Hotel Overview

Hotel Samsara is an intimate, oceanfront resort located on Negril's famous cliffs, with their crystal clear coves, lagoons, and stunning rock formations. It is only five minutes from Seven Mile Beach and a two-hour drive from the airport. This property is set on five acres of lush tropical gardens and features spectacular ocean views, easy access to the ocean, excellent snorkeling and scuba diving.

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.


Negril - Beach
Montego Bay, Jamaica - Sangster (MBJ) : 60 miles
Kingston, Jamaica (KIN)

Property Information

Year Built: 1982
Last Renovation: 2010
Total rooms: 238


Hotel Details

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Hotel Advisories

Advisory JAMAICA'S TOBACCO CONTROL REGULATIONS SMOKING PROHIBITED IN THE FOLLOWING PLACES: •All enclosed places (Restaurants, bars, lobby areas and rooms) •Public transportation •Work places • Government owned and occupied buildings •Health facilities including pharmacies •Sports, athletics and recreational facilities for use by the public •Educational institutions •Areas specifically for use by children • And places of collective use such as bus stops. Persons may be fined or imprisoned.
Advisory Air conditioners are on request for all Standard Garden view guestrooms, guests will have to pay a per day energy savings fee (payable directly to hotel) if they request a room with a air conditioner.
Advisory • 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.

General Policies & Fine Print

Check In: 3:00 PM
Check Out: 12:00 PM
Minimum Check-In Age: 18
General Policies:

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.

Pet Policy Pets Not Allowed

Customer Ratings & Reviews

TripAdvisor Traveler Rating

3.5 star tripadvisor rating Based on 1562 reviews
  • 5.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Loved this resort!

    My mom and I recently stayed at the SamSara Cliffs Resort and had such a blast. The staff was very friendly and attentive, the food was fresh and delicious with a variety of options everyday (even including spicy or not spicy for chicken), and the views were breathtaking. We enjoy taking mother-daughter trips together and this was the first time we've been to Jamaica, and the first time we've stayed at an all-inclusive resort. We were not disappointed!! The front desk was quick to deliver us more towels when requested, and Jenique helped us while picking out our excursions. We had one particular bus driver, Norman, who went absolutely above and beyond. Some of the excursions are a few hours' drive away, and Norman got us everywhere in one piece (the driving can be a little crazy in Jamaica) and he frequently stopped at cool spots for us to get our touristy pictures, pulled over somewhere safe to get food and use the restroom, and maintained a nice conversation with us. He stayed and waited for us during the excursions and always made us feel safe in an unknown place. Another shout-out to Larry, who works in the SamSara gift shop, and Justin, a bartender, for always being super friendly and engaging with us. I see some of the negative reviews on here and can honestly say we did not experience any of that. The only annoyance we experienced was that the excursion pricing featured on the "menu" at the front desk didn't include the actual ticket to the excursion once we got there, but upon further inspection it does say that in smaller print beneath. I guess that was our fault? But other than that, it was smooth sailing. Our room was clean and comfortable and again, had great views. The cliffs were so cool to look at, with land crabs and sea urchins and gorgeous sunsets, and the SamSara has a sister resort down the street with shuttle access called Legends that has an actual beach you can enjoy. I would definitely recommend this resort to travelers minding their wallets but still want a bang for their buck!

    Jun 01, 2019
  • 1.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Dirty, uncomfortable and cheap

    My wife and I stayed here for 5 nights this past week and I wish it would have been only 1 night. The staff at the front desk was nice to an extent but became rude if you asked them to do anything resembling customer service. The room was filthy and had mold all in the bathroom. The bed was the hardest thing I have ever slept on and we had to get an extra blanket to fold in half and place under the sheet for a little padding. The power outlets wouldn't charge the phones fully and the food was so cheap and repetitive. There was one younger lady working the food area that actually smiled when spoken to which was very nice to see. On a positive note the cliffs were cool and the snorkeling was great but other resorts close by have the same cliffs. Do not spend money on the all inclusive meal plan, you eat on a limited by buffet menu rated at a 2

    May 24, 2019
  • 2.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Extremely Disappointed!!!!

    Knowing this was a budget hotel did limit my expectations regarding the finishes of the hotel, but to say I was disappointed would be an understatement. When we arrived the gentleman at the desk was friendly. The room although old was clean; however, you better prefer a extremely firm mattress (hard as a rock), and prepare to charge your phone/camera/tablet somewhere other than your room. I had to push the dresser against the plug to keep anything in it. We arrived at sunset which was beautiful. The morning after our arrival we spent sometime enjoying the view and swimming in the ocean. We decided to take a dip in the pool.... the pool is in need of repair - the deferred maintenance resulted in my cutting both feet, actually having the nail sliced right off of one of my toes. The bar staff immediately rushed over and took great care of me. Justin, Ashanta, and Tinaque were quick to assist me. They helped get me bandaged up and sent me to the manager as we all thought I needed a doctor. I did speak with the manager who informed me that seeking medical assistance would result in a very unpleasant experience, which scared me...... he provided me with peroxide and bandaids. No apologies for the condition of the pool or my resulting injury. We NEVER heard from the manager again. No follow up to see how I was doing or anything. The three staff members were always asking. I was disappointed to hear from taxi drivers and other businesses that the hotel had a reputation for poor maintenance. I get having older furnishings, but keep up with the safety related maintenance. I was unable to snorkel or take part in any water related activity after that as i was advised not to go in the water to avoid infection. Another guest cut her foot the following day just not as badly. I will add that the massage therapist Sasha was awesome. Great location but they definitely need new ownership/management who not only cares for the property, but cares for the people.

