Riu Ocho Rios, Ocho Rios
Hotel - Mamie Bay, Ocho Rios, P O Box 4442 Mammee Bay St An, Ocho Rios, Jamaica - 846 Rooms
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Review of "Riu Ocho Rios, Ocho Rios"
Semi-retired now after a varied career. I teach English as a Second Language. Important to me: family, my pets and holidays & Manchester United
We had 2 weeks here, escaping from the January cold of Yorkshire! We'd stayed at the Riu Negril, at the Western end of the island some years before so this hotel was very much what we expected
Set right on the beach about 5 miles west of the town of Ocho Rios and maybe about an hour or so from the airport at Montego Bay. Excellent location for visiting the various sights in Jamaica - very near the Dunn's River Falls for instance.
Check in and Accommodation
Check in was excellent, quick and easy with very friendly staff. Our room was excellent with a good view of the sea. Plenty of space, very comfortable beds (2 double beds in the room) and effective air conditioning. There were tea and coffee making facilities and a fridge, stocked with soft drinks and beers. There were also 4 optics in the room with gin, whisky, brandy and vodka - although all part of the package, we only used these once. There was plenty to drink in the bars!
The bathroom was modern, very clean and with a shower and bath. The only downside to our first floor room was that we were directly over the main buffet restaurant and in the early morning we got a lot of noise from the scraping of chairs on the floor there while the waiters were preparing for breakfasts.
Food and Drink
Excellent - in the main buffet restaurant there was the usual range of international dishes and each evening, it had a different 'theme'. There was a massive choice for lunch and evening meals every day. There are 3 a la carte restaurants which form part of the AI package - the Asian was superb and we visited twice. We were a little disappointed with the steak restaurant: for some reason the service there was very poor, unlike the rest of the hotel. We didn't try the Gourmet restaurant and there are 2 further a la carte restaurants available to 'some guests' (not sure who!). Breakfasts in the main buffet restaurant were also good with the usual wide choice and lots of very fresh, delicious fruit. There are various bars/snack bars around and the beach snack bar served fantastic jerk chicken and pork most lunch times. My mouth is watering at the thought of it!
Plenty of bars around including two swim up bars which got very busy and noisy in the late afternoon. In the evenings, it would have been quite difficult to get a seat near the entertainment if we'd wanted one. Although there was music in the lounge/reception area it was difficult to hear as it's all very open and the noise carries.
Food was available 24 hours a day though we didn't check that or sample anything late on! We did try the occasional cake or snack during the day though.
My only little niggle would be the coffee served in the bars: on an island that produces fantastic coffee it always seems such a shame that the bars in the All Inclusive hotels seem to serve a very cheap instant coffee (the coffee in the restaurants was better).
Great pools with swim up bars and bars nearby. Plenty of choice for places to eat and drink. Lots of provision for children including a separate small pool. Daytime activities if you want them - by the pool and on the beach. Wide range of watersports. More than enough sunbeds around the pools and on the beach and plenty of parasols. There are tennis courts and various other sporting activities available too.
Apart from the in the Steakhouse a la carte, we couldn't fault the service. On entering the buffet restaurant we were always greeted warmly by a senior member of staff - on several occasions by the General Manager - who then made sure they found us a seat where we wanted to be. When wandering around the complex, all staff would say hello and the managers often stopped to ask how things were. Although it's a big hotel, it felt like they knew us all individually (not possible!) and they made all the guests feel special and important.
In the AreaThe nearest town is Ocho Rios which you can reach by bus or taxi (quite cheap). It's a typical little Jamaican town where everyone is very friendly. We did have a wander round the market and of course got a bit hassled. It took me a while to get through to one stallholder that I really DID NOT want braids in my hair. But it's all very good natured and typcially laid back. We had lunch in a local restaurant there which we really enjoyed.
We'd been to Dunn's River Falls and various other places on the island on our previous trip so this time we had a tour up into the Blue Mountains - stunning scenery. We also had the chance to cycle down one section which my husband loved. We also visited the birth place of Bob Marley and found it fascinating. I would have liked another visit to the western end of the island again to see the crocodiles.
There's so much to see and do on this island.
If you want a peaceful 'away from it all' holiday, this hotel probably isn't for you although there are quiet areas around. But if you want quality, with plenty to do, good service and good food plus a super beach, this one is worth trying. We paid just over £1,000 each for 2 weeks All Inclusive and this included our transfers. We'd certainly use this hotel again and have used other hotels in the Riu chain.
I was tempted to rate this as a 5 but for that it would have to have far exceeded expectations so maybe I'm being a bit mean!
Product Information : Riu Ocho Rios, Ocho Rios
Manufacturer's product descriptionHotel - Mamie Bay, Ocho Rios, P O Box 4442 Mammee Bay St An, Ocho Rios, Jamaica - 846 Rooms
Address: Mamie Bay, Ocho Rios
City: Ocho Rios
Street: P O Box 4442 Mammee Bay St An
Long Name: Riu Ochos Rios
Listed on Ciao since: 18/02/2007