Samsara Resort Hotel, Negril
Reviews - Samsara Resort Hotel
- Age Group: 31 - 40
- From: United States
- Traveller type: Young Couple
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Historical Traveller Reviews of Samsara Resort Hotel
Never againfrom A TripAdvisor Member
12 years going herefrom A TripAdvisor Member
If you are the former, I suggest you go to the beach, and stay in some Sandals like all inclusive resort. You never need to leave, and can get alll the emenities you expect at home (wherever that is). Also, Negril as a whole, may be a bit to avant garde for you in the first place.
This is not Paris. That'a a good thing.
If you are adventurous (well, only slightly adventurous is needed here), Samsara is terrific. I had been going to SamSara for 12 years, until 2000, and meeting friends from around the world. I am finally getting back there next week. The negative reviews I see here are funny. I always remember the type 1 people, and we felt bad for them, but couldn't help laughng. They just didn't get it. It's a "little" rustic but the place is BEUATIFUL! Samsara, and the surrounding area of the cliffs, is not for everyone, but if you are type 2, it is one of the great areas of the world to hang out in and experiece some of the real culture Jamaica has to offer.
I saw a former reviewer that had issues because the bathroom didn't have a port for her hairdryer. Ha Ha... Go to Aruba and maybe pamper yourself there in an all inclusive.
Primativefrom A TripAdvisor Member
The dining room was clean with a view. The pool is small, the jacuzzi not hot. There was no entertainment. Now the positives: the staff was very nice, the views are great, you can dive off the cliffs and pretend you are at Ricks. There are alot of good small restaurants on the street nearby. I would not recommend Samsara.
A tropical paradisefrom A TripAdvisor Member
The toilet was elevated, and my feet barely touched the floor. The outdoor shower was a blast, and I loved it. The location of the hotel is stunning. The staff were all friendly, with the exception of the road guard, and he was a little anal with his duties. The front desk staff were always helpful. The only complaints that I have are: The free snorkeling equipment was never available and washcloths seemed to be in short supply and high demand. The only other complaint was the public restroom near the bar always only had toilet paper in one of the four stalls. I was overall pleased with the hotel for the price, but small things could have been done to improve the overall appearance of the hotel, ie. painting the walls around the pool, fixing the water slide, lighting the walkway to the pillar houses, because of the danger of a pina collada induced cliff dive. I would definately stay here again, but would go all inclusive.
Excellent valuefrom DRSouthern
Staff were all very friendly and helpful. The resort has a slightly run-down tennis court, pool table, ping-pong etc.
It's well located on the west side - there's good local restaurants nearby and, if one is feeling energetic, it's a 20 minute walk to the beach or the lighthouse. We ate one meal there - it was ok; I don't think I'd go for the all-inclusive plan.
In summary, my wife and I really enjoyed our stay and would certainly stay at Samsara again!
t believe the website!!!!!!from A TripAdvisor Member
They were having a buffet, so we decided to give it a shot. Everything tasted awful, even the mini boxes of cereal were stale tasting. And for being a country that's famous for coffee, they sure as hell don't know how to brew it! Well, I guess the pineapples and bananas were ok..can't go wrong there. When we went to the fron desk to find out when we could go back to Legends, they said our room wasn't ready yet..it was noon.
We really wanted to get the heck out of that place and see if Legends was any better, but since we couldn't, we decided to go shopping. When we were waiting for a taxi, the owner approached us and asked why we were in such a hurry to leave and insisted that we stay and have a few drinks at the bar. He said if we were staying until thursday, we'd have plenty of time to shop. What a piece of work this guy was!! He was so pushy and kept trying to get us to stay there instead of doing what we wanted to do. I'll just end this by saying, don't waste your time or money on this poor excuse for a "hotel". You'll definitely regret it!
Peaceful, No Frills, Non-Touristy Getawayfrom A TripAdvisor Member
I must agree with the last review in that Samsara is a place you can only enjoy if you are not looking for the over-touristy type of resort.
Our room was decent, no frills, the bathroom was clean though the bare minimum (our sink stood on two wooden polls). However, the room was neat and the balcony overlooked the sunrise as well as the scenic cliffs and coconut trees. At night, it is wonderful to lie out on the patio and enjoy the starlit skies. We decided not to go for all-inclusive, as drinks were not as expensive as they are in NYC where we are from. There is cable TV, which also served as a plus since my boyfriend wanted to watch the Yankees and Marlins play their last few games. The staff was friendly and overall we had a great time!
quaint, quiet and cozyfrom A TripAdvisor Member
We had a tv, great view and a wonderful time.
