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  Royal Decameron Montego Beach   Dave ~ Brantford, Ontario

October 2009

Arrival: October, 2009
We flew Air Transat from Toronto on September 26, 2009. The flight was on time and uneventful and arrived 1/2 hour early. The attendants were polite and friendly and served complimentary non-alcoholic drinks and a light hot meal during the flight, i.e. a small box of Chinese food. Be prepared for a delay clearing customs in Jamaica. The flight home on October 3, 2009 was similar. Movies were shown on both flights. The planes were Air Bus 310. Jamaica is in the Central Time Zone, 1 hour earlier than Toronto.

Check in around 4p.m. was quick and easy. On checking in, you are given a wristband, which you surrender when checking out, and a towel card to get beach towels from the dive shop. Don't lose your wristband or towel card or you pay to replace them. The same with keys, which are $50.00 if lost. The room was ready and a bell boy took our luggage for us.

Rooms:
We stayed in room 414 in the 4 storey main building. The building has one small elevator and two sets of stairs. Our room was on the fourth floor and had a large balcony, king bed, bedside tables, radio, 4 piece bathroom, large closet, TV, table and 2 chairs. The wall facing the Caribbean is wall-to-wall and floor-to-ceiling windows and balcony doors. There was a plastic table and 2 chairs on the balcony. Use of the safe is $2 per night. The floors are ceramic tiles and the room condition was clean and in good repair. The water pressure in the shower was adequate and there was no problem with water temperature. The housekeeping staff came every day and replaced towels and bedding as required and provided a large bottle of water every day. The resort provides soap and shampoo as required. We had some small ants visiting our bathroom but the cleaning staff sprayed them and that solved the problem, which really wasn't a problem for us.

Restaurants and Bars:
The main restaurant is buffet style. There is also an "a la carte" style restaurant and a beach grill near the pool. The food at all restaurants was very good and lots of variety in the buffet. The "a la carte" restaurant features Jamaican cuisine, so it is closed on Monday and Friday when Jamaican cuisine is the theme in the buffet restaurant. The "a la carte" has 6:30pm and 8:30pm sittings and has a casual elegance dress code, which means shirts with sleeves but did not require long pants for men. Reservations are required for the "a la carte" restaurant and are made in the buffet restaurant on a same day basis. We had lunch twice at the beach grill and the food was good but the service was a bit slow, even though it wasn't busy. The wings were my favourite. For some reason, they have a girl who comes to the table to take your order when it seems like it would be easier to go to the counter to place an order. The buffet restaurant was open 7-10:30 for breakfast, 12-2:30 f!
or lunch and 7-9:30 for dinner. There was a different theme for dinner each night, such as BBQ, Asian, Italian and Jamaican. There were plenty of hot and cold dishes, fruit, breads, and desserts to chose from. The beach grill is open 12-5pm and 11pm-1am. All in all, we were very happy with the food. The staff in the buffet was very friendly and attentive. The house wines were as good as we would have at home. A nice trio of older Jamaican men, the Mento Band, entertain near the buffet restaurant most days at lunch and dinner.

The main outside bar is located between the buffet and "a la carte" restaurants and adjacent to the entertainment stage. There is also a bar in the lobby, but it never seemed to be very busy. There is also a swim-up bar by the pool which is open from 10am-5pm and later if there are evening activities on the main beach. The bar staff are very friendly and the mixed drinks are well prepared. There is Red Stripe on draft. There is also a bar in the disco that is open when the disco is in operation after 11p.m.

Beach/Pools/Grounds:
The property faces westerly. There are a series of 6 piers that project into the water and break up the ocean front. At the far north end of the property there is a small beach and swimming area. Immediately to the north of the property is a public beach that is very popular with the locals from as early as 5:45am to well after midnight. The north pier is covered with chain link fence and razor wire to stop intruders. In the middle of the property, in front of the main outside bar, there is a larger swimming area with loungers. This is a well used area because there is a great snorkeling area within 30 feet of the shoreline. The non-motorized water craft are available at the north side of this middle area. This includes pedal boats, kayaks and a Hobie. The entrance to the water near the water craft is a little rocky but the area a few feet south of there is quite sandy. It is best not to walk into the water near the rocky areas as you might bump into a sea urchin. Sticking !
to the sand is much better. Heading further south there is a large area referred to as the main beach which again has many loungers and canopes, but has no actual place to walk into the water. There is 2 water trampolines and 2 sunning platforms in the water, and some comfortable cushions to lie on at water's edge. Further south still, at the south end of the property, there is a large beach area with loungers and you can walk into the water in this area, but it is extremely shallow close to shore. The water was generally crystal clear and comfortably warm without feeing like a bathtub. The entire water area of the property is contained within buoys for safety. All along the buoys are coral reefs and plant growth and an abundance of colourful fish to see with a mask and snorkel, or even from the end of a pier. There are 2 pools near the south end of the main beach and a jacuzzi near the main outside bar. Pool activities included volleyball and aqua aerobics. Sneak a peak in!
to the vegetation area immediately south of the lower pool if !
you dare
. There was always music playing at the pools. The jacuzzi was hardly used and is restricted to 18 and over.

The property is beautiful and clean. Every morning, the staff are out sweeping all the walkways, raking the beaches, touching up paint, and just keeping the place looking great. There are many trees and colourful flowers. I was surprised not to see more wildlife, three chameleons and a few birds, mainly a small black bird that frequented the restaurant and a white bird that joined us for lunch on our last day. All the buildings were in top notch shape. As the airport is only a mile or so north of this resort, there is a constant parade of planes flying across the ocean in front of the property. The main port of Montego Bay lies to the south of the resort, so we saw several cruise ships arriving and departing. For security, the entrance to the property is gated and a guard is posted and the perimeter of the property is surrounded by 8 foot high cement walls with broken glass cemented into the top of the wall. There is an constant obvious security presence and we felt very saf!
e at all times. There is a nurse on duty from 8-5.

Activities on and off the Resort/Hotel:
There was really too much going on to give it justice. There were many activities in the pools and main beach area during the day and 2 hours of nightly entertainment at the outdoor stage. The entertainment staff, Zulu, Chris, Sunshine and Happy, are high energy and try to get the guests involved. Some of the entertainment is more adult oriented and not really suitable for pre-teen age children. In addition to a band and lively dancing, there is some historical and cultural content to the enetertainment most nights.

There are many tours available to chose from, but we didn't take any. We talked to people who went on the Ocho Rios and Dunn's River Falls tour and they said it was very long and tiring. There were a constant stream of catamarans cruising past the resort taking people out further to snorkel but they also seemed to be more party boats. To each his own. We ventured out onto the Hip Strip on 2 occasions. Go right after leaving the front gate. The Strip offers some souvenir shopping and entertainment spots. The people on the street can be a bit annoying, especially the lady who kept following us and wanted to "socialize". Our favourite places to shop where Memories and Strawberries, both within 5 minutes of the resort. There is a very quaint cemetary on the right within 2 minutes after you start walking down the street. It is about a 10 minute walk to Marguerittaville, with lots to see along the way. All the places we stopped into advertised prices in US$ and were prepared to ha!
ggle. The current exchange rate was US$1=JAM$85.

Other Comments:
Check out was 12 noon and the bus left for the airport at 2:00. We were allowed to have lunch on the day of departure so the wait for the bus was not that long. A bell boy comes to get your luggage just before noon and stores it in a secure area until the bus arrives. The only negative about checkout is that the staff ask you to complete a questionaire at the counter while people wait in line behind you. There should be a better way, perhaps delivering the questionaire to your room that morning so it can be completed in advance.

In conclusion, this resort must be the best kept secret in the Caribbean. For the value you receive, why would you go anywhere else? We had great weather, sunny and low 30s during the day but usually a breeze. We had a ripper of a storm on Thursday evening that closed the outside bar at 9:30pm and cancelled the entertainment. While this is not an adult-only resort, there are no children's activities other than swimming. The majority of vacationers appeared to be travelling as couples or groups of singles. This is my second trip to Royal Decameron Montego Beach. We will return to Royal Decameron Montego Beach again in the near future, probably on an annual basis.

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  Royal Decameron Montego Beach  Shaula ~ Nova Scotia, Canada

March 2009

Arrival: March 7 - 14
The flight from Halifax to Montego Bay was on-time and uneventful. If I have one complaint about the entire vacation, it would be the partially cooked chinese noodles I received for a meal aboard Air Transat. Gross. LOL. We arrived at the hotel at approximately 11:00 pm on the 7th and were greeted by delicious rum punch and a friendly helpful manager, Leon. Check-in was extremely quick, and within 20 minutes of arrival we were situated in our rooms.

Rooms
The rooms are open, spacious and ALWAYS clean. They may not be as luxurious as some are accustomed to, but for travellers like myself, who spend only enough time in the room to shower and get minimal sleep, it's perfect! All of the rooms face the ocean and offer TERRIFIC views of the sunset/sunrise. A must see!

Restaurants and Bars
I didn't take the time to eat at the a la carte restaurant, as I don't like time restrictions when I'm on vacation, but I heard nothing but good things. I believe Jamaican fusion dishes are served at two sittings, 6:30 and 8:30. The main buffet style restaurant always had something I would eat (and I'm extremely picky). May not be the selection many are used to at larger resorts, but the food was decent and edible (breakfast omelettes are DELICIOUS). The snack bar located near the beach serves dishes such as pizza, fries, hotdogs, hamburgers and jerk wings. I usually ate the pizza or wings, but heard the hotdogs and burgers were delicious.

Beach/Pools/Grounds
Grounds are always immaculate. Groundskeepers are CONSTANTLY sweeping, painting etc. Vegetation is lush.

Activities on and off the Resort/Hotel
The entertainment staff are amazing. They work really hard to ensure that guests stay involved. I spent most of my days near the heart of the action...on the matresses in front of the beach bar (where the entertainers hold activities during the day) and every single one of them knew me by name by the first day. They are amazing people who work very long hours and many have had difficult lives. Make sure to remember them when tipping...they work very hard for very little pay. Nighttime entertainment is usually fun. The beach party was a riot. The Jah Messengers had us all dancing for hours. The in-house band is amazing as well. And again, the entertainment staff work REALLY hard to get everybody involved and up dancing.

As for tours, I didn't get to do as much as I wanted, but Ziplining was awesome. I did the shopping tour for $10.00. It was def worth the ten bucks, but took a little too long for my liking. All I really wanted to do was see Montego Bay. But for ten dollars who can complain.

Other Comments
I absolutely LOVED the Royal Decameron. Don't let it's 3.5 star rating fool you. It may not be a 5 star resort, but it's charm and "small-town" feeling far makes up for its lack of over the top luxury. It only holds approximately 300-350 guests...it's really easy to meet other vacationers and get to know the staff (aka REAL jamaica) on a personal level. Everything is always clean and tidy..and has been updated. I am planning a return trip in either June for my birthday or for New Years '10. So far I have had no luck finding anybody who wants to go, but I would feel completely comfortable traveling to this resort alone, and am confident I would meet some more awesome people and have, yet again, the best time of my life!!!! So here's to my return trip to the Decameron, whether alone or with friends, I WILL be back before the end of the year. I will be very impatiently counting down the days till I can watch the beautiful sunset again off my balcony
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  Royal Decameron Montego Beach   Dave ~ Brantford, Ontario, Canada

July 2008

Flights: We flew Air Transat from Toronto on July 12, 2008. The flight was on time and uneventful and arrived 1/2 hour early. The attendants were polite and friendly and served complimentary non-alcoholic drinks and a light hot meal during the flight, i.e. a small box of Chinese food. Be prepared for a lengthy delay clearing customs in Jamaica, in excess of 1 hour. The flight home on July 19, 2008 was similar and arrived 20 minutes early. The meal was a slice of pizza. Movies were shown on both flights. The planes were Air Bus 310.

Check In: Check in around 5p.m. was quick and easy. On checking in, you are given a wristband, which you surrender when checking out, and a towel card to get beach towels. Don't lose your wristband or towel card or you pay to replace them. The room was ready and a bell boy took our luggage for us.

