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Etta's Place - Marine Studio by the OCEAN

SuperhostMontego Bay, Jamaica
Entire apartment hosted by Irina & IRIELAB
4 guests1 bedroom2 beds1 bath
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ONLY 1 min WALK from the OCEAN, 20 min drive from the airport, 10 mins walk from IBEROSTAR Resort. Marine Studio is a PRIVATE ROOM+BATHROOM+Patio with private entrance at Etta's Place, which is a brand new Jamaican house with 3 studios, specifically created to welcome TRAVELLERS who wish to see the island and experience Jamaican culture. It is FAR from the noisy center, clubs/bars/nightlife, which makes it perfect for rest, relaxation and a base point to EXPLORE the whole Jamaica.

The space
BRAND NEW Guest House is specifically designed for TRAVELLERS who wish to EXPLORE the island or just relax by the ocean in a SECLUDED area, away from touristic zones.

We are located within walking distance from IBEROSTAR Hotel.

This Guest House is less than 1 min walk from the OCEAN.

WATER AND ELECTRICITY SUPPLY
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If you travel to Jamaica for the first time and stay in a private home, you'd soon learn that many locations in Jamaica have problems with water pressure and electricity supply. What is more, hardly any of them have hot water.

However, we are lucky, because our house is on the water and electricity supply which was specifically created for Iberostar Resort (*****), and unlike other locations in Montego Bay, we hardly ever experience any water/electricity shortages. Still, please note - we have a SOLAR HEATER for hot water, so it can be limited at night or on rainy days. Please, do not expect anything like in Europe or the USA, since even 5 star hotels have issues with water pressure and hot water supply.

INTERNET ACCESS
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We have the fastest possible Wi-Fi in Jamaica. Still, there is a monopoly on internet in Jamaica, so if the main line goes down - there is not much can be done, except for just waiting for it to be repaired by the internet provider.

NO KITCHEN
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there is NO kitchen in this apartment.
there are NO cooking facilities in this apartment.
there is NO MICROWAVE in this apartment.
We have other apartments, where kitchen/cooking is possible, please check availability here:
airbnb.com/users/10754966/listings
Note, however, it's cheaper to eat at local cafes in Jamaica than to cook by yourself. (unless you speak Jamaican Patois and hence can use local markets to buy groceries).

EXTRA PEOPLE
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This apartment is suitable for maximum of FOUR people. There is an extra charge of 10 USD per night for each extra person after 2 guests, which is calculated automatically by Airbnb, once you specify the correct number of guests.

BEDROOM (private)
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There are TWO x DOUBLE Size Beds in the bedroom. Bedlinen is provided. Please view photos.

BATHROOM (private)
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Brand new bathroom: shower, mirror. Towels, toilet paper and soap are provided. We do NOT provide shampoo, so please bring the one that suits your hair type.

PATIO/VERANDA (private)
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The is access to the outside veranda, which is available directly from your studio, where you can have breakfast/lunch/dinner, simply relax or meet up with us and/or other guests to discuss your trip and/or adventures!

SMOKING
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You can smoke anywhere outside of the Guest House, on your Veranda, in the garden or on a Hammock Deck.

PARKING
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The secured parking is available inside the gated area at NO additional cost.

GATED AREA.
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Our house is located in our private secured gated area. There are CCTV cameras installed at every corner of our villa and we have a contract with KingAlarm security guards. We also have guarding dogs, who are rather small and always friendly to our guests, but they don't let any strangers get anywhere close to the house, unless they are invited by us.

AIR CONDITIONER
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A brand new air conditioner is available in studio at no additional cost. There is ONE air conditioner. Please do NOT expect A/C in the lobby or outside...

LAUNDRY
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Laundry is NOT available for guests. There is a laundromat in Blue Dimond shopping centre, 10 mins drive from us, which charges 10 USD per wash and 10 USD for dryer.

Guest access
You will have your own private apartment with private bathroom. The public beach is 5 mins walk. You will also have an access to the lobby with guest guide directory, the parking area at the back and the hammock deck at the ocean front, 1 min walk from the house.

Other things to note
This is Jamaica. This means that you should be ready for the following things:

1. Loud Music (Everywhere in Jamaica).
Loud music. It is everywhere in Jamaica! It would seem as if local people never sleep and listen to the music day and night! Since our house is located away from the neighbourhood, we are lucky not to have neighbours playing music too much at our place, but sometimes you can still hear it a little bit at your veranda.

