At the time of this article S Hotel is a fairly new accommodation that has already gained a lot of acclaim locally and internationally. It was built in 2019 on arguably the most popular street of Jamaica’s tourism capital. Some of its accolades were likely inherited from the already-established reputation of its sister hotel in Kingston, however the 2 are starkly different despite the similarities they share.

S Hotel: Montego Bay Boutique All Inclusive

The service started from the parking lot where my bags were taken with a smile from the car to the front desk. On the way into the Montego Bay hotel a vintage car at the entrance, resembling 1 that actress Katherine Hepburn brought during a 1950s stay on the island, is ready for a close-up. Inside the grand reception area is a chic blend of vintage and modern décor. Its gallery walls and classy furnishings border a polished, wooden walkway that can lead straight to the main pool. While you wait to check in, a welcome rum punch is offered; always a great way to kick start an overnight stay, am I right?

S Hotel Rooms

S Hotel has over 100 rooms and suites facing the azure Caribbean Sea or buzzing ‘Hip Strip’ on Jimmy Cliff Boulevard. After checking in and collecting room keycards, we took our drinks and an elevator to an Ocean View Suite at the hotel pinnacle on the Sky Floor. Each floor greets guests with life-size sculptures of cultural icons with an accompanying plaque of their notable stories.

All accommodations at S Hotel Jamaica include:

  • King or Double beds
  • Air conditioning
  • Ceiling Fan
  • Direct-dial telephone
  • Satellite TV
  • Safe
  • Mini fridge
  • Coffee maker + coffee & tea station
  • Bathroom amenities: rags, towels, soaps, shampoo, conditioner
  • Workstation

This room was definitely designed with luxury and romance in mind. From the His & Hers bathroom layout with freestanding soak tub and walk-in triple-headed shower to the enviable views of a private balcony! Stepping into this spacious suite instantly brought me feelings of relaxation and awe. Details within its sleek design such as a vinyl record player, delicate room curtain separation, and water closet were lovely touches.

S Hotel Restaurants & Bars

S Hotel Jamaica features 2 on-site restaurants, poolside grill & bar, and rooftop bar. Some may be a bit puzzled and ask, “is S Hotel Jamaica all inclusive?” and the simple answer is no. However, room rates are inclusive of breakfast, lunch and dinner buffets plus non-alcoholic beverages! There are also a la carte menus and premium spirit brands available for an additional charge.

Marketplace at S Hotel Jamaica

Marketplace is a chic area complemented by rootsy elements. Its decor shifts from a stylish café-like space to a tropical chill spot. Typically this is where the breakfast buffet is served at S Hotel with a view of the main pool. Even though S Hotel isn’t technically all-inclusive, the buffets I enjoyed here is some of the best I’ve had. I wanted (and tried) to taste almost everything offered, plus went for seconds. The food quality compares to a couples hotel just outside Ocho Rios for me.

Rocksteady at S Hotel Jamaica

During my short visit the Rocksteady restaurant was closed, and acted as an extension of dining space for Marketplace. Normally when it’s open for lunch and dinner, it is known to serve seafood dishes and regional favourites. Its seating spills from the terrace to outskirts of the poolside.

Rocksteady is the name of 1 of Jamaica’s indigenous music forms


If you also want to experience Montego Bay restaurants near S Hotel, the Hip Strip has a collection of dining and drinking spots. Cuisines inspired by different parts of the world can be found along this buzzing street.

S Hotel Jamaica Poolside Grill & Bar

This vibrant lunch spot right by the main pool will draw you in with music and warm colours. High chairs and umbrella tables here provide some afternoon shade while guests enjoy their meal or drink. At the side of the grill area is a small bar featuring a selection of sodas, beers, and cocktails.

S Hotel Jamaica became the 1st new non-all-inclusive luxury hotel in Montego Bay in many years when opened

S Hotel Sky Deck Bar

The exclusive rooftop bar and lounge boasts the best views on the property. This is a coveted spot to be, especially during sunset, to indulge in cocktails and tapas.

The Sky Deck bar & pool is only accessible to guests staying on the Sky Floor

S Hotel Montego Bay Pools

In addition to the Sky Deck’s panoramic backdrop from the Montego Bay hotel to stretches of champagne sands and sapphire sea, there is a glass-encased rooftop pool. From my previous stay at a Treasure Beach villa with a rooftop pool, I just knew the elevated views of a beach would bring an extra level of tranquility. The deck is populated with attractive loungers, mainly arranged for twosomes.

The general pool area lies downstairs. After checking in, it may be the first place many guests go as its alluring setup is evident through the glass floor-to-ceiling doors of the lobby area. Lined by red and white umbrella chairs and cabanas, this sweetheart aesthetic is a cozy place to lounge day and night. In the evening, the vibe turns up a notch with the help of small lit fire pits and mood lighting.

Doctors Cave Beach Montego Bay

The sands of the famous Doctors Cave Beach line the perimeter of S Hotel’s main pool. The seawater here is believed by some to have curative powers. S Hotel has direct access to a section of this private beach. The access point from the main pool includes security and a complimentary towel station. Once on the beach, you’ll be offered a lounge chair and rooted umbrellas for ultimate comfort on the powdery shore.

Conclusion

S Hotel is a swanky getaway, most perfect for lovebirds and girls trips in my opinion. Though bearing many similarities to its sister hotel in the capital city, they are 2 distinct properties. If you’re seeking a luxury stay in a midst of excitement with beach access, tasty food, and a lovely ambiance then look no further than S Hotel Montego Bay.

  • Room Atmosphere 90% 90%
  • Cleanliness 85% 85%
  • Staff Interactions 80% 80%
  • Food 90% 90%
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