Room: We stayed in room 41 in the 2 storey Sunset building. The Sunset building is at the north end of the property and is a very quiet area except for the nearby public beach. Our room was on the second floor and had a small balcony, 2 double beds, bathroom, dressing room, large closet, TV, table and 2 chairs and a chaise type couch. There was a plastic table and 2 chairs on the balcony. The floors are ceramic tiles and the room condition was clean and in good repair. The water pressure in the shower wasn't strong but it was adequate. The housekeeping staff came every day and replaced towels and bedding as required and provided a large bottle of water every day. The resort provides soap and shampoo as required.

Restaurants: The main restaurant is buffet style. There is also an "a la carte" style restaurant and a snack bar near the main beach. The food at all restaurants was very good and lots of variety in the buffet. A midnight buffet was advertised but we were never up late enough to see it. We ate at the "a la carte" once and the portions were smaller than we were used to so we went to the buffet restaurant for more dessert. We only ate at the snack bar once and the food was good but the service was a bit slow, even though it wasn't busy. For some reason, they have a person who comes to the table to take your order when it seems like it would be easier to go to the counter to place an order. The buffet restaurant was open 7-10:30 for breakfast, 12-2:30 for lunch and 7-9:30 for dinner. There was a different theme for dinner each night, such as BBQ, Oriental, Caribbean and Jamaican. There were plenty of hot and cold dishes, fruit, breads, and desserts to chose from. All in all, we were very happy with the food. The staff in the buffet was very friendly and attentive. The house wines were as good as we would have at home. There were 2 sittings at the "a la carte" restaurant, 6:30-8 and 8:30-10. Reservations are required and can be made during the day in the buffet restaurant. Dress is all restaurants is casual. A nice trio of older Jamaican men entertain near the buffet restaurant every day at lunch and dinner.

Bars: The main outside bar is located between the buffet and "a la carte" restaurants and adjacent to the entertainment stage. There is also a bar in the lobby, but it never seemed to be very busy. There is also a pool bar by the pool, obviously, which is open from 11a.m.-5p.m. and later if there are evening activities on the main beach. The bar staff are very friendly and the mixed drinks are well prepared. There is Red Stripe on draft. There is also a bar in the disco that is open when the disco is in operation after 11p.m.

Beach and Pools: The property faces westerly. There are a series of 6 piers that project into the water and break up the ocean front. At the far north end of the property there is a small beach and swimming area. Immediately to the north of the property is a public beach that is very popular with the locals from as early as 5:45a.m. to well after midnight. The north pier is covered with chain link fence and razor wire to stop intruders. In the middle of the property, in front of the main outside bar, there is a larger swimming area with loungers. This is a well used area because there is a good snorkelling area withing 30 feet of the shoreline. The non-motorized water craft are available at the north side of this middle area. The entrance to the water near the water craft is a little rocky but the area a few feet south of there is quite sandy. It is best not to walk into the water near the rocky areas as you might bump into a sea urchin. Sticking to the sand is much better. Heading further south there is a large area referred to as the main beach which again has many loungers and canopes, but has no actual place to walk into the water. There is a water trampoline and 2 sunning platforms in the water, and some comfortable cushions to lie on at water's edge. Further south still, at the south end of the property, there is a large beach area with loungers and you can walk into the water in this area. The water was generally crystal clear and comfortably warm without feeing like a bathtub. The entire water area of the property is contained within buoys for safety. All along the buoys are coral reefs and seaweed and an abundance of colourful fish to see with a mask and snorkel, or even from the end of a pier. There are 2 pools near the south end of the main beach and a jacuzzi near the main outside bar. Pool activities included volleyball and aqua aerobics. There was always music playing at the pools. The jacuzzi was hardly used and is restricted to 18 and over.

Grounds, Buildings and Staff: The property is beautiful and clean. Every morning, the staff are out sweeping all the walkways, raking the beaches, touching up paint, and just keeping the place looking great. There are many trees and colourful flowers. I was surprised not to see more wildlife, one chameleon and very few birds, mainly a small black bird that frequented the restaurant and a few morning doves. All the buildings were in top notch shape. As the airport is only a mile or so north of this resort, there is a constant parade of planes flying across the ocean in front of the property. The main port of Montego Bay lies to the south of the resort, so we saw several cruise ships arriving and departing. For security, the entrance to the property is gated and a guard is posted and the perimeter of the property is surrounded by 8 foot high cement walls with broken glass cemented into the top of the wall. There is an constant obvious security presence and we felt very safe at all times. There is a nurse on duty from 8-5. We saw her for a small sea urchin incident and a plugged ear and she was able to assist.

Activities and Entertainment: There was really too much going on to give it justice. There were many activities in the pools and main beach area during the day and 2 hours of nightly entertainment at the outdoor stage. The entertainment staff are high energy and try to get the guests involved. Some of the entertainment is more adult oriented and not really suitable for pre-teen age children. In addition to a band and lively dancing, there is some historical and cultural content to the enetertainment most nights. One night, the staff put on a beach party at the main beach which was fun but we enjoyed the stage entertainment more.

Tours: There are many tours available to chose from, but we didn't take any. We talked to people who went on the Ocho Rios and Dunn's River Falls tour and they said it was very long and tiring. If they did it another time, they would leave out Ocho Rios and just go to Dunn's River Falls, but it is still a long bus ride from Montego Bay. We had thought about going on a canopy tour but found out you had to have closed toe shoes, so we had to pass on that as we only took sandles. There were a constant stream of catamarans cruising past the resort taking people out further to snorkel but they also seemed to be more party boats. To each his own. We ventured out onto the Hip Strip on 3-4 occasions. Go right after leaving the front gate. The Strip offers some souvenir shopping and entertainment spots. The people on the street can be a bit annoying, especially the lady who kept following us and wanted to "socialize". Our favourite places to shop where Memories and Strawberries, both within 5 minutes of the resort. There is a very quaint cemetary on the right within 2 minutes after you start walking down the street. It is about a 15 minute walk to Marguerittaville, with lots to see along the way. All the places we stopped into advertised prices in US$ and were prepared to haggle. The current exchange rate was US$1=JAM$70.

Departure and Check Out: Check out was 12 noon and the bus left for the airport at 1:30. We were allowed to have lunch on the day of departure so the wait for the bus was not that long. A bell boy comes to get your luggage just before noon and stores it in a secure area until the bus arrives. The only negative about checkout is that the staff ask you to complete a questionaire at the counter while people wait in line behind you. There should be a better way, perhaps delivering the questionaire to your room that morning so it can be completed in advance.

Conclusion: In conclusion, this resort must be the best kept secret in the Caribbean. For the value you receive, why would you go anywhere else? We had good weather, quite warm during the day but usually a breeze. While this is not an adult-only resort, there are no children's activities other than swimming. The majority of vacationers appeared to be travelling as couples or as families, although there were a few singles. I will definitely plan to return to Royal Decameron Montego Beach in the near future.


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  Royal Decameron Montego Beach   Trista

April 2008

Hi all
We packed up again this March Break and headed to the Royal Decameron Montego Bay. I will try to be brief!

Flight- Air Transat, delayed going down due to weather almost two and half hours but very happy to be in going as some flights were cancelled that night altogether. Food was typical airplane fare and the staff was attentive and friendly.

Arrival- After 1am so the airport was very quiet. No problems with customs, baggage or boarding our bus. The rep was funny and English was spoken clearly and EVERYWHERE so there were no issues with understanding instructions.

Check In- Smooth for us, not so for some others as they didn't get what they paid for apparently, we did and we loved it! We had a forth floor ocean view with a balcony and we couldn't have asked for a better spot. I did talk to my travel rep a couple of days before we left after reading some recent reviews of the hotel not having rooms and being moved to another resort. She spoke to the company and they assured her the hotel was not overbooked and we were fine. Staff was friendly and helpful, the rum punch was welcome upon arrival even though it was the middle of the night!

Food and Drinks- EXCELLENT. No worries regarding water, sickness or food issues. There was a variety ever meal, keep in mind this this a small resort so there were definitely choices but maybe not as many as the larger resorts. The flat bread toasted sandwiches were lovely for lunchtime as was the pasta. Breakfast was probably the best meal with the egg station, bacon most days and wonderful pancakes! No fresh squeezed juice though but the amazing coffee made up for it. We didn't try the a la carte but did snack at the beach grill on occasion. Drinks were strong and there was never a wait at the bar.

Resort- It is small but we knew that going in and really enjoyed the atmosphere, intimacy and the people we met! Everyone was extremely friendly, all staff were hardworking, polite and genuine! We loved Simone at the Bar by the entertainment area, she was great!

Rooms- Our room was the largest we have had compared to the Dom Rep and Cuba. Maids were efficient and if hubby had a headache, the sign on the door was enough! Always plenty of towels, hot water, and fresh clean scents after she was in. VERY CLEAN and the best view!

Beach- Again we knew what we were getting when we booked. Beach areas are small, always clean, many chairs and a lovely view. You can not walk it like Varadero so if you are expecting that you will be disappointed. The sand is golden and the water is turquoise with a very cool coral section right in front of the hotel that makes for good snorkeling. Equipment was always easily accessible and the staff willing to help if needed. Great book selection you can exchange or just take there as well for beach readers! Water trampoline, paddles boats, kayaks and canoes available for an hour at a time.

Pools- One activity and one "quiet" although it is rather close to the activity one you are not bothered to join games or in any way bothered if you prefer it that way. ENTERTAINMENT STAFF was wonderful if you were looking for cool games, water aerobic with Sassy or just some good music, drinking and friendly ADULT chatter! This isn't a resort for small children, in my opinion only of course, but it was crass or disturbing either, just a little more adult orientated around the pool, sun tanning and bar areas.

Location- Five minutes for the airport was a plus but being downtown Mobay wasn't our thing. We didn't venture out to tour, but that wasn't our objective upon booking a March Break trip. I wanted a week of sun, sand, cold drinks and a rest from my daily grid and that is what I got for sure. The planes seemed to come in early afternoon and only into early evening, never an issue trying to sleep or anything. In fact we listened to the waves going to bed which was lovely!

Entertainment- Saw the show three nights and really enjoyed the dancers. They were amazing, I could have watched them all week! Fun, light and enjoyable. Small little disco but man the staff can dance there! It served its purpose, stayed open later and served good drinks. It was plain but that was ok with us.

Departure- Out of the rooms by NOON, we were supposed to take off at 9pm and didn't leave for the airport until 9 PM! We did know we were going to be delayed the day before but it was longer than expected. The short version, Mobay airport USUALLY closes at 1 am and the plane we were taking off in didn't even get there until 2AM. The poor woman working at the counter was in tears but she managed to get permission and keep the staff there somehow so we could all get on and go at 3am. We were given 12 dollar vouchers for Margaritaville each but it would not stay open after midnight so some people didn't get to eat. This was just a case of the circumstances that couldn't be helped as it was snowing like crazy back in Canada and messed up Air Transat flights days before. We will be paying extra to keep our room the next time this happens though, nine hours in the lobby was a little much!

Overall- Wouldn't hesitate to recommend this resort to other couples, singles, baby boomers etc. I wouldn't bring my children but that might be just us. It was an nice getaway in a beautiful country with loads of sunshine, clear water and great drinks. The people were honest, hard working and really seem to enjoy chatting with the vacationers. The resort was well maintain, clean and the vegetation was lovely. It is small and not a lot of beach to walk but if you go with that in mind, you can not possibly find very much to complain about! Just my humble opinion!


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  Royal Decameron Montego Beach   Sue

March 2008

Stayed at the Royal Decameron from Feb 9 – 16, 2008. Two single ladies on vacation together. This is probably the best vacation I have ever had. I’ve been to many resorts and most were fantastic but there is something about this one that is special.

On landing in Jamaica I was surprised at the size of the airport (larger than I remembered). We got through with no hassles and took the 5 minute trip to the resort in a taxi rather than waiting for the bus, it only cost about $5. Pleasantly surprised on the way back at the amenities at the airport. It has a wide selection of boutiques and it’s a very nice shopping area.

The resort is an older one but is well maintained and very clean. We got a room that faced the ocean and we saw and heard the beautiful waves every day. It is not a very large resort and I think that’s part of its charm. Everybody gets to know each other and it has a ‘family’ atmosphere.

