Ratings based on 56 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 Ariel from USA
Great staff; room amenities less than idealPosted Nov 3, 2013
Pros: The staff, the beach, the excellent restaurant, and beautiful grounds. Aaron was terrific as our go-to guy and all around beach host/lifeguard.
Cons: Coffee makers and complimentary coffee.
Location: Go to the Seastar Inn for a great Reggae show on Saturday night; complimentary transportation and simple buffet included at a reasonable price.
The biggest problem with the room is there are no windows that close to the outside. There are only wood blinds (plantation shutters) and screens; no glass windows. To keep the room cool, you had to keep the blinds closed, and consequently, you never had any daylight or view of the beautiful gardens. They also advertise a coffee maker, but supply no coffee or means to make hot water to use in the French Press coffee maker. We had to pay $15 for a cab ride (round trip) to even buy coffee, but still had no boiling water to make the coffee. The kitchen would supply hot water, but not nearly hot enough to make coffee. Furthermore, the last thing you want to do first thing in the morning is go looking for hot water to make your coffee. This is truly a beautiful property with a great staff, a lovely beach, and an excellent restaurant. However, it's missing some basic creature comforts; like in-room coffee and windows to enjoy the vibrant sunlight filtering through the beautiful tropical environment that they meticulously maintain.
for Everyoneby A verified traveler
Posted Nov 1, 2013
for Everyoneby Teresa from California
Hotel is on the best beach in Jamaica! Relaxing!Posted Oct 28, 2013
Pros: The beach was incredible. Rooms were very clean and comfortable. Listening to the birds and crickets in the trees. The staff was very helpful.
Cons: Music in the restaurant area would be nice, especially at night. Vendors on the beach can get pushy but they also sell great fruit and bread.
Location: Massage from ladies next door on the beach. Visit Rick's Café but avoid guys in water that want to show you cave. They intimidate & demand big tips!
Great hotel and staff. We had breakfast and lunch at the restaurant and their food was great and prices were reasonable. The beach is the best we've ever been to and we've been to quite a few in the Caribbean and Hawaii. There were plenty of lounge chairs and shade. We were in the rooms nearest the street so it did get a little noisy in the morning but not too bad. Also got some noise from the kitchen. Overall the hotel and beach area is very relaxing. We spent most of our time in the water, walking the beach and relaxing in the shade.
for Everyoneby A verified traveler
Beautiful resortPosted Oct 26, 2013
The rooms are clean with an excellent design, the resort iand the beach is beautiful,.
for Everyoneby A verified traveler from New Jersey
Overall good experiencePosted Oct 9, 2013
Pros: It was peaceful
I thought the bathroom could have been cleaner. The tiles in the shower were a little discolored and the knob in the shower was broken. The pictures on the website looked a lot better than what my room looked like. When I checked in I asked for a hair dryer since I was going to a dinner that evening. I never received one. I did however find that my room was very peaceful. Overall my experience was good.
for Everyoneby A verified traveler
Great staff!Posted Sep 13, 2013
Pros: Great property on the beach.
Nice property, great staff! Shane in the front desk was very courteous and helpful.
for Everyoneby Errol J from UK
Quiet, Intimate and very chilled.Posted Sep 9, 2013
Pros: Quiet and very relaxing atmosphere. Attentive staff and stunning beach
Cons: A more extensive restaurant menu
Location: For those wanting a chilled vacation this is perfect. A walk along the famous Negril beach is recommended
After spending a lot of time in large hotels it was a welcomed change to stay in an establishment such as Idle Away. I travelled with my 6 year old daughter and she loved every minute of being there. The attentive and friendly staff plus the stunning beach made it an excellent vacation. I hope nothing changes as I look forward to bringing the rest of my family on the next visit
for Everyoneby Aicha from New York, NY
Serene small hotel w/ wonderful white sand beach!Posted Aug 12, 2013
Pros: We liked the fact that it was a small intimate serene hotel on a wonderful amazing perfect white sand beach!
Cons: The restaurant was a bit pricey. The bathroom had a nice open space design but could use a better angle to avoid water going all over the floor.
Location: The hotel is right on 7 miles beach with tons of resorts and restaurants and bars at a walking distance.
We spent a few days at Idle Awhile early August. The hotel is small, cozy, very charming and serene. It was not one of those huge all inclusive resorts, which was exactly what we wanted to avoid. Our room (101) was spacious, clean, nice and had a patio where you can install a hammock (we didn't have one but other rooms did). A very lush soothing path takes you to the restaurant and the beach a few steps down. The restaurant had a fun ambiance, music, and a live band once a week (Friday). You get a complementary cocktail when you arrive. The white sand beach (7 miles) is gorgeous but the parcel right in front of the hotel is just the beach personification of PERFECTION! Hotel staff sets a parasol in the spot of your choice, you get a towel, a (floating) sun lounger which you can use either on the sand or in the water, and your dream vacation begins. We wish we could stay there forever!
for Everyoneby Kimi from Sarasota,Florida
Great little boutique hotelPosted Jul 27, 2013
This is a charming hotel right in the middle of everything on the beach. The staff is super nice. We had a problem with getting our room, because it was already taken. They put us in 103 instead of 203, but then they had some trouble with the air conditioner leaking. They then upgraded us to 105. At least I think that was the number. It was a suite with a full kitchen, living room, large porch, and bedroom. The view was awesome of the beach and definitely the closest to the beach and restaurant. The next night we went to 104 which is next to 103. It was very cute. Just much smaller,but a great view and easy to walk out to the beach, but I think 103 would have been just as good and a little more private, because it's not on the main path to the beach. We could have switched the next day to 203, but decided we liked being able to just walk out to the beach without having to use the stairs. Everyone was very nice and the food was great at Chill A While. This place is very chill and relaxing. I would go back for sure...
for Everyoneby Neo from Cyprus
A true boutique hotel - very good!Posted Jul 5, 2013
Pros: Clean, friendly stuff, good location, the beach was amazing.
Location: Take one of the glass boats near by (25$per person) to take you to the reefs for snorkeling and then to the Boobi key island for fresh lobster. BLISS!
Staying for 5 nights at the Idle Awhile was a very good choice and experience. Stuff was friendly and the scenery (tropical garden and the beach view) was very nice. Amazing beach on the front, you don't need anything else (ok, maybe a nice affordable cocktail from the bar and suncream).