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Summary


Pros

  • Five- to 15-minute walk from Hip Strip dining, shopping, and attractions
  • Rates include dining, drinks, activities, and non-motorized water sports
  • Clean, swimmable, soft sand beach with private palapas
  • Two clean outdoor pools with a pool bar
  • Two restaurants including an authentic, open-air Jamaican restaurant
  • Rooms feature balconies, flat-screen TVs, and comfortable beds
  • Rooms with ocean views are available
  • Tiny spa with a sauna and a hot tub
  • Kids’ club with supervised activities

Cons

  • Wi-Fi is not included in all-inclusive rates and can be spotty
  • Un-secured, third-party parking lot across the street
  • Boisterous vibe won't please everyone

Bottom Line

On the northern edge of Montego Bay’s Hip Strip, Royal Decameron Montego Beach Resort is a five to 15-minute walk from dozens of shops, restaurants, attractions. The all-inclusive hotel offers more amenities than most would expect from a two-and-a-half-pearl property, including a soft sand beach, two clean pools, a handful of restaurants and bars, and a small spa. Each of its 144 rooms is bright and airy, with small flat-screen TVs, bottled water, and balconies, though decor is sparse. The general non-stop party vibe may discourage some travelers and the lack of free Wi-Fi is disappointing. Check rates at the nearby SeaGarden Beach Resort for a similarly priced, three-and-a-half-pearl alternative with a more mature atmosphere.

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Scene

Budget beachfront all-inclusive that feels average in every way

Colorful common spaces are decorated with a mix of plantation decor and Jamaican influenceat this budget, beachfront property

The hotel’s decor is a confusing mix of “Old-World” Caribbean plantation and cheeky nods to Jamaican culture. Bright white exterior walls, large shuttered windows, and bold red awnings all pull inspiration from the island’s centuries-old architecture. Inside, a colorful tropical palette, wooden Rastafarian sculptures, and modern, beach-inspired artwork adorns every common area and gives the hotel a cheerful vibe. The hotel’s two pools, large beach, and overall lively vibe attracts vacationing Americans seeking a cheap, boozy tropical vacation -- be prepared for a fairly rowdy environment, in part fueled by the hotel's all-inclusive rates. While the hotel is nominally family friendly, not many actually pass through here.

Location

Walk to Hip Strip destinations in five to 15 minutes

Map of Royal Decameron Montego Beach Resort

Situated at the northern edge of Montego Bay’s Hip Strip, the hotel is within a five- to 10-minute walk of many restaurants, bars, stores, and attractions. By car, Sangster International Airport and Aqua Sol Theme Park are five minutes away, while the popular Bob Marley Experience is reachable in ten. Those looking for a taste of the areas history will find the Rose Hall Great House 10 minutes away by car. 

With such close proximity to Montego Bay’s services, attractions, and the airport, a rental car likely isn’t necessary. The hotel does not provide airport transportation, though cab service is affordable and easily available outside the terminal. Alternatively, private shuttle buses are ubiquitous and found throughout the island. They're also the most affordable means of transport for those who don’t mind sharing a ride.

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Rooms

Bright rooms with little decor plus flat-screen TVs and balconies

The spacious but (very) simple Oceanview Double Room features little in the way of decor, and has few amenities beyond the essentials

Done up in bold navy blue and white, with pops of red, decor in all rooms is sparse but bright and airy. It's a far cry from the eclectic Caribbean decor downstairs, but at least feels well put-together and cohesive. Tan or gray tile floors and white walls hung with the occasional beach-inspired painting contrast the bold blue accent wall, while white wicker and rattan furniture gives everything a softer, beachy edge. Rooms also have a balcony or terrace that's set with chairs, making for a breezy alternative to hanging out indoors -- some of these include ocean views.

The one-room floor plans in both categories of rooms are virtually identical and quite spacious for a hotel in this category. Every room offers either a single king or two-double bed configuration and an ocean-view balcony. In-room amenities are stripped to the essentials, with the notable exceptions being a small flat-screen TV, air-conditioning, and a large bottle of water (restocked daily). There are no mini-fridges or coffeemakers available. Wi-Fi is paid throughout the property -- despite this being an all-inclusive resort -- and we found the service spotty and unreliable. Beds in all rooms receive positive reviews as firm, but comfortable.

Bathrooms are adequately sized and similar in layout and amenities across all room categories. They’re best described as functional, with few decorative elements of any kind. Beige tile and stark white walls are punctuated with a single splash of burnt orange marble on the countertops. Shower/tub combinations and generic bath amenities are standard in every room. We did spot a bit of wear and shoddy craftsmanship in the bathrooms.

