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"Choose To Be Happy!" @ 16

Sleeps2
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Space 325 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 nights

Overview

About the property

Summary

Our Studio offers several creature comforts, HGTV styled-living, a characterful room and acoustic bathroom all set on the leafy grounds of an historic tropical urban oasis in the heart of New Kingston and approx 2.5 Kms/5 mins from the U.S. Embassy.

The Space

* 24 hour security

* Complimentary welcome basket of grocery essentials

* Calls to more than 120 countries including land-lines and mobile phones in the USA, Canada, India and China, plus land-lines only in the UK, Brazil and most European and South American countries (**Conditions Apply).

* Free Wi-Fi

* Local mobile phone available (refundable deposit required)

* Safety Deposit Box (billed separately)

* Free, on-site parking

A fully self contained 325 Sq. Ft. Studio Apartment with a 'Bombay Mango Tree' neatly perched outside your window frame provides a pictureque back-drop and a cool tropical breeze throughout the day and night with a combination of sea and mountain breeze all year round.

Guest Access

'Choose to Be Happy!' is situated in a gated complex with 24-hour security in the 'Golden-Triangle' - an upscale residential community that is in close proximity to the business district, New Kingston and Liguanea. Shops, restaurants and other amenities are all close by.

Our Studio comes equipped with complimentary in-room coffee/tea, direct dial telephone with voice-mail, 42' plasma television, executive work desk, iron and ironing board, data ports for internet/e-mail access, In-room bolt-down combination safety deposit box (billed separately) and Sony Dolby Pro-Logic Surround Sound. The Studio is ideal for executives, guests, couples, etc who are visiting Kingston for the first time or returning to our beautiful shores to do business or simply relax.

** Complimentary high-speed wireless internet access is available in-room and within close proximity to the room.

** Our Studio features a sofa bed and full size kitchenette for added convenience.

** Maid-Service once per week (**Conditions Apply).

Interaction with Guest

Our guest may interact with us whenever necessary.

Why 'Choose To Be Happy?' - 16 Reasons Why!!!

1. Every new day is another chance to change your life - If you have dreamed of some things that you would like to have in your life, today is a great opportunity to do even some small things that will take you to the path that will take you to your dreams.

2. This day is an opportunity to be better than yesterday - If you pursuit every day to be better than yesterday, your self esteem and happiness will increase. Don’t try to be perfect, just focus on being a little bit better person in every way, every day, and you will achieve great things and happiness in the long run.

3. You can be who you want to be right now - It doesn’t matter what your situation looks like, you can start being who you want to be today, no matter how your life is at the moment. You don’t have to sell your house to be adventurous or have more money to share it more. Just ask yourself: “How can I be that person I want to be in this moment?”

4. The glass is both half-empty and half-full - Your attitude and thoughts define your reality, so you can choose how you see your life starting today. Finding compassion even for the worst in human behavior, and working to inspire the best will make you happy, too.

5. Happiness comes from your own actions - You can do anything you want today to make your life better if you just decide to do so. You can spread joy around you, even if you don’t have everything you want. Giving joy to other people will make your day happier, too.

6. You have great friends - You have good friends in your life that you can share your inner feelings with. If you don’t have that many close friends, today is a great opportunity to make new friends.

7. You can learn a new thing today - Learning new skills is very rewarding and helps us to proceed in life. It is possible to learn something new every day, so start thinking what you would like to learn today and just find ways to learn it. Now when we have the Internet, it is so easy to learn anything by just asking Google.

8. The summer is coming soon - If the summer isn’t coming in the next months where you live right now, it will always come in one year anyway. Remember the feeling of warm sun on your skin, the smell of coconut sunscreen, not having to wear a coat even at night, sunglasses, freckles, cold beer, the beach, tan lines, the smell of freshly cut grass and the faces of happy people? Thinking about summer and the good times you will have then makes you feel good.

9. You are alive - This is the first day of the rest of your life. Nobody lives forever and we really don’t know when it is our time to go, so why not try to enjoy our lives today like it would be the last day of our life? Enjoy your day to the fullest and make other people notice it too.

