kitchen and dining. artspace, gathering space, just space
internal garden, sankofa rules, remember to return home to find what was missing or lost
BEENIE -Student Room
Hosted by Arlene
Arlene is the host.
2 guests
1 bedroom
2 beds
Half-bath
2 guests
1 bedroom
2 beds
Half-bath
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Adults
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Children
Ages 2 - 12
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The Beenie Bud Room - is a mini-dorm for two short term or just one person who may be staying as long as one month. It is located in the family home Cedar Ridge Hostel. It is suitable for female or women travelers because of the shared bathroom. It is lockable with your own key. The room is small which is why it is called Beenie, but the occupant has access to the whole house. Cedar Ridge is situated in a quiet hillside road, just ten minutes from town & beach by "route" taxi.

The space

Cedar Ridge Lodge Inn is a home hostel, it is located approximately 10 / 15 minutes from the centre of the town and is serviced by ROUTE (shared taxi). It is off the beaten track, a little away from the town, but easily accessible. It is close to a large shopping plaza with all services. It is an art space, reading space, ‘lying-in-a-hammock chillin space. It is family run and is a space in which to be comfortable, safe and cared for. Our Housekeeper Ms. Madge is experienced and knowledgeable and will ensure that all questions are answered honestly, to guide & support our travelers moving around the island.

Guest access

Travelers are at home on the balcony, under a tree, in the garden, in fact anywhere a space can be captured and personalized to meet the mood and moment.

Interaction with guests

Interactions
The house is full of information, support and helping hands: there is a housekeeper / manager - Ms. Madge, and the live in student - Lisa, from time to time there are other persons from the Rastafari Village that lend an hand in meeting the needs of guests. I am also available to give support and interactions as the needs arise. The house is affiliated to the Rastafari Indigenous village and other community projects and activities. Please ask if interested in volunteering at such a project, school or within a community or in supporting any of these educational experiences.

Other things to note

Neighborhood
Cedar Ridge Lodge Inn is a ‘home’ hostel. It is located approximately 10 / 15 minutes from the centre of the town, the beaches, shopping and even the airport if the traffic is not too bad. The general area is serviced by a ROUTE (shared) taxi system. Cedar Ridge is the name of the road on Bogue Hill, it is off the beaten track, a little away from the town, but easily accessible.
It is close to a large shopping plaza with all services. It is an art space, a reading space, a ‘lying-in-a-hammock chillin space, most of all it’s a no-stress space.
It is family run and is a space, in which to be comfortable, safe and cared for. Our Housekeeper Ms. Madge is experienced in what she does and Lisa is knowledgeable about things to do and places to go, it is important to ask for whatever is needed. Both persons support me in guiding travelers and providing answers with honesty, clarity, accuracy and integrity for travelers moving around in this new environment.
Other things to note;
We recommend that travelers move around with a cell phone, preferably bringing an old unlocked one so that they can purchase a local SIM card to make calls for onward bookings or otherwise. We have wifi in the house so communication is easy.
We provide the following listing for travelers to bring:
•own toiletries
•favorite dried cereals
•nuts and grains
•cheese if you love it
•mosquito repellent, sun block, any medication you use or may need
•and a fold up raincoat.
These things can be expensive here and almost all our guests engage with them.
Cedar Ridge is also a part of a community of Rastafari and we often make donations to their development: Guests often ask what to bring for donations: the response is "art and craft making stuff" we also say: first-aid stuff bandages, scissors, gloves etc. or agricultural tools or organic seeds, and we also say...bring whatever you feel would be good to donate to community development - pencils, paper, crayons etc.


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Sleeping arrangements
Bedroom 1
1 bunk bed

House Rules

Respect for the community. No smoking INSIDE the house - we have a beautiful balcony for social activities.
No guests in the bedrooms, or after midnight.


