Kingston is not known for its luxury rental villas or five-star hotels. Nonetheless, comfortable and affordable options abound. Most business travelers tend to stay in New Kingston or Half Way Tree for easy access to the corporate district. Spanish Court, The Courtleigh, and Terra Nova are business traveler favorites. For those with more down time, it may make sense to seek quieter options in residential neighborhoods or on the edge of town. Alhambra Inn, The Gardens, Moon Hill, or Neita's Nest in Stony Hill are favorites for those seeking a quiet and refreshing respite from the city. Don't expect a lot in the way of amenities for less than US$100, with the higher end of the spectrum pushing US$300 for suites at a few hotels.

The outlying communities of the corporate area in St. Catherine don't have much in the way of inviting accommodations, with a strip of pay-by-the hour dives along Port Henderson Road, commonly known as Back Road, in Portmore, and a few similar establishments in Spanish Town.


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Reggae Legends Villa

Reggae Legends Villa sits atop Skyline Drive overlooking the plains of Kingston and St. Andrew, Kingston Harbour and St. Catherine, steps from Kingston Dub Club and Skyline Levels, two of the city's top roots nightlife venues. Uninterrupted views to the north feature the Blue Mountains in all their splendor. Modern amenities and creature comforts make this one of the best options in the Kingston area for couples, families and small groups, where safety is of no concern, the air is clean and the breeze cool.

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Reggae Hostel Kingston

Reggae Hostel (from US$25 per person in a shared room) is a favorite among backpackers for its proximity to Half Way Tree, its afford- ability and the communal vibe where budget travelers meet, hang out, and explore the city. The hostel has private and shared bunk rooms with common kitchen and bath facilities.


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One32 Guest House


One32 Guest House (US$120-200) is located along a busy thoroughfare through the neighborhood of Barbican, 10 minutes by foot to Barbican Centre. The cozy property has two one-bedroom units and two two-bedroom units, sleeping a maximum of 12. Each unit is well appointed with AC and fans and kitchenettes. A patio/common area has a Jacuzzi and wading pool as well as comfortable lounge furniture and a TV. Route taxis ply Barbican Road outside the gate with all the conveniences and amenities of uptown Kingston within easy reach.



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Courtyard by Marriott

Courtyard by Marriott (from US$219) is a 130-room property catering to business travelers that opened in early 2016. Guest rooms have king or a pair of queen beds, desks, flat-panel TVs, AC and Wi-Fi. The pool deck and bar are located on the second floor overlooking the park. Meeting rooms, a large open format lounge and dining area and its central location make the Courtyard an easy sell.

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Grand Port Royal Hotel Marina & Spa

Grand Port Royal Hotel Marina & Spa (from US$110 including continental breakfast) is the only accommodation option in Port Royal. It has a mix of recently refurbished and antiquated rooms, all with AC, cable, Wi-Fi and breakfast included.

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The Durham

The Durham (US$30 per person) is a five-bedroom house that can be rented in its entirety or by the room. Three rooms have king beds, one of which has air-conditioning, while the others have fans. Two smaller rooms have double beds. All rooms have TV and private bath. Guests can use the kitchen and common areas, including the back yard.

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Terra Nova All Suite Hotel

Terra Nova All Suite Hotel has spacious, comfortable rooms with two double beds (US$207), junior suites with minibar included (US$261), executive suites with whirlpool tubs and a bit more space (US$331), and three royalty suites with balconies (US$686 Blue Mountain and Darby suites, Terra Nova suite). Internet is included. Terra Nova has a great lunch buffet (US$22) throughout the week with a different theme each day, and it offers one of the best Sunday brunch buffet (US$28) selections in town with a mix of international and local food.

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Jamaica Pegasus

Jamaica Pegasus (US$171 s/d, US$215 jr. suite, rates include breakfast) is a government favorite. It's the choice hotel for visiting and local officials, given its status as a joint venture between John Issa's SuperClubs and the Urban Development Corporation (UDC). The Pegasus is a popular venue for local government and private sector functions, as it has some of the largest conference facilities and ballrooms in town. A beautiful pool, 24-hour deli, and tennis courts round out this premier New Kingston property.

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The Knutsford Court Hotel

The Knutsford Court Hotel (US$142) is well situated within easy walking distance to the restaurants, bars, and nightclubs on Knutsford Boulevard. The hotel is owned by the Hendricksons, who also operate the Courtleigh and Sunset Resorts on the North and West Coasts. The Knutsford is their most downscale property, but it offers amenities like a 24-hour business center, gym, meeting rooms, two restaurants, and a bar. The rooms are decent with wooden furniture, and all the standard amenities like phone and cable TV.

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