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Rockhouse Hotel
Ranked #2 of 80 Hotels in Negril
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 18 August 2007

After reading all the amazing tripadvisor reviews on this place, my husband and I stayed at the Rockhouse from July 22nd-26th 2007 and we couldn't have stayed at a better place! We really needed a place to "unwind" and this place was perfect! Lush landscaped winding paths, comfortable villas, friendly staff, wonderful weather and the most amazing sunsets....non party zone everyone just chillin' out. no problem mon.

Now we read all the awflul reviews about the bus ride before we left for vacation and researched alternative ways of getting to Negril from Mo Bay. By far the best way to travel is by airplane (cessna) through TimAir. It was fun and CONVENIENT only a 15 minute flight out of Sangster Airport. It was a definite HIGHLIGHT of our trip AND it only cost $90 US per person each way.

Let's see....$40 11/2+ hour "crazy" drive or way cool flight for $90! we would definitely recommend it! Rides to your resort can be arranged from the Negril airport.

When we arrived at the Rockhouse, we were greeted by the ever so handsome Omar and were immediately whisked to our first villa #16. It was quaint, tucked away, private and cozy. The outdoor shower was extremely cool and private! Right outside our door was a spacious patio with adirondack chairs and an ample table. That night we walked out to one of the perched rock patios and watched the stars from comfortable loungers.

The next day we were moved to our second villa #2 on the other side of the resort...the new side...only 5 years old. WOW is all we could say to our premium villa. It was way more spacious and chic. The premium is the way to go...a place for each of us to store our clothing, larger sink and this time, out toilet and our shower were outdoors! In their own separate rooms! The shower was 3Xs the size with racks to hang our towels, suits and snorkel gear. The A/C was new and powerful, so powerful, we turned it off the last night we stayed there and slept better than ever. I would designate the villas as "glamping" (glamour camping).

In villa #2, our balcony was right on the cliff and my husband jumped off of it numerous times...about 50 feet. Not for everyone including myself. I jumped off the 30 foot massage point but that was where I drew the line. As you can see from our photos, my husband pretty much jumped off of every cliff at the Rockhouse.

Mini fridge was stocked and re-stocked everyday but we couldn't help but to go across the street to the little market and get our own water and snacks..it was way cheaper. Try the coconut water at the market...it's pure and comes in plastic bottles weird but yummy. You can pretty much get 'anything' across the street in general from trinkets to ganja to you name it...I wouldn't know about this :)

Why doesn't the Rockhouse boutique carry any snacks or water??? I don't know..the boutique is huge and would be way more profitable if they did.

Rockhouse Restaurant - My husband has worked in the restaurant industry for over 20 years and this place rivals so many restaurants here on the Las Vegas strip... yeah, I know.
For moderate prices, their food was to die for. So fresh and delicious. We ate every meal there the entire time we stayed with an exception of the pool bar one lunch for the best jerk chicken you've ever tasted.

Breakfast was bountiful and priced around $5-$10 US per entree. Make sure to SHARE the Jamaican poridge extremely good but a huge portion. The muslei and fruit plate, rockhouse special, banana pancakes and log honey french toast...wow, I'm getting hungry... p.s. eat early in the morning on the patio before the sun beams on you...

so for dinner, try anything Jerk, coconut shrimp and the appetizer sampler platter we had all 4 nights...yummmmmmm!!!!! Make sure to get in a couple games of chess, drink a fresh fruit smoothie or daquiri and sit at the bar and talk to Randy a bit...he's way cool. Ask Pete about his experience with hurricanes...very funny. Oh and don't forget to tip...everyone including housekeeping:) Sheesh, these guys make about $3.50 US an hour..share the love.

We brought our own snorkel gear and fins and toured the caves surrounding Rockhouse...we also brought our underwater camera and took a few amazing shots..the reefs aren't like Fiji but the caves are extremely interesting. Snorkeling in general is great exercise and you get a pretty nice tan on your back :)

The spa is amazing and Joy, the spa manager is adorable...book any treatment, they're all good.

We flew back to Montego Bay on TimAir and stayed at the Coyaba Resort for one night...it was okay, nice rooms, no bugs, friendly staff but it wasn't the Rockhouse.

