The Best Hotels in Kingston, Jamaica

Hotel Room | Public Domain Photo
Hotel Room | Public Domain Photo
Many visitors to Jamaica head straight to the north and west coast resorts such as Negril, Montego Bay and Ocho Rios, but Kingston is worth a stopover for those with the time. The capital of Jamaica has a number of delightful hotels from which to explore this historic city. Many of the hotels cater principally for the business crowd, but also include excellent leisure facilities and restaurants. Situated just 45 minutes from the Blue Mountains, and with cultural sites such as the Bob Marley Museum on their doorstep, Culture Trip Jamaica explores Kingston’s best hotels.

Terra Nova

A former Great House, the Terra Nova is one of Kingston’s most luxurious hotels. Centrally located, it offers boutique style with a nod to old European opulence. The Terra Nova is more than just a place to rest a weary head; world class chefs have created one of the finest dining experiences (and dining rooms) in Jamaica. Afternoon tea and Sunday Brunch are popular with locals and tourists alike. After dark, the Regency Bar is the place to be seen as Kingston’s great and good mingle over cocktails.

The Spanish Court

This modern offering to the Kingston hotel scene is a favourite for business travellers. The hotel is also ideal for holiday makers stopping over in Kingston. Centrally located in New Kingston within walking distance of a handful of bars and shops, this is a convenient and popular hotel. The formal restaurant has a great menu serving world class food, while the café is great for a casual meal. Tuesday evenings are marked in unique style with live keyboard music on the poolside sky terrace.

The Liguanea Club

James Bond fans will get a real thrill out of staying at the Liguanea club in New Kingston. Early scenes from Dr No were filmed here back when Sean Connery was the leading man. Much of the building is unchanged since those days, but the guest rooms were refurbished in 2015. The Liguanea Club majors in sports and has the best tennis courts in Kingston. The squash facilities host regular tournaments and the pool is ideal for a proper workout. The restaurant seating area is pleasantly situated in the shade of a large mango tree, while the bar is a cozy tribute to an English pub.

Jamaica Pegasus

The best known hotel in Kingston, the Pegasus features the largest swimming pool in the city. The nicely cultivated gardens have a walking trail marked out and two tennis courts for the more energetic guests. The large restaurant serves excellent international and Jamaican food, while the 24/7 café is a reliable Kingston coffee shop. The hotel has some of the largest conference facilities in the Caribbean, which means there’s always something interesting going on here. Favoured by visiting heads of state, even President Obama has paid a visit.

Strawberry Hill

Situated just 30 minutes from Kingston, high in the blue mountains, this tropical gem deserves a mention. Owned by Chris Blackwell of Island records fame, this property comprises a series of beautiful hillside cottages with spectacular mountain views. Polished wood floors, crisp white linen and hardwood furniture conspire to inject an old-world charm into this serene property. On one side, the views are of the blue mountains, while on the other it is possible to look across Kingston and out to the distant Caribbean sea. The infinity pool must have the best view of any pool on this side of the island. The restaurant is well worth the journey up the mountain, while the bar serves great cocktails as the sun sets over Jamaica.

Knutsford Court

Located prominently on Chelsea Avenue, not far from the famous Chelsea Jerk Centre and Scotchies restaurant, is the Knutsford Court Hotel. Set back in tropical gardens, the outdoor pool – conveniently close to the well-stocked bar – offers guests a place to cool off from the heat of the city. There are a range of rooms and even two-bedroom townhouses available for guests. The restaurant serves excellent Jamaican food, the red-pea soup and the fish being particularly good.

The Courtleigh

Centrally located close to the larger Pegasus Hotel and directly opposite the historic Liguanea Club, the Courtleigh is a Kingston institution in its own right. Old-school charm and modern facilities combine to imbue the hotel with appealing character. The large outdoor pool is nicely shaded and has its own bar, while the quiet dining terrace is an excellent breakfast spot. With 128 rooms – 89 deluxe rooms and 38 boutique inspired suites featuring traditional Jamaican furnishing and mahogany beds – getting a good night’s sleep is a cinch.