Port Royal, Jamaica
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Admirals Inn Port Royal Reviews
Small guesthouse in Port Royal Jun 04, 2014
Usually it is easy to find a hotel but the Admiral Inn turns out to be somewhat of a challenge to find and get into the hotel. The Admiral Inn is located a bit away from the most central parts of Port Royal down a street which is next to the beach. But to get there is a bit tricky - first we couldn’t find the right road to turn down so we had to ask a couple of people for direction to the hotel. It turned out you won’t actually be able to get into the hotel if you go to the actual location of the hotel - instead you need to head another house on the next street from the hotel to get to the house of the family of the woman who manage the hotel. She has got the key and will be able to show you the room and get the money for the room.
The hotel only got three rooms but June seems to be very low season in this part of Jamaica so we were the only guest at the hotel. Despite the fact we were the only guest and it was late in the afternoon already - so it was unlike the hotel would be able to fill the rooms - the manager had very limited leeway for negotiating about the room rate. We tried to ask for a cheaper rate but only managed to get it down about 10 dollars.
The room is pretty big with a small kitchen and a dining table with seats for four which seems more than adequate considering there is only one bed in the room. I guess the kitchen could come in handy if you planned to stay for a couple of days and go to and explore the island of the shore of Port Royal - but since we only planned to stay for a night we didn’t plan to go shopping and use the kitchen. Instead we went to a famous seafood restaurant down town Port Royal which is a short drive or a fresh walk away from the hotel. There is only a single restaurant close by the hotel - but this is another branch of the famous Gloria’s restaurant so it is probably also a safe option though we choose to go for the original Gloria with a view towards the harbor of Kingston.
In addition to the kitchen the room got the usual amenities for a Jamaican room - it got a television and air-condition - which actually worked pretty well. There is a bathroom which had hot water when you used it - not always a given in this part of the world.
There is a pretty big garden behind the hotel with a few trees and it actually continues all the way down to the beach. There used to be a gate out to the beach but apparently the owner decided to close the gate since the local kids were going into the land through this gate. So unfortunately there is no easy way down to the beach - instead you will have to walk down along the road to the end and you can reach the beach from there. It isn’t a long walk but still longer than a convenient jump through a gate at the back of the garden.
There is no breakfast included in the room rate and it isn’t possible to arrange for food in the morning either - so you will need to do self catering or be ready to find somewhere in Port Royal which is open for breakfast if you need.
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Admirals Inn Jun 04, 2014
We find this place through lonely planet guide book and since we rent a car to explore Jamaica, we just turn up without any reservation since we thought it would be low season in the country and would be easy to find any accommodation. However, the place was a bit difficult to find since the car gps did not recognise the hotel address and we had to ask several people for directions but we still could not find it. Finally, we ask the seafood restaurant nearby which the staff kindly point out to us and get someone (the son of the hotel owner) to actually guide us directly to the hotel. However we need to get to another house next street to get the key before able to enter the hotel itself.
We wait a little bit until the woman who owned or managed the place come over and then she directed us to the hotel. She was very friendly and welcoming.
The hotel was quite small with a very small sign outside which is very difficult to read if you try to find the place yourself and the hotel do not have many rooms (it only has three rooms), nor restaurant, and it was empty when we were there. She showed us the biggest and best room and then we negotiate the price. Finally after bargaining, we agreed with the cost of usd50 per night without any breakfast.
The room was much nicer, cleaner and bigger than our first night in Jamaica and it has nice and proper working furniture and good size bathroom with door. However the shower is not working well – the water do not have a good pressure and it just dribble, but it has hot water.
The big double bed in the room has a good mattress and comfortable for a good night sleep with plenty of pillow.
There is a good size working television with plenty of channels and the air condition also work well.
It also has a dining table and four chairs inside the room, a small kitchen if you want to do any cooking.
The windows in the room facing the garden at the back, but we could not see much at night time and it was very quiet at this place. We did not hear any traffic noise or people.
After we learn the hotel location, it was actually quite easy to get around since the place since it was in the centre and the famous seafood restaurant (no. 2) is at the end of the street of this hotel. We decided to have dinner at the famous seafood restaurant no. 1 with the ocean view. However plenty of stray dogs on the street which scare me and I opt to drive to the restaurant than walk.
Anyway, there is big garden for relaxing during morning or early afternoon with plenty of chairs to seat and enjoy the nature and the sun.
I would recommend this place if you need to stay overnight. It is actually better to stay in this place than in Kingston city, as this place is more tranquil and the people also friendlier.
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A nice and fair priced room in Port Royal Apr 23, 2011
I had found this nice place in a review on the internet and I had only been able to retrieve a telephone number trough Rough Guide. The place turned out to be somewhat difficult to find, but with help from some local we managed. Here you need to beware of that some persons; especially the elder rather will give a wrong answer rather that saying that they don’t know the right one. I think we had the use of close to 10 people before we were there.
The Inn is a house situated close to the beach; one thing that was really nice was that you could hear the waves towards the beach all night when it was quiet. The little Bed & Breakfast was situated in a yellow house with a very small sign mentioning its name above the door. The door is by the way is closed and belongs to one of the rooms that you can rent.
In order to enter the rooms you have to call the caretaker in order to get in because a big lock is placed on the gate. I called and reached the son of the family and he sent over his grandmother with key.
The grandmother was a story by herself. She was a very small woman and turned out to be 92 years old; she looked strong, but had more wrinkles than a Chinese dog. Her hair was different shades of grey put in two plaited tales of hair; one on each side of her small face. Her eyes were grey blue and had lost the clear look; and still she walked in a slow pace but very determinant.
She showed us the two rooms and wanted the cash up front for the room, which we gave her. My room was large with a small kitchen; there were actually both a fridge with a freezer and a microwave.
There was a large closet, a huge bed an okay sized bathroom with only cold water, a small table with two chairs and a TV that was locked with a code. Outside there was a small garden and some benches where you could sit at night if you didn’t wanted to frequent the little town of Port Royal. The neighbours were friendly and it was a good room for the money when the only other alternative was Morgan’s Harbour Hotel that cost 3 times as much.
I had called and talked to Ina the owner of the house a couple of times because it had actually been over booked when I wanted to come. Ina was a really wonderful and sweet woman and I was please to finally meet her the second day we stayed there.
She told me that she never put an advertisement in for the place because she only had 4 rooms and they were almost always booked just by mouth to ear. I had been lucky to find it; it was clear that not all living in the village even knew it.
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