    May 23, 2019
  • 3.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Somewhat boring unless you like concrete ;)

    The location is tricky to get in and out of due to the extremely narrow road that it is on and the insane drivers racing up and down it. The staff were somewhat standoffish except for the young lady in the souvenir shop who was very personable. Even when under the sun tarps and slathered with sunblock we managed to get quite red in just a couple of hours, due to all of the concrete reflecting the sun. There is no beach as it's on "the cliffs" It was essentially unbearable and we had to leave. It's the same owners/management as Legends so our expectations were low. I can't even imagine being stuck here for a week...

    May 23, 2019
  • 4.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Great place, relaxing.

    We recently stayed 2 weeks At Samsara. I think the main question everyone wants to know, is will I stay there again. The answer is yes. Samsara has its issues, but overall it was an enjoyable vacation. We read a lot of reviews and went over the hotels FAQ. Please be sure to read over the FAQ page for the hotel. If you expectations are not set properly, you could be very disappointed when you arrive. This resort is super chill, It is quiet and beautiful. The cliffs are awesome. There is a major benefit with samsara, its sister hotel legends. Legends is on seven mile beach and has a daily free shuttle over to the resort. We stayed at beach all day and came back to our quiet cliffs every night. It was perfect. The room size was good. The room itself was very clean. For some reason, we would get headaches if we slept with the A/C on. Luckily the AC unit works very well and all we needed to do was keep it on during day and turn off later at night. With the ceiling fan on, we had no need to keep the air conditioning at night. The bed..... It was awful. It was like sleeping on a board. The bed is almost a deal breaker for me. The pillows are equally bad. Due to this, I don’t think I would stay 2 weeks again, it was too hard on our shoulders and backs. A week would be ok. If we stayed in Jamaica for a month or longer I would actually look into a foamy to put on top of the mattress and bring my own pillow. We did have a couple days when housekeeping did not provide us with all our towels, and one day where they came in, took old towels, did no cleaning and did not replace The towels. No biggie but a bit annoying. Coffee..... Not an easy thing to get early in the morning. If you are an early riser and like your tea or coffee, you will be disappointed. You can not get fresh coffee before 7am. One day I asked if it was fresh, and she said she didn’t know. I then asked if it was yesterday’s coffee and she shrugged her shoulders and walked away. We had to ask for milk and paper cups everyday. There are no kettles or coffee machines in room. You can borrow a kettle from the front desk but each time I asked, there was never one available. Next time, I’m bringing a small lightweight kettle! The hot water was unpredictable. Sometimes it’s cold, sometimes it’s extremely hot. It was usually cold......Which is ok sometimes because your so hot, but there was a couple nights a hot shower would have been appreciated. We did all inclusive, which was worth it. They do limit times you can eat all inclusive. For me breakfast was not used, we had lunch almost everyday and a few dinners. 90% of the food was very good, authentic and home cooked. I do feel like we got value to the all inclusive and would do it that way again. The property itself needs some love. But is clean and best of all....quiet! We loved the chill atmosphere and the amazing sunsets. The lock boxes are behind guest services. To be honest, don’t waste your money on the safe box. The resort is safe and there is no reason to be concerned about your things. Just bring a suitcase lock. They do not provide beach towels. Bring your own, or be prepared to buy one while you are there. I would like to also mention, when we arrived their was a gift accidentally left in our room. This was for someone else. The gift was a thank you for returning back to samsara. It was a lovely little bag a goodies. This just shows they really do treat returning guests well. I returned it to the front, and it was given to the correct guest. The young guy at samsara guest services, sorry man I can’t remember your name but you are awesome. And, Omar. It was a pleasure! We will be sure to see you again! Thanks for helping us out! Kenrick (hopefully I spelled right) at legends. This man is amazing. He went out of his way to learn our names. I saw him walking around with guest kids so mom could have a break. He befriended many guest. He is friendly, and always on his game. He provided the best customer service to everyone, all day everyday. Overall, we were quite happy with our stay. The location, grounds, atmosphere, and food was all great. If you are expecting luxury, don’t book here. This is a 3 star resort, and certain amenities are missing, and if you are ok with that you will enjoy your stay. Few things to note between the 2 resorts: Legends is busier. If you want more excitement stay there. Seven mile has something going on every night. The cliffs are chill, and quiet. There are people who will pester you on the beach. At Samsara, no one is around bothering you. Security is on the beach and does ensure everyone is comfortable. Some of the guys on the beach were ok, and some were not. The coffee at legends is better. They have blue mountain, and samsara has high mountain coffee. We found samsara food to be slightly better, although both were generally good. The sunset at samsara is incredible. It is nice to have a clean, safe, and affordable option to stay in Jamaica. One love

    May 15, 2019
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