I discovered this villa by accident when my usual place in Ocho Rios was booked full and I needed an emergency place to stay. Coincidentally it is right around the corner and about 3 minutes from my usual place and since I always need new places to write about I’m fortunate to have discovered it.
As you know I’m pretty much a budget traveler and refuse to spend hotel prices, so when I was in a bind I called one of my best rasta friends in a panic and said “hook me up!!”. This is where he brought me and although it’s more expensive than what I usually pay, it’s still dirt cheap.
I chose the cheapest and most basic room they have which is $2000 JMD a night, with a shared bathroom. It was on the main floor and there were no other guests when I stayed here so I didn’t have to share the bathroom either. My window opened out to the back of the property which made it nice and quiet because it was away from the road. The room had a large closet, dresser, standing mirror and a fan. But that’s all….no frills, which is okay for me because I only sleep in my room about 5 hours a night and I’m on the road the rest of the time.
The guest house has a large common area when you walk in, furnished with sofas for lounging. I often sat out here on the phone since there were hardly any other guests.
On my second day in this guest house I actually looked around the place a little and discovered a lot more than I thought was there! I decided to go upstairs and see what was there and to my surprise it’s very nice! There’s a huge kitchen up here for anyone to use! It was complete with everything except a fridge, which was kind of a drag but I can understand because people might use your food if you left it in there.
The absolute best thing about the second level is the huge veranda where I spent a couple nights with friends playing music and hanging out. Another great part about this place is yes you can bring your friends over with no hassle. They even have game boards out on the veranda for your enjoyment.
So as I said I got the most basic room here and I paid $2000 JMD per night, roughly $25 USD. However I’ll let you in on a little secret….the second level has some much better rooms. At the far end of this veranda there just happened to be an open door to an unoccupied guest room so I snooped inside and the room was large and the private bathroom in there was like royalty! It had a shower AND a large soaker tub. Had I not been sneaking in I would have taken pictures. I eventually asked the lady who works here how much that room is and she said $4000 JMD, about $50. I think I would actually consider returning here and trying that room out.
My overall opinion of this place, pretty good depending on your travel style. It was fairly clean, very quiet, and people basically leave you alone here. I thought it was secure too because we had a lot of audio gear, video cameras and a laptop with us and everything remained intact. Actually that’s probably because they never came in to make up our room once. I guess you have to make your own bed. Location is nice (Shaw Park Rd) and it’s not more than a 15 minute walk to the center of town. There’s a little bar and a supermarket about a 5 minute walk as well.
The phone number for this guest house is 1-876-974-6613. Please call them directly for bookings.