10. You are already complete - Realizing that you don’t really have to be anything else than what you already are, there will be a joyous energy behind what you do. The realization of the fact that you are a perfect human being on a deeper level already right now, without all the things you’d like to have in the future, will make you happier and less needy.

11. You are unique - It doesn’t matter whether you are introverted or outgoing, book smart or street smart, technical or creative and so on – You are the only person in the world who is just like you and the only opportunity to share with the world what you can and what you are.

12. You have an influence on the world - It doesn’t matter whether you influence millions of people or just mean the world to one person in this world – your impact is still powerful, whether you realize it or not.

13. You can change the world - No one can change the world instantly, but every one of us can change someone’s world today. Do you have a friend or a relative that you haven’t contacted for a long time? You can make someone happy today just by making a single phone call. If you make changing peoples lives a habit, you can eventually change the whole world.

14. You can feel emotions - Emotions make our lives worth living and every day is a great opportunity to have great feelings. Even the sad feelings and emotions are good because they make us feel alive and after those emotions the good days will feel much better.

15. You can change your perceptions - It is possible to view the bad things that happen to you as things that will make you stronger and the obstacles that come on your way as opportunities to learn. It doesn’t matter what happens to us – all that matters is our perception of what is happening.

16. You have accomplished great things - Even if you don’t remember them all the time, there are many great things that you have already accomplished in your life. Try to remember them everyday and be proud of them.

The Neighbourhood

Located only 20 minutes away from the Norman Manley International Airport and 5 minutes from the heart of the city's premiere financial district, New Kingston, Jamaica the studio offers, to discerning guests, unparalleled creature comfort. Kingston's top shopping, cultural and entertainment centers; such as the famous Devon House, Emancipation Park, the Hope Zoo at the Royal Botanical Gardens and the Blue Mountains, nightclubs, restaurants, international business offices and embassies are only within a five-minute walk or drive. Our studio is the perfect jump off point for visits to the old pirate city of Port Royal, the Bob Marley Museum (former home of the Reggae King), Lime Cay for swimming and the magnificent Blue Mountains (over 7000 feet above sea level) for hiking, birding or sight seeing tours.

You can also enjoy our Jamaican cuisine at the many nearby local restaurants or if you're up for international cuisine with a Jamaican twist, you'll find those close by too.

Within 5 - 10 minutes you can arrive at any of Jamaica's two renowned hospital both with a reputation of being exceptionally good hospitals, The University of the West Indies (U.W.I.), University of Technology (UTech), the National Stadium and Indoor Sports Arena, the U.S. Embassy, British High Commission, financial district, supermarkets and shopping centers, movie theatres, clubs and bars.

Getting around

Our studio apartment is about 20 minutes from the airport and is easy to find. Transportation from the airport can be arranged if necessary.

Other Things to Note

The apartment complex has a swimming pool.

House Rules

No cigar, cigarette or marijuana smoking allowed. No drugs. No more than 2 persons per apartment. No pets. No children.

More Details

Owner
SHELDON JAMES
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
May 15, 2017

About SHELDON JAMES

Hey, I'm Sheldon!!!

I love life and everything about it! I'm the Director / Sales & Marketing Manager for a family owned new & used car and auto parts business in Kingston for over 20 years.

I'm a social butterfly & a foodie who enjoys traveling, meeting & interacting with new friends, cultures and living life to the fullest.

'Our only limitations are those we set-up in our minds!'

SHELDON JAMES purchased this apartment in 2003

Why SHELDON JAMES chose Kingston

Nestled in the heart of the capital city, Choose To Be Happy is the ultimate vacation rental if you are planning a trip to Kingston, Jamaica.

Choose To Be Happy offers state-of-the-art decadence, with ultra modern decorative features, all at an affordable rate and within the confines of a gated community.

“We believe that happiness is contagious, and our goal is to help spread it across the country,” said Sheldon James, owner, Choose To Be Happy. “We created the Choose To Be Happy concept based on the notion that when you give happy, you get happy. It’s a chain reaction, and we aim to be a catalyst for happiness.”