  • Stayed: July 2007, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 13 August 2007

My boyfriend and I stayed at The Rockhouse July 29 - August 4, 2007, and absolutely loved every minute of our stay! This was definitely the best vacation we've been on yet, and we can't wait to return someday.

After reading most of the reviews on Tripadvisor prior to our stay, we weren't sure exactly what to expect. We stayed in a standard room (#21 - a corner room in the "green block" closest to the pool), and I have to say that it by far exceeded our expectations. Considering that you're really only in the room to shower/change and sleep, it was perfectly adequate to meet our needs. The bed and pillows were extremely comfortable, and the airconditioner unit looked to be quite new and worked very well to cool down the room at night. We loved the mosquito netting around the four-poster bed, although we only used it for fun, not out of necesity. I don't think we had a bug in our room the entire time we were there. The bathroom was small, but it was fine for our needs. The bathroom offered a sink and toilet, and a small built-in shelf for toiletries, and a screen door led out to the "outdoor" shower, which is all tiled and is covered, but offers an open-air window which is where we hung our bathing suits to dry every day.

We were very close to the pool, which was kept immaculately clean, and the water was always lovely. We spent the majority of our stay camped out on "our rock" on the cliffs though, which we found the first day of our stay. We loved how the hotel has numerous tiled areas built into the cliffs, which offer lounge chairs (which we found to be extremely comfortable), an umbrella and a small table. There are small concrete "stepping stones" paved into the cliffs as well, which offer paths to the different patio areas, so you never have to climb over rocks or anything like that.

While the weather was gorgeous for pretty much our entire trip, the best part of the day was undoubtedly the mornings, when we would wake up to not a cloud in the sky. There are no distractions at The Rockhouse and it is truly one of the most relaxing and peaceful places we have visited. We would go to bed fairly early, and wake up around 8am each morning, pack up a few snacks, sunscreen, our books a couple bottles of water and our ice buckets, and head to our rock for the day. You can fill the ice bucket at the pool bar, so we would just consistently refill the ice and our water bottles to stay hydrated during the day. The cove is beautiful, and whenever we started to get hot, we would just jump in the water to cool off. The water was crystal blue, and was warm enough to not be a shock to the system, but was cool enough to be refreshing. We rented snorkeling equiptment from the pool bar one day ($5 per person/per day), and while there isn't really anything spectacular about the reef, it was still nice to see what was down there and we enjoyed the experience.

We would generally have our own cocktail hour on the rock around four o'clock and then shower up before happy hour at the pool bar (which is 2-for-1 drinks from 5-6pm). The Rockhouse is a great place to watch the sunset, and we loved that it was a different sunset every day - some days colorful, other days you could see the entire sun sink below the horizon. One day we even got a rainbow along with the sunet!

For food, we ate at The Rockhouse Restaurant three nights, and went to 3 Dives twice, which is within walking distance. We thought the food was very good at the hotel restaurant, and really enjoyed the jerk chicken roll-ups. Our favorite meal though (which we were so happy to discover!) was the lobster fusilli at the restaurant. I was skeptical of trying a pasta dish in the Caribbean, but it was absolutely delicious - huge chunks of lobster dominated the dish with a lovely cream sauce. The only thing we were disappointed in was the coconut shrimp, which we ordered for an appetizer. We paid $9.50 for six TINY shrimp, which while they were tasty, were definitely not worth the price, especially when the large portion of jerk-chicken roll-ups was only about $12. The appetizer portions all seemed small for the money, but we thought the entree portions were quite generous. We also had the jerk chicken at 3 Dives which was wonderful. We tried the lobster one night as well, and while it was good, we didn't think it was as good as the Maine lobster we're used to on the East Coast. Maybe because they grill it, but we found it kind of dry, and it was expensive. We thought the jerk chicken was a much better deal, and if you do want lobster, we would recommend the lobster fusilli at the hotel restauant instead. The only other place we tried was Sips and Bites for lunch, which is right next door to the Rockhouse. They make an awesome "brown stew chicken" which is filling and very reasonably priced. The offer take-out as well, so we would go pick it up, and bring it back to the cliffs to eat.

