Kingston is not known for its luxury rental villas or five-star hotels. Nonetheless, comfortable and affordable options abound. Most business travelers tend to stay in New Kingston or Half Way Tree for easy access to the corporate district. Spanish Court, The Courtleigh, and Terra Nova are business traveler favorites. For those with more down time, it may make sense to seek quieter options in residential neighborhoods or on the edge of town. Alhambra Inn, The Gardens, Moon Hill, or Neita's Nest in Stony Hill are favorites for those seeking a quiet and refreshing respite from the city. Don't expect a lot in the way of amenities for less than US$100, with the higher end of the spectrum pushing US$300 for suites at a few hotels.

The outlying communities of the corporate area in St. Catherine don't have much in the way of inviting accommodations, with a strip of pay-by-the hour dives along Port Henderson Road, commonly known as Back Road, in Portmore, and a few similar establishments in Spanish Town.


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Terra Nova All Suite Hotel

Terra Nova All Suite Hotel has spacious, comfortable rooms with two double beds (US$207), junior suites with minibar included (US$261), executive suites with whirlpool tubs and a bit more space (US$331), and three royalty suites with balconies (US$686 Blue Mountain and Darby suites, Terra Nova suite). Internet is included. Terra Nova has a great lunch buffet (US$22) throughout the week with a different theme each day, and it offers one of the best Sunday brunch buffet (US$28) selections in town with a mix of international and local food.

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Jamaica Pegasus

Jamaica Pegasus (US$171 s/d, US$215 jr. suite, rates include breakfast) is a government favorite. It's the choice hotel for visiting and local officials, given its status as a joint venture between John Issa's SuperClubs and the Urban Development Corporation (UDC). The Pegasus is a popular venue for local government and private sector functions, as it has some of the largest conference facilities and ballrooms in town. A beautiful pool, 24-hour deli, and tennis courts round out this premier New Kingston property.

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Spanish Court Hotel

Location, comfort, function and style, Spanish Court has it all

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The Knutsford Court Hotel

The Knutsford Court Hotel (US$142) is well situated within easy walking distance to the restaurants, bars, and nightclubs on Knutsford Boulevard. The hotel is owned by the Hendricksons, who also operate the Courtleigh and Sunset Resorts on the North and West Coasts. The Knutsford is their most downscale property, but it offers amenities like a 24-hour business center, gym, meeting rooms, two restaurants, and a bar. The rooms are decent with wooden furniture, and all the standard amenities like phone and cable TV.

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Eden Gardens

Eden Gardens Resort & Spa (US$193-385 taxes and service included) is a boutique hotel operating as a bed & breakfast with a wellness and business centre conveniently located a few blocks from the bustle of New Kingston in Liguanea. It has large, comfortable suites with broad, functional desks and kitchenettes. Wireless Internet is included, and the property has conference facilities, a pool, and a restaurant.

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Hotel Four Seasons

Hotel Four Seasons offers single or deluxe rooms (US$100) with either two single or two queen beds, and 27 deluxe poolside rooms with two queen or one king bed (US$110). The hotel complex is large with a total of 76 rooms. The newer rooms are by the pool in the back.

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Indies Hotel

Indies Hotel (US$39 s with fan and TV, US$47 with air-conditioning, US$61 with phone; US$64 d, US$81 t) is a no-frills hotel with basic rooms in a very convenient central location. There is a restaurant and bar in the inner courtyard where meals are served. Continental breakfast is US$2.50 and up and dinner is from US$6.

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Altamont Court

Altamont Court (US$168.28 dbl) is a great value relative to other options in the area, and its location in a quiet corner of New Kingston makes it convenient without being on highly-trafficked Knutsford Boulevard, the corporate district's main thoroughfare. There are a few restaurants and a bit of nightlife on Knutsford Boulevard, only a five-minute walk away. The Altamont has 57 standard rooms and one large suite. Standards come with two doubles or one king.

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Alhambra Inn

Alhambra Inn (US$110 for two double beds, US$120 for king, US$20 per extra person) is a quaint boutique hotel with a country feel across Mountain View Road from the National Indoor Stadium and a five-minute drive from New Kingston and Downtown. Twenty spacious rooms with comfortable sheets and a lush courtyard make the inn a cool option where the air-conditioning is barely necessary, even in the summer. Bring soap and shampoo, as the soap provided is not high-end. Wi-Fi is available in the courtyard.

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Jamnesia Surf Camp

Jamnesia Surf Camp caters to budget travelers and surf enthusiasts offering basic accommodations in Bull Bay, where the most active members of the Jamaica Surfing Association tight-knit family congregate. The association has raised the profile of Jamaican surfing in a commendable fashion, organizing events and contests at home and competing overseas with a national team.

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