4.5
Very Good 968 Reviews
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What We Love

  • Great central location for exploring Kingston’s entertainment, shopping and cultural offerings
  • Clean, simple rooms with coffeemaking facilities and a roomy bathtub
  • The Spa Deck, a place to relax under the gaze of the hazy Blue Mountains
  • The Chocolate Wrap in the Rooftop Spa
  • Combine a stay here with beach time on Jamaica's northern shores

What To Know

  • The area immediately surrounding the hotel is a commercial district and not the prettiest
  • Driving in Kingston can be a hair-raising experience
  • Personal safety in the city is a consideration
  • Junior Suites are more spacious and feature a seating area
  • The current gym is a bit of a squeeze, but plans for bigger facilities are afoot
  • Family-friendly, though the majority of guests are here for business
  • WiFi is free but connection can be patchy

Amenities

  •  Bar
  •  Free WiFi
  •  Gym
  •  Handicap-accessible
  •  Parking On Site
  •  Pool
  •  Restaurant
  •  Spa
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Overview

The Review

In contrast to larger-than-life Kingston, the Spanish Court Hotel is an oasis of calm behind high walls. After I made the two-and-a-half-hour drive from the northern port city of Falmouth along Jamaica’s, shall we say, exciting interior roads (sample sign: “Undertakers love careless overtakers”), the friendly staff and waiting glass of champagne at check-in were very welcome.

Formerly a shopping center, the hotel opened in 2009 at the crossroads of the city’s commercial district and the cultural attractions in New Kingston. The crowd is predominantly of the laptop-wielding, deal-making variety, but families and visitors en route to Montego Bay or Ocho Rios also snag some city time here.{“type”:”img-inline”,”src”:”/static/images/product/properties/2521/prop-97350-1330710600-full.jpg”,”width”:”275″,”caption”:”In the colorful lobby, Jamaican-made furniture combines with statement light fixtures.”}

The 109 guestrooms have a decidedly masculine look, with block colors, modern marble bathrooms and the requisite flat-screen TV and iPod dock. But you also get a sense of the city in the fiery red bedding, Jamaican-made furniture and photography by local artists. This successful mix of Caribbean design and contemporary style is seen again in the restaurant, which combines a straw and resin bar with white leather chairs, and in the entry hall, where dark wood floors are flanked by colonial-style shutters and there are Italian Flos Zeppelin chandeliers hanging overhead.

Meals at the Gallery Café continue this theme, with modern takes on traditional dishes, like braised oxtail, curried chicken and coconut shrimp, all served by an attentive staff. If you’re not heading out to experience Kingston’s famous nightlife, retire to the Sky Terrace (part of the spa by day) for a Red Stripe beside the lap pool and live music under the stars.

The next morning I met my driver, Jason, for the short ride to the airport. A living, breathing homage to Michael Jackson, he broke into falsetto song as we exited the hotel gates, just as the noise and buzz of Kingston resumed.

How to Get There

The Spanish Court Hotel
1 St Lucia Avenue
Kingston, 5 Jamaica

Reviews

4.5 Very Good 968 Reviews
Welcoming Staff
Reviewed 4 days ago

I had an amazing stay at the Spanish court hotel, the staff were friendly and welcoming. The property is clean and the rooms are gorgeous! I am happy I chose this hotel for my vacation, and unfortunately my trip was too short!

Comfy room and excellent food
Reviewed 5 days ago

I’m sort of a room snob... not in the sense that I have to have the most expensive room, but I want a comfortable, clean room, that smells nice. The nose knows! Every day after coming back from the office, my room smelled clean with a soft lavender scent. It was in no way overpowering as those smells give me a headache. The bed was comfy. The bathroom spacious and well lit. It did take a few minutes to figure out the AC was controlled with a remote. I’m not a curry fan, but the curry shrimp is simply delightful. Drinks at the cabana bar or rooftop bar were both great. Rum punch or let the bartender create a drink for you. Mmmmmmm... Spanish Court will be my place to stay in Kingston.

Business Stay
Reviewed 5 days ago

I stayed at this Hotel for business as the location was in close proximity to my work engagement. Checkin was flawless, quick and a very pleasant experience. The room was quite nice with great ammenities, coffee maker, fridge, iron etc. A full buffet breakfast was included in the room rate. This was available from 6 am which was fantastic for business as you are able to eat and arrive at meeting early. The buffet was sufficient, the usual eggs, waffles, fruit etc. but it was a full breakfast not Continental unlike some of the other nearby Hotels. The staff were amazing, I called twice to request a late check out due to delays with my business engagement and was pleasantly accommodated. I would definitely stay here again and would recommend highly.

Cozy and friendly
Reviewed 1 week ago

The staff were super friendly and attentive. They housekeeping gives free water bottles everyday and I happened upon a free wine tasting at the pool bar on my last night. The shared spaces are well designed and feel cozy and contemporary. The pool was really relaxing and gorgeous as well. I also enjoyed the spa - excellent pedicure and massage. I’ll definitely be back!

Courteous and helpful staff
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My stay at the hotel (though short) was time and money well spent. I currently have leg injury which requires the use crutches to move around. Front desk staff and manager, dining room manager and staff, bell staff, were all very attentive and helpful.