Food is very good. We ate at the a-la-carte restaurant a couple of times and enjoyed it very much. The grill is another eating area and serves some great burgers, pizza, wings and you can eat there late at night after the disco. Most of the time we ate in the buffet and there is so much to choose from, something for everybody.

The staff is very friendly. Remember to tip them, they work long hours for not very much pay. As well, don’t forget the customer service staff (Air Transat Rep) for tips.

Entertainment was great. Each night a different show. Some are audience participation and are hilarious. My friend and I were big losers in the Miss Decameron contest but we had a big laugh doing it. The disco was OK, we had fun and stayed up very late every night. For outside entertainment Margaritaville and Pier 1 are really great. Great music and great atmosphere.

The beach entertainment during the day is also full of fun. You can participate or just watch .. no pressure. The beach is raked and kept clean and there are plenty of beds. The pool bar is a neat feature and was a popular spot.

Took a couple of tours. The booze cruise was great – on the boat we found that another passenger had paid $62 for two people and we had paid $62 each. It might pay to shop around. The snorkeling on the booze cruise was enjoyable and the music and dancing was fun too. We also paid $26 each to go to Negril for an afternoon and stopped at Margaritaville where we used their beach chairs and enjoyed their beach, then we moved on to Ricks Café which looked like a great place to spend an evening. They have cliff jumpers (you can jump too if you’ve had enough rum) and they have a beautiful sunset.

Love the resort. Would go back in a heartbeat. The best.


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  Royal Decameron Montego Beach   Karen ~ Toronto, Canada

January 2008

Flight & Arrival:
We flew with Air Transat. Flight was fine. I was travelling with a friend and twin 1 1/2 year old babies. Flight staff were great accommodating us. Airport arrival was fine, but was not impressed with the check-in process for the hotel. We received our keys, room assignment at the airport, so there was no personal discussion with the actual hotel staff. The room we were assigned was on the 4th floor right beside the entertainment. Not ideal with 2 babies! Furthermore, there is only 1 elevator & it was broken when we arrived. The front desk staff could not give us another room. We had to carry babies in strollers up 4 flights on the first night. Not impressed! When the elevator was working, it was manned by an operator, very rickety & didn't stop level to the floor and could only fit 2 people at a time.

Rooms:
The rooms were kept clean by the maids. However, that is the only compliment I can give. We got only 1 key that jammed in the lock constantly. I'm used to modern hotels with electronic card systems so this was particularly irritating. There is no fridge or bar in the rooms - irritating also, but i know you can't expect much for a 3.5 star resort. The worst part of the room was the balcony railing. MAJOR SAFETY HAZARD! DO NOT STAY ON AN UPPER FLOOR WITH YOUNG CHILDREN!!! The iron work on the balcony, while beautiful, was full of huge open spaces that a young child could easily slip through. This should be illegal! We couldn't ever have the children on the balcony without watching them like a hawk & holding on to them when they wanted to look through the railing at the sights below. Our rooms did not have cribs or a cot upon arrival though they knew we were coming with babies. We had to ask for 2 days before we received a cot.

Restaurants:
The food was okay for a small resort. The buffet was much smaller than at the larger resorts I've stayed. The breakfasts were the best part for me. I'm Jamaican, so I appreciated the Jamaican breakfast foods (liver, festival, boiled & fried dumplings, steamed & escovitch fish, calaloo, run-down, porridge, etc.) The lunches & dinner didn't have very much Jamaican food, but food was good. A custom that I've only experienced at resorts in Jamaica that I've stayed in is that food can't be removed from the restaurants. I've not experienced this at resorts in Cuba & Dominican so far. This was not very practical for travel with babies whose schedules aren't always in sync with restaurant hours. The manager refused to accomodate us on this rule, so we were reduced to sneaking food out of the restaurant every day to ensure that the babies could eat after the restaurant closed.

Entertainment:
Entertainment was the best part of the hotel. At lunch & during dinner, folk trio performed old-time Jamaican songs. After dinner, the stage band was really good performing reggae/r&b/dancehall covers. The evening shows were really good. I had recently stayed in a resort in Jamaica where the shows catered to the European guests, so I really appreciated at the Decameron that the shows were Jamaican - music, clothes, speaking, etc. The entertainers presented current Jamaican culture without 'selling out'. Very impressed!

Conclusion:
Staff are very friendly at this resort, but I don't think that I would stay here again. However, I think this hotel can work for certain kinds of people. If, like me, you're used to higher end, modern,4 + star resorts, then this is not the place for you. The condition of the rooms, lack of extras such as mini-bar/fridge/jacuzzi, etc. will irritate you. I think this resort is a great place for people or families who don't need luxury & really good for younger people who truly just want to party & have a good time and don't need all of the frills. It's in a great location for night life - at the start of the Hip Strip. The hotel has shuttles to Margaritaville, Pier 1. People who want a low-budget vacation will enjoy this hotel, but I won't be back.


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Royal Decameron Montego Beach Marge

September 2007

We stayed at the above resort in February of 2007. I was fine with the accomodations once we got settled. However the hotel seems to have a major problem with overbooking and moving guests around. Some of the guests had even been put up at other Hotels until vacancies became available. I could hear the complaints all over the beach. We didn't get the room we wanted until the following evening of our arrival. We had previously stayed at this location when it was Jack Tar and never had a problem. We want to stay again but are worried about the overbooking problem. If the overbooking problem was fixed I would give it a 4 but until that happens, I will only give it a 3


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Royal Decameron Montego Beach William and Jem ~ Scotland

July 2007

Hi my husband and I went to the royal decamaron for his 50th and we had a great time, except that well I know we were in the land of reggie but the entertainment only lasted 2hrs and the resident band was bad couldnt make out a word they were sining and there was no music other than this. The bars closed at 11 so you had to go to the disco or trapes back and forward to the disco to get one. Perhaps if they had opened up the large room next to the disco for people our age it would have made our holiday perfect but this wouldnt stop us going back


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Royal Decameron Montego Beach Deborah

May 2007

My husband and I just returned from Jamaica last night. We stayed at the Royal Decameron Montego Beach.

Generally speaking the food was good and we got to taste some of the local dishes. I would not recommend a vacation to Montego Bay, Jamaica in May as it rained substantially every day while we were there (May 13 to 20, 2007). It was pouring rain when we arrived on May 13 and was raining when we left on May 20th.

In the rain there was little to do at the resort and my husband and I ventured out of the resort and down the street on a daily basis. The harassment by locals was very annoying, I don't get it, if we want a cab we will call a cab, if we want shopping we will find it. Hustlers trying to sell us drugs was very prevalent. These hustler stand right outside the gate of the resort and pounce on tourists as they leave. It was not very pleasant! For this reason we will not return to Jamaica as we want to spend our vacation relaxing and not fighting off hustlers and people trying to intimidate you.

The resort staff were very friendly and helpful. In the dining room I noticed the staff regularly using hand sanitizer which I found very reassuring.

The room was spacious although the bathroom required some work on the ceramic floor and look dirty. Our clock radio did not keep time properly and moved forward approximately every 20 seconds for every minute of time. I left a note to let them know and they did not replace the clock.

The elevator was an interesting piece of equipment that never stopped even to the floor you were getting off at. The elevator was manned and shut down at 11:00 p.m. so anyone who stayed up past 11:00 had to walk up the four flights of stairs.

Hearing from other hotel guests who witnessed a local guy floating in the water at the resort was very alarming. Apparently the guy drowned after drinking and two resort guests found him in the water floating by the trampoline.

Sea urchins were prevalent in the water and we met a girl from the U.S. who stepped on one and had six (spiky things) of them stuck in her foot. The nurse could only get out one and she had to travel back home with the other five still in her foot. She could hardly walk!

One lady got stung by a stingray and her daughter go stung by a jellyfish. There are no warnings posted about these hazards and tourists are unaware that they are swimming with dangerous sea creatures.

The drinks were mostly good, especially loved the Purple Rain and the Chi Chi, however wine with dinner was questionable, it was very low quality and gave me a migraine on two occasions. Needless to say I stopped drinking it when I discovered it was responsible for the migraines.

The nightly entertainment was excellent and the singers and dancers put on a great show every night.

Due to the constant harassment by the locals and the hazardous creatures in the water I think we will stick to Cuba for our next vacation!


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Royal Decameron Montego Beach Isabelle & Melanie ~ Canada

February 2007

Just got back from the best vacations ever! My friend and I traveled to Jamaica from Jan. 27th to Feb.3rd and stayed at the Royal Decameron Montego Beach hotel. Thanks to all the staff of the Decameron for their hospitality and for making our trip an unforgettable one. Everyone was awesome!

Resort/Rooms:
The resort is kept very clean. The employees are always going around taking care of everything. The rooms are OK and kept clean every day. The pressure was low in the shower but then again I don’t remember a time where this didn’t happen to me.

Beach:
The beach stretches are very small, there is 2 of them in total. If you expect to walk on the beach like you would do in Punta Cana or Varadero you’ll be very disappointed. Something to keep in mind. Other than that the sand is nice and the water is beautiful. There is decent snorkeling to do right in front of the hotel.

Food:
We ate at the buffet almost every night. The food is good. There isn’t a huge variety but there is always something good to eat. I was very impressed with the food. Of course when you go away you can’t expect to eat like you would at home but as far as resort food I found it really good. I’ve traveled to many other destinations and in comparison I liked the food at this place better. I tried the “A la carte” once and had fish and it was really nice.

Excursion:
We went to the Negril beach excursion. I highly recommend it. You leave the hotel in the morning and are getting dropped off at the beach in Negril and then you stay for about 4-5 hours. After there is a short shopping stop for 30 minutes and you are on your way to Rick’s Café for the sunset and cliff jumping. We paid $35 USD and it’s worth it. The beach in Negril is beautiful. Nice soft white sand and you can walk for hours… You will get the nice beach that you don’t have back at the Decameron.

Night life:
The Royal Decameron probably has the best location for night life. You are right on the “Hip Strip”. Do not miss out on the Tuesday night outing at “Margaritaville”. The shuttle bus drops you off around 11:15pm and there is shuttle back to hotel at 1am and 2am. Otherwise you can take a taxi. Some people walked but I would not recommend it. Then on Friday night there is another outing to “Pier 1”. This place is awesome and it’s worth going. The music is really good. If it is your goal to go out and have fun and experience Jamaica in bars with locals then you are at the right place. The disco at the resort is not that great…most nights there is no one there. So do go out and have fun in the local bars!

General:
I went to other countries such as Cuba, Dominican republic, Mexico and found it very nice because it was very different from home and an interesting experience. However I would not really feel like going back multiple times to these places. I know some people who went to Jamaica and are returning every year sometimes a few times a year and could never understand why people would do that. During the time I was there I totally figured it out. Everything. The weather is really good, the people are great, the music is good. You will see when you do it.

I hope you enjoy your trip as much as my friend and I did. I am actually planning to return in March and will definitely stay at the Royal Decameron again.

This trip was the best ever, hands down!!


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Royal Decameron Montego Beach Debbie & Kevin ~ Vancouver

January 2007

We just returned from our vacation to the Royal Decameron in Montego Bay, where we had a fabulous time. We rang in the New Year with our toes in the sand. What could be better :) We found this resort to be of incredible value. It may be rated as a 3 or 3.5 star resort, but in our opinion it should be rated higher. We would absolutely recommend it for adults, but not so much for families with small children, simply because of the way the water drops off to the reefs, and has a deeper, railed swim area along the boardwalk. There were only a handful of young kids there during our stay (who the staff treated like their own children!)

The resort was very clean. There was always someone somewhere cleaning something. They'd be sweeping the sand off the walkways, or the leaves from the beach grill. Even the beach washroom was spotless and never had a wet sandy floor. We enjoyed the fact that this is a smaller resort. The staff were very friendly, and we were able to get to know them. We made some new friends of other guests as well. The majority of the guests here are Canadian, with a handful of Americans and Europeans. Air Transat has started a new run from the West, so you can bet there will now be lots more people from Vancouver and Calgary heading to Jamaica.

