A beachfront setting, a big swimming pool and plenty of food choices – the Riu Montego Bay proves its worth as a Jamaican retreat.
The Riu Montego Bay is fronted by a white ribbon of sand and shrouded in tropical palm gardens. Although it feels far from the crowd, it’s only a 10-minute drive from the town centre.
Everything at this hotel is given a luxurious twist – one of the two pools bristles with sunken loungers, the restaurants dress up to the nines, and the sea-view suites are accessorised with carved furniture.
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Buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner. 24-hour selected local-brand alcohol, selected imported drinks, soft drinks, tea and coffee. Minibar and liquid dispenser restocked regularly. 24-hour snacks.
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On the beach you'll find the Jerk grill where you'll find a classic Jamaican barbecue for lunch.
2 outdoor pools
The large curvy outdoor pools here feature whirlpool baths and in-water loungers.
The Renova spa offers a variety of luxuries such as massages, sauna and a whirlpool bath. There's also a beauty salon and a hairdresser. You'll need to be 18 or over to use the sauna.
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double room with balcony or terrace
These classic-style double rooms come with a king-size or 2 queen-size beds and either a balcony or a terrace for that extra space outdoors. Your room comes with a safety deposit box, an extra bed and air-conditioning.
double room with limited sea view and balcony or terrace
These classic-style double rooms come with a king-size or 2 queen-size beds and either a balcony or a terrace for that extra space outdoors, and you'll have a limited sea view. Your room comes with a safety deposit box, an extra bed and air-conditioning.
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After reading some reviews i was a bit worried about what i was going in to l totally shouldn't of . It is a outstanding resort the staff are fantastic every where is clean the pool is the best place to socials whith all natcalties. The drinks are not watered like some review's suggested. the mango dacaryies ARE GOOD and as strong as you like the majority of the staff in the pool are pleased to serve you .about tipping because as British we are not that used to that you don't get treated differently if you tip or not you will know who to tip or not i didn't tip everyday but best tip bar staff at night and day as i think you get served quicker as they remember your drinks . Also if you have one of the thermos drinks container bring it with you as they fill it up with anything you want day or night. We stayed in block 0 above restaurants and reception and had pool view and sea view witch was great room was spacious and comfortable optics in the room RUM,VODKA, GIN MIXTURES IN THE FRIDGE AND 6 CANS OF RED STRIPE LARGER so you won't go thirsty. The food in the buffet restaurant is very good but it does get repitive but if you are a seafood fan like me you will be in heaven it is outstanding you name it it had it a few nights there was lobster tails biggest prawns I've ever had . We used the aisian restaurant and Italian because my wife struggling towards the end of the holiday and both are good you might have to queue but we got in no problem.and it's not as spread out as some reviews suggested and you can go outside side the hotel but be prepared to have a bit of hassel but they want to sell you the Ganger a firm no and keep walking is normally enough but they will do the same on the way back . Also the trips are expensive nearly all over $100 American dollars each some near $200 .we went in February their dry season between 29c and 33c but it rained once for about 20 minutes and when it rains in Jamaica they call it liquid sunshineððð that's why it's the name of my review. And when you check out they cut your all-inclusive band of but don't worry because you still use all of the hotel drink and food before you get pn the bus. THANKS JAMAICAMore
kevin r, 190736
Excellent lively hotel
Myself and my sister stayed here for 2 weeks in March, cannot really fault the place at all. Check in was fast and efficient. Then straight to the room. We took our own cases, but the regretted that as we had to get them up some stairs and we women don't travel light! The rooms are great, spacious, kept very clean all holiday, well stocked with beer and spirits, one small criticism is that we would have liked the water restocked daily as we like to keep rehydrated and can't always be bothered to keep going to the bar. But it wasn't a major issue. The beds were actually comfortable, it's rare that I ever go anywhere and find the bed to be comfortable, but here they were. Even the pillows weren't too bad. The main problem we had was noise from other residents. Initially we were given a room in Block 1 which was pool facing and we had to ask to move after a few days as we were woken many times in the night by loud drunk people. Reception moved us to Block 3 and a rear facing room and apart from one night, it was lovely and quiet. Although ladies, try not to clump around your room in your heels if you are upstairs and have people below you. It's noisy down below! I have read reviews of people saying the toilets don't flush. They do, you just need to hold the button down, unlike back home where you probably do a short flush. I don't know how anyone could fault the food here, we just used the main buffet restaurant the whole time and there were so much choice. The beach is ok, not quite paradise, but still pretty decent. I wasn't sure how I would feel about being So close to the airport, but it was actually quite fascinating watching the planes go over. And no long transfer times, bonus! All the staff were amazing, from the cleaners to the entertainment team. Christopher and Wendell at the pool bar were such fun. They were run off their feet the whole time the pool bar was open, but still kept smiling. Would stay here again for sure.More