2. Untidy Paintwork (Everywhere in Jamaica).
I've seen many complaints in the internet for other locations and even for some 5* hotels about the paintwork in Jamaica being not tidy. You would see paint from the walls on the ceiling and vice versa. Well, what can I say.. this is true. Most houses in Jamaica have untidy paintwork on the walls and ceiling. Why? It seems to be a special Jamaican style for paintwork, because nobody seem to care much about this :) (come on, we have the ocean, who looks at paintwork anyway?).

3. Seaweed on the beaches (Everywhere in Jamaica).
Don't look at all these pictures of "Montego Bay white beaches" posted in the internet. They are not true! The only beach that doesn't have too much seaweed is Doctor's Cave Beach, which charges 6 USD entrance fee. All other beaches, including those in 5* hotels – ALL have seaweed. It gets cleaned every day, but it comes back in a few minutes, especially in a stormy weather. The reason for that is a simple one – seaweed is protected by the government as natural eco reserve and it is prohibited to completely remove it from the seafloor.

4. Flying cockroaches, small lizards, mice/rats, bees, mosquitoes and ANTS! (Everywhere in Jamaica).
Hardly anyone talks about this, BUT please beware, you might encounter any of these creatures while staying in any place in Jamaica. Even though all of them are harmless to human, still - if you are allergic to bees, for example, make sure you have the antidote with you!
Please note, there are certain times of the year when you need to be prepared for the following:
Bees are especially active in spring and summer (April-July).
Mice/rats may try to break into the house in the search for shelter right after the rainy season (October-November), but you won't usually see them in other months.
Mosquitoes are especially active during the rainy season (September-November).
Flying cockroaches and lizards are active all year around.
ANTS will ALWAYS come if you leave food outside of the fridge! To prevent ants from occupying your apartment, always keep all food in the fridge, even the tea bags. ANTS especially love cereals, so, make sure to keep them fridge.

We are doing our best to keep pests away from our house by keeping it clean, putting mesh nets on the windows and asking our guests to keep the doors with mesh nets shut at all times, but if you are afraid of these creatures for one reason or the other, Jamaica might be a bit of a tough place in this case and you might want to consider a different country.
ONLY 1 min WALK from the OCEAN, 20 min drive from the airport, 10 mins walk from IBEROSTAR Resort. Marine Studio is a PRIVATE ROOM+BATHROOM+Patio with private entrance at Etta's Place, which is a brand new Jamaican house with 3 studios, specifically created to welcome TRAVELLERS who wish to see the island and experience Jamaican culture. It is FAR from the noisy center, clubs/bars/nightlife, which makes it perfect for rest, relaxation and a base point to EXPLORE the whole Jamaica.

The space
BRAND NEW Guest House is specifically designed for TRAVELLERS who wish to EXPLORE the island or just relax by t…

Sleeping arrangements

Bedroom 1
2 double beds

Amenities

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Fire extinguisher
Free parking on premises
Free street parking
Essentials
Private entrance
Smoke alarm
First aid kit
Air conditioning
Laptop-friendly workspace

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Montego Bay, Jamaica

The closest neighbourhood starts on the other side of the road (5 minutes walk) and is called Lilliput. It is a beautiful authentic Jamaican neighbourhood which lies in the hills, with true Jamaican houses, people, traditions and hospitality. If you wish to experience the way of life of Jamaicans, listen to some local music or just talk about life with more locals - feel free to take a walk to the community up the hills.

We love this neighbourhood, because it is relatively quiet (as much as it can get in Jamaica..), there are many nice people around, and it's not as hot as in any other area of Montego Bay, thanks to the sea access and fresh wind!
The closest neighbourhood starts on the other side of the road (5 minutes walk) and is called Lilliput. It is a beautiful authentic Jamaican neighbourhood which lies in the hills, with true Jamaican houses, peo…