Although the beaches are fairly small, it never felt crowded, even though the resort was full. We always managed to get chairs at the end beach, although many did the early morning towel reserving of chairs by the pool or under the beach tents. The water here is nice and clear with little wave action. There are reefs just offshore which are nice for snorkeling, even though the area is quite over fished. We even had a small spotted eagle ray come up close to the beach one evening and we watched from the pier. The 4 piers (5 including the watersports pier) and boardwalks were wonderful for night time "sand free" strolls. This resort is fenced even along each end of the beaches, with security guards around the clock. This meant that those not staying here were unable to even enter the grounds. We greatly appreciated this when we walked across little Cornwall beach next door and viewed the masses of people around the corner on the much overrated Doctor's Cave beach shared with the Breezes resort. On the other end the little Sandals Inn was across the street from a tiny beach crowded with locals. Neither resort we would ever consider staying at.

The rooms at the Decameron are incredible. We had a big comfy king bed, but hands down the best part is that ALL the rooms are ocean view. We were on the top (4th floor) and there were patios along the hallway with deck chairs facing the hills behind. We had the most amazing panoramic view from our large, covered balcony. It was breathtaking! How many of the huge all-inclusive resorts can offer that for the standard rate?

We enjoyed the food here, despite the typical repetitiveness of buffets. The breakfast buffet had all the standard fare of scrambled eggs, bacon, sausages, french toast and pancakes, as well as made to order eggs and omelets, fresh fruit, delicious fresh squeezed juices and incredibly nice fresh breads. The blue mountain coffee is the best ever! For dinner the jerk chicken, jerk pork and curried goat were all very tasty, although a bit grisly and boney. The lunch buffet was similar to dinner, but you could also get salads or sandwiches. The beach grill had small but good burgers and half decent pizza. We did 2 nights at the a la carte. If it's not all booked you could probably go every night if you liked. New Year's was a very disappointing lobster, but the second time we had a very tasty beef bammy.

We are scuba divers and went out on 3 dives with Adventure divers at the resort. It was very convenient and wonderfully not busy. Twice we were the only 2 with our terrific guide, Vincent, and our boat captain. The other time we invited along another diver we met. The dive boat is just the small glass bottom tour boat, but the sites were close. It's not the best diving in the world, but we still very much enjoyed it.

The location of the Decameron is perfect. We were just a minute's walk from the end of the Hip Strip. We were originally concerned about leaving the resort, but that quickly changed. We only had 2 locals beg for money the entire time, and a simple no was all it took. We'd get asked if we needed a taxi, or if we wanted to go on a tour but again a simple no thanks sufficed. We found the Jamaicans to be wonderfully friendly and most we passed would smile and say hi or "yea mon". We had a nice late lunch (after the cruise ship hoards left) at the Jamaican Bobsled cafe, where we had our picture taken in the original bobsled. We shopped mainly at the local markets rather than the Indian shops, and walked beyond the end of the Hip Strip to a market in the centre of town. We didn't find them aggressive, but rather they would pull at your heart strings with their pleadings to help them out and "special deal for you today". Minimum wage in Jamaica is $40 US/week, so many of these people have very little. Even when we made a modest $5 purchase they expressed much gratitude. I wouldn't suggest going to just browse. If you go to the markets bring small bills and plan to buy something to help support them. Actually, we ended up buying quite a bit. The carver at the resort was incredibly talented. Much of his beautiful mahogany carvings were displayed around the resort.

One tip I will give is to bring mostly small American bills. There's really no need to exchange to Jamaican currency, but it was next to impossible to get change at the front desk, and they'd send us to the gift shop. Even a $20 bill was sometimes to big! Their was an ATM on the strip, but we heard it was occasionally out of order. Do not depend on this!

To wrap up... One gorgeous moonlit night my boyfriend proposed to me on our balcony. It was very romantic :) Of course I said yes, and now we are seriously considering returning to Jamaica for our wedding and honeymoon :)

It was our first trip to fabulous Jamaica, but certainly not out last!


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Royal Decameron Montego Beach KIm

December 2006

First of all, I want to thank the Royal Decameron and all the staff for another unforgettable vacation. We stayed November 11th - 18th 2006.

My friend Jen and I visited this hotel back in April 2006 and loved it so much that we had to go back. This time we brought along two Jamaica first timers my sister Ashley and her best friend Rachel. They loved it just as much as we did! I will try to keep this as short as I can as words can not describe this hotel or do it justice.

AIRPORT AND ARRIVAL- This went very smooth. The JA airport now has A/C which was great. We were in and out very quickly. As soon as we arrive at the hotel (which is 5 minutes from the airport) you are immediately greeted by the entertainment crew with hugs and some nice cold punch. Our bags were in our rooms in about 10 minutes and we were soaking up the sun about 20 minutes after arriving.

BEACHES/POOLS- The beaches are small (there are 2), but they do not disappoint. There is great snorkeling just a few feet from the sand. The pools are very clean (there are 2). The pool bar is a great time and the drinks are always flowing along with the reggae.

FOOD- I am not a picky person but I am sure that even the pickiest of people would enjoy the food at this resort. There are 3 restaurants. The a la carte is very very good. The beach side grill is the spot for a yummy lunch or late night snack. The buffet is good but did get somewhat repetitive. Try some real JA food at a local restaurant.

SERVICE- The service is great and you never have to wait more then a minute to get a drink. Please tip as these employees deserve every dollar!

ENTERTAINMENT- The entertainment was top notch. The nightly shows have a lot of variety and are fun for everyone. Singa Blinga is amazing! The Royal Decameron dancers are unbelievable. They really try to get the guest involved which is always a good time. The disco is not that busy but it was still a lot of fun. Just drink and dance like nobodies watching!!

ROOMS/GROUNDS- This resorts is unbelievably clean. The rooms are spotless and nice and cool. The beds are comfy (pillows a little stiff). Still not enough light in the bathroom for ladies to do their make up but other then that the rooms are very nice. The grounds are spotless. There is always someone painting, sweeping etc. everywhere you look.

STAFF- I have been to 3 other resorts in the Caribbean and the staff at this hotel are by far the best I have ever experienced. They make this 3 ½ star resort a 5! Every employee from maintenance to management are great. The bartenders (Simone, Grant, John, Kedan, Seymore etc.) are so much fun. Drinks are always wonderful. The entertainment crew (Candy, Foxy, Steam, LG, Roger, Denise, Joseph) are really unforgettable. Orlando does an amazing job with them and should be praised. Victor the hotel manager is always walking the grounds making sure everything is running as it should. If you see him stop and say hello and thank him for a job well done. I could go on and on about the staff but I think by now you get the picture!! ONCE YOU GO, YOU KNOW!!

We did Dunns River Falls which was beautiful and a lot of fun (Thanks Devon). Parasailing was fun but just a little scary! Margaritaville was fun but Peir One is the place to be. 10 times better than Margaritaville (IMO).

I would recommend this hotel to anyone and I know that it would not disappoint.

Thanks again to all that made our vacation what it was and we will see you again in April.

Hello to all the ladies we met, you know who you are!! Holla at me!

We are officially addicted to the Royal Decameron Montego Beach!!

Please feel free to email me any questions you may have.

Love and Respect,
Kim

Email- bucket_roller@hotmail.com


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Royal Decameron Montego Beach Tim ~ USA

November 2006

We vacationed at this resort from 11/2 through 11/11/06. What a wonderful place! After 12 years of traveling to different Caribeean Resorts...this is the BEST! The staff were wonderful - friendly, caring and fun!! The rooms were large, clean and offered a balcony or veranda on the beach. Upgrades were available upon request and the staff was very accomodating. Even the staff at the bars and meals worked to make everything enjoyable. While the food was average to better than average, certain specialty nights were great - be sure to try the pizza!! The entertainment staff is friendly and dynamic...encouraging you to join in if you wish. The front desk staff, Lee in particular, worked hard to ensure that your room and everything else worked out how you wanted it! I can't say enough about how wonderful all of the staff were and what wonderful time we had!!


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Royal Decameron Montego Beach Holly and Chris ~ New Haven, CT

October 2006

My boyfriend and I traveled to Jamaica for our first time from September 19-24. I traveled with my boyfriend (27 yrs old) We stayed at the Royal Decameron Montego Beach. We absolutely loved it. From the time we checking in until the time we checked out everyone was so nice and so accommodating to us. We checked in and headed straight to the pool. We sat at the pool bar for a few hours until the pool closed, but already we felt like celebrities. The entertainment staff there was absolutely great. Everyday at 3 P.M. they had "crazy games" at the pool or on the beach. We of course were involved in everything so the staff knew us by name. In the morning when the pool bar opened at 10 A.M. they had a trivia game and always read what the activities were for the day. There was something to do all the time there.

The food was good. Each night at the buffet they had a different themed food night. Kept it interesting and you pretty much were guaranteed to like something. The drinks were great too. I know at some place they water down the alcohol at all inclusive places, but that wasn't the case here. Pure Jamaican Rum was always available. Great drinks all week long. We even were offered shots!!

Entertainment was great!!!! Candy, Denise, Steam, Darren, Orlando, and Sponge Bob made our entire trip. From the trivia games in the morning (Denise referred to these as the "10A.M. AA Meetings" because they were held at the pool bar when it opened and it always seemed to be packed then) to the line dancing, iron man competition, balloon tosses, and volleyball in the afternoon, to the night entertainment of dancing, singing and even getting your boyfriend to wear your dress!!! Yes it actually happened during the Couples Game show. Denise and Steam had lunch with us one day and we got to learn about the culture of the Jamaicans. At night they have a dance club and the staff got to let loose and hang out and dance with us. I think it was more for the 20 and 30 crowd then anything.

We stayed in room 222 which had a view of the beach and the pool. The views were amazing!! The sunsets every night were totally the best part of the 6:00 hour! Room was clean and pretty big. Don't plan on watching TV though, channels are all fuzzy and a pain to try and watch.

We stay at the resort for the most part but did get to travel with Jamaica Tours to Ocho Rios to do Dunn's River Falls. What a great tour!! The bus picked us up right at the hotel. The bus ride was pretty long but the tour guide gave us lots of information and we even got to learn Patois (it's the Jamaican talk..hahaha) The Duty free shopping was good for all your souvenirs and you can get drunk just trying all the different Jamaican Rums (definitely try the 151 proof) The craft markets were a little over whelming because everyone wants you to buy from them! Just say "no thank you." We ate at the Ruins Restaurant which had great Jamaican food and a beautiful waterfall in the background. Then it was off to Dunn's River. The water was cold at first but it was such a great experience. Something like 940 ft above sea level we climbed.

We took a taxi to Margaritaville one night. GREAT FOOD!! Awesome drinks!!

Although the weather report said rain was expect the entire time we were there that wasn't the case at all. Yes it was the off season but it only rained for about 40 minutes everyday and then cleared right up like it never happened.

The worst part of the trip was when the bus came to pick us up to go back to the airport.


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Royal Decameron Montego Beach Lee & Mike ~ Sarnia, Ontario, Canada

July 2006

We have just returned from a week (July 1-8/06) at this hotel. We had absolutely no complaints and loved the resort. Complaints from previous reviews about unfriendly staff, dirty rooms, bad food, etc. left us wondering where these complaints were coming from.

We found all staff to be friendly and helpful, the food was excellent with a great variety (something for everyone even if you are not adventurous) and our room was beautiful and very clean with a wonderful view of the ocean and sunsets (Room 215). The noise from the evening entertainment sometimes kept us awake, so take ear plugs if you are a light sleeper.

We usually take our own insulated mugs and this is the first time that a resort has refused to put drinks in them for us. So, we ordered 2 drinks each and simply dumped them in our own cups. We would like to think that we were saving wasting dozens of plastic glasses each day, but for whatever reason they have a different view.

The beach is divided by piers into 3 areas - a sandy fronted area adjacent to the aquasports shop with a small rocky area along one side (decent snorkelling), a middle section with no beachfront but fronted by a boardwalk (good snorkelling in this area accessible by a ladder into the water, or swim around the piers from an adjacent area) and a sandy beach directly in front of the beach grill with a reef area for some good snorkelling (about 10 feet from shore). Although the reef in this area didn't look like much from the shore, it was surprising once you were actually underwater. We saw a "family" of 7 squid, a stingray and a variety of other fish.

