Hotel Samsara is a full-service Negril hotel with swimming pools, restaurant, bar, spa services, sun terrace, PADI scuba center, and games room. At Samsara, the pool is oceanside, offering fabulous views of the Caribbean Sea.
There is a free shuttle twice daily to Hotel Samsara's sister hotel, Legends, where guests have exchange privileges at both hotel facilities, including all-inclusive food and domestic beverages! The hotel is very spacious with large sundecks carved into the cliff and easy access to the sea for swimming, snorkeling, and scuba diving via steps and ladders just like getting into a swimming pool.
Hotel Samsara has an on-site Scuba Center for your convenience and fun. The Marine Life Diver's Scuba Centre offers scuba diving lessons and PADI certifications. Once certified, you can dive right off the spectacular cliffs and take boat excursions and night dives.
LocationNegril - Beach
General Policies & Fine Print
Check-in Policy - Hotel requires a credit/debit card authorization or cash deposit upon check-in for incidentals; this will place a hold on your funds.
Hotel Spring Break Policy
Students must be 18 years old or older to check in. $100.00 cash or signed travelers check required upon check-in as security deposit. At least one hotel room occpant must have a credit card in his/her name. Maximum occupancy - 4 adults. Contact the hotel for current cancel policies. Subject to change without notice.
Convention Policy - Individuals attending a convention cannot book this property for their stay. If found attending a convention, guests may be subject to higher room rates upon arrival.
General Information - Room taxes are included in vacation price. Minimum night stay restrictions may apply. Reservation changes may not be permitted unless authorized by the hotel.
• Room Tax: US $1.00 per room, per night
Mandatory hotel-imposed fees may not include tax and are subject to change. The hotel can provide a current fee when you check-in.
Customer Ratings & Reviews
TripAdvisor Traveler RatingBased on 1578 reviews
Extremely disappointed in the service and quality of the hotel
Our poor experience with Samsara started as soon as we checked in. 1. The front end girl was miserable and rude. She demanded our check in papers. When I stated that we did not have these she told me we needed them in order to check in. I even showed her the email from samsara which stated that printing out the paperwork was optional, she still gave us grief and acted like everything was as big inconvenience 2. The room has all of 1 towel of the both of us. We called multiple times to ask for a second towel and after no action, finally walked down to the front desk to get a second towel. This happened daily after our room was cleaned. 3. The first morning after our room was "cleaned" (didn't even bother to take the dirty dishes) the maid walked up to us as we were coming back and asked for a tip!!! 4. The food options were minimal at best, tasteless and we were not allowed to serve ourselves so we could take more of what we liked and less of what we didn't. We went through the line like we were in prison and served the food from a disgruntled person who couldn't be bothered to smile at all...ever!! And half the time some of the food options were empty and they hadn't bothered to refill them. At the end of the day, even though we paid extra for the all inclusive, we ate most of our meals out so we could at least enjoy them. 5. We were told when we booked that drinks were all inclusive, this was not the case. We couldn't get wine, and a majority of the cocktails we wanted were all charged to us. A simple drink like a dirty banana, which is sold everywhere in Jamaica was considered "premium" and was charged. 6. The bar staff was also unfriendly and would completely ignore you, and continue to socialize with their friends until you interrupted them and asked to be served. The treated the resort like their personal playground and guests just got in the way. The owners son would sit at the bar and the staff would congregate around him and serve him while the guests were left to themselves. 7. This is not a resort at all. This is a run down hotel that basically shuts down after supper. No entertainment, no drinks, nothing whatsoever to do. On a positive note, that has nothing to do with the resort, there is a fantastic shwarma place down the road towards negril this is simply amazing (called Mabsout). Handmade food that is definitely worth a walk over there.
Warning outdated hotel pictures
The room had completely outdated furniture the bedding was old the bathroom fixtures a disgrace this hotel needs the owner to send money and time to bring these rooms into the 21 century the floor tiles are mismatched and whoever painted the walls should not be let near a paint brush Then cleaner only emptied the bin and mopped the floor never actually cleaned the room never cleaned around the sink the bathroom bin was never wiped and so cheap and mismatched there is no justification for anybody putting it into a hotel room No surfaces where cleaned not the mirrors not the TV screen the bedding was never changed and we constantly had to ask for towels which where so old they are no longer white and on many days no wash cloth there was muold on the bathroom celing and the grouting needs replacing we only had hot water after we complained only 2 double electric sockets in the room so if you need to use your hair dryer/straightners/curling tongs you will not be able to look in the mirror as its placed in an odd spot if you need to charge your electronic devises you only have one socket to use the bedside lights make up the other half of your socket which still has the plastic wrapping on with flys trapped in and the wifi connection is a joke it's so bad you will be frustrated No fridge in room extra $12 per day!! If you don't have the noisy air conditioning on then I floor becomes wet the room was extremely cold with air con on Room door needs shaving down so you need to slam it to shut making loud noise so at night you are disturbing the neighbors no handle on the inside of door making it difficult to open from the inside which to me is also a fire risk The restaurant decor is mismatched and the walls are amazing in this day and age of good old white paint!!!!!! Food ok better food and deal across the road at Pablo's went there for breakfast and dinner 1 rum cream at the bar $4:80 you can buy whole bottle of rum cream across the road for $11:99 you work out the maths the bar is old the loungers are old everything in this spa needs putting in a skip and throwing away at the dump To stay at this hotel works out more expensive than the big all inclusive hotels as there are no facilities there no life guard is no all day food no all day drinks the only thing that makes it in this hotel are the staff and believe me they where pleasant helpful and a pleasure to deal with The spa area was being used as storage!!!! Oh and make sure you check for charges to your room (that are not yours)
Fabulous trip to Samsara in Negril, Jamaica!
