Clarage's Hotel → Montego Bay Racquet Club → condo development
Montego Bay: Miranda Hill/Downtown
Montego Bay Racquet Club. On Queen's Drive. On a hill overlooking town.
- Clarage's Hotel, was a cottage colony of 11 units with a dining room, cocktail lounge and kidney-shaped swimming pool. It was owned by Mr. Dick Clarage.
- In the Guide to Jamaica: 1958 Clarage's accommodated 28 persons.
- In 1961 it was bought by New York businessmen. Three lighted tennis hard courts were constructed on the adjoining property. It officially became the Montego Bay Racquet Club in November with 15 two-bedroom Japanesey cottages sprinkled around a garden of almond trees. Now 4-1/2 acres. Many tennis greats were involved.
- In November 1965 they completed eight air-conditioned rooms with ocean-view balconies.
- In December 1976 the club reopened under new management after being closed for some eight months, during which time it underwent a £20,000 renovation and landscaping program. The tennis courts were improved and the number increased to seven. The new operator is Mr. and Mrs. Robert T. Garth, who own and operate the nearby Blue Harbour Hotel.
- In the mid-1980s the hotel was closed, but the tennis program continued.
- In 1988 the club underwent a US$2-1/4 million refurbishing and expansion program. The seven Laykold courts were resurfaced. The 16 cottages were converted into self-contained one- and two-bedroom villas. The villas were all sold.
- In 1989 four tour operators went into bankruptcy and the hotel lost over J$250,000
- In May 1991 the hotel, operated by Eujon Hotels Limited, owed $142,658.56 in room taxes for the period July 1989-July 1990. Management blamed it on the tour operator bankruptcies.
- In 1993 a long planned high-rise condominium block of two-bedroom, two bathroom suites was completed.
- Not sure how much was hotel after this.
- 1998 is the last year tennis was mentioned in the newspaper. By this time all hotels had their own tennis courts.
- The tennis courts are derelict. Google likes to stick pins in the courts for establishments located elsewhere.