If you wish to go offshore to snorkel, take the glass bottom snorkel tour (make sure you tell them the snorkel trip otherwise there is a different trip with no snorkelling) for $12 US per person as opposed to the catamaran tour for $40 US which goes to the same reef.

The front desk often doesn't have any change, or at least any small bills for tips. If you intend to tip, take lots of $1 bills with you.

The "Hip Strip" that everyone refers to is to the right when you exit the front gates of the hotel. Because the hotel property is small, we found the strip a good area to get in our morning walk. We also felt safe walking it in the early evening. The vendors from the craft market across the street will come and ask you to see their stalls. If you aren't interested, a polite "no thank you" will do. Otherwise, visit Jackie, Yvonne and Patient Paula (there are 4 Paulas and so they differentiate themselves) for some good deals.

We would definitely recommend this resort and have no qualms about going back. If you have any questions, e-mail us at paws@rivernet.net and put Decameron Jamaica in the subject line so we know its not junk mail.


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Royal Decameron Montego Beach Ted and Ellen ~ Chicago

June 2006

The first question for a potential visitor to answer is if vacation in a third world country is acceptable. If so, then the Royal Decameron is remarkable: remarkable for average food (testament to buffet dining: the remarkable number of overweight guests); remarkable for poor (and sometimes in poor taste) evening entertainment (rumor has it that the resident band was voted by Downbeat magazine as the worst in the Western Hemisphere six times. To win once is remarkable; to retire the trophy is phenomenal! They have not learned that high volume and reverb will not mask lack of talent or practice.); remarkable for friendliness of staff with a focus on service and constant cleaning and painting; remarkable for no working elevator in a four story building ("maintenance in progress" apparently is Jamaican for there is no elevator here. There was time during our stay for the entire system to be replaced if necessary), so be prepared for up to eight flights of stairs upon leaving or returning to the room; remarkable for misrepresentation of the "hip strip" (there is nothing hip about a street sign saying No Dumping, under which is a large pile of smelly garbage, or a string of local bars and souvenir shops into which one would be cautious about entering during the day, let alone at night); and remarkable for very interesting guests from every corner of the globe.


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Royal Decameron Montego Beach Kim, Jen and Amanda

May 2006

We stayed a the Royal Decameron Montego Beach from April 15th-22nd 2006. I travelled with my two best friends (we are all 24 years old). To be honest we did not know what to think when we booked this hotel. Travel magazines do not do this hotel justice. I have been to Antigua twice and also to St. Marteen. This was my first time in Jamaica and I will I will tell you that it was the most beuatiful island I have ever seen. The water was gorgeous, the vegetation is so colourful and the mood of the whole island will change your out look on life forever. It sounds dramatic but it is true!!! Anyways, so here it goes...

AIRPORT AND ARRIVAL- This was very tiresome and seemed to be very unorganized. make sure you bring a suit case with wheels and a bottle of water because it is sweaty and everyone works on Jamaican time (very slow!!). Once you arrive and see the hotel and the beautiful view from your balcony you will forget all about the airport madness.

THE FOOD- We loved the food. They had a wide variety and alot of different meal choices. You will not go hungry. I was somewhat disappointed in the lack of alot of Jamaican food. I like it spicy and I was looking forward to some hot food and there was not too much to choose from. The a la carte restuarant was yummy!!

THE ROOMS- The rooms were very clean and nice and cool. The only thing that I was not happy with was the lighting. Trying to do your make up in the room was impossible. Bring a lit mirror if you can ladies!!

THE STAFF- I can not believe the reviews complaining that the staff was rude. We did not come across one rude person. They were all kind and helpful all the way from the front desk to the maintenace staff. These people work thier behinds off to make your trip the best it can be and they do an amzing job. Alot of the staff work from 7am to 2am and they never seem tired. They are absolutely amazing. Big up to Darron, Francis, Orlando, Joseph, Dawn-Marie, Denise and Antoinette.

NIGHTLY ENTERTAINMENT- This was very good. From 8:30 to 9:30pm everynight they have the Energy Band performing with Singa Blinga and Lady Latoya. They jam to songs that will get everyone singing along. After that they have a variety of things on different nights. The Royal Decameron dancers are amazing, and boy can these people dance!! You have not seen dancing until you see it Jamaican style!! You have to check out Mararitaville. If you are afraid of some bumping and grinding then you best stay back at the hotel!! It was a real party and alot of fun. Everyone should give it a try.

THE BEACH AND THE POOL- The pools are not huge but the beautiful ocean makes up for it. The beaches are small but they did not disappoint us what so ever. There is great snorkelling just feet from the sand off of both beaches.

SHOPPING- Leaving the resort was scary due to all the reviews that we had read but we decided to give it a go. A simple "No thank you" does the trick. Check out the shops and do not be afraid. These people live off of tourism and they will respect you if you respect them.

So, overall we had an amazing time and I would say that anyone visiting this reseort will not be disappointed. If you are looking for the Ritz, then pay to go to the Ritz but if you are looking for an unforgetable vacation at a great price then this is for you. Young, old, single, married... whatever!!! You will all love it.

Please do not hesitate to e-mail me any questions you may have.
bucket_roller@hotmail.com

Thanks Royal Decameron

We love Jamaica!!!!!!


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Royal Decameron Montego Beach Billy

May 2006

We started our trip on 4-30-2006 to end at 5-7-2006 We stayed at the RDMB Greay resport, My family vacations in Jamaica one week every six months and we try diffrent resorts.The only problem is that we were given an option to relocate to the RD Runaway Bay....

If you get a paper that states you can experiance the other side of the island at the other resort for no extra charge BEWARE!!!!

Montego Bay resort, nice, clean, modern, and fun.....Run Away Bay.....Simply just awful....We spent two great nights at Montego Bay, and One at Runaway, after being at the Runaway location we decided to book into another resort back in Montego Bay....

So the lesson learned NEVER think the grass is greener, if they offer you a transfere do NOT take it enjoy the Montego Bay resort, stay far away from the Runaway Resort!!!

Have Fun, and Enjoy Jamaica


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Royal Decameron Montego Beach Angela and Garry ~ Southern Ontario

February 2006

We stayed at the RDMB from February 4-11, 2006.

We flew Air Transat out of Toronto. The extra cost for the Club Transat seats is well worth it in our opinion. Lots of turbulance on the way down and we were about half an hour late in arriving due to strong winds. Made it through the airport fairly quickly and found the Air Transat rep right away. We received our room key and resort bracelets at the airport, and were headed to the resort very quickly.

The resort is a nice five minute drive from the airport. Those of you who have stayed in Negril and Ocho Rios know the agony of the one to two hour trips on Jamaican roads. The property is gated and there is a security guard on duty all the time. We were welcomed by some of the staff and given rum punch. Although it was only noon our room was ready so we got unpacked. Unfortunately a can of hairspray discharged all over the contents of one suitcase. Housekeeping sent Evadne McIntosh to our room to survey the sticky mess all over the clothes. She took them with her and three hours later they were returned to us clean and pressed! Very impressive!

This resort is very clean. Our room was spotless after the housekeeping staff cleaned each day. Our view was great...overlooking the main pool and the ocean. We enjoyed watching the different jets coming into the airport, too. They were not loud, but I imagine the people at Sandals Montego Bay thought differently...they are directly at the end of the runway! The resort is in a good location on the 'Hip Strip" and you can walk to Margaritaville in about ten minutes. There is shopping across the road and you have to haggle or they are not happy.

There is one buffet restaurant and one specialty restaurant (Jamaican fusion I believe). The food was quite good. There was a large assortment at every meal, for all tastes. There was always fish and chicken, pork quite often too. The beef was tough and I went nowhere near the goat. There is a large salad bar and of course lots of fresh fruits. Breakfast included scrambled eggs, bacon, omelets made to order, ham, fruit, yogurt, cereals, pancakes, French toast, etc. Desserts were also good and included the usual fare: cakes, pastries, pudding, pie, cheesecake etc. There was always a large selection of breads available at all meals. The beach grill had burgers, fries, hot dogs, Jamaican patties, chicken wings, and pizza available from noon till five o'clock, and again for a late night snack.

The entertainment was lively and you can't help but notice the staff's enthusiasm. There were lots of activities for the energetic and the animation team were tireless. The staff here are generally very friendly. The only exception to this were the female staff on the day shift at the front desk....very apathetic. The young lady on the complaints desk was very pleasant however so we just avoided the front desk until the evening staff were there. The bartenders know how to make the greatest drinks.....and they are not stingy with the alcohol either. I drank virgin daiquiris and pina coladas also which were excellent. Take your insulated mugs as they serve drinks in little plastic cups that really don't hold much at all. The beach area is not huge but there are several areas to catch some rays, and there are sun tents for protection too. The larger pool has a pool bar and was always a happening place. The quiet pool is a good place to relax with a book. Because this is not a huge resort it never feels crowded anywhere.

On our last visit to Jamaica we basically stayed inside the resort, so this time we decided to explore. We arranged for two days with Chef Thompson and had the best time ever! We not only saw the countryside but we learned a lot of history too. We spoke with real Jamaicans and saw some beautiful scenery. We would highly recommend his service to anyone looking to get out and about safely. Check out his web site: http://cheftours.5u.com/index.html

We also went on the Martha Brae rafting trip which was relaxing. The trip took about an hour and a quarter and the raft captain points out many interesting things along the way.

So in summary this is a very good resort for the money. It is not the Ritz-Carlton, but it's clean, has good food, nice views, great staff ( hi to Williams, Andrea, Marvelynn ). We would definitely consider going back there.


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Royal Decameron Montego Beach Judy

January 2006

We just got back from one week at the Decameron, Monetego Bay - Jan 21st til the 28th. We had a great vacation, but this resort may not be for everyone. There were 6 of us - two 50+ and 4 guys averaging about 25.

If you are looking for a 5 star resort with several ala carte restaurants, a huge buffet, a long beach for walks and a large pool this resort is not for you.

If you are looking for a resort which is very clean, has good tasting food, a recreation staff which give their 110% all the time, opportunities to have fun and laugh, smaller and more personal then this is the resort for you.

The staff on this resort are always cleaning and painting something. The public washrooms on the resort are also always clean and very fresh smelling.

There is one buffet which is not very large, but the food was very tasty and we could always find something to eat, their curry goat was wonderful. The ala carte is also very good ( had the snapper and it was delicious) but the menu is always the same. We could eat there as often as we wanted - if you can get the front desk to check the reservation book for you. We ate there twice and then found that the menu was repetitive, but the buffet was fine for us. The help in the restaurants was always satisfactory. Their house wine was pretty good (but we aren't wine experts).

We did one trip - the catamaran snorkeling party - what a waste of time and money. We paid $45 each. The catamaran picked us up at the resort, took us out into the bay to snorkel - you could see the resort from the boat. The guys who snorkeled said they saw nothing that could not be seen snorkeling at the resort. No beer was served until after the snorkeling was finished - not a problem. However there were about 30 people on the boat and they only had 3 cases of Red Stripe so within about 20 mins all the beer was gone. 15 mins after that all the rum (except for the overproof) was also gone. They then took us to Margaritaville (which again is within walking distance of the resort) and if you wanted a drink you had to pay for it - $8.00 for a margarita. We slid down the slide (which was scary but fun) and then got back in the boat. They then circled the bay - we could still see our resort - then took us back to the Decameron. They only tried to get people up dancing just before we approached the resort so it looked like we'd been on a party cruise. But we really just sat and watched the scenery from the boat. Certainly not worth the $45. We complained to the Air transat rep - as we booked the trip through him- Al said he would look into it and get back to us, but we never heard from him. No one we spoke to thought the trip was worth the price.

When you leave the resort they record your name and room number in a book and record again that you returned. We thought that was nice that they were keeping track of their guests and ensuring that they were returning. We walked down the street and into the stores right outside the resort. We found that it was best to do this early in the am or later in the day. If you went out after 11 am it got pretty warm. We weren't bothered all that much. Just a smile and no thank you and everyone left you alone. We took a taxi down to the craft market - $10 for a Decameron taxi to take you there and $5 if you use a town taxi to bring you home. We found that almost every store including the ones in the craft market had pretty well the same thing. The jewelry is also identical to what is available in Cuba and Dominican. We bought a bracelet which was a perfect match to a necklace and earrings I purchased in the Dominican.