Staff was friendly and helpful in arranging day trips. They carried our bags to our room --- we were surprised to be taken to one of the elevated cabanas. We were surprised again to find the shower outside, below our hut. But we were showering al fresco in no time, chuckling and making the most of it. Hey --- it had good pressure and plenty of hot water; what more can you ask?!
Sunsets were fabulous: a gathering for guests. Swimming was fun, snorkeling not so good. The concrete sun deck was not the most attractive, but ... We caught the shuttle to the beach property, and found it so crowded, we prefered to be at Samsara, which was always quiet and cozy, except in the evenings, when the bar blasted its music.
Rick's was within walking distance, as were other places to eat. And taxis were everywhere, reasonable and anxious for business.
It's a different mindset, but if you accept, you enjoy. We still chuckle over some things, but we wouldn't have traded it for a stylized, Americanized resort for anything!
total relaxationfrom Nicegrrl
How interesting that we were at this resort at almost the same time as the last reviewer. (Sept 5-12) We also had booked the room with no air-conditioning - which was not a secret when we booked it. It was across the street from the main resort, and was not a great room - there were 2 giant flying cockroaches because the window screens were in poor condition. YUCK! But this area us jungle-y and rustic - we knew we weren't booking the Hilton. We also asked about paying the $12/day for an air-conditioned room, and did have to wait until the next day, but that was due to our poor planning, not the resort's.
The air conditioned room was fabulous. We overlooked the ocean and the pool, and the room was clean and decent. We lounged endlessly by the cliffs, dipping into the pool when it got too hot, drinking pina coladas and banana daquiris. The food the first night was not great, but every other meal was pretty decent. There is usually an American dish and native one, buffet style. There was red snapper and jerk chicken several times during the week.
I thought I would be bored taking a vacation lilke this, but I haven't been so relaxed in years. This is not a party place, nor should it be.
It was wonderful, and I will go back again.
Samsara Surprize!from A TripAdvisor Member
We arrived at Samsara in a thunderous rainstorm and dripping wet we were escorted to our room which had no A/C, no windows - only louvers with no screens, a bed and a cot. The room was less that 50 feet from the back gate, which was unlocked and open when we arrived.
We asked for an upgrade and were told we would have to wait until the next day. We went down the road a peice and found a better room at another hotel.
Samsara is in a beautiful location, it boasts a large pool and jacuzzi.
There is amble room to sunbathe and being right on the ocean, you can literakky dive right in. We had a $50 drink and food credit so we ate at the reastaurant/bar several times. The staff is friendly if you are polite and kind but generally they are remote and aloof. They behaved in this manner with everyone, equally. Americans, Italians, Germans, it did not appear to matter.
The food at Samasar is terrible, but then it's pretty bad all up and down the West End Road. Everyone raves about this place and that place but just about every place is terrible compared to a meal in just about any American restaurant.
However, our taxi driver (Clive has a plush bus and a no nonsense attitude his cell is 1-876-909-1873) took us to a place called Sweet Spice which is on the road to Savannah La Mar (not on the beach or the cliffs). Sweet Spice is not often frequented by tourists and does not serve alcohol. Its menu consists of typical Jamaican dishes and though it has a very nice dining area, the business is mostly takeout (Sweet Spice does not deliver). This means that the service is faster than average.
At Samsara the key description is that you get what you pay for. It IS quiet... The bar closes at ten and there's not mush going on after that unless you have a private party in your room.
Top Local Tips for Negril
Use the grocery store Buy Jamaican coffee and rum in the grocery store in Negril for the best price!
Rick's Cafe If you are ever in Negril go visit Rick's Cafe.... it is just breathtaking. The sunset view from the dining area upstairs, is worth going to Negril. The cliff that you can dive from into beautiful turqoise water is amazing.
Jamaicans Get to know some Jamaicans - they're some great people. If you show them a little respect -- you'll get it back 10 times over!!!!
Other names for Samsara Resort Hotel
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- Address: West End Road - Negril - Jamaica
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