive Resorts Guide

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This Post Has 3 Comments

  1. Thank you for the guide. Do you plan on making a guide for snorkeling in Jamaica? Any recommendations for the best places to snorkel?

    1. Hello there. We absolutely plan on making a comprehensive snorkeling guide in the coming months, but for now we have some recommendations on our Jamaica Visitors Guide you can check out. Thanks for visiting!

  2. We stayed at the S and it was so peaceful and calming, exactly what we needed. Great recommendations and what a beautiful site.

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