Recently returned from a 7 night stay at RDMB. 2 couples in our late 40s/early 50s. It was 1st trip to Jamaica for all of us. For anyone wanting just a brief review we all loved the resort and would highly recommend it. For more details read on:
Hotel buildings/rooms - we found the look of the hotel in general and the rooms to be very appealing. We loved all the natural wood in the property and the furniture and the colourful décor of the rooms and the property as a whole. The rooms are clean and attractive. Our room came with a king size bed (very comfortable) with a nightstand/drawers and lamps on each end., decent TV on top of another set of drawers, sitting table with 2 chairs, tile floor, iron board and iron, hair dryer, soap, shampoo and body lotion, drinking glasses, and a wall safe. No coffee maker (but hey free coffee available so no big deal) and no fridge (we brought a collapsible cooler, worked great). Apparently some rooms have fridges, may be a small additional charge. Nice large patio/balcony with 2 chairs, 1 table, sliding doors and a fantastic view (pretty much all the rooms here have great ocean views).
The hotel is a bit older (I heard built around 1950s but not sure) and is showing some minor signs of wear and tear. However, the rooms, building, and grounds are immaculately maintained. From what I saw the staff is working very hard to keep the property in the best condition possible. All in all I’d say the hotel/rooms are at least deserving of the property’s 3.5 star rating and I’d say in my mind it should be higher (4-4.5).
Housekeeping - As I already hinted at, the staff is diligent in keeping the property looking good. That includes the housekeeping staff. Our room was kept extremely clean and all supplies restocked regularly. Service was done on a timely basis every day. In a word the housekeeping services are outstanding.
Bars - the property has 3 full bars (lobby, pool, and by the stage) and a snack bar that serves beer. At least 1 bar is open from 11AM to 2AM each day. They serve a wide variety of quality brands and cocktails, more than I’ve seen available at some higher star rated resorts. The staff is friendly and the service generally quick and efficient.
Food - there is a buffet open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. In my mind the quality and variety of the food was very good in the buffet. Some all inclusives I’ve been too have pretty much the same food choices each day. Not so here. While some items are the same/similar each day (i.e. salad items, breads), they change most of the hot food entrees and side dishes regularly so that you can have a different meal each day. Examples of some entrée dishes offered when we were there: jerk chicken and pork (delicious), curried goat, curried chicken (curries outstanding!), fried chicken, pasta (various) dishes, roasted ham, roasted pork, Beef Wellington, tacos, pork chops. Beef a bit chewy but everything else was excellent. Don’t overlook the soups, some of the best I’ve had anywhere, delicious! Not one of our group had a meal we did not enjoy. The service is friendly and efficient (yes there is a pattern developing here). There is also a snack bar by the beach that is open from noon-5PM and again from 11PM-1AM daily. They serve hot dogs, hamburgers, chicken wings (jerk - yummy!), pizza, and salads (oh and Red Stripe on tap). The pizzas are made fresh upon request are quite good. We tried everything and it was all very tasty. There is 1 ala carte restaurant which we never got around to trying (the buffet was too good so we didn’t bother).
Nightly stage shows from about 8PM-11PM and a once a week beach party Sunday night from about 8:30PM-11PM. We didn’t see all the shows but what we saw was pretty entertaining. Dancing, singing, and fire breathing. Staff works at getting crowd involved. There is also a band playing outside the restaurant during the day. Good Caribbean and reggae music, charming. They also have a disco open from 11PM-2AM daily. We went once and weren’t that fond of the music as it seems more designed for the 20-30 crowd (although apparently they do have stuff more to our liking i.e. 80s nights, reggae nights - but unfortunately we found out about those too late).
2 pools of good size considering size of the resort. 1 of the pools is more active with volleyball going on a lot of the time and a swim up bar) and the other is a little more laid back (i.e. the “quiet” pool). Nice to have a choice. Not too much trouble finding a spot, except shaded spots go quick, but that’s typical anywhere. I’d like to hear a little more reggae and rock and less rap but that’s an age thing mostly I guess. Beaches - there are kind of 3 different beach areas. The middle one is the biggest and when you want to go in the water here its deep right off (i.e. off the dock/boardwalk). Great for those who like to do some swimming and snorkelling. The 2 smaller beaches on the sides you can walk into the water. Some say the beaches are small here and I suppose they are to some degree but still very serviceable. We enjoyed them, no complaints. You can’t take a long walk on the beach as its gated off at each end of the property and the middle part runs along a boardwalk. But that appears to be typical in MoBay (i.e. every place has their part of the beach fenced/gated off. In short if you want to relax/lounge on the beach and suntan and swim no problems. If you like a beach that you can go for a 30-60 minute stroll you cant do it here and I don’t think in MoBay. Water sports - snorkelling equipment provided at no charge. You can go in a glass bottom boat ride for $20/hour and they will take you to nice snorkelling areas. I believe there is more stuff available but didn’t check it out.
Hot tub/sauna - huge hot tub loved it! Some wonder why we want a hot tub when its 30C but we still used it often as its so relaxing. Didn’t try the sauna.
Location - Awesome location. First of all pretty much all the rooms have fantastic ocean views. And the ocean is so close the rooms its great, its only a few feet from the hotel. Cant beat it. We also liked the location being right in the Hip Strip area. Plenty of sights to see, shops, bar, restaurants, exploring etc., right outside the property within walking distance. We just loved that, so many all inclusive hotels are sort of right in the middle of nowhere, so this was just great.
Staff and service - if you haven’t picked up on it yet, in our view the staff is all around outstanding. Everyone we came across was very friendly and provided good service. When we checked out they gave us a form and one of the questions was if a particular staff member did something to make your stay more enjoyable. I could not think of just one person so I put all of them and that is the truth -they all treated us very well.
The bumping issue - Before we went there was some posts saying RDMB was bumping people to a resort they took over in Runaway Bay (Royal DeCameron Fun Caribbean). We did not see or hear of anyone being forced (bumped) to go to RDFC. Some chose to go and @ RDMB they do promote it quite a bit. If you want to go from RDMB to RDFC for a few days you certainly can do that. Despite us not actually witnessing it, apparently there is still some people being bumped unwillingly. Again all I can say is we didn’t hear of it or see it happening to anyone.
The only minor complaint we have is the music. As I mentioned earlier we’d have liked to hear a little more reggae and Caribbean flavoured music, and a little less rap. But again that is mostly due to us being late 40s/early 50s. I am sure the younger ones liked it. Found it a bit odd though as it appears that most of the clientele is a bit older (i.e. 35+). Again, just a minor complaint, it didn’t take away from our enjoyment much. We had an IPOD to listen to our own tunes in the room so not a big deal.
To sum up we loved this resort and had a great time. We will definitely return and only wish we had booked longer. I would highly recommend this resort to anyone.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located five minutes away from Montego Bay International Airport near the commercial district and the Hip Strip, Royal Decameron Montego Beach is a beachfront property on white sandy beaches with crystal clear waters. Its facilities and ensure a relaxing holiday environment. This hotel has two restaurants, PassaPassa and Souk, where you can enjoy different international and regional dishes. During the day, you can partake in different recreational activities including dance lessons, aerobics and non-motorized water sports like kayaks, sailboats and diving lessons in the pool. In the evenings, enjoy our shows and dance till you drop at the disco of the Royal Decameron Montego Beach hotel. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Jack Tar Village
- Royal Decameron Montego Beach Bay
- Royal Decameron Jamaica
- Royal Decameron Montego Beach Hotel
- Royal Decameron Montego Bay Jamaica
- Montego Beach
- Decameron Montego Bay
- Royal Decameron Montego Beach All Inclusive