Sunset at the Palms Hotel, Negril
Reviews - Sunset at the Palms Hotel
- Age Group: 51 - 60
- From: United States
- Traveller type: Pleasure Seeker
- Age Group: 26 - 30
- From: United States
- Traveller type: Young & Single
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Sunset at the Palms is #1from Stang
Great time, great place:)from A TripAdvisor Member
Beautiful, quaint, quiet, cabin livingfrom A TripAdvisor Member
Everything cris!from A TripAdvisor Member
There is a hairdryer in the room (good to know). We were in the 100 block, the back of the resort, and heard road noise. The main road is in the front but there is another road that runs along the side. But the noise only bothered me the first night and one morning. The biggest problem is that the rooms are not soundproof or airtight. Our neighbors enjoyed smoking cigarettes and illegal substances and we got a good dose of both a few times. We were tempted to move but we were rarely in the room and we just didn't feel like moving our stuff. You can hear the sink, the toilets, the shower, and the T.V. We had to call our neighbors at 1 a.m. (who were snoring) to turn their T.V. down a few notches because it was so loud! We did not have hot water twice in the evenings because you share a hot water tank with your neighbor. As long as everyone takes normal length showers, no problem. Our neighbors enjoyed taking long showers! So if you can deal with all this then you are set because the rest of the place is worth it. Food: Breakfast was the best, Paula makes omelets to order or scrambled eggs. Plus french toast or pancakes. There wasn't as much fruit as I expected but there was watermelon, papaya, and pineapples. Lunch on the beach was very good...excellent chicken and good hamburgers. Dinners were a little less predictable. The salad was only lettuce and tomatoes. We had mussels and shrimp for seafood night, lamb, turkey, and chicken, etc.
They had a pasta station every night. Overall, the food was average but I found something I enjoyed every night. The desserts were delicious.
As for drink service, some nights were slower than others but if you really want a drink as soon as you sit down, then you could go to the bar and order yourself a drink and then carry it to the restaurant.
(one minute walk). We did that several times and by the time the staff brought you a drink, you were ready for your second. You can order lobster ($15/person) also room service was $3.00. Beach: Quiet, no loud music playing all day, clear water, no seaweed or shells, plenty of loungers (although you had to get them yourself off the stack and carry them to where you wanted them). The watersports (kayaks and paddleboats) staff do not wear T-shirts stating they are with the resort. But we did find out that the boat to the left is associated with the resort and snorkeling costs $15/person. The people to the right (locals) will also take you on their glass bottom boat for the same price. We were asked at least twice a day if we wanted "to party or to smoke" but we said "no thank you" and they walked away. Police patrolled the beach area at least once a day. It was a small inconvenience to walk across the street but they have a crossing guard who is very friendly and jumps up and stops traffic when he or she sees guests approaching. Plus, we paid half the cost of the resorts on the beach! Also, mostly Europeans at this resort and at least 1/2 the women were topless. Drinks: Only the banana drinks were made with real fruit, most of the others were processed. But all were strong and tasty. Greg is an excellent bartender! Try a Hummingbird. Entertainment: Not much, but they did have a crowd every night at the bar. A very tasteful steel drum band one evening and a guitar player another. We went out once to Alfred's to see the night life and that was plenty. My husband and I are in our 30s and most people were older than we were. A few younger Europeans who were courteous and quiet. Excursions: The staff will assist you with anywhere you want to go. I wanted to go horseback riding at the last minute with a tour group and they called an Apple Rep from the Riu (across the street) to come over and sign me up. (I did not book the trip through Apple.) Very easy and very quick! And they asked me a few days later if I enjoyed the trip. Taxi service is available whenever. We decided at breakfast that we wanted to go to Mayfield Falls and arranged a taxi to take us 20 minutes later. Melvin Hunter was an excellent driver. The cost was $80 for 2 people and then entrance to the falls was $10 per person. You will get wet from head to toe. You walk in a river, swim occasionally, and stand under the falls!
Bring water shoes or rent them for $5. A tour guide will take your camera and take pictures the entire trip. Also, the resort will arrange to take a group out to dinner or to a bar on the resort shuttle.
(usually $5/person round-trip). Everyone on the staff was pleasant and helped us to learn Patois, the local language! It was fun to learn a few words. There is construction going on at the resort. We should have asked what they were building but it only bothered me when we tried to spend the afternoon at the pool. So we went to the beach! It didn't look like new cabins but perhaps was a new building for a spa. The wristbands that you wear say "sunset at the palms resort and spa." The only spa service available now is a massage in your room for $50/hour.