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1 night minimum stay

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Kate User Profile
August 2017
I had a fun trip. I booked a 6 week stay here, but I ended up leaving after 4 weeks. It's a beautiful place, of course. The views were to die for, as expected. I went during the hottest month of the year (July) so of course the mosquitoes were insane. Probably had over a hundred bites by the time I left, but that was also expected haha The live in housekeeper, Mrs. Madge, was amazing! She is so kind and really helped me out a lot during my stay. I got a bad cold for about a week, and she cured me with her hot oil and medicine! Thank you again Mrs. Madge! Lisa was also amazing! She lived in the house as well, and it was always fun going to town with her, and she showed me a lot of good places to go near by. They both made my stay really nice. It's hard to find cabs that go up to this house though, because the road is so bad that drivers don't like to damage their cars going up over all the holes and rocks. I usually had to pay a cab driver more than normal, or just walk up and down the hill. There were always geckos in the house, which was always really cute! They're harmless, and beautiful. There aren't any screens anywhere on the house, so everything is just open to the bugs, and of course, all the mosquitoes. I didn't have a mosquito net in my room for the first few nights for some reason, so I got really bitten up in the beginning. There's also a bar/club thing on the hill right below the house, so there was really loud music playing 100% of the time. It didn't bother me? But I could see how it might bother others. On a final note, I reserved a 6 week stay months ago, and after a few weeks of me arriving, I learned that both Arlene and Mrs. Madge would be leaving for some time while I was still scheduled to stay there. Nobody ever said anything about it really? But I didn't feel comfortable staying 2 weeks without either of them there? I thought that was strange. But the 4 weeks I did spend in Jamaica were amazing all together.
Arlene User Profile
Response from Arlene:
Greetings Kate, thanks for taking the time to deliver a very considered and well thought out commentary on your stay. In addition, we hope that your stay at Cedar Ridge provided you with the space and sanctuary to assist you to recover from not just the illnesses manifesting in the colds and flu, but the personal mental and physical stress that you were experiencing in your life - before you came and that you were able to readjust on your premature return. Life on the tropics, in fact, life in the middle of a community can be difficult for inexperienced travelers and very different from the regular daily experiences living in relative comfort and convenience of the US. It is important that travelers understand that there may be the presence of 'wildlife' in the form of mosquitoes and lizards, dogs and chickens and weekend loud-music from the community so it was good to mention these. Cedar Ridge is proud to be a community establishment - located just outside of the town but close enough for people who want to walk. We give thanks for our taxi drivers who know and understand our travelers who assist in giving them a safe haven in the midst of city living. I am so sorry that I had to travel out for the last two weeks of your stay and was not there to drive you around as usual (without cost to you), or to take you to the airport, however, I am sure that Lisa and Ms Madge or the security company that we retain on-call - and the others were able to ensure that you had a safe and comfortable journey. I am sorry too, that it seems that you finally gave in to pressure from home - to return, but, that is not unusual - 6 weeks is a long time to be located in one City without a secure income or it being a career choice. We really hope that your time with us, assisted you to understand how cultures and communities live, it was unfortunate that you did not travel to see the beauty of the rest of the island or participate in the festivals or activities on offer over the summer, in other locations, but perhaps another time. In Jamaica we say "Walk Good" to wish our travelers well. Walk Good Katie.
August 2017

Tanisha User Profile
June 2017
No amount of words can capture how much I loved staying with Arlene. Her home and her hospitality went above and beyond anything I could've asked for, and she truly shaped my trip into an adventure I'll never forget. For an entire month, I had a room from her, and I truly cannot note a single complaint or shortcoming during that entire time. You will not regret staying here, and you'll walk away feeling as if you're walking away from family. I'll absolutely be back. Much love!
Arlene User Profile
Response from Arlene:
Thank you my darling, you are most welcome back /forward any time. next time you come, check out the calendar for events, the reggae festival or the literary festival, or just come at Christmas when lots goes on anyway. one love all the best to your family, you are a good ambassador
June 2017

