a traveler from Travelocity.com
on June 12, 2010
We read the reviews and knew we were getting a no frills hotel. Still, it was pretty rough living. The hotel provides good security at night, but crossing the street from the gardenside room to the beach, you get honked at by taxi drivers constantly. I recommend taking instant coffee and an electric kettle. We did that, and it saved us in the mornings. While there are tons of places to eat, it can be hard to know where to go on foot when you are starving. We ended up taking the complimentary restaurant shuttle to some nicer places to eat. The restaurant at White Sands is fine, but they never had jerk or any Jamaican food for lunch, only grilled cheese etc. Breakfast there was fine, but for 2 people expect to pay $* for breakfast. Overall we just got really worn down by the effort it took to get to the food, the beach, and relaxation which was our goal really didn't happen. Last thing, we walked to a reggae show on Friday night down the beach and on the way back we were robbed at knifepoint on the beach. We found out later that you should walk on the road at night. I was pretty disgusted that no one bothered to tell us that. Yet, no Jamaican we talked to was surprised that it happened. With a little courteous warning this never would have happened. We thought we were avoiding the hassle of the honking and hustling of the taxi drivers on the road. We felt like outsiders who did not know the ropes as this hotel has a lot of loyal customers. There were some helpful people at the hotel, but overall we did not have a great experience.
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