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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

Great hotel
Villan01

Second stay at this hotel. It is first class. It is relatively small and has great service but relaxed feel. Every member of staff always seem pleased to see you. It has a wonderful terrace bar. Restaurant is good and a great buffet breakfast

Wonderful hotel!!
683amelias

I stayed at the spanish court hotel for 5 days and it was amazing. The staff was extremely friendly and accomodating. The food was excellent and had me asking for seconds. All the facilities including the pools were very well kept and i thoroughly enjoyed them. I recommend this hotel to any and everyone and will definitely choose to stay here at my next visit to Jamaica.

Great Hotel! Great Staff
Valerie P

We were treated so well by the staff at the Spanish Court. From the front desk staff to the staff in the restaurant. The decor of the hotel is the reason why I chose the hotel. The colors are beautiful. We will definitely stay there again if we stay in Kingston.