Jamaica: 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)