The guys went on a trip to Dunn Rivers Falls and enjoyed it very much. One hint - take water proof cameras with you. Chances are you are going to slip and need to use your hands and the digital cameras don’t stand up well in water. They were suppose to go to Ochio Rios also but the construction on the roads were so bad it took to long just to get to Dunn Rivers.

The rooms are basic but very large and kept spotless. This is the first resort I’ve been to which not only didn’t have a musty smell, but was actually quite fragrant. The TV worked great, with many channels - all in English. There were no towel animals from the maids.

There are two pools, one has a swim up bar and the pools are beside each other. The pools are fairly small, but this is a smaller resort so we never found them crowded. There are some lounge chairs with nice thick pads available around the pool, but these go pretty quickly and you have to play the towels on the chairs game early in the morning if you want one. There are lots of plastic loungers available on the beaches and several cabanas for shade on the beach as well. We all took a turn swimming out to the trampolines. It was fun and quite the workout. You can take bread from the buffet in the am and feed the fish off the end of pier.

Now for the people. We found everyone on the resort very friendly and helpful - with the exception of the front desk staff. I have never seen a front line so unwelcoming, They seldom smiled, never offered to help and seemed to do as little as they could get away with. We asked if we could make reservations at the ala carte and the girl said -no it was full. The manager who was standing nearby suggested that she look in the book. She unhappily looked in the reservation book and wrote our names in as there was many spaces available. This was generally the service you got unless a manager was nearby.

My son is looking for a resort to get married at next yr so we were dealing with Ms Hamilton, the wedding co-ordinator, and she was very friendly and helpful.

The restaurant staff were generally helpful. Tables were cleared and reset quickly and we always had our water and wine refilled. They were very accommodating when we wanted to put tables together to seat 8 of us.

The grill beside the pool had things like burgers, hotdogs, pizza, grill cheese and fries. The only thing we didn't like was you had to sit for service - which often wasn't very quick. We would have preferred a quick buffet that you usually find a most pool side grills

The bartenders were usually very quick and never stingy on the booze. You had to tell them to put less in! . Susie at the pool bar could be a little serious at first. Just call her Susie and give her a $1 or two and she'll be very friendly. Be careful when ordering white rum - it’s the overproof stuff and can hit you very hard. Their lite rum is golden. Like everyone else has mentioned - they have no problem filling an insulated cup for you. These cups are sold in the resort store for $10 if you forget to take one.

Now for the entertainment staff. They were amazing, very hard working from 8:00 am until often late into the night. There was Sadika, Denise, Antoinette, Q & Darren. Sadika was new and we found out she was training. This really surprised us as she did an excellent job,. She kept us laughing and always made sure that we felt part of the group. The others also gave us lots of attention and made our stay very enjoyable. They offered, pool volleyball, water aerobics, beach volleyball, crazy games in the afternoon. They ate lunch with the guests. If they weren't running an activity they're walking around from guest to guest chatting. In the evening they would put on the shows and then go to the disco or attend outside activities like the trip to Margaritaville and Pier 1. The participation games in the evenings were fun. I can honestly say that this group made the difference in our vacation. When you get there say Judy Mom, "aerobics in the pooool!" says hi. Also give them a "serious mon" from Todd, Sean, Ryan and Rob. They made sure all of the guys had a great time.

This review is long, sorry. If you are looking for a smaller, intimate resort with good food, nice rooms and great staff this is the one for you. I definitely recommend this resort


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Royal Decameron Montego Beach Carolyne & Doug ~ Canada

January 2006

Our trip to Montego Bay, Jamaica. We stayed at the Royal Decameron in Montego Bay.

We flew out of Toronto on January 7th 2006 for 1 week arriving home January 14th. We flew on Air Transat, very enjoyable, we pre-booked seats 27A and 27B as my husband is 6'1" and is very muscular through his thighs, so extra room is needed. I'm 5'3"....I can fit anywhere lol.

Anyway, we travelled with two other couples and had no problems at the airport in Toronto or Montego Bay. We all loved the fact that it only took less than 5 minutes to get to our hotel, that was really nice as we landed at 10:30 am and still had lots of time to enjoy our first day. The Air Transat people handed out envelopes when we arrived that contained your room key, towel cards and different information. We did not have a key in ours because our room wasn't ready. NP, we simply changed at the hotel enjoyed some lunch and fell asleep on the deck by the first pool until 3:00pm to find our room 31 was not yet ready. They did offer us room 21, so we ventured off there only to find that it was the very last room in the building on the main floor away from the resort. I did not find it very nice at all because half our view consisted of a cement wall with broken glass on top to keep people out. Soooooo, we again called front desk to say that we wanted our original room, even if we had to wait, which we did. We ended up in our room 31 about 3:30pm and we very pleased. As soon as you walk in you can see the double doors that open to your own private balcony that overlooks the grounds and ocean. We were located right above the shuffleboard game, (which I only seen 2 people play all week). There was plenty of room in the bedroom section with a chaise lounge and a small table with 2 chairs and television. The bathroom does need to be updated. The tub was a little grungy and some tiles were missing. There was also a separate area for putting on make-up, doing hair etc.that was outside of the bathroom. Ample size closet for a 1 week stay. We had a great king size bed that was extremely comfy. We definitely had no problem falling asleep. The television received many channels, certainly enough to keep one occupied should they decide to watch. James Bond movies were on all week on one of the channels!!

The people at the Front Desk were very helpful and courteous to us at all times. The front lobby and washrooms were always immaculately cleaned, very impressive.

Food:
The Buffet Restaurant was fabulous. Everyday, breakfast, lunch and dinner were great. Always something different everyday for every meal. I have no complaints of food there. The bread choices were in abundance and the fruit always fresh. However, not as much luck at the A La Carte Restaurant, which I believe is named Soutz. The wait staff were not very hospitable at all. We received our wine after our soup and salad (which you went and served yourself) and usually had to ask. I did not enjoy 1 meal there, but some of my friends did. I agree, not everyone can be happy.

Activities: There is always something to do. You can go on the paddle boats, windsurf, snorkel or go on the trampolines in the water (which was a big part of our entertainment watching ppl falling offand try to get across the two trampolines). The entertainment ppl were always trying to get you either playing beach volleyball, aquatics, shuffleboard and of course some drinking games.

We only took one excursion and that was to Dunns River Falls, which we all had a blast!! The only downside was the bus trip. The roads to the falls are terrible. It didn't help that the bus trip there was about 2 hours by the time we picked up others from hotels in the area. The way back was much worse as we encountered a traffic jam. Total we were on the bus for 5 gruelling hours. Near the end I thought for sure I was going to vomit and others were feeling the same. We did stop at a great Jerk restaurant on the was home that you could sample some of the Jerk Chicken and Pork.

One day we went shopping in Montego Bay and went to the City Centre. I enjoyed it very much (partly because I got a beautiful pink gold ring with mother of pearls and diamonds). LOL There we also got many souvenirs. On the way back we stopped at Strawberrys, which is a souvenir store very close to our resort. And again, found some great finds including Blue Mountain coffee.

On night was special as it was one of our friends' birthday. A man from the front desk, which I do not know who it was as my friends talked to him, suggested we go to Pier One for dinner. We were going to Margaritaville that night and it was suggested that we go to the Seafood restaurant beside it. Apparantly it is double the price of Pier One. When and if you go to Pier One it gets kinda scary where you drive, but rest assured and wonderful dinner awaits. We all had lobster and shared appetizers of Jerk Conch, shrimp stuffed with crabs and smoked marlin on toasts. The ambiance and scenery made the night. Before we went to Margaritaville, it was also suggested that we go to BlueNotes, which is a jazz bar. Our bill for the evening consisted of 5 specialty coffees and 5 margaritas and the bill, with tip @18% that they automatically add came to $170.00 US, yeah very steep. Next we went to Margaritaville, it was ladies get in free night and they were out. I've never seen so much grinding and binding lol!!!!! Yes, I'm showing my age. We only stayed for one drink as it wasn't quite the atmosphere we were looking for.

All in all, we had a Fabulous trip and will definitely return. I realize that some travel books rate this as a 3.5 star, in some ways it was except for the food. I've been to 4 & 4.5 star hotels in the Caribbean before and have never had better, fresher and so much variation as Royal Decameron.

I would definetely suggest this hotel if you're looking for a somewhat quiet vacation.


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Royal Decameron Montego Beach Kim ~ Pittsburgh, PA.

January 2006

November of 2005
we had a party of 3............and boy did we have a ball......i have nevr laugh this much on a trip b/4 in my life......the help up to the staff were incredible.. they tried to please anyway possible 2 make the stay wonderful.....we had NO PR0BLEM MON....except for the funjet tour...the tour over all was out standing however the women who was the tour guide was the pits...she was fine while the tour was in gear ,but when the complete tour was over she didn'thave much to say (but wheres my tip)....on the flip of this is we ened up meeting a gentle man named diwight, who has a busness catering to tours.....we found him to be far less expensive and could travel just about any where ur interest lies, and then some ....i'm telling u he's worth it..... he's very personable and respectable............we should have ran in him b/4 we book with the tour guides, we would havesaved a heck of lot and we would have went 2 the same tours we were giving....that was the sad part of the trip ...............but over all we had a ball......the manager even ok'ed us 2 watch the steeler vs clelevand game in the disco room..( that was so nice ) and we met a couple from Cleveland and had extra fun competing ....our team won THE STEELERS.......all the staff and help was unforgetable.......i can't remeber all the names ( they know who they r) the intertainment crew....r the best......the food was good, the drinking even better.......the hotel is in the best location..... u can walk 2 every thing.... and the venders just give them a polite no and they leave u alone......this was the best trip of all..........i am trying now 2 book a trip 4 july......i love this hotel


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Royal Decameron Montego Beach Doug ~ Burlington, Ontario

December 2005

I had a group of 30 people at the Royal Decameron from Nov 19th to Nov 26th . We were booked with Air Transat and the flight was with Westjet with whom we were very impressed. They have a great crew who entertain you, leather seats, plenty of leg room and satellite tv on every seat. Upon arrival in Montego Bay we were given the keys to our room when leaving the airport. This was our best check in during our 10 years of group travel. Twenty minutes after leaving the airport we had been to our rooms, changed and were at the lobby bar having a before dinner drink. We loved our rooms with fantastic views of the ocean, food was good, staff were great and we all had a great time. There is not a great beach but the resort is small and there was plenty of room for all. We did a survey of every one before we left and considering that in the past couple of years we have stayed at the riu s in Punta Cana and the Mexican Riviera, every one ranked this resort just as high over all. They need to put in beer and wine taps at the bars for self service as a lot of the staffs time is spent making fancy drinks which makes for slow service. They open up the lobby bar at 5 pm but on the day it poured rain, they should have opened it earlier as it was difficult to get to the 2 outside bars. It was very slippery around the pools and during our stay we saw 4 different people take bad falls. We walked down to Margaritaville a few times and to the casino across the street and enjoyed both. One of our ladies won 100 USD on the 25 cent slots. They only have slots but gave us a beer or rum drink as soon as we were inside. We were not hassled half as much as we feared. A polite no thank you and smile worked every time. At the front gate I asked them to get me Burley Lewis known as Zip or Forsyth Hilton and he hollered across the street and two of the nicest gentlemen I have ever met came over to meet me. Forsyth was a twin for Morgan Freeman.. They took the 30 of us in three air conditioned vans the next morning for a 3 hour tour. They were fantastic with singing, info on the area and history of Jamaica. We thoroughly enjoyed our morning and for 10.00 each it was great value. Twelve of us went another day with them to Dunns River Falls for 35.00 which included admission.. This resort was a Jack Tar for 50 or so years and this is the first year as a Decameron. They have renovated the rooms and are working to improve other areas. Over all it is definitely a 4 star and exceeded our expectations. None of us had been to Jamaica but had been to Puerto Plata,Punta Cana, Puerto Vallarta, Barbados and most areas of Cuba. Jamaica is a beautiful island with wonderful warm people, try it. My personal view is that they are making resorts bigger and bigger so it was nice to be at a 131 room place


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Royal Decameron Montego Beach Cricket ~ Canada

July 2005

My husband and I visited the DeCameron from May 28th to June 4th. Based on very positive comments on your site, we were really looking forward to seeing Montego Bay for the first time. In previous years we have stayed in Negril. We will definately go back to the DeCameron in Montego Bay. The drive from the airport to the hotel took all of 6 mins. The hotel is clean very bright, quiet and very peaceful in the gardens. We stayed on the second floor in the main building and we had the best view and sunsets in the world. Early morning and late evenings was heavenly sitting on our balcony. The was certainly enough choices at the buffet to satisfy everyone's choices. If I could ask for one and only one thing, I woud like to have coffee at 6 am or earlier. Coffee is not ready until breakfast is served. We are up very early and relaxing with coffee on the patio woud just make my day. Front desk staff seems to be confused most of the time. Takes quite a long time to check in if there are a few people. Overall we got a great deal on the trip and we were quite pleased.


