Royal Decameron Cornwall Beach

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Enjoy warm turquoise beaches, fusion flavors and reggae sounds at Royal Decameron Cornwall, a contemporary resort with Caribbean and tropical style. Located on a private beach and only 5 minutes from the airport, and the commercial district of Montego Bay and its "Hit Strip".
Location: Beachfront at Montego Bay; approximately 4 km from Sangster International Airport


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  • Mairead H : Drumbo
A fantastic break

My husband and i stayed for 10 nights in January 2018. The hotel is lovely. Right on the beach with beautiful views. The rooms were nice. Bed comfortable and room always cleaned well with clean towels and fridge filled with 2 coke 2 water and 2 red stripe. We loved the pool bar. Orville, Romain and Antoinette always looked after us really well. They were all fun and friendly and kept us smiling. Breakfast was fab. Casey looked after us most days. She was so friendly and a credit to the hotel. Janisha also looked after us at breakfast. She was also very friendly and hard working. The evening meals were always good. Plenty of choice. The entertainment team were also really good. They were fun and friendly. It was a nice touch that they came around everyone on the beach each morning to say good morning. I am very glad we chose this hotel.

  • Lee-Ann J : Rockwood, Canada
Almost a 4, (long review)

We spent a week at Cornwall Beach for our anniversary. We arrived on our anniversary and had read the a la cartes had to be booked in the morning, and since we weren't arriving until the afternoon we decided to contact the hotel ahead of time. This was very difficult. Finally, after a few futile attempts at emailing, my husband got someone who was able to help us. They said it was not 100% but they would try to get us a reservation, and they would try to reserve the 5th floor extended balcony room. Happily when we arrived we received both.The hotel is very convenient to the airport, only about 5 minutes drive. All rooms face the beach, with the mountains behind the hotel. The hotel is only about a year old, but already shows some wear, it was a bad hurricane season last summer.The hotel is new with a modern décor, which is didn't really appeal to me. I preferred the tropical décor of the old MO Beach hotel next door. In fact, there were a lot of reasons to go to the other hotel. The fitness area was there, beach volleyball, swim up bar, water volleyball, archery, chess, hammocks, disco, pool table, and theatre. They even had newer beach loungers and nicer daybeds. I don't know why Cornwall is considered the upgrade, other than being newer. Although, the beach is much better on the Cornwall side, but I'm pretty sure the Mo Beach guests could come and use it.Little things were missing, like a drink menu for specialty drinks at the bar (again they have this at Mo Beach, so go over and look at them, the Cornwall bartenders can make them all). The coffe bar was great, but was only open until 5. It would have been a great place to sit and listen to the bands with a coffee. They still gave keys instead of cards. They charge $2/day for the safe. There was nothing there for kids, they should consider making the hotel adults only, since the Mo Beach section was more kid friendly. The buffet restaurant was really good most of the time. The food was always warm, although they could have been quicker at replenishing the dishes. The buffet is not huge but they always had a good variety of meats, fish, vegetables and Jamaican options. Breakfast had the typical omelette station, lunch had a pasta station and dinner had carving stations. There is also an ice cream station, but no one stood at it, so I'd either wait to catch someone's attention, or ask the chefs at the main station. Sometimes the food didn't look that appetizing, but it usually tasted really good. Some items were a little too spicy for me, and others were under seasoned. One night we had dinner at the buffet in Mo Beach, it wasn't great, we went back to Cornwall for dessert and found they had a much better selection. We ate at both a la carte restaurants, Oliva was good, I had the seafood linguine, but I think I enjoyed the seafood trio at Souk even more. Both were by the water and had nice views. Oliva is a snack bar during the day, but it's more like casual meals than snacks. They had wings, burgers, sandwiches, with fries and salad. It would have been nice to have some smaller options like appetizer size, or nachos and I really expected them to have Jamaican patties. (we got our fix at Juicy Patties).The pool was beautiful but cold. It was raining the week we were there, and being early January the pool didn't get much direct sunlight even on a good day. I'm sure it would be awesome in the warmer months. This meant that we never did any of the pool activities. The pool bar is located just at the edge of the beach, so it was easy access from both. The bartenders there were the best, super friendly, and they would make you whatever drink you liked (one of the bartenders at the lobby bar said it was too much work to make Bob Marley shots). There were nice sitting areas around the pool bar, but not much shade. It wasn't very warm while we were there so it was ok for us. My husband even sat and had a game of dominos there one afternoon with the entertainment staff.The beach is wonderful. Not huge but a good size, not great if you like long walks on the sand. The slope is quite steep, and there is a fair bit of shells and rocks, but water shoes weren't really needed. There are small areas of coral that are great to snorkel around and we saw lots of fish over by the pier. When the weather wasn't great, the waves were large, but the rest of the week the water was tranquil, and you could take out a paddle board or kayak. Non-motorized activities were no charge. We borrowed the snorkel gear, and it was in good shape. I brought an inflatable raft and had a good time relaxing on the water. There were plenty of chairs and shade, the beach attendant did a great job keeping the area clean. Again, the loungers were old looking for such a new hotel. The room was large but sparse, not a lot of colour. The bathroom had a large walk-in shower, no tub. We always had good pressure, but the water would leak out the glass door. There's only a small shelf to put your shampoos and soap on. Our bathroom was always well stocked, as was our mini-fridge. There is no dresser, but there was plenty of shelves and hangers in the closet. There was also an iron and ironing board.Our room had a large king bed, it was comfortable, with lots of pillows. It was right under the ceiling fan, so I would actually get cold at night. Our balcony was at the beach end and was the size of 2 rooms. It had 2 loungers and a day bed. We could have had a party up there if it didn't rain every night.The hotel is just off the HIP STRIP, which I think has gone downhill over the years. There were a couple of decent looking restaurants, Margaritaville and Starbucks, but other than that it was just a bunch of little souvenir shops. The shops seemed to close around 6, the four of us walked up the street a few times, and never felt unsafe. When we got home we heard there is a travel advisory for Jamaica including Montego Bay. Apparently violent crime is way up in the area, but again we felt fine, but were never out past 6:30 walking around. We also rented a car from Classique car rentals just 1 km away. We walked up there (all uphill) just to find out they would have come to pick us up. We had to rent the car for 3 days, so we went to Dunns River Falls one day, Negril the next, and to Glistening Seas (Luminous Lagoon) in Falmouth on the last night. It cost about $200 which was a big savings over going by taxi over paying for an excursion. The A1 is good highway and makes it easy to get to Ocho Rios, the road to Negril is a little more exciting with it's giant potholes and limited passing areas.The staff at the hotel were generally wonderful, with only the odd exception. The entertainment staff were great. Shout out to Rio and Riri for making our trip more fun.The evening entertainment was a bit repetitive, mostly house bands playing local music. One night they had a really great cultural show with drummers and dancers. For more varied entertainment go over to the theatre at the MO Beach hotel. Overall, it was a good place, maybe not great, yet. I've enjoyed other Jamaican hotels more. The guests were awesome for the most part (we had an issue with one crazy lady). We made friends with other Canadians, Germans, and Italians. I think if the weather had been better, we would have had an even better time.