If you want to relax outdoors the pool awaits your indulgence. If you seek quiet solitude, the outdoor balcony is perfect, maybe just a lazy read of one of the many books or you could watch a movie on satellite TV indoors. Other amenities include air conditioning, Internet access, washer and dryer.

“Choose To Be Happy would like for our guests to feel reassured of all the vacation rental properties in Kingston, they chose a property that will really make them happy,” said James.

Here’s what Choose To Be Happy guests are saying:

“As a travel agent and wedding planner, I travel quite a bit. I am so pleased that I stayed here for a few days, as it’s certainly become my oasis. I will most definitely be back again and again. I feel like I have found my very own hidden paradise in Kingston.” – Wedding_Guru, review on

“Choose To Be Happy is the perfect place to stay if and when you visit Kingston, Jamaica. This apartment is very clean, cozy, decorative and well equipped with everything that you need. Sheldon the owner is awesome and friendly and goes out of his way to accommodate his guests. The apartment is centrally located to everything, which was great and convenient. I definitely recommend this place to anyone who is visiting Kingston.” – Karen T, review on

What makes this apartment unique

"Choose to Be Happy!" @ Palms of Annette:

- Within 2 minutes walking distance of Mega Mart (a 24-hour supermarket, cafe and general store, equivalent to Walmart), and Triple T's Eatery. Both cafes serve a hearty Jamaican breakfast, lunch and dinner.

- Within 5 minutes driving distance of Devon House - A historical Victorian Great House bordered by sprawling lawns, craft shops and an ice cream parlour that is rated the 4th best place to eat ice cream in the World (yes... the World) by National Geographic.

- Within 3-5 minutes drive of:

1) The Wine Bar & Grill - Our fave place for a relaxing meal and any wine of your choosing, or a first stop for a night on the town. Tell Ossie we sent you and get 10% off your bill. (Did we mention we love this place?)

2) The Marketplace – Jamaica's premier dining and entertainment hub, which boasts world-class Indian, Chinese, Japanese, Mediterranean and local restaurants to satisfy the international palette, including Usain Bolt's Tracks and Records, and the high energy Club Fiction.

3) The Terra Nova - Offers a five-star dining experience at the Regency Restaurant; Champagne High Tea on Thursdays and a decadent Sunday Brunch at The Terrace; and an opportunity to 'lyme' with Kingston's in-crowd at the Regency Lounge & Bar.

4) Andrews Memorial Hospital - Kingston's best private hospital.

- Within 6-8 minutes drive of:

1) New Kingston – Kingston's Corporate Business district

2) Bob Marley Museum – The world famous home of the legendary King of Reggae, a recent stop for US President Barrack Obama.

3) Shopping Malls

4) The Knutsford Express (Bus Station)

5) Emancipation Park

6) The Hope Zoo at the Royal Botanical Gardens

7) Nightclubs, restaurants, international business offices and

8) Embassies such as The United States of America, Canada and the United Kingdom.

9) Constant Spring Golf Club

10) Jamzone Bowling Alley and Lounge

Amenities

New Kingston Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 2
Building Type:
  • building
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 325 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM / Check-out: 9:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Theme:
  • Away From It All
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Free Wifi
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
Bedrooms:
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Lawn / Garden
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Car Available
  • Chauffeur
  • Concierge
  • Staff
Attractions:
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • golf
  • mountain climbing
  • swimming
  • tennis

Reviews

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"Choose To Be Happy!" @ 16
average rating of 4.8461537 based on 13 reviews
5

SIMPLY AMAZING

  • 5 of 5

First & Foremost I want to thank , Sheldon & B for their hospitality. It was more than I expected, from picking me up from the Airport, to upgrading my stay and providing me with a rental

car, they supplyed me with everything I need. You can get everything you need at one place. What I love about "CHOOSE To Be Happy, is that they strive to make Happy Consumers HAPPIER, why do I say this? After returning the rental car , I forgot to full the tank back up & as a subsidiary of "Choose To Be Happy! They filled it up for me. It's little things like that that makes me always want to use them everytime i go to the island. PS the pictures do not have anything on the actual location ...SIMPLY AMAZING