Samsara is a terrific 3 star resort! The staff are fabulous and really make you feel like you are part of the Samsara family! Owayne at the bar has a great smile and is happy to get your drink order, even if all you need is more ice water. Omar, the shuttle bus driver is always singing and laughing. They have a free shuttle to their sister resort, The Legends, on 7 mile beach. They will take you down there in the morning and pick you back up at 4. If you want to go at different times, the cost is very reasonable. If you choose to go “all inclusive “ you can eat your meals at either place! While the food isn’t 5 star fancy, it is still delicious and always has local Jamaican food choices for you to try as well as other choices if you aren’t that adventurous. You can stay “garden side” or “cliff side”. We stayed garden side this year. Cliff side is just a short walk across the street and they even have someone posted to make sure you cross the street safely! The staff are very honest and trustworthy. My friend accidentally left her phone on the front desk one evening when we came back late from an excursion. The night watchman brought it to our room first thing in the morning (after the front desk opened and he could find out what room we were in!!). Jumping off the cliffs, snorkeling cliff side, swimming or lounging in the pool, playing table tennis or shooting billiards are all available at the resort or you can schedule an excursion and go off resort to many fantastic sites. Rick’s Cafe is also just a short distance away.
I am scouting different properties for when my family visit in March of next year and I would recommend this resort. The cliffs are amazing! Loved the view. Next time I want to stay in one of the pillar house bungalows. While I will agree with some of the posts that the photos on the web are old and the resort could use a little paint in places it was a lovely affordable place for a family get together
Where do I begin?...
My wife and I just visited the end of July, beginning of August... I research EVERYTHING before going somewhere for vacation...accommodations, dining, excursions, local hangouts...EVERYTHING. I found this place last minute and booked here after cancelling an AirB&B in Sandy Bay. Saw the website and the pretty pictures...the smiling (fake!) staff and thought, why not? This looks like the place... First, let me list the positives... 1. If you like cliff diving, this place is great. Probably 5,10,15 foot jumps into beautiful, clear water that's deceptively deep...15-20? feet deep. 2. The food is good if repetitive, nothing remarkable.... 3. The male bartender (don't remember name)...nice person, very friendly... 4. Jennifer, front desk person at Legends (sister hotel)...she was extremely sweet... 5. Legends sister hotel and beach...get to that later... Now...the putrid.... 1. The service, for the most part, was HORRIBLE... We opted for the all inclusive plan (which I'll explain in a little more detail)...you would think that paying extra you might receive a little bit better service...um, no... For breakfast, lunch and dinner, the ladies in the restaurant did nothing but stand around and talk to each other....CONSTANTLY...it seemed the ONLY time you were acknowledged was at the very end, MAYBE get a refill of water or asked if you wanted coffee...take away dirty dishes...AT THE VERY END...to make you feel you had to leave a tip and yes, a tip box they had....which they eyed carefully when you left... The lady who handled the egg and buffet station was scary with her attitude...literally, my wife was uncomfortable going back to ask for seconds... I don't care to get white glove treatment on vacation, but, come on...treat your guests like the valued commodity they are... 2. Omar...everyone raves about Omar the shuttle driver and resident taxi...good for the most part but will nickel and dime you for short trips up and down the coast. 3. Front desk...mediocre...sometimes ok service, sometimes you feel like you're putting these people out with your requests (exchange money, request something for the room)... Which makes me take a pause here and state how much this island has changed...I've been to Jamaica now about 4 times over the last 30 years and the friendliness of this place has plummeted. Now, not EVERYONE of course...but the majority of the people we ran into. Indifference, just, I don't know, an "I don't give a heck attitude all around". 4. The room...nice bed and view and good air conditioning...BUT, the bathroom...GET A DAMNED VETILATION FAN IN THE BATHROOMS!!! We were there for a week and had to keep the door shut to keep the ever present pee smell (or other) from entering the main room (even after cleaning). There were times that toilet paper and towels weren't restocked... 5. The place doesn't look like the pretty pictures online...it's fairly run down, no...that's not right, it's stone...EVERYWHERE...there's no warmth or Island style here... and not too many people hang around the place since there's no beach (most people take the shuttle to Legends)...there is only ONE dinner outside on Sunday night, all the others are inside. Now, Legends has a BEAUTIFUL beach...stunning and relaxing. Just be prepared to be hounded by people wanting to sell ganja, coke and hash....ALWAYS...they don't leave. A NO THANK YOU! suffices though. The people at Legends, for the most part seem friendlier... I'll end here by saying that I'm a very easy going person and I'll take pretty much anything, but I was pretty disappointed in this place. My wife, whose never been to Jamaica, said she'd never wat to go back here or Jamaica in general... I tend to agree