Kingston, the capital of Jamaica, can be divided into two distinguishable parts. The downtown is calm thanks to its art museums, historic structures, and street markets. At the same time, New Kingston is home to the best hotels, party scenes and modern buildings.
Built by the first black millionaire in Jamaica in 1881, Devon house is a must-visit for antique lovers. Even those not into antique can make their trip here fruitful. They only need to have the famous Devon House ice-cream!
Most would agree Bob Marley put Jamaica on the map. His old home now stands tall as a famous museum. The museum depicts his rise from humble beginnings to global fame thanks to his passion for and excellence in music. National Gallery of Jamaica has art from the Caribbean and surrounding countries on display.
The Hope Botanical Gardens & Zoo showcases flora and fauna from the Caribbean, Africa as well as the Americas. Port Royal was once a popular destination among notorious pirates like Captain Henry Morgan and Blackbeard. A destructive earthquake here is said to have resulted in Rockfort Mineral Bath. The water from this spring is proven to have healing properties.
The Jamnesia Surf Club is on the Bull Bay Beach at the border of St. Thomas. The beach has something for everyone. Surf lovers can surf, while others can enjoy food in a lively atmosphere. Kingston has some of the best bar scenes in the country. This rum capital has a lot to offer in terms of bar hopping.
- Terra Nova All-Suite Hotel
Address: 17 Waterloo Road, Kingston, Jamaica
Terra Nova impressively combines the charm of yesteryear Caribbean with modern facilities. Even though it is far from the beaches, tourists arrive here for the grandeur. Persian rugs and separate lounge areas make the suites tempting. While Regency restaurant provides an impressive fine dining experience, The Terrace is a more casual affair. The Regency Bar & Lounge is a favorite among guests.
- The Jamaica Pegasus Hotel
Address: 81 Knutsford Blvd, Kingston 5, Jamaica
The Jamaica Pegasus is a contemporary urban hotel. The art deco is an integral part of the interiors. The Olympic-size pool is the largest in Kingston. The larger restaurant serves lip-smacking international and Jamaican cuisine. The poolside bar and the 24/7 café are quite nice. The energetic guests will love the tennis courts, fitness center, and jogging trail. The conference facilities here are among the largest in the Caribbean. No wonder heads of states like Barack Obama have visited this marvelous hotel.
- Strawberry Hill
Address: Island Outpost, Crooked River 00000, Jamaica
This beautiful hillside establishment has only 12 cottages spread across 26 acres. Thanks to its location, Strawberry Hill offers exquisite views of the Blue Mountains, Kingston, and the remote Caribbean Sea. These make up for the lack of beach in its vicinity. The Jamaican furniture in the interiors stands out. The spa treatments here are an absolute treat. The Jamaican cuisine served here is a treat, while the bar has some great cocktails on its menu.
- Spanish Court Hotel
Address: 1 St Lucia Avenue, Kingston, Jamaica
The exterior of the Spanish Court Hotel looks very old-fashioned. The interior, however, is contemporary in every sense. The party scene here is lively every Tuesday evening. The poolside sky terrace is pumped up because of the live keyboard music. While the formal restaurant offers some world-class dishes, the café is ideal for casual interaction. The Spanish Court Hotel serves as an ideal base camp for someone who wishes to properly explore Kingston.
- The Courtleigh Hotel & Suites
Address: Knutsford Blvd, Kingston, Jamaica
The Courtleigh is another hotel in the list of Kingston hotels blending old charm with modern amenities. The dining terrace is quiet and offers some much-sought privacy. The outdoor pool is big and guests fancy having cocktails from the poolside bar. The rooms on the Penthouse floor offer spectacular views of the Blue Mountains, the Caribbean Sea, as well as the city.
- Altamont Court Hotel
Address: 1-5 Altamont Cres, Kingston, Jamaica
All the rooms of the Altamont Court Hotel are equipped with bathtubs and a balcony or a deck. A Jamaican breakfast is served complimentary in each of its fifty-eight rooms. Altamont Court Hotel is one of the few hotels that come with spaces dedicated to business conferences. The party scene here is good, thanks to the lively lounge bar and the rooftop terrace.
- City View Hotel
Address: Lot 3 Bellevue Dr, Kingston, Jamaica
The City View Hotel is surrounded by rock gardens, beautiful landscapes, and the Caribbean Sea. You’d want to make reservations well in advance as this hotel only has five rooms. The Casino is always gushing with fortune-seekers. The lounge bar and night club make sure the party scene here is swanky.
- Hotel Four Seasons Kingston Jamaica.
Address: 18 Ruthven Rd, Kingston, Jamaica
Hotel Four Seasons is a contemporary hotel surrounded by palm trees. The handcrafted furnishings and warm décor impress. Suites have received good reviews, possibly because of the whirlpool tubs. The hotel has 3 bars, one of which is a poolside bar. Guests can make use of the conference facilities here.
- Knutsford Court Hotel
Address: 16 Chelsea Ave, Kingston, Jamaica
Some of the rooms provide scenic views of the courtyard. The outdoor pool is among tropical gardens. While the nearby bar has a wood ceiling, the other bar is relatively simple. The in-house restaurant serves impressive Jamaican cuisines. The foodie in you would love the seafood and red pea soup here. Even the famous Scotchies Restaurant is nearby.
- The Liguanea
Address: 5 Knutsford Blvd, Kingston, Jamaica
Some scenes in the James Bond movie, Dr. No were shot at this hotel. Apart from the guest rooms, hardly anything has changed since those days. Along with a pool, the Liguanea also has several tennis courts and squash courts. These courts are so good that they host some squash tournaments. The restaurant seating is pleasant thanks to the shade of a mango tree. The bar is reminiscent of a proper English pub.
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