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Lovely little resort

Great location and staff. Very clean and well-maintained rooms and common areas. Security is everywhere and we felt very safe. Food was very good although we would have liked to see a better selection of dishes and liquor. All in all, no real complaints and I would return.

  • Michelle_B563 : London, Canada
beautiful views

We had a great time here. It was our third time to a Decameron resort in Jamaica and it was as good as the other two times in spite of 3 days of rain. Speaking of rain, it would have been nice if there was more covered spaces. The lobby and bar area seemed pretty small when its raining. The food was very good, great selection of cheeses! There were always Jamaican dishes. I wish they served Jamaican patties at the snack hut. They weren't served even once when we were there. I was quite disappointed. The ala cartes were excellent and I had no problem booking them. The staff were mostly pleasant and friendly. A couple of the female bartenders were not so friendly. Our maid was awesome, always kept our fridge stocked and the room clean. I love that the resort is a 5 minute drive from the airport. Its interesting to watch the planes come. On our last day we didn't leave the resort until 8 pm but had to check out at noon. Late check out was $25.00 a person and that was only til 3 pm so definitely not worth it. I understand they need to get ready for the nest people but we could see our room remained empty. If you wanted to shower after checking out, you had to go over to the Montego Beach part. I would have thought they would put showers in each resort. The hotel is curved in shape which allows for great views but certainly does not help the sound. When the bands played by the pool the sound was "warped" by the shape and sounded absolutely horrible from our balcony.

  • Ana T :
Wonderful

My husband and I stayed here for 7 days over the new year. We loved it!! The staff so friendly, the beaches WOW, the food amazing. Thank you for a grate vacation. We will definitely go back. Our room was cleaned on time. We were on the beach and we could see the planes coming for a landing at the airport. The resort was only 10 min away. Our hotel is on the “HIP STRIP” where you can go out of the resort and go shopping, there was even a STARBUCKS down the road.

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    Montego Bay,Jamaica

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