Ratings based on 82 Verified Reviews
They paid and stayed. We double-checked.
4.6 Room cleanliness
4.5 Service & staff
4.5 Room comfort
4.6 Hotel condition
They paid and stayed.
for Everyoneby A verified travelerfrom Birmingham, AL
Return Visit. Garden RoomPosted Jan 26, 2015
Pros: Location, room comfort, deep beach, decent bar and friendly staff.
Cons: Add coffeemakers in the garden rooms.
Location: Next door to Coco LaPalm. Very nice mid-beach location. Plenty of dining options nearby.
Our second visit to Idle Awhile, and our first time in a Garden View unit. There are only 8 of these, four per floor. The beachfront building contains 4 identical suites, 2 per floor. Unit 102 (our garden) was a ground floor unit and provided some amount of privacy as we used the lanai extensively. 103 and the 4 upstairs units also offer privacy on the lanais. We were surprised that the garden units were not equipped with a coffeemaker. At $7/half pot, we purchased a used coffeemaker in town (what an adventure). My wife didn't like the bathroom arrangement at all. The walls do not go to the ceiling, offering the privacy to which she is accustom. This is by far our favorite beach in Negril - very deep with plentiful natural shade from sea grapes, almonds and coconut palms. They have the most comfortable beach chairs in all of Jamaica with cushions that float in the sea. If you are looking for full sun, you will likely be bothered by more vendors. If you like partial shade, you will experience less of this as you are further from the water. Food and drinks are good, but a little pricey - - much like the rooms. We tried two new hotels during this visit, and decided to go ahead and book an ocean front suite for two weeks in 01/16. Like most "oceanfront" options, you can see very little to no ocean from these suites. They are simply located in the building closer to the sea. I believe they refer to the two suites on the back side of this building as garden view suites.
for Everyoneby A verified travelerfrom V.
Posted Jan 16, 2015
This hotel is a slice of paradise. The beach is clean, with an attendant to assist in setting up shade and loungers for you. The beach bar had great tropical drinks although they had other cocktails and beer. They had great quesadillas! Folks working there were of course, lovely. Everything from the check in to the service to the checkout was pleasant. Bring your sunscreen and mosquito spray (you won't see them coming!). And enjoy! Yamon!
for Everyoneby A verified travelerfrom New York, NY
Nice Hotel, cool atmosphere, but oh the NoIsE!Posted Dec 22, 2014
We stayed in 203 in 12/2015. Clean, comfortable, private but coco palm is doing construction STILL! It is SO loud and started every morning at 8am and went on til 8pm. I would definitely stay here again but would ask if the construction is still going on before booking. Also the food could be MUCH better! But that was not a deterrent as there are plenty of places in walking distance to grab great food.
for Everyoneby A verified traveler
thanksgiving in JamaicaPosted Dec 5, 2014
Pros: Beach location
Cons: The ability to tip the staff when charging things to your room
Location: literally on the beach
The staff, location, and food were what made our stay at Idle Awhile such a memorable time. It was my 7 month pregnant wife, 2.5 year old daughter, and myself for 6 nights at Idle Awhile and we will absolutely go back.
for Everyoneby A verified travelerfrom Lincoln, Nebraska
Outstanding resort on the 7-mile beachPosted Oct 3, 2014
Beautiful, relaxing, fun... Room was magnificent in every way. Powdery white sand beach was right out our back door. Staff...friendly, fun, helpful. Close to evening entertainment We will ALWAYS be coming back to Idle Awhile.
for Couplesby Sheltsfrom Dallas, TX
good hotel... great staffPosted Sep 26, 2014 on Hotels.com
we spent 1 night here as we were going to another property for a longer stay. we decided to stay here because we stayed at their sister property, Hide aWhile" and we loved it there! the food, drink, beach, staff, and vibe are AWESOME. plenty of activities around it. we had the "ocean front" room on the bottom floor, and it's super spacious! enough for 2 couples. the bathroom needs to be made up. the water runs into the main room and lots of insects around, but outside the bathroom, everything is perfect. else i would give it a 4 star rating. i would still go back in a heartbeat! again, the staff is awesome! you'll love them and they make it worth it!
for Everyoneby A verified travelerfrom Atlanta
Wonderful Stay despite Construction NoisePosted Sep 21, 2014
Pros: Location, beach, setting, staff, attention to details
Cons: Finish the properties next door improvements, not in Idle Awhiles control.
Yes, must have missed the fine print when booking on the noise of the major construction next door to the property, but Nothing the folks at Idle Awhile did wrong. I have stayed here before and also at their sister property Hide Awhile and would not stay anywhere else. The BIG resorts are not for me, like the freedom of choice and experiences off property allows.
Recommendedby A verified travelerfrom Texas
Great valuePosted Sep 5, 2014 on Hotels.com
This quaint hotel is perfect for exploring Seven Mile beach. The suite was only a small amount more, and definitely with the upgrade. It had a very large living room, kitchenette, bed near the patio, hammock on the large patio, and dining area outside. The bedroom is air conditioned, and the bathroom is very large with built in dresser.
Recommendedby A verified traveler
Very nice and cozyPosted Aug 12, 2014 on Hotels.com
I absolutely loved the hotel and am looking for an excuse to have to return to Negril to stay there again!
Recommendedby Stephaniefrom Montreal
Was PerfectPosted Jul 28, 2014 on Hotels.com
The hotel room was very clean and comfy, we had a nice little terasse where you can just relax and read, and just a few steps to the beach. The beach was clean with clear turquoise water. Easy walk to other restaurants on the beach. 15 Minutes drive to Rick's cafe.