Moon Author's Review
Jamaica Inn is one of the classiest hotels on the island, and it's little wonder it maintains a high rate of repeat guests (60 percent), among them many national and foreign dignitaries. Winston Churchill stayed in the signature White Suite years ago, and Marilyn Monroe was also a guest. Since these luminaries were at the hotel, the amenities have only improved.
You won't find clocks, TVs, or Internet access in your room at the Jamaica Inn; these items are seen as distractions from what is designed to be the primary activity at this stately accommodation: relaxation. For those who need to stay connected, however, there is wireless Internet in the library and a computer for guest use. What you will find in the rooms is the classiest and most tastefully soothing color scheme and decor anywhere, with open living rooms just off the bedrooms--literally on the beach, and complete with a foot pan to wash off the sand before stepping inside.
Three room categories are differentiated principally by their proximity to the beach and the size of the room: second-floor balcony suites (US$290/550 low/high season), deluxe suites (US$340/670 low/high season), and premier suites (US$420/825 low/high season). The Jamaica Inn sits on one of the nicest private beaches in Jamaica, on Ocho Rios' equivalent of the Italian Riviera.
More exclusive rooms include the White Suite (US$820/1,760 low/high season), and the Cowdray Suite (US$435/860 low/high season), a more humble high-end room. Two spectacular one-bedroom cottages, Cottages 3 and 4 (US$820/1,760 low/high season), have private plunge pools, decks, and outside showers. The six Jamaica Inn cottages were refurbished in 2006 and come in one-bedroom (US$630/1,170 low/high season) and two-bedroom (US$740/1,340 low/high season) options.