There isn't really much nightlife in Negril (at least not around The Rockhouse), so after dinner every night we went back to the room and changed into our bathing suits, and would go sit out on the lounge chairs to stargaze, before going for a dip in the pool. The night sky in Jamaica was beautiful, and we loved looking for the constellations and shooting stars, while listening to the waves crash against the cliffs below us - it was so peaceful and the perfect way to end the day. Before bed every night we went for a swim in the pool, as it was always empty and we had it completely to ourselves. Then we would return to our room to sleep and get ready to do it all again the next day!

Overall, we really had a great experience at the Rockhouse and would highly recommend it. More conservative types might be slightly off-put by a sprinkling of topless sunbathers and the occasional whiff of pot around the cliffs - but it didn't bother us at all. The guests were mostly young couples like ourselves, and everyone was quiet and mostly kept to themselves. We met a few other couples at the pool bar during lunch, but everyone seemed content to do their own thing. We were there for six nights, and were so sad to leave at the end!

The only part of the entire Rockhouse experience that we were disappointed in (surprisingly) was Kenny's Tours. We booked our transfer from Montego Bay to Negril about a week before the trip, and were all set to have a private transfer. The reason we booked with Kenny's Tours was so that we could have immediate transport to the hotel, and not have to wait for a bunch of people to board a bus or anything like that. When we checked in at the airport, they initially told us we would be traveling with another couple who was also on our flight - which was fine with us. Then, about five minutes later, we were told that the other couple was being sent seperately, and we were to wait for another group who was also on our flight. We said that this was fine, but then waited...and waited. Jerome, at the Kenny's Tour desk at the airport kept insisting it would just be 5 more minutes, ten more minutes...but no one would tell us what the hold-up was. Then, two guys came out and got on the bus, and informed us that they had another person in their party who was arriving on a flight one hour after ours had landed. No one at Kenny's Tours even bothered to tell us that we were waiting for another person on another flight. So we ended up having to wait an hour and a half for this other person, even though we had booked a private transfer and still had to pay the full fee. We then also used Kenny's Tours for our transfer back to the airport at the end of our trip, and our driver cut off another driver and basically hit another car, so our driver and the car then pulled over and started having an argument on the side of the road, while we were stuck sitting in the van, just trying to make our flight on time. I'll admit that driving in Jamaica is different than anywhere else I've seen, but then there were three subsequent times on the way to Montego Bay that we feared another accident. We will definitely NOT use Kenny's Tours again if we go back to the Rockhouse. They were expensive, and did not meet our expectations.

Overall, we would definitely recommend The Rockhouse, and can't wait to go back someday. We thought the standard room was wonderful and was really a very inexpensive way to experience the destination. I'm sure the villa's are lovely, but unless you come to Jamaica to sit in the room, I'm not sure we would say they are worth it. Every aspect of The Rockhouse was beautiful - we loved the cliffs and didn't miss the beach at all. We thought we had plenty of privacy, and even though the hotel was booked to capacity, we never had to fight for space to lay out. Even when there were other couples laying out on the rocks closest to us, they were far enough apart that we couldn't hear their conversations and weren't bothered by anyone at all. This was a great place to stay - and hopefully you'll enjoy it as much as we did!

Happy travels!

  • Stayed: August 2007, travelled as a couple
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12  Thank cmccormick01
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Reviewed 8 August 2007

On the recommendation of a friend, we booked a villa at the Rockhouse and stayed there June 19th - 24th, 2007. As many other reviewers have said, my expectations were not only met but exceeded -- I have told everyone I know about this hotel. The property is beautiful, and the villas were incredibly comfortable. In fact, our favorite way to begin each morning was to open all the curtains and sliding glass doors and watch the waves from bed. A few tips I would pass on to anyone thinking of staying at the Rockhouse:

- We brought floats with us from home, which were great for relaxing in the pool and in the water. Several people asked us where we got them and were disappointed to hear that we had purchased them before coming to Jamaica.

- We also brought small citronella candles with us. Although we didn't have a real problem with bugs or mosquitos, the candles were great to have when we wanted to dine on our patio.

- Room service does not come with an additional fee. We had coffee delivered to our room every morning, and dessert several nights. Be aware that room service is a bit spotty: during peak hours, it took almost an hour to receive our dessert.

