Mobay Kotch




The Review

Pretty soon after you arrive in Montego Bay, you'll learn that Mobay Kotch is the city's nickname; Mobay Kotch, the hostel by the same name, is a great place to start your exploration of town. It is a relaxing oasis in a bustling, busy downtown. And they have an adorable puppy!

The Location

The hostel is located in the heart of downtown Montego Bay; everything you need is around here -- cheap and tasty street food, grocery shopping, money exchange, and public transportation. You might hear it's not a great idea to wander around alone at night, so maybe listen to friendly advice. The staff are actually super helpful and will sometimes accompany you to nearby locations, just to make sure you don't get lost. The hostel is a short taxi ride from the airport. Once you're in the hostel, rest assured you're safe; they have a gate that requires a key to get in. There are a few beaches around, and some of them are free; you can easily walk there from the hostel. If you don't fancy walking, route taxis are a great and cheap way to get around -- try to avoid charter taxis though.

Rooms and Bathrooms

The hostel is set in a beautiful Georgian-style house with high ceilings and large windows, and it's absolutely gorgeous, but that also means it is old. So you'll have to choose whether you prefer a unique experience or if you'd rather be comfortable. The rooms are very basic. The doors are sometimes hard to lock\open. They're rather clean, though. The bathrooms are not state of the art, as water is only lightly drizzling in the shower (and don't expect hot water), and the toilets don't always flush, and there isn't always toilet paper, but it seems hosteling standards all around the country aren't that high, so this is pretty standard around here.

Common Spaces

There is a sort of fancy living room on the first floor (where you can unofficially store your luggage before\after departure), but hardly anyone ever hangs out there -- you'll find everyone out in the patio, where you can smoke. There are couches and seats and you'll find staff, travelers, and local adorable kids hanging out there. There's no breakfast, but if you're lucky you may wake up in time to have some coffee. Anyway, there is a huge and well-equipped kitchen you can use to store and cook your own food, although there is a lot of tasty food to be had out there. There is free Wi-Fi.


We absolutely loved staying here, the place is lovely and has a lot of character, although as soon as you go outside the gate it can get pretty overwhelming, so we think it's nice to stay here for a few days, explore downtown and then perhaps move somewhere a little more relaxing. Either way, don't forget to check this place out when you're in town -- it's one of our favorites!
by Markovka Staff Reviewer
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(Location is approximate. You may need to pan/move to find "Mobay Kotch" at 16 Church Street.)


16 Church Street, Montego Bay, Jamaica
18.473160, -77.921750 (accuracy not guaranteed)
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