Best hotels and hostels in Montego Bay & Northwest Coast

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    Mobay Kotch

    Montego Bay's best hostel resides inside the 1765 Town House, its handsome redbrick frontage buried under a cascade of bougainvillea and laburnum. High ceilings and splashes of contemporary art and lots of comfy common spaces create a homey atmosphere that encourages mingling among guests. Backpackers end up lingering here, using MoBay as a base for day trips further afield. Originally, this was the home of a wealthy merchant. It has since served as a church manse and later as a town house for the mistress of the Earl of Hereford, Governor of Jamaica. In the years that followed, it was used as a hotel, a warehouse, a Masonic lodge, a lawyer’s office and a synagogue.

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    Coach House

    Just below the great house is the 1780s former coach house, which has been transformed into a luxurious seven-room villa. Cooled by mountain breezes, the high-beamed bedrooms with exposed stone walls feature splashes of contemporary art, and the view from the infinity pool over the valley is something special. The villa comes with a chef and butler. Three-night minimum stay with minimum four-room occupancy.

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    Breathless Montego Bay

    If you have to choose one resort in Montego Bay, go for the one that leaves you Breathless. This luxurious place sits on a semi-private peninsula, with dining options, cooking classes and music events galore. Rooms are flooded with natural light through floor-to-ceiling windows and the in-suite tablets appeal to the tech savvy. Complimentary butler service for higher room categories.

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    Polkerris B&B

    The best B&B in Montego Bay? No question. Hanging above the Hip Strip, Polkerris, run by a British expat and his Jamaican wife, is sublime in every detail. There's the trickling waterfall, the swimming pool, the view-embellished veranda, the stupendous breakfast and – most importantly – the one-of-the-family style of service that reminds you that you're in the real Jamaica.

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    S Hotel Jamaica

    This terrific new hotel is a winner. The entrance leads you into a splendid, airy atrium that looks out on the vast pool and Doctor's Cave Beach beyond. Staff welcome you like a long-lost friend and there's an impressive inventory of perks, including a suspended plunge pool and an excellent restaurant. Splurge on an ocean-view room; cheapest rooms are nothing special.

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    Waterfield Retreat

    On a hilltop a 10-minute drive south of Montego Bay, this villa is the ultimate in romantic seclusion. There are unparalleled views of the city and the sea from the terrace, you can pick fruit and veg from the garden for the chef to cook for you, and the bathroom comes with a deep soaking tub. Romance your sweetie here.

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    Windsor Great House

    How often do you get to sleep in a colonial mansion that happens to be a biological research station? Decked out with no-frills cut-stone rooms with shared bathroom, it's frequented by naturalists and off-beat travelers. Resident naturalists Mike Schwartz and Susan Koenig occasionally stage ‘Meet the biologist’ dinners (US$45, minimum four people) with a pre-dinner bat-watching walk. Email/call for directions. Built in 1795 by John Tharp, this colonial mansion was preceded in 1750 by a military outpost to guard against runaway slaves (Maroons). Surrounded by lush jungle, it's lit up at night by peeny-wallies (fireflies) and the stars above. Its remoteness makes it ideal for spotting Jamaica's numerous endemic bird species, exploring the nearby cave and watching the bat vortex at dusk. It's not about the creature comforts at this solar-powered outpost; the lure is the interesting company, a chance to disconnect and the surrounding wilderness (and an exuberant Great Dane called Zella). Rooms accommodate up to three people. Breakfast/lunch/dinner is US$8/10/15 per person. It’s not marked by a sign; to find it, take a left at the Rasta hut at the junction at the end of the road to Windsor.

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    Last Resort

    The rustic house of archaeologist Ivor Connelly sits in a tranquil spot by the Martha Brae river. Stay in one of the basic dorms or rooms, camp by the house or swing your hammock from a tree outside, then join your host on trekking adventures in Cockpit Country. Take a right at Rasta Dango's hut and walk for 1.5km. Dr Connelly does two guided treks: a three-hour roundtrip to the remains of the 1720s Guthries fort, and a shorter hike to a Taino petroglyph ($50 for two people per trek). The two treks can be combined (for $80 per person) and he can also arrange the adventurous hike across Cockpit Country from Troy to Windsor.

