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16 Church Street, Montego Bay Jamaica
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What you can expect during your stay
  • All linens sanitised in high-temperature wash
  • Hand sanitiser available to guests & staff
  • Stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
  • Daily temperature and symptom checks for staff
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Updated 20/06/25 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
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Updated 20/06/25 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.


#5 of 105 Speciality lodging in Montego Bay
Mobay Kotch is a hostel that operates out of the Georgian style building dating back to the 1760's located at 16 Church Street. Originally the home of a wealthy merchant from the 18th century, it has been mentioned in travel guides as a sight to see in Montego Bay. This red brick building over the years has served as a church manse, a synagogue, a hotel, a masonic lodge, and office space to list a few. It is most remembered, however, as the site of the highly rated Town House on Church Street restaurant and because of this it is locally recognized as "The Townhouse". Today, this property is registered as Jamaican National Heritage Building and is the home to the hostel MOBAY KOTCH.
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Property amenities
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Public wifi
Airport transportation
Shuttle bus service
Self-serve laundry
Room types
Non-smoking rooms
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Halma S wrote a review Nov 2020
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Had to cancel my November 20 trip and this was one of the hostels I had booked with. I was expecting the same issues and problems I had as when dealing with the airline but I was surprised and astonished at the courteousness and welcome I received when I was telling them the bad news. I knew this was their livelihood but there was no indignation and more concern for my well being. I will definitely be rebooking this trip and this is one of the first places I will be returning to. See you in early 2022.
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Date of stay: November 2020
LSUTGR1 wrote a review Feb 2020
Phoenix, Arizona1045 contributions48 helpful votes
This is a very small hidden gem located just a block away from the city center, or "downtown" area where all the shops are located. It doesn't look like much from the outside but once you are brought into the gate (which is quite a challenge during the late hours since it is always locked) and taken around the building to the entrance, you'll be surprised at how nice, clean, and spacious this place is. The WiFi is spotty at best in the rooms but works fine outside in the seating area. They sometimes have problems with their credit card machines, so having cash is always a plus. The rooms are clean and beds quite comfortable. Minimal supplies in the bathroom, and BYOT (Bring Your Own Towel) but you get what you pay for - the prices are very reasonable for the country and the location. I DEFINITELY recommend this place to anybody that is looking for a comfortable and economical place to stay overnight in the Montego Bay area.
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Date of stay: December 2019
Room Tip: Interior rooms are quieter.
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Shereen wrote a review Dec 2019
Berwick, Australia56 contributions34 helpful votes
My adult daughter and I had a triple room to ourselves. The place was cozy and comfortable. Loved the sense of community created by having everyone use the WiFi in the courtyard. Met some lovely people. The owner was very helpful. She pointed out places of interest and provided invaluable tips. The House is a magnificent old place. Loved the feel and look of it. Bathrooms and kitchen were clean. Beds were comfortable and clean. The place was close to a mini Mart, taxis, cultural center, craft market and the beach. We walked to the hip strip at night and did not feel unsafe at all. The people were generally friendly and willing to help if you needed directions. Discovered and tried many interesting foods and fruits while we stayed there. Would recommend this guest house any time.
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Date of stay: December 2019Trip type: Travelled with family
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Heygeorgie wrote a review Oct 2019
Melbourne, Australia14 contributions11 helpful votes
I had a room to myself (double/triple room) so I can’t speak for the dorm accommodation, but my double bed was comfortable. The room would have been cramped with one other person, let alone two, though. There’s no AC, only a ceiling fan, so it can get very hot - this is the tropics after all. I know other reviewers have said it was clean but I think the dark-stained floorboards can hide a multitude of sins. When I wiped up some spilled water in my room, the paper towel came away black and grungy. The bathrooms were reasonably clean - no hair in the plug holes - and the kitchen was run down but also reasonably clean, though the kitten and dog roamed freely throughout, which might not be some people’s idea of hygiene. The wifi only worked in the back courtyard, but this was also the only smoking area. So if you need to use the wifi, be prepared to get a good ole lungful of smoke, Bob Marley style. Clearly, most of my fellow travelers and the hosts were committed marijuana smokers, and that’s fine, but I felt like I couldn’t get away from it. This place is in a run-down area and you might not feel safe on the streets at night. I was grateful that I could buy food at the supermarket over the road and cook dinner in the kitchen for this reason. During the day I was happy to roam around on my own (I’m a middle aged white woman) but I swam at the private beach rather than the free public beach since I didn’t have anyone to mind my stuff. Crime and murder rates are very high in Jamaica, but this neighbourhood didn’t feel any more threatening than similar places I’ve been (Manila, Maputo, Mexico, Washington DC, Bangkok etc), but as in those places, I wouldn’t go out on my own after dark.
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Date of stay: October 2019Trip type: Travelled solo
Jacq J wrote a review May 2019
Prince Albert, Canada342 contributions87 helpful votes
Close to the airport, shuttle available ($). Clean with comfortable beds, adequate shower/toilet facilities (cold water). Good location close to downtown. Kitchen available. Close to Pier 1 bus terminal for Knutsford Express (10 min walk).
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Date of stay: May 2019Trip type: Travelled solo
US$44 - US$51 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
CaribbeanJamaicaSaint James ParishMontego Bay
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Frequently Asked Questions about Mobay Kotch
Which popular attractions are close to Mobay Kotch?
Nearby attractions include Sam Sharpe Square (0.1 km), Montego Bay Cultural Center (0.1 km), and St James Parish Church (0.1 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Mobay Kotch?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, airport transportation, and shuttle bus service.
What are some restaurants close to Mobay Kotch?
Conveniently located restaurants include Juici Patties, Mama Vena's Kitchen, and Millenium Victory.
Does Mobay Kotch have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Mobay Kotch offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are there any historical sites close to Mobay Kotch?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Barnett Estate Plantation (0.4 km) and The Cage (2.6 km).