About this listing
Nestled in the hills of Ocho Rios overlooking the Caribbean Sea, this 1 bedroom/1 bathroom condo comfortably fits 4 with redecorated interior, cable, wifi and is in walking distance or a quick cab ride to all major vacation attractions.
The space is newly renovated and comfortably accommodates 4 guests with queen bed in the bedroom and 2 daybeds in the living area. Guests will be provided with owner contact/maintenance contact for assistance while onsite. Condo is located in premier tourist district with many local bars/restaurants in walking distance. At the time of booking guests should indicate whether they want 1) complete privacy during stay, 2) housekeeping during stay, or 3) housekeeping/cooking service during stay as rates for each differ.
Guests will have access to all furnishings and supplies provided on property, cable/wireless internet, pay for use gym on site.
Most of the tourist district is in walking distance or a quick cab ride away. To get to other major cities such as Montego Bay or Negril, there is the Knutsford Express Coach shuttle service nearby.
Other Things to Note
Guests will have access to a Magic Jack Phone line with unlimited calls to the U.S. and Canada while on site.
Simone's place is lovely! The view to the beach is very pretty and the walk to main street in Ocho Rios is close.
First, Simone is very easy-going and responded to our e-mails and messages very quickly. She made the process of booking very easy and fast. Second, we actually got to meet her! She is great! Her mother is very nice too!
Now more about the place. The place is situated in Columbus Heights. This is a nice place with a nice view. It has a kitchen and eat-in bar. The place was very tidy and clean. The bathroom was newly renovated. We felt very comfortable here. There are extra futon like furniture in the main room for extra guests if needed.
Air conditioning is only available in the main master bedroom. However, this is not a problem since we were out most of the day. I mean, you're in Jamaica! Hit the beach! There are several beaches close to this location that are in walking distance btw.
Margaritaville and other night life is within walking distance as well. There are plenty of places to eat, but be aware, most places close early or are just closed Friday-Sunday. This is because there are no cruise ships around. Therefore, make sure you shop for your own grocery for those days when nothing seems to be open. The kitchen is fully equipped for cooking needs which we took advantage of.
Finally, listen to the other reviews. This place is fantastic BUT it is situated on top a very steep hill! It's hard to climb without breaking a sweat and hard to climb without stopping every now and then. If you don't mind slowly climbing, then it's fine. I didn't mind the climb but sometimes, we just took a taxi back to the room for convenience--especially after a day full of fun and tiring activities (you're not looking forward to the darn hill).
The housekeeper, Laverne, is very nice and she was very helpful. She left us a recommendation for a private taxi driver named Maxwell. He is very reasonable and very nice! Such a funny guy too. He didn't try to rip us off at all. I suggest hiring him as a driver! He's very fair.
Overall, wonderful stay. Location is great if you don't mind a little exercise ;) It is also a nice private location as well. Everyone is nice. The host, Simone, and her comrades are great people. We would love to come back again.
I highly recommend her place to anyone looking to get away to Jamaica.
P.S. Word of caution: Bring ear plugs! For some odd reason, the parties that go on in the town are LOUD. Our room was shaking from all the bass playing until 4 in the morning! Still, a fun experience!
I had a great time! The apartment was so close to everything. And the staff was very helpful and friendly. The apartments are in the hills so if you're not in shape or don't want to walk much you may want to have a cabs number Handy or rent a car but my boy friend and I walked most of the time we were there. It's walking distance from Dunn river falls and a beach. The view from the balcony was superb! I would stay here again!
This place is an absolute gem. If you want to have a true cultural experience away from the all inclusive resorts you can't beat Simone's condo. The view is absolutely breathtaking and in walking distance to all of the towns markets and restaurants.
If you are elderly this condo location might be a challenge do to the steep climb up the hill to get to the apartment.
Great host and great location!
When we arrived at the property Simone was waiting for us, she took the time to explain us each detail of the apartment and made sure that we were comfortable. She also gave us some tips about Ocho Rios and drove us to one of the beaches that are close to the place.
The place is well located, a 10 minute walk to downtown and walking distance to the famous falls in Ochi. The apartment is really comfortable and has everything you need for a pleasant stay, there is a nice balcony overlooking the sea and downtown and there is a pool outside the apartment.
If I go back to Ochi I would stay at Simone's again without any hesitation.
I definitely recommend this place.
The place is relaxing, comfortable, quiet and it's a great view. Will definitely go back on my next visit.
Simone was able to quickly accommodate us in a pinch. The place comfortably sleeps 4. It has just about anything needed. Great pool right out front. Simones mom was kind enough to leave us a phone to call local numbers. It has a wonderful view Of Ocho from the gazebo.
My friends and me highly recommend this appartment. Very nice support from Simone and her mother, and the appartment is close to the center. Thank you!
About the Host, Simone
I am managing this property with my mom who is a full time teacher in Jamaica. As a reformed workaholic I understand the value of a truly satisfying vacation. I have always associated my trips back to Jamaica to visit my mom as my only opportunity to really disconnect. I am hoping by offering this small getaway that I can help others find a peaceful getaway and make their own memories.