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Your 'Blue Mahoe' Queen Room at Topaz Dream Palace

Your 'Blue Mahoe' Queen Room at Topaz Dream Palace

2 guests
1 bedroom
1 bed
1 shared bath
2 guests
1 bedroom
1 bed
1 shared bath

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Your home away-from-home is in the Talawa Suite (means strong, sturdy) on the 2nd fl of our Topaz Dream Palace on top of Mount Salem, overlooking Montego Bay. Awesome views of the mountains and ocean, and natural 'mystic' breezes on verandas/roof deck. We help tailor your vacation—chef service/lessons (see menu below-click more), health tips, transport, local culture/stories, 'reasoning' talks, music; 20 min from airport; 10-15 min to bus station, Hip Strip beaches, dancing. #20 Crichton Drive.

Amenities
Essentials
Iron
Laptop friendly workspace
Washer
Wifi
Breakfast
Sleeping arrangements
Bedroom 1
1 queen bed
House Rules
Not suitable for pets
No parties or events
Check-in time is 10AM - 11PM
Check out by 12PM (noon)
Cancellations

8 Reviews

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Alyce User Profile
January 2018
Cheri and her husband are very friendly and do their best to be attentive to their guests. I think a lot of my issues are cultural differences, but since Cheri is from the US I suppose my standards might have been higher than they should for Jamaica. With that said, I was disappo…
Cheri User Profile
Response from Cheri:
Ahhh Alyce, we really enjoyed having you with us, although it rained most of the time making you understandably disappointed. You are the first of our 60+ sets of guests (totaling 100s, many single women, families, dance groups, campers--from 4 years old to 81), over the past 9 months since we opened who have given us such a negative rating. Thus, we were quite surprised, as you never expressed any concerns to us during your visit—we would have immediately addressed any that were in our control. We're so sorry you reported the rooms’ surfaces weren't clean. Those rooms, which are nearest the front street, are subject to fine dust wafting up through the air from the street, and we must not have wiped the surfaces again right before you arrived. We’ll be more attentive to that. Thank you. We have been proud to have earned 5-star AirBnB Superhosts for our first 3 quarters of operation. Since your remark about the taxis, I have added details to the posting about the short taxi rides ($.80US each) that one can take, to and from our home, as an option for getting first – to downtown (about 5-7 min.) - and second, to the whole of the Hip Strip of beaches, shops, dancing, etc. (5-7 minutes). We find that many of our guests even like to walk to and from downtown and the Hip Strip - taking in the sites, stores and people along the way. Our location is a very safe, middle-class neighborhood with several quiet, adult-care homes, and a supermarket, and small markets for snacks, beer/wine, ice cream, also takeout food cook shops, and taxi service, etc. within a block (that even our 10-year-old nieces walk back and forth at night with no concern), up on the highest point of Montego Bay with a great view and breeze. Since this is described in our posting, we’re puzzled that you gave it a negative rating as you expected something different--what? We were again surprised, with our very low lodging prices for a very spacious, modern and comfortable home, when it seemed you implied our convenient, extra services, which many places don’t have for guests, i.e. meal preparation upon request, transport, washing machine usage, should not have an extra charge. Many of your concerns are beyond our control, i.e. no sidewalks some places, disappointing beach, traffic and dog sounds, navigation, your high expectations of a young, developing country. We're always glad to communicate with prospective guests as much as they want, before they book, to communicate a feel for the place. Given a chance, we strive to discern expectations, so we can give a sense of the reality of everyday Jamaica, so people don’t have to rate us low because of different expectations, perhaps wanting the offerings of a developed country or a gated resort. Thank you for your acknowledgment of the kind people, our highly discounted airport transport (1/2 price of airport taxis), our lovely verandas, friendliness, and attentiveness. We invite you to come again and wish you a happy life.
January 2018

Susan User Profile
January 2018
Amazing hosts. From the time I arrived, until departure, I was treated as family. Cheri and Jah B are resourceful and organized. Jah B shares Jamaican cuisine for a nominal fee. You can interact as little or as much as you desire I will be returning asap.
Cheri User Profile
Response from Cheri:
Sister Susan, Thank you for choosing us, and for the awesome review. You were such a joy to be with - loved your positive, flexible demeanor and friendly, curious, genuine personality. You are truly a 'people collector' - and positive people are attracted to you. Love all the photos you took! Jah B enjoyed preparing meals for you-you're so appreciative. And you know I loved our chats. Wishing you a warm and safe travel home.Do keep in touch. One love, Jah B and Cheri
January 2018