  • Submitted: Sep 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Privacy and Comfort in Kingston

  • 5 of 5

The name "Happy @ 16" is perfect for this and the other properties under this banner. Located in New Kingston the apartment I stayed in was a well appointed suite complete with washer and dryer, a beautiful kitchen with all new appliances (there was even a little start up kit of snacks, coffee, teas etc), and a large bathroom. The owners spared no expense on the furniture and finishings so it truly felt like I was in a top tier hotel room. The apartment was in a gated community with 24 hour security as well as having the additional security of a key card and electronic gate seperating the courtyard from the actual apartments. Security was extremely friendly and pegging me as a visitor kept an extra eye out and helped me to find safe neighborhood restaurants to visit in the evening. I was central to almost everything in Kingston and even my friends who lived on the island were envious of my location. I normally prefer vacation rentals to hotels and Happy has become my new go to when visiting Jamaica. The price is perfect for long stays and Sheldon was super helpful allowing me to check in very early due to my morning flight and he was always a quick text and or phone call away. Recommend this property highly.

  • Submitted: Sep 14, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Home away from home and great location!

  • 5 of 5

This condo is ideally located...practically 5 mins away from everything....food/restaurants, bob marley museum and devon house. The condo is very comfortable, clean and very secure. It has all the amenities listed incl. laundry facilities and a pool.. There is security personnel at the gate 24hrs...Sheldon and his business partner Basil were very helpful and accommodating and also organized a rental for us to use during our stay...I would definitely recommend this condo if you want to stay in a very nice neighbourhood in the middle of the city!! It has everything you'll need and if not, I'm sure Sheldon will be able to accommodate!!

  • Submitted: Jun 4, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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4

Nice quiet property.

  • 4 of 5

Clean and quiet and very close to everything. I felt very secure with the secured entrance.

  • Submitted: Mar 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Everything you expect, want and more!

  • 5 of 5

For starters, my flight arrived after 6 p.m,, after check-in. and Mr. James accommodated my late arrival.The apartment was not far from the airport and is centrally located. He was waiting at the apartment when we arrived. He escorted us in and oriented us to the apartment and the property as well gave a short tutorial on how to work the aminities (which are also provided in the apartment written in detail incase you forget). The apartment was just as pictured in the photos! We were pleasantly surprised not to mention very pleased. We all know how deceiving pictuers can be. The decor was immaculate, the art work appeared to be orginal pieces. The appliances and counter tops were high end. All the things you need to perpare a meal were available: pots, pans utensils, dishes. There was a curtsey basket of snacks, teas and etc. provided. The linen closet was stocked with fresh linen, towels, wash cloths, beach towels etc. There was an iron as well as an ironing board. If you think you need it, it most likely was available. There was also a movie library as well as magizines to read. The bed was HEAVEN, very comfy! The bathroom was beautifully done and we loved having surround sound throughout the aprarment. There is a speaker in the ceiling in the bathroom that lets you hear what was playing on the T.V.. What a great feature! We truly felt at home. It's obvious we loved the apartimet and enjoyed our stay, however it was comforting to know and experience that If we had any quesitons or concerns Mr. James was alwasy easy to contact and he responsed very promptly. We chose to be happy and was not disappointed! We extend our deepest gratitude to Mr. James and his family! Thank you for an amazing vacation stay in Jamaica and we will always Choose To Be Happy!

  • Submitted: Nov 1, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

My only regret was having to leave..