Very nice... Overall, we enjoyed our vacation at Sunset at the Palms.
We felt safe and relaxed. The staff and the other guests we met from Canada and Michigan were terrific!
Quiet and Personalizedfrom A TripAdvisor Member
Overall very goodfrom A TripAdvisor Member
There wasn't an abundance of water sports included in the cost - we could see the much larger variety at the resort next door - but I reminded myself that we paid less than at the bigger resorts. However, when we wanted to go snorkeling or parasailing, the staff quickly arranged these excursions with no wait time at all. In fact there was some good snorkeling right down the beach on the public beach, especially in the morning when the water was calmest. The staff was nice, especially the men. I'm not sure if it's a cultural thing or what but the women were much more reserved and less outgoing whereas the men were very friendly and helpful. Sometimes we waited a while to get drinks with our dinner. The bar was fairly quiet - we liked the bartenders, especially Greg. There wasn't much nightlife to speak of but there are other places off the resort to go to for that. We had a wonderful, relaxing time and would consider returning to this resort again.
Negril Cabins Resort, great but no more...?from wallowaguy
Everything that other reviewers of NCR have written is absolutely true and accurate. The grounds are beautiful. The cabins are very well designed and appointed. You do feel like you are suspended in a tropical canopy. CAUTION: As others have noted, noise from the road and adjacent resorts can be very severe in some cabins and will very much undermine your experience. Be sure to request a cabin away from the road. Specifically ask for cabins in the 400 block.
The great majority of guests during our stay were Europeans, mostly Germans and Italians. That lent a nice international flavor. Note though, Europeans smoke much more than Americans. But they also tend to be less obnoxious.
The food was very good, ample, and well presented. The dining area was clean and attractive. Meals were a delight. One small problem seemed to annoy many guests (us included) - while the food is self-serve buffet style the beverages are not. Drinks were served by way too few staff for the large dining room. You often had to wait half way through your meal for coffee at breakfast and beer or wine at dinner. That definitely took away from the dining experience.
In the past one of the big attractions to NCR was that it was not your typical swinging hot spot resort. Very quiet, subdued and relaxing. NCR was like that during our stay and we greatly appreciated it. No tacky steel drum bands or blaring reggae. (That comes from the resorts across the street!) Who knows what the new NCR/Sunset resort will be like?
What the future holds for Sunset remains to be seen. Buyer beware!!! We were told by staff that the new management was looking to build additional cabins across the street and directly on the beach. One of the beauties of NCR is that it is on Bloody Bay, which traditionally has been the quiet, less-visited portion of Negril away from the long seven-mile strip of resorts. Alas, those days of seclusion and serenity may be nearing an end. Not only is NCR/Sunset planning to build on the beach but also a GIGANTIC resort is about to open north of NCR/Sunset.
NCR/Sunset used to be the last resort on the north end of the beach.
The new north-end resort will dump thousands of more visitors on the beach. While the beach can absorb that number much of the peacefulness, uncrowdedness and quiet will be lost.
In summary, we really enjoyed our stay at Negril Cabins Resort.
However, Negril Cabins Resort does not exist any more. The buildings are still there but the spirit may be gone. As they say, past results are no guarantee of future performance. If you want to go to Sunset at the Palms (the resort formerly known as Negril Cabins Resort) you might want to wait to see what reviewers write in the next six months.
My Kind of Resortfrom robnbren
Just What The Doctor Ordered!from A TripAdvisor Member
The cabins were nice but a little noisey if you were located near the road. The food was very good and there were plenty of choices for a small resort. The beer was good and the cocktails a plenty. For those of us who like a little refreshment in our room while waiting for the bars to open, that required a little effort. They did furnish a small frig for the room for $6US a day but the gift shop was in transition between vendors and the stock was limited. They were out of rum and did not carry beer. You had to walk or take a taxi to a store the purchase these.
If that is the only draw back? No Problem Man! We are planning on going back again!!
Unique Experiencefrom A TripAdvisor Member
tipping does help this situation.
Top Local Tips for Negril
Rockhouse and Pirate's Cove Rockhouse--The food is amazing-- very cool restaurant. Also, Pirates Cove is a less "tourist-y" version of Rick's Cafe.. but watch out, it was really easy for two to rack up a $100 dinner bill.
Biggest Advice Chill out. This is a laid back culture; experience it!!
Just chill this is paradise no worrys Take your watch off and enjoy life and no tv or your going to bed early!!!!!!
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- Address: Norman Manley Blvd - Negril - Jamaica
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