Rooms and Rates

Features

A clean, swimmable beach, two pools, a Jamaican restaurant, and a tiny spa

A surprising range of features for a two-and-a-half-pearl hotel, including non-motorized water sports at the swimmable beach

Royal Decameron Montego Beach Resort offers more amenities than many guests would expect of a two-and-a-half-pearl hotel. The immaculate beach, two pools, two restaurants (including a traditional Jamaican restaurant), and even a tiny spa are the most noteworthy. The hotels all-inclusive rates provide for dining, drinking, activities, non-motorized water sports, as well as kids' activities. However, those rates do not include Wi-Fi, which is spotty and only available for a fee.

Beach

A soft sand beach with clear, swimmable water

The soft sand beach, divided in two by jetties, offers plenty of lounge chairs and palapas, as well as swimmable water

The hotel boasts a wide soft sand beach that’s kept immaculately clean with daily raking. Two jetties divide the beach into different areas, each with a distinct feel. The west half of the property is rowdier, with a “spring break” vibe, while the east half is quieter and more relaxed. Plenty of lounge chairs and palapas are provided on either side, and there is ample room to spread out without guests feeling crowded. The water is typically calm and swimmable no matter the time of year.

Pools

Two pools, including a lively activity pool and a pool bar

The lively Activity Pool provides a small swim-up bar, a rowdy atmosphere, and views of the ocean

The two adjacent pools are adequately sized, but border on too-small given the size of the hotel. A dedicated activity pool provides near-constant action throughout the day, with a vibe that's loud and lively, bordering on rowdy. A small swim-up bar offers a full liquor menu, though there is no poolside drink service. A few steps away, a second pool offers a slightly more relaxed atmosphere, though it’s situated close enough to the first pool that it rarely feels serene. A few dozen cushioned, wooden lounge chairs surround both pool decks with adequate umbrellas for shade.

Food

Two restaurants, including an open-air Jamaican restaurant

Open-air Passa Passa, the hotel's main restaurant, serves three buffet meals a day consisting of international fare

Passa Passa, the hotel’s main restaurant, is situated in the lobby with one open wall providing beach and water views. Aside from the crisp, white table linens, the atmosphere is relaxed and there's no particular dress code. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all served as buffets, with a general international menu typical of the area’s hotel buffets. The only other on-site restaurant, Souk, provides dinner-only service in a small, bright space also overlooking the water. The menu is distinctly Jamaican with Western influences used to make many of the island's dishes more familiar (think: Jamaican pasta). Guests seeking additional dining will find plenty of opportunities just a few minutes' walk down the Hip Strip.

Fitness Center

Great beach view from the gym plus a spa

The small gym has relatively modern equipment and overlooks the beach

The gym has nice beach views, but is tiny. However, the equipment is relatively modern and there's a simple selection of cardio machines, free weights, and pulley machines that are perfectly sufficient for a basic workout. 

Spa

Tiny spa but a full list of massage treatments

The small spa consists of just one treatment room that offers a full menu of treatments

The spa is likewise tiny, offering just one treatment room that feels like an oversized closet. A full menu of typical massage is available, as is a hot tub a few steps from the spa entrance. Spa services are not included in rates.

Services

Unsecured parking in a lot not owned or staffed by the hotel

Parking is available in a third-party lot across the street. However, the security is lax, almost to the point of being non-existent.

Amenities

Key Features
Pool
Fitness Center
Spa
Internet
Cribs
Kids Club
Jacuzzi
Hotel Services
Transport to / from Hotel
Concierge
Dry Cleaning
Free Breakfast
Laundry
Family Services
Babysitting Services
Cribs
Kids Allowed
Kids Club
Supervised Kids Activities
Things to Do
Fitness Center
Located on the Beach
Pool
Spa
Tennis Court
Room Features
Air Conditioner
Balcony
Television
Internet
Address
2 Gloucester Avenue, St. James - Jamaica, Montego Bay, Caribbean
Phone (876) 952-4340
Also Known As
  • Jack Tar Village
  • Montego Beach
  • Royal Decameron
  • Royal Decameron Jamaica
  • Royal Decameron Montego
  • Royal Decameron Montego Bay
  • Royal Decameron Montego Bay Jamaica
  • Royal Decameron Montego Beach
  • Royal Decameron Montego Beach Bay
  • Royal Decameron Montego Beach Hotel
Room Types
  • Garden View Room
  • Ocean View Room

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