Overview We are a family of 5, 2 adults, with an 8 yr old boy and twin 6 yr old boys at the time of this vacation. Of the 15 different all-inclusive resorts we have been to throughout Jamaica, Mexico, the Bahamas, Cuba, St. Martin, Dominican Republic we decided to compare those experiences to the one we had at the RIU Montego Bay in FEB 2015 (even though the website made me pick choose a more recent date!!!) Room For this vacation, travelling as a family of 5, we required a family room, which by definition, room accommodations vary from resort to resort. We started in a first floor room, facing a perimeter wall and beyond that some service buildings with boasting some large fans/generators/flood lightsâ¦not a very appealing view. We immediately requested a change, and thankfully it wasnât an issue, we stayed one night in the room and were moved the next afternoon to a second floor room with a garden view. We were very thankful, especially because we had a lot of rainy days in Mo Bay, it was nice to have a view to enjoy while hiding from the rain on the balcony. The real down side, was that a RIU âfamily roomâ is defined as 3 double beds in one room. Needless to say we were a bit crowded and bedtime was a problemâ¦not ALL of us wanted to have âlights outâ at 9pmâ¦!! Pool The pool was huge and even though the resort was extremely busy, the pool was large enough to accommodate all sorts of activities going on at any given time. Like any other resort we have been to, the norm is to be sure to get up early to reserve loungers. At this place I got up every morning at 6/6:30am and I was still able to find a few decent spots that werenât taken, both at the pool and beach depending on what we were doing that day, but it was obvious that early rising was required if you wanted any shade at all. So unless the resort chooses to crack down, it is what it is. Seasoned resort goers seemed to be okay with it and adjust their schedule accordingly, but others were not so happy. The pool had lots of seats and tables near the pool bar, a very nice option to just sit in the pool and relax while enjoying a cocktail. Of noteâ¦the pool was deep, everywhere, there werenât a lot of spots where the kids could touchâ¦we had floating toys and stuff so they were fine, but had we not brought those they would have struggled swimming aroundâ¦there is a small space where there are sunken pool beds, where the pool is shallower, but itâs also the only spot where people can relax on the sunken beds and likely donât want to be splashed by kids!! If your kids are little and are not swimmers, be aware that as amazing as the pool is, it has very limited shallow areas where smaller ones can touch bottom. Food The breakfast buffet was great, lots of bacon, a must for our family âº Lunch buffet was closer to the ocean, great views, decent menu. Mostly the same options every day but we expected that, itâs the norm. No one left hungry. The staff was amazing. The dinnersâ¦buffet was always very good, a decent variety of options. The fried chicken was particularly yummy! For some reason, wine was hard to getâ¦I had asked for something out of a bottle (as served at the restaurants, I think it was Berringer) but it was apparently that was a huge problemâ¦very disappointingâ¦all inclusive does not mean all inclusive in that respect? The wine out of the barrel in the buffetâ¦not exactly the sameâ¦ The only a la carte we at ate was the Italian, it was good, but we were actually happier at the buffet! Beach As mentioned, we have been to many resorts in the Caribbean, this one was probably our least favorite beach, it was pretty disappointing actually. Itâs a nice little beach to walk but itâs a very limited walk, when we were there the water was very murky and weedyâ¦one of our boys was stung by a jellyfish hiding in the cloudy waterâ¦not fun! But, thatâs all part of the ocean experienceâ¦! Overall, the beachfront has a very nice view, but certainly not the best stretch of beach in Montego Bay, if thatâs what youâre seeking. Bars The swim up barâ¦great, but hard for our kids to swim toâ¦as mentioned in the previous comments about the poolâ¦! The main bar, by the entertainment, was very busy but the staff was always attentive and friendly. Entertainment The nightly entertainment was good; the staff was very energetic and really tried to keep the crowd engaged. The staff at this resort was absolutely fantastic. Always smiling, friendly, helpful.More
LOVED our family vacation!