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Royal Decameron Montego Beach Sara ~ Ontario, Canada

July 2005

My friend and I loved the Decameron. The pictures we had seen did not do the hotel justice. The main gate is beautiful and the lobby is very nice. I had never been to a resort before, so the only expectations we had were what people had told us. Apparently the resort is quite a small one, but it makes up for size in luxury. The resort has 2 main buildings, the main hotel which has the bars and lobby, and then there is a 2 story bungalow with about 24 suites further down the property. They hotel has just been opened as the Decameron, and there have been extensive renovations to the main building, but there is still construction on the bungalow. There is an elevator in the main building, and the rooms all look out on the ocean. We stayed in the bungalow, so I do not know much about the main rooms, but the suite we were in was wonderful. The only complaint we had was the cleaning staff left our back door unlocked several times while we were there. The suite we were in had French doors and a tiled patio with furniture on it. We also had a table and chairs and a chaise lounge in the room with us. The rooms were very brightly painted in an orange colour and all of the accessories were colour coordinated. There were no odd smells in the room and the air conditioning works great, and trust me, it was very well needed. Jamaica is hot! I took pants with me and never even unpacked them. Bathing suit and shorts, that’s all you really need. It rained for a short time at the beginning of our trip, but they hadn’t had rain in 4 months, so it was ok. It is so hot that you don’t really notice it anyway. One of the rainy nights we opened the French doors and sat at the edge of the room and enjoyed the breathtaking view of the ocean. The food was exceptional and so were the drinks. I preferred the lunch buffet, they had a pasta bar, but there was always good eats at the dinner buffet as well. If you are not adventurous in your eating, the beach grill offers great burgers, hotdogs, pizza and fries. We tried the A La Carte restaurant, but were disappointed with the portion size. There was nightly entertainment, which was good fun, even if it was a bit silly at times. We met a lot of great people and because the resort was smaller, we saw them more often. The staff were always really great, and the entertainment staff is full of energy. They want everyone involved, but if you don’t want to, just say no and they will leave you be. Everything is included at the bar, so if rum isn’t your delight, you can get everything from Johnny Walker to Sambuca. Best piece of advice if you are going to travel to any resort, bring your own glass. You get a tiny cup, which is about 2/3rds full of alcohol and the rest is ice and mix. You finish it before you get to your seat, and then have to get back up and get another one. The bar tenders don’t mind if you have your own glass, or if you want them to make you a drink they have never heard of, they are happy to have you teach them. If you want to be really adventurous, tell them to surprise you with your drink. Also, if you like daiquiris, try a Miami Vice, so good. We did not spend the entire week drinking, we had a good relaxing time just chilling and hanging out. The Decameron was a great place for this and has a beautiful view you can get lost in. The resort has a 4 star rating, which is well deserved. The new owners are making a strong effort to revive this old Jack Tar Village into a luxury getaway.


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Royal Decameron Montego Beach M-J and Cathy ~ Ottawa

May 2005

Hi Debbie.
We found your site quite helpful in our trip planning so here is our take on our trip. We are 2 girls in their mid twenties and went to the Royal Decameron Montego Beach May 7-14 2005. It was a cheap last minute deal so we weren't expecting much, just wanted to be in the sun. It surpassed our expectations and we had an awesome time! Here is the breakdown:

Travel: We were flying with WestJet out fo Montreal. Great staff, on time, leather seats and personal tv on the plane, got a sandwich for lunch and lots of drinks and snacks.

Transfer: Air Transat staff was waiting for us at the airport and it was a short 5 minute drive to our hotel...our friends driving 1.5h to Negril were jealous!

Resort: Everything was very clean. The hotel has only been open for 5 months and they were still working on little things here and there, but never bothersome. Staff was generally very friendly and we didn't feel like they were expecting tips. (but we gave some anyways) There is a manager's cocktail where you get to meet all the important people. 2 small pools, one with a pool bar and always lots of activities going on. As with most places, getting there early gets you a good spot, but there are also many good chairs on the beach so we always had somewhere to lie down. The beach is small (actually more like 3 small beaches, forget long walks along the water) but you can go snorkeling right there and it's amazing. You right next to the aiport but the planes are not loud and it's kinda cool to see them up that close.

Food: Good variety, always lots of fresh fruit (the pinapple was the best!), we definitely did not go hungry. Did the A la Carte restaurant twice and it was absolutely delicious! Safety: As 2 girls on our own we were a bit apprehensive but we felt very safe on the resort as there were security guards at either end of the property and a gate to come in and out the front. We wandered into the market (almost across the street form the hotel) and although everyone wants you to come in their store, we never felt unsafe. Once you say no, people generally leave you alone.

Day trips: Heard lot sof good things about Dunn's falls but we opted to try the 7 mile Beaches of Negril...unfortunately it rained that day, but would recommend it if it's sunny! Bottom line: We had a great time and would go there again! It was like a 4 star even though it's rated 3 and we had a wonderful stress-free vacation!


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Royal Decameron Montego Beach Bill ~ USA

April 2005

Royal Decameron was AWESOME... i went with my friend and her family and had a lot of fun, the entertainment was great and i met a lot of new people. the food was really good if you like to try new things! the pools were clean and there were a few so it was good, the hott tub was pretty big as well. there was always something going on so it was pretty hard to get board there with basketball, work out room, tennis, pools, snorkeling, glass bottom boats, volley ball all kinds of board games, the beach and the GREAT entertainment crew!! and if you want just a time to relax there was beach to lay on (with shade) a nice big lounge. I hope I get another chance to go there because it was great and an awesome experience.


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Royal Decameron Montego Beach Mitchell's ~ Ontario, Canada

March 2005

We went to Decameron with another couple. We had a great time! The Resort was a little small at first. Everywhere you went was Ocean View. Which was beautiful.

The management team is doing a great job. The staff is very helpful and kind.They want feed back negative or positive.

The bar tenders at the swim up bar were great so happy and enjoying them self's. Everyday at 3:00pm they had Crazy Games. We had so much fun with them. Then after that a game of Beach Volleyball. The entertaining staff gets involved. You will notice that Omar (Energy) doesn't stop dancing. He is a great guy.

The food was good. We wished that they had more international food. The grill is good. Great burgers, fries and you make your pizza. Great cookies and cakes.
All made fresh. Breakfast was the best French toast, pancakes, and omelettes. They do need a little snack station in the front lobby that has veggies and dips to pick at between 5-7pm when there is no restaurant open.

The Dunn's fall trip is a must. Just take gravol before the bus trip. I became a little car sick. We did the all day trip. Shopping first then lunch at the Ruins Restaurant.
You eat lunch in the middle of a real rainforest and water falls. Then to Dunn's Falls. We really enjoyed it, the tour guide let us go ahead of the group and take the more daring side. Which we enjoyed.

The night life is O.K they have a house band that's good, when they choose the right music. Then usually dancers who do a assortment of routines. The disco is great if you can stay up that late (after a busy day). Lots of Reggae Music, and you can also learn some moves.

We went snorkelling on the glass bottom boat. That's a lot of fun its $12 US/person at the sports desk. The gears free, your just paying for the boat ride out into the ocean.
We also kayaked out into the ocean, under where the planes are preparing for landing ( a couple 100 feet from the runaway strip ). Then we laid down in the kayak and watched as they flew over above. That was a once in a lifetime moment. They are so close! Being so close to the airport at the resort the noise doesn't bother you. It's really neat and quiet.

We also went to the markets a cross the street. Its safe just tell them a firm "NO" and walk away if your not interested. "Me don't want it!!" Make sure you talk everyone down in price everything is marked up 200% or more. It's crazy how much they try for. There's a lady in the market who has a shop to the far left. It's down a little narrow alley and its just her shop and to the right is a older man who does carvings there. She will give you the best deals. $5 US for a necklace everyone else starts at $15 US. The rossafarin hats $10 US everyone else tries for $25. She will also throw in little extras. If she doesn't have it ask. She will get it, and will deliver it to the gates at the resort, and meet you there. Great Lady!

Take bigger cups maybe a Tim's travel mug. The drink cups are so small that as soon as you walk away you need another drink. And in Jamaica there's no rush so you'll be waiting a while for your next drink. Or just get 2 or 3 drinks for yourself at each bar visit.

Well I hope you enjoy I know we did!
Any Questions feel free to email me: dtmitchell@sympatico.ca


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Royal Decameron Montego Beach Dee & Wayne from Brampton, ON

March 2005

We are a couple in our 40's who travelled with 2 teenagers to this resort. We travel annually to different places in the Carribean. We travelled the week of February 19th and stayed for 1 week.

The resort was a five minute drive from the airport which was great. The resort staff were at the airport waiting for our arrival and assigned rooms and labelled luggage then in order for a speedy check-in. Some rooms were not available until around 2 p.m. in the day, but they arranged for a place to change and put belongings. The whole check in process was very organized and went quite well. Oh yes, and by the airport does not mean extremely noisy air traffic. Yes the planes come in out front of the resort, but it is quite an experience to see them, and they are not very loud. They take off in the same direction as they land, so that noise is actually going away from the resort.

If you are expecting a large sprawled out resort with lots of trees, walkways and beach, this is not the resort for you. The resort is small, 131 rooms with the majority facing the ocean. What can I say, the view was spectacular. The sun sets on the ocean side of the resort. The rooms were spacious, newly decorated with most having large balconies or patios, and yes what you have read about the cleanliness is true. They do take particular care at ensuring the resort is well kept and very clean.

The Beach is not much of one, with the largest area being raised and set up on a retaining wall area. There are small ocean level beach areas on either side that are okay. Wear water shoes as there are sea urchins. You cannot take long walks on the beach as it is blocked off on either end. The pools (2) on the resort are really backyard size pools not for real swimming, but more for games. One has a considerable amount of shade if you do not like the sun. The hot tub is a good size, but the temperature kept changing. It was good some days, too cool others and just down right hot on other days.

The food at the resort was very good. Lots of variety with theme nights of Jamican of course, Italian, Thai/oriental, They make fresh omelettes, waffles, pancakes and french toast and also do blender drinks. At lunch they always have fresh pasta that they will prepare how you like with a variety of ingredients and sauces. The buns/breads are amazing and they have a great fresh selection of fruit and vegetables daily could keep you on a diet if you wished. The many dessert choices at dinner will destroy the diet idea. The a la carte restaurant was nice with a limited set menu. The presentation of the food in that restaurant was very good. There is a beach snack bar with extremely slow service, so plan around your main meals as you may be getting your snack close to regular meal time with how long it takes. I believe it is a result of the disorganized staff person they have behind the counter. He was the same all week. The burgers and fries are quite good though. There is also beer, pop, coffee and tea available all day at this snack area.

All in all, you will not go hungry.

The shows at the resort are quite typical as at many resorts although the dancers appear to have better choreography and are in sync more. These shows can be somewhat risque and border along vulgar. Particularly for the younger crowd. It is nice to have something to do in the evenings though.

