Hotels in Jamaica are a bit of a misnomer - over the past couple decades they've slowly been replaced by the many resorts the country is known for. To find a decent and affordable Jamaica hotel, you have to venture away from the main tourist area of Montego Bay. Ocho Rios is another town whose hotels are in danger from the many Jamaica all-inclusive resorts, though the ones that do exist have prime locations still in the heart of the city.
Go west from MoBay's airport and you will find the city of Negril. Formerly one of the main locales for the region's hippie population, now it has been converted to a budget traveler's dream hangout. Her you will find some of the cheapest hotels in Jamaica, though many of them have twice the personality of the country's numerous resorts. Although you will find as many fancy and famous resorts in Negril as you would anywhere else on the island - with good examples being Hedonism II and the stereotypically Jamaica all-inclusive resort of Grand Lido - it"s the smaller, intimate hotels that make the area seem like a small community, instead of a sprawling, resort-intensive anonymity that seems to infuse many other areas of the country.
Coco La Palm is nothing fancy, but clean, cheerful and an excellent home base for exploring Jamaica's west coast. Another of the fine Jamaica hotels here is the odd Country Country, with private patios and the a bright decor that you can see from the ocean. The Chalera Inn has a fine restaurant that is a required stop for all who venture to Negril.
Though Ocho Rios developed the very first Jamaican all-inclusive resort, the hotels here lack for nothing. You won't find a spa or a casino or a golf course attached, but you can still have a vacation of luxury. By far one of the more unique Jamaica hotels is Goldeneye, the converted home of James Bond novelist Ian Fleming. Now you too can sit in the private gardens where classics like Dr. No and Goldfinger were penned. Even if you are not a 007 fan, there is plenty to like. For those seeking a less done up place to call home for a week or two, the Rooms Ocho Rios supplies just what the name implies - and little else. For those who prefer to avoid all-inclusive meal plans and activities, this is the place for you. Hotels in Jamaica do not get more basic than this.
The cities of Kingston and Port Antonio are certainly different from the tourist spots. Kingston is another spot for extremely basic Jamaica hotels (understandable, since many travelers here arrive on business ), while Port Antonio is a sleepy little town best known for its active lifestyle. You'll find mostly villas here, all decorated with "old Caribbean" flavor, complete with antiques and carefully manicured tropical gardens.