Queen Street 9, Port Antonio, Jamaica
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Ivanhoe's Port Antonio Reviews
Guesthouse on the hill Jun 05, 2014
We get into Port Antonio at night time and there aren’t that many places in the center to choose from. We try a couple of different spots to check the different prices it seems the prices of the different guesthouses is more or less the same and they do not have much room for negotiation on the price even though all the guest houses are pretty empty this time of the year. The guesthouses are located on a hill which overlooks the bay in Port Antonio so they got a pretty attractive location though if you want to get to the central part of the city or the harbor you’ll have to head down the hill to go there. But if you just want a quite place to stay for the night possibly with a good view the guesthouses on the hill are the best bet.
We end up staying at the Ivanhoe Guesthouse which we got for 60 dollar for a night. It was 5 dollar more compared to the guest house next door. But we did get a room on the top floor with a window facing the bay below the hill. So there was a pretty good view from the room. Outside the room is a balcony - it is shared with two other rooms - but there is no other people staying at the guesthouse so we got the balcony and the chairs to ourselves. The view from the balcony is better than from inside the room.
The down side of the room on the top floor obviously is you have to carry your bag up the stairs to the fourth floor. But it is worth the effort to go and have a look at the water included in the price of the room.
The room has the basics you would expect from a room - but there isn’t much in addition to the standard stuff of the television and a table and a chair. Fortunately there is a working aircon in the room so it isn’t getting too hot during the night and the shower is working with both hot and semi cold water - they still haven’t invented cold water in the Caribbean.
There is no breakfast included in the room rate but it is possible to order breakfast for the next day. You can do it the day before but it is a guarantee the food will arrive at the time it is ordered for. You can choose between eggs and other regular American or British breakfast stuff or you can go for the more adventurous option and go for a Jamaican breakfast which can include salt fish and the ackee fruit which is a bit of a scary fruit since it is a delicate fruit when ripe - and poisonous when it isn’t ripe. I guess you have to trust whoever has been harvesting and preparing the fruit - I doubt our breakfast cook has gone through a five year fugu chef class. Fortunately we encountered no problems with the fruit which actually looked like scrambled eggs when cooked.
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Ivanhoe's Jun 05, 2014
For some strange reason, even though it was low season in Jamaica and not many people stay in the hotel or guesthouse – however the people who managed the place do not want to sell the room at a discount price which I found very odd. I though it is better to have someone stay in the room at a discounted price and get the money than leave the room empty and get nothing, but it was not the case in Jamaica – basically people do not care, either you take the room at the ask price or leave.
This place has good recommendation from the previous guests and good view toward the harbour, as the place located up the hill. When we arrived at this place, it seems the guesthouse was under renovation as plenty of debris outside the building and we did not see any light on inside (at 8pm night time) and we were not sure if this place is open for business. Once we ring the bell, the old woman open the door and we peek inside the living room which looks quite nice. She told us the price and did not barged at all when we ask for a discount.
It cost usd60 per night without breakfast and need to pay in advance, however breakfast can be order from the guesthouse at specific time and it cost around usd5 (depending of the order) for eggs, bread and coffee or tea, or local breakfast which consist of salt fish and the ackee fruit mix with eggs, which we tried. Local breakfast was okay, but personally I prefer omelette.
Our room located at the top floor of the building with a good view toward the bay and we also have balcony outside the room and chairs to sit to enjoy the view below.
The room itself looks and smell old – more like the granny house but it has everything we need, enough place to put our luggage, comfortable bed, chair and even cupboard and air condition work well. I did not try the television and I assume it work. The shower room was old as well and it is quite big with big wardrobe inside it but the light were quit dim and could not see much especially at night time. The shower work well with hot and cold water.
There were small glass window next to the bathroom, unfortunately it does not have any curtain on it so someone can actually peek into the room and the window door cannot close properly, luckily it was okay as people cannot go inside the room through that window and we were the only guests during that time.
It was very quit at night time and we can sleep well.
The next morning breakfast was served at the beautiful living room facing the harbour. It was okay, nice experience tasting local breakfast. After breakfast we explore the area by foot and left the car in the guesthouse before we check out.
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