Okay I’m back again and I figured the most fitting first post would be the guest house I stayed at. It’s called Treasures, and it’s located in the town of Claremont in St Ann, Jamaica, which is way up in the hills. Not near a beach of any kind but the weather and scenery are to die for up here! Its so much cooler in the hills.
Treasure’s guest house is owned by a Jamaican, Peter Treasure. He fixed up the place and has been running it for the last couple years. A close friend of mine who used to live in Claremont recommended the place to me, so I thought I’d give it a try.
This next picture is the street view of the place. You can see the HUGE verandah on the second floor which is where everyone seems to gather for drinks, food, conversation, etc. On the main level there are a couple shops that Peter also runs, as well as a bar that’s part of the guest house. Its a nice place to gather for a drink and a game of pool.
When I stayed here we were in a large group, so I got a chance to see 5 out of the 10 or so rooms here. All of them were basic but more than adequate, some with huge bathrooms! Mine had a great size bathroom, cable TV and ceiling fan. I never took pictures of my room but here’s one of the rooms.
There is also a kitchen available for use by all the guests on the second level. We used it every day to cook and kept our groceries in the large fridge in there. Outside the kitchen is another HUGE verandah area for dining, chilling and just hanging out. Our friends used it for dancing.
I think the biggest bonus about the guest house was the swimming pool which I hear just opened in June. It was nice and refreshing considering Claremont is not close to water. The pool was located up the hill behind the guesthouse. Its a bit of a climb up some stairs but once you’re up there the view is to DIE for! Amazing view of the countryside.
Okay now here are all the important details about Treasure’s Guest House, in case you’d consider staying here. This is all my opinion.
I paid $3000 JMD per night for my room, which is about $38 CAD….very reasonable! I figure when I can pay so little for a decent place to stay then I can’t really complain about what was wrong with it.
The cleaning service was just okay, sometimes I never saw the cleaning lady for days. I had to ask for new towels and toilet paper on those days. And my shower door was broken for my entire stay, no one came to fix it which was annoying because I had to wipe up the flood on the floor every day. And I did encounter a roach or two in my bathroom, which I’m used to in Jamaica. Some places have them, some don’t.
Overall I liked staying here and would probably do it again since its a familiar place now. For me, it was the friends I stayed with that made this place feel like home.