Ed User Profile
December 2017
Cheri and Toney are great hosts. They are very hospitable and made sure I was comfortable. You'll definitely have a good time in Jamaica if you stay with them.
Cheri User Profile
Response from Cheri:
Ed, Thanks for choosing us and for the heart-warming review. We totally enjoyed your visit with us and look forward to your return so we can help you have even more awesome experiences and sights. One love, Cheri and Jah B
December 2017

Etienne User Profile
November 2017
Cheri reminds me of my grandma. Warm, welcoming, helpful, and caring. I felt at home right away. She knows her city well and she was almost always available for tips and suggestions. My only (minor) complaint would be that the neighborhood is a bit noisy (you're in the city). Do…
Cheri User Profile
Response from Cheri:
Etienne, Thanks so much for choosing us, trusting our word, and finding out for yourself that it is quite safe and friendly in our neighborhood, Mount Salem, and Montego Bay. I've added a note to my listings about the noise factor (which, of course, isn't going on all the time, by far.) We're so glad you spent time going around and experiencing the local culture; even joining in a domino match on the street (and winning)! True, as we have a nicely paved street, some drivers love to zoom, this should quiet down as we get more potholes. Smile. Dogs are definitely a part of the Jamaican culture. I just imported some radios for the rooms with a range of built-in sounds, i.e. ocean, birds, etc. that should help when the dogs decide to bark. Our Bruno (brown dog) loved you playing with him. It was fun taking you both to the Luminous Lagoon (Gabrielle named the Sparking or Mermaid Water), and floating down the Martha Brae River with her on a raft. Jah B enjoyed preparing meals and smoothies for you as well and appreciated your positive feedback. Thanks for keeping our 5-star ratings intact! Looking forward to keeping in touch. One love, Cheri and Jah B
November 2017

Ross User Profile
August 2017
Wonderful hosts. Had an amazing time whether we were out and about or staying in. Great conversations, wonderful cooking, and relaxing environment. Great games of dominoes too while hanging out on the balcony. Can't wait to come back!
Cheri User Profile
Response from Cheri:
Ross, We totally enjoyed your company. Thanks for choosing us, for your positive review and for sharing your inspiring experiences and ideas with us, as well as your good humor and congenial, spiritual, appreciative essence. We'll be here waiting for you to return and look forward to meeting more of your family. Remain Blessed, Empress Cheri and Jah B
August 2017

Tom User Profile
July 2017
If you're scrolling down the reviews to found out if you want to book it. Stop and book it. Cheri and Jah B are amazings hosts. They're so hospital and take all the time to make sure that your stay in Montego Bay, and the rest of Jamaica, can't get any better. Next to the good…
Cheri User Profile
Response from Cheri:
Tom, We enjoyed you both so much. You were the greatest guests, now life-long friends. Do 'drop us a line' in (Hidden by Airbnb) , email or (Hidden by Airbnb) and let us know wha' gwaan. Missing you already. One love, one heart, Empress Cea and Jah B
July 2017

Daphyne User Profile
July 2017
The Topaz Dream Palace is a marvelous BNB. Cheri and zzzzzJah B are the best host ever. Moreover. You have everything you desire cleanliness, comfort. Scrumptious meals, transportation Spaciousness. Information and wifi.
Cheri User Profile
Response from Cheri:
Daphyne, Thank you for your review. Hopefully your mission is continuing well. We loved having you and cousin Renee with us for a few wonderful days .... and looks like we'll have Renee's great company for another few days as well! You were the greatest guests -- part of our family now. We'll see you again soon. One love, one heart, Jah B and Empress Cheri
July 2017

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Montego Bay, JamaicaJoined in November 2015
Cheri User Profile
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Cheri is a SuperhostSuperhosts are experienced, highly rated hosts who are commited to providing great stays for guests.
In 1979, I visioned I was to have a guest house in Jamaica for retirement. I came looking in 1994 and met Toney--we married in 1996 and raised two awesome sons in Philadelphia, then built the villa. I'm publishing a book about this 'fairy tale' called "Loving to be WE." I was rai…
Languages: English
Response rate: 100%
Response time: within an hour
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