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“Self contained unit in a safe, central location”
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view from balcony in the day time
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view at night very lovely
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Ice Cream shop
Water in the park which is near by
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Condo/Apartment -
1 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 2
Kingston, Kingston Parish, Jamaica

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radix1970
Trinidad
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7 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Old Building - Poorly Appointed & Maintained, Good Location”
Reviewed 20 November 2016 for a stay in November 2016
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I chose this rental for a 6 night stay in New Kingston because of its location; being in the downtown area you are within walking distance of many of the corporate headquarters and Emancipation Park.

Pros
1. Location
2. Size suited to 1 or 2 persons
3. Unit itself is generally clean
4. A decent enough view at night (if you like city lights)
5. Wifi & cable TV included
6. 24 hour watchman at gate

Cons
1. Unit located on 5th floor with no elevator (to be fair, this detail is stated in the property description which I missed). The climb with luggage made for instant regret.
2. The building itself is older and generally poorly appointed and maintained (reminds me of some apartment buildings in the Bronx - New York))
3. Electrical wiring is exposed in several places, switch not fastened to the wall (see pics)
4. There is no electrical outlet in the kitchen requiring me to move the microwave or toaster to use them (closest one is by the clothes washer). Owner later show us an extension cord to connect these (obvious violation of electrical code and safety hazard)
5. Corridors leading to unit are generally poorly lit at night (in fact most are dark)
6. External areas are not well kept
7. Furniture in unit is definitely of a lower quality and can use an upgrade
8. The bathroom is EXTREMELY SMALL
9. The noise from the road in front the building can be heard all day and night
10. Old newspapers and empty boxes/old lamp sitting on cupboards is unsightly
11. No TV in bedroom
12. Heap of discarded items outside building (see pic)
13. The verendah is a cluttered mess (see pic)

On the night of checking in, I informed the owner that there was no way my wife could repeatedly go up and down the 5 flights of stairs due to an injury. We asked to cancel but he was totally inflexible - stating that the description was accurate. This is not my first flip key rental, I have had good experiences, a 50% refund although he was under no legal obligation to do so would have reduced my annoyance. I paid for 6 nights and got 1!!! We left and went to a nearby hotel.

If you are a young backpacker (no luggage) that is accustomed to roughing it, this might be for you. Otherwise, MY VERY STRONG RECOMMENDATION IS STAY AWAY!!! The price may be attractive but trust me, it is not worth the inconvenience.

Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Your age range 35-49
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   No.
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Management Response
17 Dec 2016
We are sorry we have even one dissatisfied guest as we have had many happy guests stay at our city view apartment. We know it is impossible to please everyone but we do appreciate any constructive criticism that can help us to improve the accommodation.
We know these guests disliked the complex from they arrived and did not even accept our offer to have our bell hop off load their luggage. We believe that many of the dissatisfaction arose from finding out that the apartment is on a upper floor which was stated on our description. We explained that we could not offer a refund as we had declined a repeat guest from Europe who was also very unhappy that he had to stay elsewhere in the complex on a lower floor. This other guest wanted to stay again for 10 nights and we could not refund for a reason that was not a misrepresentation on our part.
We would like to address a few issues for the benefit of prospective guests who are seeking a desirable accommodation in the heart of the city.
(1) There is no building codes breaches as the apartments were designed the way they it stands today. The kitchen appliances are all plugged into a heavy duty serge protector with an extension cord plugged in safely next to the kitchen.
(2) The "box" and "old lamp" are kept beyond reach and out of view and can only be seen if someone climbs up to a tall cupboard and searches on top of the cupboard. The box is used to store extra toiletries and the lamp is an antique candle lamp that is used just in the even there is a power outage which is rare in this section of the city where major hotels are located. We though of moving the lamp but a couple who where our guest used it once to have a candle light dinner on the balcony and insight that we make sure its there when the return..
(3) The garbage outside was being collected for disposal by workmen who removed it quickly. This not a permanent occurrence at the complex.
(4) The electrical cord socket was pulled down by a previous guest and since it was high up we did not notice it, but this has been fixed.
(5) The pictures of the apartment are as shown on our brochure. There is a 2 seater sofa bed love seat in the living room. A 4 seater dinning table is also to one area of the living space. The bathroom has a regular bath tub with a shower, basin and toilet. This accommodation to some may not be considered to be small and is larger than an average hotel room.
(6) The corridors in complex are lit but not with flood lights as some persons prefer a softer glow of light. I guess its all about personal preferences. We invite our prospective guests to look at the pictures that we display as there is nothing different in the apartment that we have failed to show. With the noise level our guests found to be annoying, again this is a first for us, as the unit is not very near to the roadway but it is in the city where other major hotels are located.
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sherreann...
Barbados
1 review
“Self contained unit in a safe, central location”
Reviewed 20 June 2016 for a stay in June 2016

I received excellent service from my arrival to my departure. The owner is accessible, accommodating and friendly. The building offers 24 hour security and I found the staff to be extremely helpful and friendly. The location was perfect as I was within walking distance from the park, shops, restaurants, financial institutions etc. and the apartment is ideal for long term or short term rentals. Unfortunately the elevator was out of service during my stay there but if you want to stay in shape that may be a good thing.

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Liked best: Location, service
Liked least: Building could use a paint job, elevator needs repairing
Travelling group: Solo
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway
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Management Response
20 Jun 2016
Sherreann2008,

Thanks for staying at the apartment it was a great pleasure to host you.
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Jennygirl...
New York
1 review
“Apartment was very comfortable”
Reviewed 13 May 2016 for a stay in February 2016

The apartment was clean and comfortable, the view from the balcony was beautiful especially at night. Nice kitchen didn't cook but will on my next trip which will be soon.

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Liked best: comfort and quiet peace of mind
Liked least: It was on the 5th floor and elevator works on and off
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Your age range 50-64
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Large groups
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Management Response
25 May 2016
Thanks Jennifer its all way good to have you stay at the apartment.
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tammiwamm...
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“very convenient”
Reviewed 4 April 2016 for a stay in February 2016
1
person found this review helpful

I enjoyed my 3 weeks stay here its in the prime location so restaurants and the night life is in walking distance...the apartment felt like home away from home!

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Liked best: the location of the apartment
Liked least: the steps are a killer
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway
  • Was the property as advertised?
  • Would you recommend the location of this property?
  • Was it a good value for the price paid?
  • Did the property offer wi-fi/internet access?
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Management Response
7 Apr 2016
Thanks Tammiwammi glade to know you enjoy your stay.
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