If you don't see something in our Clarendon Jamaica hotels and lodging options to suit your fancy, remember to check in the neighboring Parishes of Manchester and Saint Catherine. Some Parishes in Jamaica are mostly rural, and these "country" areas aren't always geared toward travelers. Of course, that's what makes Jamaica so interesting! You may find the perfect accommodations just a few miles away in either direction.
Bridge Palm Hotel – Toll Gate (Clarendon), Jamaica
A popular wedding venue (they can cater up to 5 weddings at a time!), the Bridge Palm Hotel is located in the rural south coast community of Toll Gate, about 10 minutes from May Pen, 20 minutes from Mandeville and 45 minutes from Kingston. They offer 20 lovely rooms of various sizes with private baths, A/C, cable TV and a balcony or terrace. Some rooms also have a mini-fridge. They also boast of a luxurious Honeymoon Suite with private sun beds on the verandah. Breakfast is included in the rates and the hotel also has a restaurant on-site – Red Lobster Seafood and Steakhouse. The large property is lavishly landscaped and has a central lily pond with a photogenic white bridge crossing over it as well as a swimming pool. The town derives its name from an old toll gate that stood there - a reminder of the toll roads erected in the 1850s in an apparent attempt to impede the movement of newly emancipated slaves until the required fee was paid. Phone: 876.987.1035. Visit them on the web.
Fairfield Guest House - Lot 63, Fairfield Dr, May Pen, Clarendon
If you're visiting family in Clarendon or are looking for the quieter side of Jamaica, consider the Fairfield Guest House in May Pen. Guests describe it as nice, quiet and safe. It offers air-conditioned rooms, has a restaurant/bar, and can even accommodate small weddings. Phone: 876.986.4344.
Hotel Versalles - 2 Longbridge Avenue, May Pen, Clarendon
Hotel Versalles gets mixed reviews from visitors, but should be considered if you need a place to stay in May Pen. In its heyday in the 1990s, it was known as the "Shining Jewel of Jamaica’s South Coast". There are 62 air-conditioned rooms, from standard to suites to fully equipped apartments. All have en-suite bathrooms, and are clean, spacious and tastefully decorated. There's an outdoor swimming pool (which is not always maintained) and 24-hour security. Two on-site restaurants serve Jamaican and Chinese cuisine and seafood. Conference facilities can accommodate meetings, banquets and weddings for up to 500 guests. Phone: 876.986.2775.
Milk River Hotel and Spa - Middlesex, Milk River (Clarendon), Jamaica
There are few good lodging choices in Clarendon Parish, but the historic Milk River Hotel and Spa is worth consideration, especially if you want to try the mineral baths. In operation since 1794, today it is a Jamaican national monument and is operated by the Ministry of Tourism. In 2008, Milk River received a grant from the government to carry out extensive refurbishing and upgrading work and this is underway. The Milk River Spa is said to be one of the most radioactive in the world and is similar to the Lucerne Spa in Switzerland. The hotel is a very large old wooden building built against a limestone cliff overlooking the Milk River. Rooms are upstairs from the mineral baths. Accommodations in the hotel are not plush, but very clean and comfortable, and most rooms have private baths. The food and customer service here is reportedly quite good. The benefit for hotel guests is that the room rates include free access to the mineral spas 24 hours a day. Due to the radioactivity of the therapeutic waters, they suggest that you spend no more than 15 to 30 minutes at a time in the baths, so staying in the hotel is a much nicer way to get the most of your visit. With the unpredictable flood plains in southern Clarendon, try to visit during the dry season. The road that takes you to Milk River Hotel and Spa can be quite bumpy and exhausting but the experience is well worth the visit! We look forward to the room upgrades here along with their planned steam rooms, massages and other modern spa services to enhance the facilities. Phone: 876.610.7745 or 876.610.7747. No website yet but read a recent article about them here in the Jamaica Gleaner.