Bath Fountain Hotel rises majestically, with the Blue Mountains serving as an encompassing backdrop. Built as a hospital by the British in 1749, the stone hotel is now owned by the people of Jamaica. Revitalized after Hurricane Gilbert in 1988, the hotel perches above the Bath River, more like a stream, like a moldy relic from a bygone era. Mineral springs rise up in Bath and have been used to cure ailments for longer than anyone can remember.
Here you can experience two extremes of Jamaican tourism, the world inside the gate and the world outside the gate. It reflects a Colonial luxury of times passed. The Maroons first discovered the healing waters, but the British developed the hospital with twenty clean, but spartan hospital rooms, and the 16 beautifully restored tiled baths in the basement.
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