Sunday, October 9, 2011

A Casa Montego ad from 1961

I found this way cool ad from The Financial Post that was put out November 11th, 1961.  The ad was pitching the recently built Casa Montego Motel.  It's interesting to see that in order to book a room, you need to call your local travel agent.  Jez, times have changed.

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From what I can find this 100 room hotel has been around since 1957 and was pretty popular in the 60's, 70's and even the 80's.  One person claims it's still open but in pretty bad shape.  Others reports have the hotel vacant for a number of years.  I think the building is still there, but perhaps empty.

(The 8 story Casa Montego in 1965)

There's a lot of history in Montego Bay, but for this hotel, 50 years seems like all she had.  If anyone has more info, please comment.  I love researching the "old" Jamaica when tourism just started to boom.  As a side note, you could have booked a room at Casa Montego in 1980 for $25 a night.

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