The Spanish Court Hotel is the first new resort to open in
Jamaica’s capital city of Kingston in three decades.
The Jamaica tourist board’s slogan slyly suggests a reason to visit: “Once you go, you know.”
But with all the new hotel developments on the Caribbean island this season, even those who regularly go may not be in the know anymore. The offerings run the gamut: from boutique properties to colossal chain hotels, noteworthy upgrades to grand-scale developments poised to change the face of the island.
In Kingston, the opening of the 107-room Spanish Court Hotel marked the capital city’s first new resort in 30 years. Constructed wholly by Jamaican artisans, it’s an ultramodern, boutique-style property that owner Christopher Issa says will “put Kingston on the map as a tourist destination.”
The Spanish Court’s SoHo-style lobby, by local designer Alison Antrobus, eschews Caribbean-style wicker and florals in favor of bean-shaped white leather sofas, Martin Fluss chandeliers, animal-print accents and jatobá wood floors. Chic, minimalist rooms feature flat-screen TVs and iPod docks.