Hosted by Irina & IRIELAB

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I'm an experienced traveller and I know how important it is to be able to find a good place to stay wherever you go, be it in a big city or in the jungle. When I was younger, I often stayed in 5-star hotels but soon realised that they were all THE SAME! At some point I had enough. I just couldn't get the point in wasting over 10 hours on a plane to get to the different part of the world and then simply sit by the pool or watch TV! What is more, those well-organised trips in a/c buses to the most touristic sites - all of them were just designed to get the money out of tourists for the emotions of getting exactly the same photos as everyone else and put a "I've been there" tick. It was just not enough for me. That is why I completely changed the way I travelled. I now often travel on a limited budget and for me the most exciting part of any trip is the chance to see places off the tourist track, experience the REAL local style of life (not the one that tour-agency wants us to see), learn something from every culture and share experience with the people I meet. My lifestyle is also one of the many reasons I decided to become a host in Jamaica, where I live at the moment. I relocated to Jamaica a few years ago and now I can provide accommodation to other travellers and also guide them in person (if I have the time and we pre-arrange the trip) or give them full information and tips about every aspect of travelling around this amazingly beautiful island. I can also introduce my guests to my native Jamaican friends and let them feel what it's like to live here as a local. Please consider the answers to the most frequently asked questions about Jamaica. I've noticed that most people have HUGE misconceptions about many things when it comes to Jamaica. Here are the most common ones: FAQ: Q: Is it true that everybody smokes ganja in Jamaica? A: NO! I personally don't smoke ganja and I've seen more people smoking ganja in London or NYC, than in Jamaica, even if we take into account the proportion of the population. Only 2% of Jamaican population are true Rastafarian, which is way less people than in Africa, Europe or States. So, don't believe what media tells you. Q: Is it really dangerous in Jamaica because of the high crime rate? A: NO! It's perfectly safe to walk, even at night, even if you're a young pretty woman, as long as you don't do anything stupid! E.g. finding a drunk person and flashing 10000 USD in front of his face WILL get you robbed! Otherwise, it's much safer in Jamaica (including Kingston) than in most big European and American cities (e.g. I was robbed 4 times in London in 2 years and 0 times in Kingston during the same 2 years). Once again, just don't believe what media tells you – it's their job to exaggerate to make a sensation. Especially don't believe what tour guides tell you, because it's in their interest to have you pay for their crazily expensive, but "safe" excursions. Don't get me wrong, of course, there is crime, some people get killed, some people get robbed etc, but it's the same as EVERYWHERE else in the world! Q: Is it expensive to live and/or travel in Jamaica? A: YES! Very. It's a very expensive country when it comes to.. pretty much everything: food, clothes, transport - you name it. What is more, local people overestimate everything they provide and put unrealistically high prices on things of very low quality, because they assume you have unlimited budget. E.g. you can be expected to pay over 60 USD to go on a raft along the river (which should really cost next to nothing), 35 USD per person to view a waterfall (which should be free, because they haven't invested anything into it) or 600 USD per person for an individual excursion with some Jamaican tour company, which is simply ridiculous. There are ways to avoid being overcharged for everything, but then it would depend where and how you wish to travel and what you want to see. Q: Is it possible to travel around Jamaica and see everything in a few days? After all, Jamaica is just "a small island" A: Well, even though it might seem that Jamaica is a small island, it may take weeks or even months to see everything here. The thing is, most interesting places are located far away from everything and it can take hours or days to get there simply because there are no highways leading to those places as such. Just to give you an example – you might look at the map and assume, that 90 km (56 miles) from Montego Bay to Negril along a good road shouldn't take more than an hour, but in fact this trip might take from 1.30 to 2 hours or even more, depending on the traffic, time of the day and weather conditions. So, if you want to explore the island – give yourself at least 2 full weeks. This will allow you to see about 10% of Jamaican beauty.. Let me know if you have more questions! I'd be happy to help.
I'm an experienced traveller and I know how important it is to be able to find a good place to stay wherever you go, be it in a big city or in the jungle. When I was younger, I oft…
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Welcome
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When you arrive, you will find Guest Guide Directory, which has all the information you might need for your stay at our property. It describes the area nearby, covers FAQ and gives tips on food places to choose from.

We will also be happy to answer all the questions about Jamaica, tell about some amazing places to visit and provide all the essential information about Montego Bay as well as the island in general. Feel free to write any questions to us via Airbnb, and we'd be happy to help!
Welcome
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When you arrive, you will find Guest Guide Directory, which has all the information you might need for your stay at our property. It describes the area n…
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Checkout: 11:00 AM
Not suitable for children and infants
No parties or events
Pets are allowed
Smoking is allowed
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