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    Sandals Montego Bay

    This is one of the great-granddaddies of all-inclusive resorts, with no less than five restaurants, four bars (including a swim-up, natch) and more activities than a summer camp. The resort beach is beautiful, the plantation-style furnishing is quite tasteful and guests get free access to Sandals’ other Jamaican properties. It's just a few miles past Sangster International Airport.

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    Knightwick House

    Perched above the Hip Strip, this wonderful B&B is close to the action without being overwhelmed by it. Run by a charming couple, Jean and Stanley Magnus, the colonial structure – boasting terra-cotta floors, wrought-iron railings and abundant artwork – has three modest yet appealingly furnished bedrooms with one, two or three beds. All are airy and come with balconies.

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    Deja Resort

    A recent refurb and management change has added some modern boutique touches to the hotel – the faux-grand facade wouldn't look out of place in a British seaside resort, circa 1973. Investigate closer and you'll find some welcome extras including a gym, a Jacuzzi, a swimming pool and a most elegant bar and restaurant. All meals and access to Doctor's Cave Beach included.

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    Richmond Hill Inn

    Stay in a historic great house within Montego Bay's city limits. This spectacularly located gem atop a small hill once belonged to the Dewar's Scotch whiskey heirs and is bedizened with fine local art, antique furniture and the ghosts of prestigious former guests. Richard Nixon and James Bond in his third incarnation (Roger Moore) both stayed here. Good bar, too.

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    Sunscape Splash Montego Bay

    At the end of the Montego Freeport Peninsula is this high-rise, upscale, all-inclusive resort. Rooms have ocean or bay views, mahogany beds and private balcony. Ask for one with a Jacuzzi. There are restaurants and bars on the grounds, plus tennis courts, pools, a gym and spa, and three beaches (with a nudist section) with water sports. Lots of kiddie programs.

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    Toby's Resort

    Located just off the ‘top’ of the Hip Strip, Toby's provides an admirable local vibe with amenities geared towards international travelers. Staff make Toby's feel like a gracious guesthouse, but with the benefits of large grounds, comfy rooms, a big pool and a smaller pool, and a good bar and restaurant serving a mix of Jamaican and international dishes.

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    Ridgeway Guest House

    The rooms here surround a pretty garden and are as good a deal as any you’ll find in MoBay. They’re comparable to midrange digs: cozy beds, tiled floors, nice furnishings, all kept quite clean and presentable. The cheapest ones are fan cooled. Located away from the beaches near the airport, but a free shuttle gets you to the sea and sand.

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    Reggae Hostel

    The location on the edge of downtown facilitates the exploration of the 'real' MoBay, as well as nights out at Pier 1, and the rooftop chill area (smoking allowed) is a boon. The rooms themselves are rather austere and institutional-looking, but very spacious and with lockers in dorms. Guest kitchen and helpful staff round up the experience.

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    CastleVue B&B

    Just five minutes from the airport, on a hill overlooking the city and the sea, this welcoming B&B is all breezy pastel-colored rooms and old-school charm. The welcoming owners go out of their way to be helpful and room prices include a belly-filling English/Irish breakfast.

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    Secrets St James

    Luxurious couples-only all-inclusive. All rooms are ocean-facing, spacious and stylish, and equipped with all mod cons. Plenty of pampering packages on offer.

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    Hotel Gloriana

    The Gloriana, run by a local lady whose struggle against adversity has been immortalized in the film Glory to Gloriana, is good value for money, within suitcase-dragging distance of the airport and safe walking distance of the Hip Strip action. It's a mini-resort with a fountain-embellished pool, updated rooms and a restaurant where Jamaicans outnumber tourists. Wi-fi in lobby only.

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    Altamont West

    Bright Caribbean colors lure hotel window-shoppers into one of the Hip Strip's better accommodations options. A baby grand piano furnishes the front veranda (good sign!) and there are plenty of local Jamaican motifs dotted around to remind you this is the real deal. Rooms don't quite match the salubrious common areas, particularly the characterless cheapies facing the corridor.