The resort is at the beginning of the "Hip Strip" where there are plenty of shops, bars and markets. There is a market almost directly across from the resort behind the store area that is safe to go into if you can handle the constant and often annoying vendors. In fact you cannot enjoy a walk anywhere in the area without practically being harassed by the locals to purchase from them. You get used to it after awhile, but you have to be firm to tell them NO! Show the least bit of interest and you'll be nagged. Bargain down to about half of their starting price. That appeared to be the magic number for most items that we purchased from jewellery, to tank tops, to hair braiding. We also walked (about 20 mins) into Montego Bay the market square area where you can shop for things like at home. The prices are extremely high though when you convert from American to Canadian funds as they do not bargain as much. The deals are only to be had with the local crafts.

If you are young and female, you will be propositioned even when you are with parents. You will also be offered drugs, but they are not pushy when you tell them no.

Dunns River Falls is definately a site to see, but I would only recommend the direct trip, not the full day experience. How many markets can one really shop at. As well, the lunch experience in the full day trip is not includi\ed and quite pricey. We did have a bit of a scare on the bus ride to Dunns River when we got caught in traffic through a bit of a riot occuring in the Runaway Bay area where many people were on the streets with knives in hand and gun fire started to happen. The next day riots continued and the tour bus got turned around to come back. There is definately a lot of crime in the area which is quite a shame as the country is beautiful, the weather fantastic and for the most part, the people are very kind.

The Canopy Tour is definately worth taking if you like heights and a bit of adventure. You climb up to platforms in the trees and are hooked to wires in the air where you slide along to the next platform. There are nine platforms in total.

We also did horseback riding that was pretty typical of most tours in many countries. You follow on your horse in a line for some basic riding. The horses were English trained, not Western. The ocean part of the experience is a short run through the water at the end of the basic ride and yes the horses go deep enough that they have to swim. It is a little scary as you have a tendancy to float away from the horse so you hold on tight. Oh, and if you have not had children yet, you may want to think twice about this part of the ride as there is only a pad that does not provide much protection from a very boney spine.

Overall, we were very happy with the resort, but could not see returning to Jamica again due to the very high crime factor. The resort does have good security and is gated. What an eye opener, I feel badly for those people in the Country that would rather not be a part of it all, but wish to stay on their beautiful island.


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Royal Decameron Montego Beach M S

March 2005

Myself and four of my girlfriends went to Montego Bay, Jamaica at the all-inclusive resort of Royal Decameron.

Initially we were quite disappointed with the service and the reception. Having just had one of our friends lose her luggage (and having to do the typical paperwork to fill out and the delay in arriving at the hotel) we found out that our rooms were "not ready." This is after we were toasting in our jeans and sweats after traveling from -15 degree weather from Toronto. There was no effort by the staff to accomodate us. So the first day we spent sweltering for three hours waiting our rooms which were being "cleaned."
Then, finally at 3 pm (the official check-in time) we recieved word that one room was available but not the other. Eventually we got our room at 6:30 pm after arriving at 11 am. It was frustrating to say the least and the most frustrating was the laissez-faire attitude of the so-called "client representative." We weren't impressed when three days later, after we complained, a bottle of white wine was sent to our room. Not enough! We were tired, disgruntled and feeling like we made a mistake in coming to Jamaica. Eventually we decided to not let it affect our vacation but the staff were not the most helfpul. Trying to place a long-distance call was also a trial and the staff either didn't know what they were doing or were savvy with ways to milk more money from their all inclusive guests with suggestions to use phone cards that didn't consistently work.

The next days were better with time spent on the beach. Royal Decameron is SMALL. There's not much beachfront but there's lot's of stuff to do including: snorkeling, sailing, paddle boating, kayaking. They had entertainment staff which occasionally was annoying but there was options for beach volleyball, and pool volleyball. There was also water aerobics a few times a week. The disco was fun but hte music left somethign to be desired until the last night when requests were permitted. The pools are small but adequate--there's a swim up bar at one of the pools.

The food was overall quite good. There was a nice selection and a range of local and regular fare. Breakfast always had a waffle and omellete bar. Lunch alwasy had a pasta bar. The dinners at the a la carte restaurant were inconsistent and because the options are limited sometimes it was more pleasurable to go to the buffet restaurant and select more options. Food during the day was also avialable at the grill (burger, pizza, fries, beef patties) which hit the spot.

The resort offered my friend 50$ from the overpriced gift store to buy stuff until her luggage arrived which was on day 3 of our visit. AFterwards, she got the run around from the staff about getting reimbursed with a different story each time. I'm still not sure she's gotten reimbursed.

In terms of going outside the resort, we went to the market twice and got some great deals. Bargain, bargain, bargain. Going towards the end of the day (4 pm ish) is good as they are more likely to want to make a sale. We walked the twenty-minute walk each time and got mildly hassled but a polite and firm "no thank you" was well received. We also went to Dunn's falls with the resort and that was great. Shopping as well requires bargaining. A few of us went out snorkelling with the glass-bottom boat (12$ us pp) and saw some amazing fish. We got Blue Mountain coffee for $14 (US) per pound after bargaining and agreeing to buy 15 pounds as well on our forays outside of the resort. Check the expiry date and make sure it's Jablum brand.

All in all we got what we wanted from this trip. We were relaxed and got time to spend with each other. Sometimes sleep wasn't optimal as the a/c once conked out (but got fixed) and also because the loud enttertainment at night was right under us and was persistent until 11 pm--so retiring early wasn't much of an option.

I don't think anyone of us will go back to Jamaica again. For what we paid (1200 cdn) we were overall happy but think the staff could have been much more accomodating at the beginning our trip.


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Royal Decameron Montego Beach Tricia ~ Canada

February 2005

First off, when you receive your hotel voucher read the name of the hotel where they are sending you. I had originally booked with my travel agent an all inclusive package to Royal Decameron, Runaway Bay. When I received my hotel voucher it read - Royal Decameron, Montego Beach. It really wasn't a big deal to me though, it didn't matter cuz regardless, I would be in Jamaica, Yah Mon! Anyway, I had read reviews online about the Royal Decameron and that is how I found out that there was one also in Montego Bay. So I ended up calling my travel agent and asking her about this, even she did not know that there was a Royal Decameron in Montego Bay but she ended up calling AirTransat Vacations and they confirmed that indeed I would be staying at the Montego Bay resort. Not a big deal, its five minutes from the airport while the Runaway Bay resort is 1.5 hrs away from the airport.

The Royal Decameron, Montego Beach was an awesome resort to stay at! Like I said, its a five minute drive from the airport which is a big bonus and its also at the beginning of the Montego Bay "Hip Strip" where you will find lots of shopping and local vendors who are located in an alley behind the stores, don't worry, its safe to go back there. There are also restaurants, the Coral Cliff Casino (which is owned by a Canadian!!! thats what the bartender told me anyway), Jimmy Buffet's Margarittaville, Doctor's Cave, a Burger King and if you keep walking past Margarittaville you will come up to another local craft market which boasts 250 vendors. Did I mention that this was all within walking distance of the hotel???

Anyway, back to the hotel, when we pulled up to the hotel we were greeted by hotel staff who offered us some punch or some rum and punch, I took the rum and punch LOL and there was also three musicians singing and welcoming us. Check out the glass table in the front lobby, its very cool if you're into boats and stuff. We were shown the way to our room which looked out onto the ocean and had a cute little patio with chairs which was perfect for sitting out at night listening to the ocean or in the morning enjoying a cup of coffee. The room had a huge king size bed in it, an air conditioner and a ceiling fan. It was very nice and it was also clean. In fact there are always people around there working, doing something, it is a very clean resort. The rooms were very nice and always clean. You hang a sign outside your door when you want the cleaning lady to clean your room.

There are two pools, one with a swim-up bar and also a hot tub although it wasn't as hot as I thought it would be but oh well it was still nice sitting in the hot tub at night underneath the stars. The food was good there, they have two restaurants, one is buffet and they have a beach grill. We always ate at the buffet which was usually pretty good, each night it seemed was a different theme for food, like one night it was Chinese, one night it was seafood and although I don't care for any type of seafood I still managed to find something on the buffet to eat. The breakfast buffet was awesome! There are omlets, pancakes, french toast (best I have tasted), waffles, cold cereals, eggs if you wanted, you just had to let the cook who was in charge of omlets know how you wanted them. I loved the breakfast buffet, very, very, good. And the beach grill made some tasty burgers and french fries and the chicken wings were good too. I thin! k that you would have to be an amazingly picky eater if you cannot find something on the buffet that wouldn't satisfy you. And like I said, there are some restaurants down the road if you are that picky.

We went snorkelling which was so amazing you absolutely have to try it, the hotel provides everything although you could pack your own gear if you wanted. We did the Dunn's River Fall's trip which is such an exhilarating experience that I definitely recommend it. We also went out on the catamaran cruise which was pretty cool too although we didn't really get to spend a lot of time at Margarittaville but its within walking distance of the hotel if you want to spend more time there.

There are two beaches on the resort which are a little small but hey, who cares, no problem mon, you are in Jamaica. You can walk over to the public beach which is adjacent to one of the beaches or go down to Doctor's Cave. There is also like another kind of a man made beach which is a fairly big size and you just go down a ladder if you want to swim in the ocean. We never even went into the pools at all our whole vacation.

The entertainment was pretty good too, but the only thing that really bothered me is that they didn't play enough reggae music, like even at the bars on the resort. They kept playing the "YMCA" for some reason which is beyond me. I came to Jamaica to hear some reggae, I was expecting it to be playing all over the resort, and was sorely disappointed. My suggestion is that you bring some reggae CD's (or buy some) and the bartenders will be more than happy to play them. Even the beach grill should be playing some reggae music for those people laying out on the beach. So management if you're reading this - "Jam that reggae mon, its a part of the culture and what Jamaica is all about!" A little more Jamaican inspired shows at night too wouldn't hurt.

All in all, I would definitely come back to this resort, it was in a perfect location, very clean, good food, and the staff were very friendly. They have paddle boats, Hobie Cats, kayaks, a glass bottom boat (which wasn't the best but it did the job, it was your basic glass bottom boat), ping pong tables, a shuffleboard and a disco.

One tip though, bring or buy a bigger glass for your drinks because they only have small plastic cups and you will be running up to the bar every 10 mins and the bartenders have no problem filling up your bigger glass. Oh and don't forget to tip! (Had to throw that in cuz I'm a bartender myself LOL and I live off my tips!) If you have any questions, please feel free to email me @ trishlynntaylor@yahoo.ca


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Royal Decameron Montego Beach Pat & Diane ~ Canada

January 2005

From the time we arrived right until the end of our vacation, we could not find fault whatsoever with this resort or it's people. Actually aside from the resort itself, the people made our vacation what it was - and that was terrific !!! The Royal Decameron has gone under extensive renovations and it certainly surpasses a 3 star resort. Not quite a 5 star, but certainly a 4. The rooms were wonderfully decorated and kept meticulously clean. We had a problem with the air conditioning one day, and it wasn't 5 minutes when the maintenance people arrived to fix it. No problem ! It has the most gorgeous view over the ocean, matter of fact all rooms have ocean view. The food was excellent and if somebody had a complaint then they would be extremely paticular and I doubt anyone could go hungry. There was always a wonderful selection of main dishes along with vegetables and of course, huge platters of fruit. We didn't participate in many activities the hotel offered, mainly because we just wanted to relax and soak up the sun. They offered, volleyball, ping pong, horseshoes just to name a few. Night shows were entertaining and some of the singers the hotel brought in were top notch and could belt out music like professional singers ! I think that the staff of this hotel were absolutely outstanding and the Royal Decameron should be darn proud of them. They were always checking up on us, making sure our drinks were topped up or taking away dirty dishes from the table - never did we wait long for anything ! We did the Dunn's Falls tour which is a definite must. Even though the drive was a bit long, it was worth the drive and the experience will never be forgotten. It was beautiful and challenging !! We did walk the hip strip which was also alot of fun and the locals were interesting people to chat with. One note, should anyone want to hire a private cab, I would strongly recommend you seek out Yannik, waitress in the buffet restaurant. Her husband has his own taxi and would be more than happy to show you the sights and you would never have to worry about being ripped off or mislead in any way. All in all, this trip was one of our best and we will definitely make Jamaica our number one destination for vacation. Should anyone have questions, please feel free to e-mail me, selectivedi@yahoo.ca. Irie and respect.


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