Schletti User Profile
April 2017
Arlene is a wonderful hostess. She took care of me like a mother. She is very keen to advise the guests in all matters. The house is very large and offers plenty of space. The highlights for me were the free- concert in Kingston, the visit to the Rasta Village in Mobay and the visit socialprojekt LifeYard in Downtown Kingston. Arlene has enabled me a lot. Miss marge who’s always there. A real kind lady and teach me the jamican-Kitchen. Is a verry save place whit alarmsystem to stay and the view is amazing. At night you can not walk in front of the house. It is too dangerous. General information. I traveled alone as a woman and I would not recommend it without you have a big financial budget available. It is recommended to travel in a small group. In Jamaica you pay for your security. As a woman you can not go alone to the free beach. You must pay 6-10 dollars for the tourist beaches in Montego Bay for your safety. Thanks Arlene, Miss Marge, Kadlisa, Firstman, Shane, Queen B for everything. One World, one Love Big Hughs, Blessing Melanie

Kris User Profile
February 2017
Great host! Miss Marge who's always there was my Jamaican mama. A real kind lady. It is a very safe place to stay and the view is amazing. The pictures don't do the real view any justice. I stayed for 5 weeks and had a great time.
Arlene User Profile
Response from Arlene:
Greetings Kris, thank you so much for choosing to stay with us at Cedar Ridge, I / we hope that you had a wonderful time with our home and in Jamaica overall. You are more than welcome to return whenever you get a chance and we wish you well on your future travels. One love Cedar ridge family
February 2017

Dave User Profile
December 2016
Cedar Ridge is a very beautiful property that is located on a hill. It has an amazing view over the bay. Arlene is a very kind host and she provides all kinds of information to help you tour the town, which is very helpful for first time Jamaica visitors. However, there is no hot shower at night time. If you are used to hot showers everyday it will be tough especially during winter it can get chilly at night. Overall it is a good stay.
Arlene User Profile
Response from Arlene:
Thank you so much for your comments Dave, really appreciate your compliments and will take into account the note about the hot water, this can be either positive or negative for us as some people like the cold and others not. However, we do have hot water its, just that its solar and so at night and early mornings it can be difficult for those of us who love hot water...Walk good on your journeys
December 2016

Mélissa User Profile
July 2016
Cedar Ridge was a very pleasant place. Arlene our host was a wonderful person, kind, helpful and a very affectionate person. We were pretty lucky to meet Firstman, Ms Marge, Lisa, Cardolisa and Rochelle who were always ready to help us when we needed. Cedar Ridge is a very clean and quiet place we are ready to go back there anytime. Thanks all guys for your welcoming... We had an awesome stay there. Big hugs from the girls from Martinique.
Arlene User Profile
Response from Arlene:
Hey Ladies, it was a pleasure to host you, glad that you made Jamaica your home and that you made us your family. Take care as you move through the spaces of life. One love
July 2016

Trey User Profile
December 2015
This house overlooks Mobay and is a short taxi ride away from the downtown area. The kitchen is fully equipped and the wifi is reliable. This is the first place I stayed at in Jamaica with a warm shower- it warms up with the sun. The staff and family staying there are very kind and helpful.
Arlene User Profile
Response from Arlene:
thank you for choosing Cedar Ridge Trey, it was wonderful to host you and one day we expect to see you back with us. One Love Wishing the best on your journeys
December 2015

Montego Bay, JamaicaJoined in October 2013
Arlene User Profile

Cedar Ridge is a family home converted into a hostel, (everyone grown up and moved away so now we have space!). The house nevertheless, if always full of young people passing through and sharing their lives, experiences and perspectives with guests - its usually quiet, but never a dull moment.
My son started the hostel as a way to assist with expenses for the house. We have a lot of fun with guests as we have lots of information about touring the island, lots of networks to connect folks to and there are almost always events to recommend. You host, Arlene is Jamaican with lots of international experiences, the community is a quiet cul de sac with only a few houses on a hillside not far out of town. The culture is Rastafari, Vegan and artsy, we look forward to sharing.
ADDITIONALLY...
We are bringing on stream cottages at the Rastafari Indigenous Village, they are not up officially as yet but we are managing three of them for a trial period. So if you are specifically interested in natural, outdoorsey, rustic and completely ITAL. Please ask

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