Bethel Court Guesthouse

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25 Bethel Court Mount Salem, Montego Bay, Jamaica

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andrejav andrejav
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Bethel Court Guesthouse Nov 17, 2011
If you send an email few days earlier with your flight info, they can send driver to pick you up for around $15 (at the airport they are going to charge you anywhere from $20-30 to the town area, and who know what for outside resorts. Collectivo taxis run same distance for 5$ per person, but you usually don’t have that option. I actually asked one taxi driver day before I was leaving the island to come and pick me up in the morning, which he did with precise timing (which is strange for Jamaica where everything runs a bit slow).

Hostel is placed in few small houses and large one where owners live(also there are rooms and privates in that building). You interact with owners by inter-phone that is placed at the door, there is no real reception, and you meet them on their leisure, when they are passing by  It is Jamaica… to relaxed for some people, but just fine for me. They are nice and fair, will help you if you ask them. I took dorm room that fits six people, has huge lockers and community restroom/showers for $20. There are two rooms per house, and large living area with terrace that is also a entrance door. There are benches on the terrace where most of people hang out chilling and enjoying the local air. It smells very nice. Everything is covered with metal bars, and you have to be careful not to lock yourself out from multiple door/gate combination… Place is pretty clean, it has ok kitchen with large fridge and basic utensils/pots/pans (to chill your beer, or leave jerk-chicken leftovers), TV with dvd/video, just classic setting for one hostel.

Hostel is not in the city center, but in little suburb on one of the hills. Anywhere you go, you’ll need taxi, and if you rent a car or bike, remember that they drive on WRONG side of the road . First few days I was a bit scared and confused when I look outside of the car, and very scared when passing by large trucks… Simply I been driving too long on “right side” and my senses are trained to adjust driving no matter what. I solved my issue by not driving at all…

Mo Bay has nice beaches, but most of them are taken by resorts or some kind of bath-houses that are charging for enjoying the beach and swim around. Market is pretty interesting, and there is one street called “Hip Strip” with bunch of restaurants and bars. I went to one place with the best karaoke I have ever heard. These guys are so good, that it is possible that they are all professionals just trying to win some prize… Around $2-3 will take you there with any cab. Always haggle with cab drivers, because they always go for double higher or more. In general, Montego Bay is expensive place to go to, and that can kill some good times that you are trying to have. Few days is more than enough for this town.

Place is not that great, but lack of choice makes it just fine.
Little shack/bar next to hostel
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Doctor's beach on Hip Strip
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sylviandavid says:
nice review.... Love that you are good at haggling with taxi drivers.
Posted on: Nov 17, 2011
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seangee seangee
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MoBay on da Cheap Nov 06, 2011
My stay at the Bethel Court Guesthouse was about as good as one can hope for when paying $20 a night.  The dorm room was very clean, had big storage areas with locks provided, and also had two powerful fans to keep it cool.  They have a male and female dorm that can fit six people in each, I was lucky enough to have the whole room to myself for my three nights.  Located in the same area as the dorms is the complete kitchen, computer, and television. The wi-fi  is available at no extra cost with a strong signal. The bathrooms in the dorm area were clean and spacious and equipped with hot water.  I ordered the airport pickup for $15 that was offered and was picked up by a driver even though I think there was some kind of funny business. They also provide tours for a decent price and have a driver they rely on- Mckenzie.  The location is in a middle class neighborhood in an area called Mount Salem.   A cab ride to the beach  will cost between 200-500 Jamaican dollars but on the way back make sure to haggle them down as they will try to charge much more. 

Overall the Bethel Court is a good cheap option in Mo Bay. 
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sylviandavid says:
such a nice review... thanks for sharing it. sylvia
Posted on: Nov 17, 2011

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