Let me just start by saying I have visited The Hibiscus Lodge Hotel located in Ocho Rios THREE times in SIX months...thats a new record even for me...and would go there again tomorrow if I could.
Located in the heart of Ocho Rios and just a few metres away from Rooms on the Beach and Moon Palace is this hidden natural gem nestled in the busy metropolis of the town. At first it being in the middle of supermarkets, bars and some not so great looking places bustling with the locals may fool u, but once u reach inside, and go past the lobby the view alone takes your breath away.
Clean, cosy, comfortable with amazing and friendly staff that go above and beyond for you, the hibiscus lodge is not only affordable, but is serene with a huge garden that has fish ponds, a gazebo, floral fauna indigenous to our island, a cage of barble doves and a pernicious parrot, it also has a pool, hot tub, tennis court (lessons are for a nominal fee) and its included breakfast that gives u both Jamaican and a sample of American cuisine is included in the cost.
Most hotels that are not all-inclusive regularly tell u the breakfast they offer is "continental" which translates to coffee or tea, toast, a small sample of butter or jelly (and I do mean small...think dime sized) a small glass of juice, a piece of fruit and sometimes cornflakes. Sometimes...man cannot live by bread alone...and for the continental they tell u you can have as many slices of bread that u want! Eat, drink (unlimited coffee and tea) and have more bread.....but if you are staying at a hotel for more than one night you are bound to get sick of bread very quickly...no matter how many times u toast it.
But Hibiscus Lodge offers u a wide menu, and if u want extras for a nominal cost they will do it for u. When the hotel is full, or during peak season when there are events being held in the city and the hotel has to accomodate more than the usual higher volume of guests, they have breakfast buffet which they serve u but the options are so long your plate wont be able to hold even a little of each. And tgis is included in the cost. Breakfast examples are: Regular, Western and spanish styled omelette, liver, callaloo, toast, a pastry which can be a muffin, danish, banana bread etc, ackee and saltfish, cereal,...you get the pic.
Their Almond Tree restsurant also has a wide variety of food u can order come dinner or lunch time and the prices are very reasonably.
The rooms are clean and most of the rooms in the whole hotel has wide sweeping views of the Caribbean sea. Many tourists come to hibiscus lodge to also get married and i witnessed 2 weddings in one day. The bathrooms however may not have the stoppers to convert into a bath that u can soak. I found a few that either the lever to stop the water from going down was not working or it couldnt plug the hole. If u stay in rooms near the end of the hotel you might hear noises off the street so there is that. Otherwise its an almost romantic location to go with your significant other, family or friends. I.vant wait to return. Give it a try....you will ne glaf u did.
And take any room under the big verandah..upstairs or downstairs it doesnt matters the view to wake up to is stunning!
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