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Kingston is the Jamaican's Jamaica, a busy city which contrasts sharply with the relaxed atmosphere of the resorts and beaches. Sure Kingston is close to some beaches, but visiting Kingston should also be about the island's fascinating heritage, its vibrant culture - especially its music, and its other, greener, lusher natural assets. Our selection of the best places to stay in Kingston comes from a pool of city style hotels, urban resorts and colonial charmers.
Lots of people fly into Kingston, but this is a great base for exploring Jamaica's southeastern corner, including the legendary loveliness of the Blue Mountains, the strange history of now faded Spanish Town, the region's forts and beautiful colonial architecture and this island's musical beat.
Kingston is rich in museums - to its history, its art, its music etc., but it also looks forwards - this is a cultural and commercial capital, as well as a transport hub. Our pick of the best places to stay in Kingston are all well placed to make the most of this exciting town.
For a City Break
- The Spanish Court is a modern, but charming, city hotel with an outdoor pool and rooftop terrace, where great Jamaican and international food is served. You're also close to Kingston's most historic sights.
- Jamaica Pegasus is a 300 room high-rise hotel with great views and Art Deco style furniture. You're close to everything and the hotel has tennis courts, a gym and spa, and even a jogging track, as well as the standard pool and sun terrace.
For an island escape
- Just out of town, Strawberry Hill is a boutique hotel converted from a former coffee plantation. They still have plenty of Jamaican art and antiques and of course astounding mountain views across the hills to Kingston.
Still not sure? Browse through our list of all the best places to stay in Kingston, or contact one of our friendly Gurus for advice. Alternatively widen your search to include the rest of Jamaica, or indeed the rest of the Caribbean.
Best Hotels in Kingston
Terra Nova 48 rooms from $165Kingston
Opulent grand hotel in centre of city. Elegant rooms feature antiques, luxurious fabrics and big bathrooms. Outdoor pool and terrace. Excellent fine dining in the restaurant; charming old fashioned bar. A superb choice to explore the capital from.City Style - Explore the capital from this old-fashioned luxury hotel, with fine bar area and chandeliered dining roomsRomantic Break - Mansion built in 1924 with antiques, gilded mirrors and romantic bedroomsSights nearby - Devon House heritage sightSpaRecommended by - Fodors
Spanish Court 108 rooms from $185Kingston, Jamaica
Charming city hotel. Modern rooms offer dark wood furniture, big beds and ipod docks. Outdoor pool and rooftop terrace, spa and gym to enjoy. Fantastic international and Jamaican food is served. Chic central base to explore this colourful city from.City Style - This chic hotel is perfect for exploring the city's museums and nightlife.Swimming Pool - Infinity edged lap pool on the roof terraceSights nearby - Devon House Heritage SightSpaRecommended by - Fodors
Strawberry Hill 11 rooms from $270Blue Mountains, Jamaica
Boutique hotel on a hilltop perch amid the Blue Mountains. Gorgeous rooms feature antique Jamaican furniture, mahogany four posters & mountain-view porches. Outdoor pool, spa & yoga terrace. Delicious 'new Jamaican' cuisine, chilled bar area. A stylish stay with unbeatable views across Kingston.Hideaway - Enjoy the infinity pool with a view, hammocks and spa treatments before laid back drinks in this chilled hotelViews - Amazing 360 degree views from its hilltop location.Great walks - Get Rasta Dave to take you on one of his guided walks through the Blue Mountains. He is a mine of local information.Sights nearby - Craighton house coffee estate hike and tour tripsRecommended by - Fodors, Kiwi Collection, Tablet, I Escape
Jamaica Pegasus 300 rooms from $300Kingston, Jamaica
Contemporary city hotel. Rooms feature art deco style furniture and large bathrooms. Outdoor pool and sun terrace, tennis courts, gym, jogging track and spa. Choice of excellent Jamaican and international cuisine in restaurants.Local exploring - Perfect base to see the city sights fromSights nearby - Devon House and Bob Marley’s Tough Gong StudioSwimming Pool - Olympic size outdoor poolGreat walks - In the Blue Mountains