Photos and Review by Oyster.com Investigators
The hotel is located smack in the middle of gorgeous Seven Mile Beach, and both tourists and constantly stroll by and often hop into the beachfront bar to watch the sunset and listen to low-volume reggae. It’s a fairly active part of the beach, and from the hotel you can hear the music and see the bright lights of surrounding restaurants and bars. Locals, hotel guests, and visitors passing by mingle with one another here, unlike at virtually every other hotel in Jamaica.
There really isn't much to the tiny property, outside the lush and charming garden courtyard. Several circular rondel buildings are tucked amongst fruit trees and the beach, where all activity is centered.
The hotel has 70 rooms, and attracts visitors from all over the world, and these guests range from spring-breakers to wedding parties (the hotel hosts weddings on aoverlooking the water). Room decor was updgraded in 2011 with modern rustic looks (and flat-screen TVs), but not taking away from the miminalistic vibe of the property. Occasionally, the hotel even hosts cruise ship passengers, but this doesn’t really alter the intimate, laid-back atmosphere.
From the hotel, I was able to stroll along the beach in both directions to various restaurants and bars, and also walked out to and across to try a recommended lunch spot. Traffic wasn't overly noisy at night, and I never had a tough time crossing the road. The Treehouse is 10-15 minutes from downtown Negril and the , and taxi drivers charged anywhere from $5-$15 for a one-way trip.
Seven Mile Beach is lined with bars, restaurants, souvenir stalls, and other hotels. Two minutes to the left of the Treehosue is Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville. To the right, next door to the Treehouse, is Norma's on the Beach, considered one of the best upscale dining establishments in Negril.
The Treehouse only has about 200 feet of Seven Mile Beach, but it's heavenly. It's never crowded, despite little security.
Negril’s Seven Mile Beach is widely held as the best beach in Jamaica. The water is sparkling turquoise from afar, up close, warm, and never crowded. As evidenced by this picture, I basically had the water to myself.
At the Treehouse, there are always plenty of chairs, and the jerk pit and beach bar are never more than a few steps away. There’s a water-sports tent on the right side of the hotel's beach. It's run by the hotel, but nothing is included. Jet Skis and are avalable for a fee. Glass-bottomed boat tours are also available at negotiable rates.
There isn't much in the way of security along this stretch of Seven Mile Beach, so Negril.walk through quite frequently (as do people staying at other places along the beach). I was never harassed by any vendors, but belongings are less secure here than they might be at an all-inclusive beach or on the cliff side of
Rooms are located in round, wooden rondel buildings reminiscent of old beachside summer houses—not actual tree houses. The property is fairly small, but there are two buildings with ocean views (one has standard rooms, one has six suites). Stunning views of the beach and the sounds of the waves are well worth any upgrades on a Jamaican vacation. The suites feature , a large living room, two bedrooms and two bathrooms. The décor in all rooms is pretty basic, but
The amenities are very simple (flat-screen TVs, no fridge, only soap in the bathroom) and the furnishings were replaced in 2011, and the rooms are extremely clean and very comfortable. Bathrooms have shampoo dispensers and only common areas have Wi-Fi (which is free), and that's about the extent of in-room amenities.
For self-sufficient families or those with toddlers, the Treehouse could be fun, but don't expect a kids' club, nannies, or special entertainment.
At just 70 rooms, the property is fairly small, but rooms are spacious and many come with two . There are also about a dozen two-bedroom suites. There's no activities staff or babysitting service, so families will need to make their own fun. There's a small pool, and the beach has very calm, gentle waters, but that's about it for on-site entertainment.
The restaurant has kid-friendly , , and fried foods on its menu.
Beach Bar serves standard grill food, but it's better to go off-site.is included, and the
The 70-room Treehouse is about the most relaxed hotel in Jamaica, almost to a fault. There’s only a skeleton crew on staff at night, and rooms feature little more flat-screen TVs. But most guests don't seem to care, once they're swinging on a porch hammock overlooking Jamaica’s best beach. Plus, great bars and restaurants are right next door.