I expected a moderate accommodation for the price and that is what I got, nothing fancy. What I didn't expect was the very dangerous location/walk home to my hotel. Turning off one of the main roads through Ocho Rios, the hotel is set at the end of a small road, approximately 150 meters.
In the daytime, the end of this road/area outside the hotel, seems to be a place where day laborers meet for lunch or to get their assignment?, or just to hang out, I'm not sure. Whatever the reason there were always a lot of men loitering about who had a lot to say (mostly unwelcome comments and invitations) to a foreign woman.
Despite the comments, the area in the day time it is busy with people and I didn't feel unsafe, (just uncomfortable) walking alone to or from the hotel. As the day goes on there are less and less people and at night it is totally deserted (except for a few silhouetted characters in the shadows, aHH!) and completely unlit.
After walking home at night alone the first night I never did it again and you MUST have at least one person with you, preferably more. Or better just take a taxi home (which I also did).
One night a Jamaican male friend walked me home and even he was put off by the street, saying it was very dangerous.
I was traveling alone. If I had known this about the hotel I would not have stayed there.
Also, less important to me but still not pleasing: The pool area was under construction while I was there and so the pool was only filled 1/3 of the way. Additionally, there was the pile of cement rubble lying next to the pool that had been "sectioned off" by lying plastic chaise lounge chairs around it.
Needless to say it was an unappealing atmosphere and I wasn't able to enjoy the pool or pool area while I was there.
The only lock on the door was the one on the actual door knob.
The staff was friendly and helpful. I did get an ocean view and breeze in my room. The balcony was great. There is a safebox in the room.