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I love to give my two cents on places that I stay, events that I attend, activities that I've done or products that I've tried. Good or bad, I'll let you know my true feelings. Hopefully I can give you guys some insight into great places that I've stayed. If you have a product that you'd like me to review (I have a weakness for swimsuits...sooooo wink wink), message me at nikkiworldboss@gmail.com and we'll make it happen!

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Courtyard Marriott New Kingston

Let me just start out by saying...loved it!!!  This isone of the newer hotels in New Kingston. It seems that it's targeted more for business clients, however this hotel was perfectly fine for a family getaway. 

The hotel is located across the street from Emancipation Park. What makes it interesting, is that there are always events happening at Emancipation Park like concerts, expos and charity events. Because it's located in New Kingston; any type of entertainment that you can think of is just a short taxi ride away. So you won't lack for entertainment. The Courtyard is located walking distance from a lot of popular restaurants like Juici Patties and KFC (KFC in the Caribbean is delish!) I was definitely grateful that other restaurants were close by because the restaurant at Courtyard was quite expensive. Unreasonably priced in my opinion. You can get a full meal on the road for half the price of what the Courtyard is charging.

The staff is attentive and extremely friendly. My flight was scheduled to depart at 6:45pm. Most hotels, check out is at noon. I spoke to the rep at the front desk, and she arranged for a 3pm late check out for me! That saved me from wondering the streets with my suitcase and carryon luggage.

The pool was small but it was a fresh water pool, so you definitely didn't stink of chlorine when you got out, which is a huge bonus. They weren't many chairs either but I never had an issue finding one to lay down on. The pool actually overlooks Emancipation Park.  Because the hotel is located in the city, there is no beach access. So if you're booking this hotel, please keep this in mind.

Overall, I had an amazing experienced at Courtyard Marriott and would highly recommend this hotel. It isn't one of the cheaper hotels in the area, but if you like luxury and the feeling of a newer hotel, it is definitely worth the extra few dollars (or hundreds...whatever...lol)

Esplendor Tamarindo

I know that I should be attempting to travel on a budget, but I'm a sucker for new hotels. I'm like a little kid in a candy store. So when I saw pictures of this beautiful hotel, I really had no choice but to book! Esplendor Tamarindo is located in Guanacaste Costa Rica. It is located about 1.5 hours from Liberia airport. You have to drive up a dirt road in order to get to the hotel. Because this hotel is so high up, the view are absolutely amazing. Speaking of views, how the hotel was built, every room has a pool and an ocean view. Huge bonus.

 They have a complimentary shuttle bus that picks guests up every 30 minutes to either drop them in town or at the beach. Again, because this hotel is on a cliff, there is no beach access. The beach that has free access to Esplendor Tamarindo guests is about 10 minutes away. The only unfortunate thing is that the shuttle does its last pick up at 8pm. So if you wanted to go into town for dinner, you'd have to take a taxi back up. Esplendor offers a buffet breakfast, and also offers traditional Costa Rican and American meals for lunch and dinner in their restaurant. Prices are quoted in US dollars, so it can be very pricey. On a whole, the hotel is very lush. It has a beautiful infinity pool, pool bar, gym (which I didn't visit once) and a spa. The staff was beyond accommodating and extremely friendly.

 The hotel is on the quiet side. So if you're looking for loud music party vibe, this hotel isn't for you. I'd probably suggest it more for couples than singles.

Rooms Negril

I would have to say that Negril is one of my favourite places in Jamaica. Seven Mile Beach is one of the most beautiful beaches in the Caribbean. So when I found a hotel that is a beachfront property on seven mile beach, I jumped at the opportunity. Rooms Negril is 1.5 hours from the Montego Bay airport. Just a side note: they totally put me on the wrong shuttle bus and brought me to the wrong hotel. When we realized the mistake, I got a private shuttle to the hotel...lol

While I was looking forward to an amazing view of the beach, I was a bit taken a back that there was a brick wall built that separated guests from Rooms Negril and the beach. When I inquired about it, they said it was to prevent their guests from being harassed by vendors selling items on the beach. I get it, because some people can be very aggressive and not take no for an answer, however it totally took away from the beauty of the beach. We also weren't allowed to take our beach chairs to the other side of the wall, so it felt a bit like I was in prison. I love sitting close enough to water that I can hang my feet in, and that definitely wasn't possible here.

The majority of staff was very friendly. Although they served a continental breakfast (which was not good at all), they offered traditional Jamaican breakfasts for an extremely reasonable cost. Rooms is located right on the seven mile strip, so there are quite a few restaurants walking distance from the hotel. It's a very cheap $100 ($1-2 Canadian dollars) taxi ride to get into their town that has more food options. The popular club 'Jungle' is located less than a 5 minute walk from the hotel. You're able to walk back alone even late at night.

Although wifi was included, I wasn't able to log on until 3 days into the trip. I complained quite a few times, because what is life if I can't update my social media??

A huge turn off was that a room was broken into while I was there. Money was taken out of his safe.  Now I'm not one to point fingers, but the situation stunk of an inside job. It's a shame that you can't feel safe with your items, even when they're locked up in a safe.

In general it was a well kept hotel, however the beach wall and rooms being broken into are kinda deal breakers for me. I'm not saying that I'd never return, but I'd definitely keep my options open for other hotels on the strip that felt less imprisoned. But kudos to the front desk staff who were helpful and  very accommodating.