- As other posters have recommended, we took a trip to the local grocery store (there is a good sized market in town -- take a cab) to stock up on Red Stripe beer, sodas and snacks. We saved quite a bit of money by keeping these things in the fridge in our villa.

- The spa treatments were good, but not great. I'm not sure I would spend the money to get another massage there.

- DEFINITELY book a villa if possible. The experience was incredibly unique and the view was phenomenal. In my opinion, the premium villas would not be worth the extra price, as they seemed to be set back further from the water and did not appear to be significantly larger.

- We ate lunch at the pool each day (the snapper sandwiches are divine), but we usually ventured out for dinner. Kuyaba and the Hungry Lion were both worth a visit.

- Stay away from Rick's Cafe. The view isn't any more spectacular than the views at the Rockhouse, the food is less than mediocre and the service is abominable. This was my one regret / disappointment of the trip.

- We used the parasailing company recommended in the Rockhouse brochure (Premium Parasailing, maybe?). The experience was fantastic, but the guys working for the company were a little creepy. I would be hesitant to recommend using them if you are a single woman or traveling in a group of females.

- The frozen drinks can be a little pricey, but there is a 2-for-1 happy hour at the pool each evening -- I believe it runs from 5:00 to 7:00.

- Bring lots of books and / or someone whose company you genuinely enjoy. There is not a lot to do at the resort (which is exactly what we wanted from a vacation, but may not appeal to everyone).

  • Stayed: June 2007, travelled as a couple
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13  Thank dhe0813
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Reviewed 26 July 2007

First, I should mention that this review is way overdue. We honeymooned at Rockhouse in December 2006. We spent three days here and three days at Country Country (also in Negril).

The positives: Overall, we loved Rockhouse. It is everything they say as far as scenery and atmosphere. We live in a big city so we really wanted to get "away from at all" and at Rockhouse, you can do just that. It's private, romantic, scenic, exotic, totally unlike any other place on earth. If you are looking for a laid-back, quiet, relaxing place where you can just unwind with someone you love - then this is it. If you're looking for more of a party atmosphere - then try places closer to the beach. Rockhouse is very quiet at night and it's definitely NOT a place for young children or elderly (too many dangerous cliffs for youngsters). Plus, you can't beat the price! We also really enjoyed the food, especially the bar's jerk chicken. We could have lived on that stuff! We really liked the outdoor showers, which were so refreshing and unique. And the spa? Simply amazing. We had oceanfront massages that were out of this world.

The negatives: We booked a "studio room" which is one of the community apartment-style rooms - NOT the beautiful villas that are pictured on the site. This was a major disappointment to us, especially because the villas are 10 times nicer than the apartments. We tried upgrading upon arrival but everything was booked. To make matters worse, our apartment was home to some major creepy crawlies. Now, this is partially to be expected in a tropical place like this, but having major icky bugs in our room each night started to take its toll. Lesson - pay the extra and make sure you get a villa. Every one we talked to said the villas did not have bug problems and were much more private.

  • Stayed: December 2006, travelled as a couple
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5  Thank ChicagoTravels1
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Reviewed 4 July 2007

My fiance and I just returned from the Rockhouse after a 1 week stay (June 24-30). Can I say...AMAZING! The hotel looks great on the website but in person it blows your mind.

We flew into MoBay and were picked up by Kenny tours. Let me just say....we made the right choice. Within a few minutes of getting our bags we were at the Kenny Tours booth. They had our reservation all set & our driver (Kenny Himself) was ready to go. We were on our way! Many other travelers who didn't choose KT were waiting in long lines trying to get their transportation.

Originally we were going to rent a car but after reading reviews about crazy Jamaican roadways I chickened out at the last minute and we went with KT. It was definitely the right choice. The driving is a little nuts. They don't follow rules of the road like we do. Its best to leave it up to the locals.

Our villa (#13) was great. Just steps from the water. We could walk out our door, right into the clear blue water and snorkel. Most days we just lounged at the pool & did nothing which was relaxing. The pool food was so good! The best jerk chicken, burgers and kbobs. We ate at the pool every day. The chef makes this jerk sauce that is super yummy. We tried to get the recipe but he wouldn't give up any info. The bartenders, Shane & Ritchie are full of local information and can give you ideas of where (and where not) to go. Plus, they make a mean cocktail. Try the Rockhouse delight...so frosty and tasty.