  • 5 of 5

I had the pleasure of staying at this rental May 22nd –May 25th 2015. I can truly say from beginning to end Sheldon was not only professional but also accommodating. The process for booking the rental was a smooth one as well as he continued to keep me informed on the entire process. Prior to my arrival he linked me with two drivers of my choice that would be accessible for any needs I had i.e. trips to the store, rides around Kingston, etc. I not only felt SAFE but I was made to feel comfortable. Due to my early AM flight I wasn’t able to check in but Sheldon came through once again and not only did the driver pick me up from Norman Manley airport but we were able to visit the TUFF GONG studio owned by BOB MARLEY & family, the Coronation market for fresh fruit and then the local grocery store for snacks as well as oxtails and rice for a late lunch. Upon arrival the gorgeous condo was cleaned to perfection and Sheldon had a “goodie basket” to welcome me. He took the time to intricately show me how each remote worked, he also had a laminated direction sheet and was accessible as needed. The phone in the living spaces was available for local calls via LIME as well which was extremely helpful. All in all I would definitely visit again as well as recommend him . I truly miss the huge mango tree out front and the pool as well..and promise to return.

  • Submitted: Jun 24, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Map

Nearest Airport
15 Miles
NORMAN MANLEY INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
Nearest Beach
25 Miles
HILLSHIRE BEACH
Car: not necessary

Located only 20 minutes away from the Norman Manley International Airport and 5 minutes from the heart of the city's premiere financial district, New Kingston, Jamaica the studio offers, to discerning guests, unparalleled creature comfort. Kingston's top shopping, cultural and entertainment centers; such as the famous Devon House, Emancipation Park, the Hope Zoo at the Royal Botanical Gardens and the Blue Mountains, nightclubs, restaurants, international business offices and embassies are only within a five-minute walk or drive. Our studio is the perfect jump off point for visits to the old pirate city of Port Royal, the Bob Marley Museum (former home of the Reggae King), Lime Cay for swimming and the magnificent Blue Mountains (over 7000 feet above sea level) for hiking, birding or sight seeing tours.

You can also enjoy our Jamaican cuisine at the many nearby local restaurants or if you're up for international cuisine with a Jamaican twist, you'll find those close by too.

Within 5 - 10 minutes you can arrive at any of Jamaica's two renowned hospital both with a reputation of being exceptionally good hospitals, The University of the West Indies (U.W.I.), University of Technology (UTech), the National Stadium and Indoor Sports Arena, the U.S. Embassy, British High Commission, financial district, supermarkets and shopping centers, movie theatres, clubs and bars

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Rates & Availability

New Kingston Apartment Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
USD
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
$85
$595
$2,261
 

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $200
Destination Fee $50
Cleaning Fee $50

Firstly, do you need a rental car while in Jamaica? Please advise. Whether you are on the island for business or pleasure, we have a range of vehicles’ to choose from that will suit your needs. A comprehensive fleet of vehicles’ are available in compact and mid-size cars.

Secondly, CTBH utilizes the services of Audley Reid and Delroy Anthony Blake, our local taxi operators, whom are professional, reliable and very reasonable priced and is easily accessible via the features available on your smartphone.

Q: Are taxis readily available on demand?

A: CTBH utilizes the services of Audley Reid and Delroy Anthony Blake, our local taxi operators, whom are professional, reliable and very reasonable priced and is easily accessible via the features available on your smartphone. Also, On Time Taxi Company Limited is the preferred and premier taxi service company in Jamaica; providing safe, prompt and reliable travel island wide.

Q: Can you hold my reservation for a few more days?

A: CTBH is offered on a 'first come, first served' basis. So, we can only guarantee your booking and reservation after we have received confirmation of payment in full via Bank of America, National Commercial Bank, Bank of Novia Scotia, PayPal, Inter-Bank Transfer, Wire Transfer, etc. All reservations without payments are automatically cancelled in 48 hours.

Q: Place email me the directions to "Choose To Be Happy!" @ 16?

A: Upon departing the Norman Manley Int'l Airport please head north along Norman Manley Highway to the roundabout and take the 1st exit onto Sir Florizel Glasspole Highway. Turn right onto Michael Manley Blvd/Windward Road and continue all the way to the end of Mountain View Avenue. Then continue straight across to road onto Seaview Avenue then turn right onto Seymour Avenue and look for property #19. You have arrived at "Choose To Be Happy!" @ 16.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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