The Most Budget-Friendly Hotels in Jamaica

Experience a slice of Jamaican paradise at an affordable price at Jakes
Experience a slice of Jamaican paradise at an affordable price at Jakes | Courtesy of Jakes / Expedia
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20 April 2021

Jamaica, one of the more budget-friendly Caribbean destinations, has abundant natural beauty, rich musical heritage and a crop of cost-effective independent hotels.

In the birthplace of reggae, the five-star resorts of Montego Bay and Negril get the most publicity. But don’t be fooled – it’s possible to have an affordable break in Jamaica. Rather than spend your cash on expensive resorts, put it on the experiences that really matter – the Luminous Lagoon or Bob Marley Museum, perhaps. That doesn’t mean you have to forgo those little luxuries, though, as the budget-friendly hotels below prove. Better yet? They’re all bookable on Culture Trip.

Jakes

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Jakes
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This family-run design hotel on Treasure Beach is a Jamaican institution. It has various accommodation options, including 49 budget-friendly, open-air cottage lodgings, creating a tropical and intimate vibe. And for that true getaway experience, rooms are free of TVs. Instead, visit the Jack Sprat bar and restaurant, a beachy haunt serving grilled fish and jerk chicken-topped pizzas. Alternatively, hop on a boat and take the 25-minute ride to Floyd’s Pelican Bar, a rustic shack in the middle of the ocean doling out drinks and good times.

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The Oasis Resort

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Oasis Resort
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Sitting in a cliffside neighbourhood, the Oasis Resort has 60 rooms spread over three floors to create a low-rise boutique aesthetic. It also has a bar and restaurant arranged around a pool, all hugged by lush island gardens. And with the attractions of Negril (along with a PADI dive school) right on the doorstep, there’s plenty more to explore nearby.

Westender Inn

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The Westender Inn
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The Westender Inn is just steps from the Caribbean Sea. It has a restaurant, Westie’s, which serves authentic spice-rich local dishes – dine outdoors for a romantic starlit meal. Two pools give the option of saltwater or freshwater dips, while a weekly bonfire party is ideal for those seeking a little nightlife. Book a hammock-strung suite or a roomy self-catering cottage.

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Travellers Beach Resort

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Travellers Beach Resort
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Drinks accompany weekly live reggae nights on the sand at this smart three-star establishment on Seven Mile Beach, one of the most desirable coastlines in Jamaica. It has an on-site restaurant and bar, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, and the outdoor pool is bookended by a swim-up bar and waterfall feature.

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  • Home Sweet Home Resort

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    Home Sweet Home Resort
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    Find a bijou atmosphere at the charming Home Sweet Home Resort, conceived by Charlie Rossley, the owner and operator who bought a few run-down cliffside cabins and lodges. He gradually built the plot into this 17-room hotel with epic sea views and a private pool. A more personal approach to service includes airport pick-ups and drop-offs.

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    Toby’s Resort

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    A family-owned property, Toby’s Resort sits in lively Montego Bay, a playground of the rich and famous. And although you don’t need to splash the cash at Toby’s, there’s a small spa with exclusive treatments. Breakfast isn’t included, but you can add it for an extra cost. Passes to Doctor’s Cave Bathing Club, which gives you access to a restaurant and bar, along with the convenience of a parasol and clean toilets, are also available for purchase.

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    Hibiscus Lodge Hotel

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    Hibiscus Lodge Hotel
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    For an authentic slice of Jamaican life, stay at the Hibiscus Lodge Hotel in Ocho Rios. A gourmet breakfast comes as standard with the room tariff, while fine dining is available at the on-site Almond Tree Restaurant. There’s also a swinging bar, which is a beautiful spot for a nightcap or sundowner. The hotel is big on hospitality, and it’s a popular venue for small weddings – especially for couples seeking epicurean catering at accessible rates.

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    Pure Garden Resort Negril

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    For a budget family holiday in Jamaica, Pure Garden Resort Negril is ideal. Under-12s stay for free, and there are self-catering options available so you don’t have to shell out for the whole clan at one of the nearby restaurants. The ambience is super casual, and while the resort has a pool and restaurant, it best suits those looking for an affordable sightseeing base. It’s also just across the road from Seven Mile Beach and next to Time Square Mall.

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    These recommendations were updated on April 20, 2021 to keep your travel plans fresh.

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