This coming August, Kingston is set to welcome the new ROK Hotel Kingston, Tapestry Collection by Hilton. Reservations are now being accepted for August 29th and later. The hotel is located in the art district in downtown Kingston and overlooks the Harbor and Kingston Waterfront. Across the street from the hotel lies the National Gallery of Jamaica, and two blocks away sits the Jamaica Conference Center. The hotel is in close proximity to Norman Manley International Airport, at only 16 km (roughly 10 miles) away.
The hotel has 168 guest rooms, 6 meeting rooms, and 3200 square feet of event space. Amenities include free wifi, an onsite restaurant, an outdoor pool and bar, and a fitness center. Parking is available at the hotel parking garage with a reservation and costs $20 USD. At the time of this writing, a room with one king bed for the night of August 29th costs $165 USD. The Devon House, the Bob Marley Museum, and the Blue Mountain Bicycle Tour are popular sites nearby.
The Rok Hotel Kingston is Hilton’s second hotel in Jamaica, the first being the Hilton Rose Hall Resort and Spa in Montego Bay. The Rose Hall Resort is an all-inclusive set on the sea and is a popular destination for families and couples. In contrast, the Rok Hotel seems to be more geared towards travelers interested in what the city of Kingston has to offer as well as business travelers visiting the capital city. With its meeting rooms and event space, it is an ideal location for business travel.
General Manager for ROK Hotel Kingston, Jaap van Dam, has said that the hotel is highly invested in furthering the tourism sector in Jamaica. “This investment in downtown Kingston is reflective of our intention to contribute to the rejuvenation of Kingston’s tourism brand. As the global economy continues to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, we recognize the significance of this investment to the local area and the potential to help grow the tourism economy. As a member of Tapestry Collection by Hilton, ROK Hotel Kingston will reach a wide audience of international business and leisure travelers, as well as Hilton’s loyal base of Hilton Honors members,” said van Dam.
While many tourists flock to areas like Montego Bay or Ocho Rios when visiting Jamaica, taking some time to explore Kingston is also a popular choice for travelers wishing to experience the culture and city life that Jamaica offers. Kingston’s energetic nightlife and a plethora of dining venues provide a contrast to the slow and easygoing pace of the rest of the country. Below are some of the more popular attractions Kingston has to offer.
Popular Kingston Attractions
- The Bob Marley Museum: Dedicated to the famous reggae musician, this museum is Bob Marley’s former Kingston residence. It was the home of the record label founded by the Wailers in 1970 and is also the location of a failed assassination attempt on Bob Marley.
- Devon House Bakery: Devon House was built by George Stiebel in 1881. Stiebel was Jamaica’s first black millionaire and was appointed as the Custos of St. Andrew during his residency in Devon House. The home has been restored and is now a museum and national heritage site.
- Blue Mountain Bicycle Tour: An all-day event filled with the beauty of Jamaica’s lush mountain forests. Guests are driven to the top of a mountain where they will begin their eco-friendly tour on a leisurely descent through the natural beauty of the Blue Mountains of Jamaica.
Whether business or pleasure, having more options when visiting Kingston, Jamaica is always a good thing for future travelers. The introduction of the ROK Hotel Kingston is a welcome event for travelers, local businesses, and the country itself. As tourism continues to grow in Jamaica, accommodations will likely continue to grow, and Hilton is certainly taking on the challenge with the opening of the ROK Hotel Kingston, Tapestry Collection by Hilton.
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