Kingston: Where To Stay
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$100 per day
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Hotels, Resorts & Inns
99 Hope Road
876-978-8066, fax 876-978-8068
This 32-room villa property has
air-conditioned rooms, kitchen facilities, pool and fitness center.
It’s right in the heart of Kingston. The standard rooms offer a
double bed, as well as a living area with TV, phone, kitchenette.
THE COURTLEIGH HOTEL AND SUITES
85 Knutsford Boulevard, New Kingston
876-929-9000, fax 876-926-7744
This 10-story hotel is a new addition
in the business district, although the Courtleigh name has been
familiar to Kingston visitors for many years. It was originally
located a short distance from its present site. The 118-room property
is aimed at business travelers, but most people will find its rooms
comfortable. The family-owned hotel includes a restaurant, nightclub
and also a fitness center.
CROWNE PLAZA KINGSTON
211 Constant Spring Road, New Kingston
876-925-7676, fax 876-925-5757; reservations 800-618-6534
This fairly new 105-room business
hotel is perched in the hills just north of New Kingston in the
neighborhood of Constant Spring. Many rooms have views of the city
and guests have all the amenities common to Crowne Plazas, such
as a fitness center, satellite TV and tennis courts. The hotel includes
a business floor; these rooms offer a fax machine, modem and other
amenities not found in the standard rooms. Facilities include a
pool, squash, massage, sauna and concierge service. Guests can enjoy
indoor or outdoor dining at Isabella’s for a great city view.
HILTON NEW KINGSTON
77 Knutsford Boulevard, New Kingston
876-926-5430, fax 876-7439; reservations 800-HILTONS
This hotel was formerly the Wyndham
New Kingston and is located in the hotel section of New Kingston
near Le Meridien and The Courtleigh. The 303-room property recently
underwent a $15 million renovation. It now offers guests many facilities,
including a health club, sauna, Olympic-size pool, tennis courts
and more. This hotel is especially convenient for travelers using
American Airlines; there’s a service desk in the lobby so you can
make changes, seating requests, etc
LE MERIDIEN JAMAICA PEGASUS
81 Knutsford Boulevard, New Kingston
876-926-3690, fax 876-929-5855
The Pegasus is right in the heart
of New Kingston, within walking distance of The Courtleigh and the
Hilton Kingston Hotel. The 17-floor property has 350 guest rooms,
each with balcony, satellite TV, hair dryer, safe, two direct dial
phones and coffee maker. Upgraded rooms are found on the floors
set aside for the Knutsford Club members, with separate check-in,
afternoon snacks and upgraded amenities. The large, deep pool at
the Pegasus lies just behind the property and offers a quiet afternoon
getaway with scarcely any traffic noise. Tennis courts and jogging
trails are also available.
4 West Kings House
876-926-1610, fax 876-926-7741
Adjoining the Governor General’s
residence, this 32-room hotel has air-conditioned rooms, restaurant
and pool, and is near the business district. The hotel offers one-bedroom
units as well as one- and two-bedroom suites; all suites have a
TV, living room/dining room, and a kitchenette (maid service also
876-967-8030, fax 876-967-8073; reservations 800-528-9000
This 45-room property is home to
a marina (you can boat out to Lime Cay from here), restaurant, bar
and large garden. Rooms are fairly basic but many do include a mini-refrigerator.
This hotel offers snorkeling, harbor cruises, fishing, a dive shop
and free airport shuttle.
New Castle Road, Irishtown
876-944-8400 or 800-OUTPOST, fax 876-944-8408
This sprawling mountainside resort
is perched 3,100 feet above sea level, looking down on Kingston.
The atmosphere here is pure nature. Jamaica’s doctor bird, a hummingbird
with an unbelievable plume tail, flits through the trees. A morning
mist hangs over the mahogany trees. The sound of life in small neighboring
villages drifts up from the surrounding valleys.
The resort is one of the Island
Outpost properties owned by Chris Blackwell, founder of Island Records,
record label of the late Bob Marley (he recuperated at this site
after he was shot in 1976), as well as Melissa Manchester and Robert
Palmer. Like other Island Outposts, it is exclusive and unique.
There are 12 wooden villas, each filled with antique Jamaican decor.
The villas look out on the Blue Mountains from bedrooms, living
rooms and expansive porches. We spent part of our time just lazing
about in an oversized hammock on our porch. Every room has electric
mattress pads to warm up the bed on chilly evenings, mosquito-netted,
four-poster mahogany beds, stocked kitchenettes, coffee makers,
televisions, VCRs and even CD players with a full array of CDs (okay,
some of them are Island Record productions, but they fit the tone
of the place). Videos are available for loan.
In January 1998, Strawberry Hill
opened a new Aveda Spa, with massage, hydrotherapy, facials and
other body treatments. We enjoyed pedicures, manicures and a splendid
facial. And, at the end of the day, guests can order spa cuisine
or Jamaican dishes with a light touch in the resort restaurant.
The property has 40 acres of lawns
and forests. The grounds were once part of one of the first coffee
plantations in the Blue Mountains. Today over 350 species still
grace these grounds, including some species first planted centuries
ago such as Juniperus, Virginiana, Eucalyptus Nicolae, Cedrela
Odoratissimia and Mangifera Indica (blackie mangoe).
17 Waterloo Road, New Kingston
876-926-9334, fax 876-929-4933
Terra Nova is New Kingston at its
very best: formal, traditional and oh-so Jamaican. Unlike the modern
highrises also found in this business district, Terra Nova carries
on the legacy of Old Jamaica with classic mahogany furniture, fine
art and a wonderful atmosphere that tells you you’re not staying
in another chain hotel.
There are 35 guest rooms at this
intimate property, which is a favorite with those who have been
coming to Kingston for many years.
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