We stayed at the Riu-Montego Bay from Mar 13-Mar17. Not sure what some of these other reviewers are talking about, because our rooms were extremely comfortable and completely spotless-excellent room cleaning service every day! The food was amazing and service was awesome-very friendly and willing to help. We had 3 rooms and a total of 9 people (big family) and everyone had a great time. Yes, the tv's are old, but who's in Jamaica to sit in your room and watch tv? There were a few power outages, but they were not only at our hotel and they were very short-like not even 1 minute. We never had an issue at all getting to use the sailboats, paddle boards, paddle boats, or kayaks-the longest wait was maybe 10 min, and you could just hang out on the beach until it was your turn. All staff was extremely friendly. Bartenders were awesome-never had to wait long at all for a drink. The "Margaritaville Snorkel Cruise" that leaves from the Riu is the BEST!!! SO MUCH FUN-I highly recommend it-not for small kids though jusy bc it's basically a booze cruise on the way back. We will definitley go back to the Riu-Montego BayMore
My experience at the Riu MoBay
As a regular at Riu Resorts all over the Caribbean and an avid and passionate traveller to the Caribbean , my bar is set pretty high . The resort grounds are clean and well manicured . The pool is large and there are usually loungers available . I just returned from a march break journey and there was no real need to get up early and save the best seats... we were able to score a reasonable set , even after 930 am. The entertainment throughout the day was decent .. nothing out of the ordinary for any other 5 star all inclusive . The night shows were entertaining and kept one chuckling but the content was far from family friendly - from the outfits to the innuendos. The rooms were merely Average-They were clean and satisfactory but a far cry from being a 5 star property. My peeves in point form were: â emailing the resort 3 days prior to arrival with a request for interconnecting rooms close to the poolside . The email was not even acknowledged , mind having the request actioned. A response would have been appreciated . â the room was lacking the simple amenities like a coffee maker , an iron and a key card lock system. â On the first night , I was a little hungry at about 1 am and realized that unlike most all inclusive that have hot meal options even after midnight , the Riu Montego Bay only had cold sandwiches by the sports bar . I am a vegetarian and they had no options for a veggie . Even the nachos and popcorn ( which may had been my only viable option) were all finished . â The beach had no umbrellas or covers whatsoever . For the few that managed shade , it was under a tree . â The beach is very limited . You can probably walk a maximum of 5 mins before you are unable to go in any further . It's a basic beach - still water without waves . Almost as if you are within a bay . Not a beach for walkers or people who run â The free wifi is only available in public areas . You want internet / you have to buy a package at $40 usd per week . I bought 2 of these as we had 2 rooms . My kids had room 2205 and theirs worked perfectly .. my wife and I were in2206 and it was a weak signal with intermittent outages .. we called it in 2 times but nothing was done to solve the issue . â The ala carte dinner options had 2 times for seating ,, either 630pm or 9pm .. we normally go for dinner at approximately 8pm so we could catch the 9pm show .. so we essentially never indulged in anything more than the buffet option â Last but not least , the elevators could do with a freshening up .. they appear old and dated like the rooms :) So that is my quick review . I would rate this hotel a 3.5 . some may argue that giving it a 4 star may be giving it too much credit ( as a 3.5 option is not possible ) but I did have fun at the resort . Would I go back? Probably not unless it was at a super bargain basement rate.More
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