Winner of the 2012 Travellers’ Choice Award
February 22nd, 2012
The Spanish Court Hotel, winner of the 2012 Travellers’ Choice Award in the category “Top 25 Trendiest Hotels in the Caribbean”. The Travellers’ Choice Award is the highest honour a hotel can receive from the TripAdvisor community. It’s based on the reviews and opinions of millions of travellers, and is awarded only to a very select and distinguished group of hotels.
October 4th, 2011
I check in to the uber-modern Spanish Court Hotel, in hip New Kingston, where I lounge beside the infinity pool on the roof and take in views of the lush Blue Mountains encircling the city like an improbable backdrop. I revel in the stark contrasts that make Kingston endlessly fascinating:
the manicured lawns of well-to-do uptown neighborhoods, the historic buildings and museums comprising its downtown harbor, the humble ghettos — like Trench Town — where reggae music was born, the modern music studios responsible for the island’s prolific music scene. I might pay homage to a musical king at the Bob Marley Museum, in the house on aptly named Hope Road, where he lived and recorded. If I’m lucky, I convince a friend to take the drive to Hellshire beach, where clapboard huts beckon with good food that belies their unadorned origins: Feast on brown-stew snapper at Screechy’s, my favorite, and you’ll be forever ruined for all other beachside fare. Nights are spent at haute Miami-style nightclubs or rugged street dances, where towers of speaker boxes pump out the latest reggae. My love affair with Kingston is more than a decade old, yet still I’m awed by a city that’s really an island to itself, with an unbridled energy, spirit and passion that’s 100 percent Jamaica, distilled and concentrated.
Caribbean Travel & Life that was written by Baz Dreisinger
Where in the world?
July 18th, 2011
Three guesses where this picture was taken: No, No and No. It’s the Spanish Court Hotel in Kingston, Jamaica where I stayed during a sustainable tourism conference. This particular view is the Rooftop Spa where magicians buff your skin with Blue Mountain coffee and brown sugar. You probably didn’t think Kingston looked like this, did you?
10 Hot New Caribbean Hotels
February 19th, 2010
The year so far has not been kind to Caribbean resorts, but that has not stopped the pace of hotel openings in the region. Here are Travel Agent’s picks for your clients heading to the Islands—some already open, others on the horizon, reflagged or rebuilt from scratch
Published: Oct 19, 2009 by Joe Pike, http://www.travelagentcentral.com
New Oasis in Jamaica’s Bustling City
February 1st, 2010
KINGSTON, JAMAICA — White-sand beaches on the north coast or lush, green countryside of Jamaica come to mind when thinking of a winter respite–not its capital city, Kingston.
With news of high crime rate spilling out of garrisons, Kingston does not exactly beckon a jaded traveler who craves authenticity and relaxation. But while there in the Caribbean’s largest cosmopolitan center, I visit one of its newest hotels: the 109-room Spanish Court Hotel.
Inside the imposing, Spanish-influenced building, the elegant lobby is paneled with black, teak and jatobá woods. Bright, red walls accented with strategically placed garden flowers, local paintings and photographs evoke classic SoHo chic—tinged with Jamaican aesthetics.
A weary traveler is soon ushered into a standard room, which is like an oasis in an Arabian desert. My experience defies expectations of sterile, overpriced, name-brand hotels that are culturally detached from the rhythms of exotic places far from their home base.
This is clearly not the case at the Spanish Court Hotel.
Posted on 31 January 2010 by The Hartford Guardian, by Ann Marie Adams, Staff Writer.
Spanish Court Hotel – Making it a pleasure to do business
December 12th, 2009
As the newest luxury accommodation on the New Kingston strip, Spanish Court Hotel is enjoying the attention of business travelers and vacationers who prefer the excitement of Kingston, but like to return to an oasis to call home.
Owned by Christopher Issa, this 30,000 sq ft. 112 room facility, conveniently located in the heart of New Kingston, and no more than 45 minutes from the airport, is definitely the shiniest jewel in the New Kingston crown.
Published: 10th December 2009 by Sonia Morgan http://www.cnweeklynews.com
NEW YORK TIMES – Kingstson: Trading Beach Chairs for Bar Stools
December 11th, 2009
IT was a steamy Saturday night in Kingston, Jamaica, and the Sky Bar was jammed with its usual weekend crowd: professionals in their 20s and 30s, by all appearances fit for the next flight to South Beach. Ladies in strappy stilettos and sundresses mixed with men in jeans and crisp blazers while the R & B-heavy soundtrack veered from Stevie Wonder to Ne-Yo and Kanye West.
Published: November 15, 2009 By Baz Dreisinger
Big up Kingston – The Spanish Court Hotel
June 27th, 2009
Hotels provoke strong reactions among travelers. Stay at a really terrible, cookie-cutter property, and it’s likely to color an entire trip. Just the opposite is also true – when a traveler finds himself at truly unique hotel, aligned with the rhythms and particularities of a destination, tempered by friendly hospitality, it can vastly improve any travel experience.
Published: Jun 26th 2009 by Jeremy Kressmann
Kingston back on the map
June 18th, 2009
Unveiling a boutique property, while launching the revolutionary ‘Kingston 360 degrees’ campaign, the country’s newest hotelier says Jamaica’s capital city has returned to being a formidable tourist destination.
Spanish Court Hotel’s Managing Director, Christopher Issa, who heads the Crissa Group, yesterday officially opened the first major hotel to be built in the capital city in 40 years, adding 107 stunning rooms to the accommodation stock in the region’s cultural centre.
Published: The Jamaica Gleaner © June 15, 2009
Spanish Court – Café serves up a tasty menu
June 14th, 2009
It is not yet officially opened, but the Spanish Court Café located at the Spanish Court Hotel is already getting good reviews about its creative and, of course, tasty dishes.
Beautifully styled in black and off-white, including the tables and seats, the restaurant is located right off the lobby and ground floor of the hotel. Within seconds of entering, it is quite easy to forget the busy events just outside the doors on the streets of St Lucia Avenue and Trafalgar Road where it sits.
Published: The Jamaica Gleaner © May 14, 2009