One tip - We attempted to walk to Ricks Cafe which is about 15min away from RH. We got about 500ft down the road & I was so freaked out! The people almost run you over. So we walked back to RH and got a ride from Kenny. My advice would be to not walk on the road unless you want to get hit or have a heart attack from almost being hit.

Ricks Cafe - Not worth your time. The place is packed with tourists, the food sucks and its nothing to write home about.

After or trip to Ricks we realized how good we had it at the RH. The food is the best around. In fact...we asked Kenny who had the best jerk chicken. He said "definitely the Rockhouse". He was right.

Sips & Bites - Directly next door to the RH. A good spot for breakfast. Yummy french toast.

We ended up eating all but 2 of our meals at the Rockhouse. Dinner & Breakfast at the restaurant and lunch at the pool. Everything was so good. Usually, every time I travel I get "travelers belly" from eating all the different foods & being on a different schedule. This trip I had no problem. All the food was great and prices good. Dinner entrees - 10-20$, Lunch -9-11$, Bkfast 9-11$, drinks 6.50$.

The only time we left the RH was to do the Canopy tour. It was well worth it. So much fun. The only drawback was the drive to and from the site (1.5 hr each way). But, it gives you a chance to see the Jamaican countryside.

RH Spa - I had a massage and pedicure. Both treatments were great & prices comparable to the ones at home in San Francisco.

Internet- They have 2 computers at the front desk so you can email your family at home and brag about how good of a time you are having . (2.50$ for 15min.)

Boutique- Has just about everything you need. We rented a tv/vcr one night because it was raining and watched a James Bond movie.

Bugs- The first 2 days no mosquito bites at all. The last few days I got a bunch. I think it was because of the rain. We bought mosquito coils at the boutique for our room & used lots of bug spray. So bring plenty.

Weather- High 80's & sunny every day. A little muggy but not bad. Like clockwork the clouds, rain & thunder rolled in about 4pm daily. Most days it only lasted about an hour then cleared up. On our last day we had a major storm which lasted a few hours. The thunder & lightening was amazing. Definitely a good show. We don't get to see stuff like that in CA.

Mini-bar- If you are going to drink out of your mini bar a good way to save $$ is purchase red strip/drinks from the store across the street & keep them in the fridge. A 6pk at store is 6$. The RH charges you 3$ each for drinks out of the mini bar so it adds up.

Overall, we had the time of our life. Definitly a place to visit again.

  • Stayed: July 2007, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Rockhouse Hotel

Address: West End Rd, Negril, Jamaica
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Region: Caribbean > Jamaica > Westmoreland Parish > Negril
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#2 Luxury Hotel in Negril
#2 Family Hotel in Negril
#2 Spa Hotel in Negril
#3 Romantic Hotel in Negril
#5 Business Hotel in Negril
Price Range: ₹ 7,425 - ₹ 14,134 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Rockhouse Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 34
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Rockhouse is a boutique hotel stretching across the cliffs of Pristine Cove. Nestled amongst eight acres of tropical lush gardens, thatched roofed villas are perched on the water's edge. Guests swim in the sixty foot horizon pool or take the stairs carved into the rock down to the cove for snorkeling on the reef. Home to two award winning restaurants - the Rockhouse Restaurant & Bar and the Pushcart Restaurant & Rum Bar. The renowned Rockhouse Spa has a philosophy that is a simple, holistic approach to well-being, health and happiness. Spa treatments are undertaken "on-the-rocks" in the cliff-edge Massage Cabana or at the eight room garden spa. Yoga classes are offered daily overlooking the sea.Consistently ranked one of the top resorts in the Caribbean, the Rockhouse won the Caribbean's Leading Boutique Hotel 2014 and Jamaica's Leading Spa 2014 at the World Travel Awards. In addition, the Rockhouse was also voted the No. 1 "Best Value Hotel in the Caribbean" in Travel + Leisure's "World's Best Value Awards" and included in Conde Naste Traveler's Readers Choice list of "Best in the World". ... more   less 
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