Marriott Grand Cayman Beach Resort
Travel Blogs from Seven Mile Beach
Thursday 7th November
Soraya had work today so I spent the day in the sunshine reading my book and taking in the views. Where she lives is really nice, she has a view of a little marina and the golf course across the water.
In the evening we went to a wine tasting event at the West Indies Wine Company. Its a really cool wine shop in the Camana Bay area. If she werent preggers Candice would bloody love this place... There are loads ...
... in Hatfield, whilst there she made some new friends argghh, one of these new friends was a girl called Lucie, Anna and Lucie remained good friends even though their careers took different paths. I first met Lucie one evening when I was nominated to pick them up from a night out so up until a few years ago only knew of her as one of Anna's drunk mates, Lucie about 4 years ago got a job and moved to Grand Cayman, Anna not really needing an excuse to get in the heat flew over for ...
... teeth. This time I realized that they feel a lot like a bolete mushroom with the shiny gray top surface and very soft and almost slimy underside. They were great - whipping around us, bumping into us and even sometimes climbing up our chests if we would let them. Kara and I tried to feed the babies, or little ones, but they wouldn't come for the food.
After the stingrays, we headed over to the reef and snorkeled. It was great, ...
... finished, I was hungry. Kara said she wasn't that hungry but we ended up getting a regular kind of lunch with some conch fritters and a mango smoothie. I was most impressed with the mango hot sauces and the mango smoothie.
Even though our feet weren't exactly jumping for joy at the thought of walking some more - after yesterday's excursion - we checked out the snorkeling area around the Turtle Farm - or at least on the other side of the road. I ...
... nice hotels with all sorts of shopping and night life going on. Very live and happening. The tour guide told us that most of the drug running days are over and that Columbia has gone legit. (Mexico has it now) They must have put a lot of that drug money into the infrastructure of the city because it's beautiful and very modern. Could spend some time here hanging out. Oh and on an odd note it ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Marriott Grand Cayman Beach Resort Seven Mile Beach
This hotel is just okay---my boyfriend and I were expecting a beautiful resort and instead found ourselves staying at one of the least attractive hotels on the island (not to mention it's the only one without ANY beach due to erosion). If we could do it over we would book a condo closer to the West Bay area for a unique, authentic Cayman experience. The Seven Mile Beach area is more of an advertising gimmick...not anything special BUT ridiculously expensive. Be wary of cabs due to high fares and hop on a bus whenever possible--you'll save yourself enough $ to eat at The Wharf, which is a great restaurant right on the water.
We were at the Marriott for 4 nights the 1st week of December 2003. The hotel rooms and staff were very good. The location of the hotel is also very good. Most things are within walking distance, bars,stores,restaurants,fast food, except for a nice beach. That is the major drawback to the Marriott, no beach at all!! Thats not bad enough but the water is full of boulders and sharp rocks and the water clarity is bad for the Carribbean. Even walking up the beach, the sand is better but the boulders and clarity are the same. To go to a nice beach you must either drive, take a cab or a bus. We took the bus, $4 round trip per person in Cayman money. I recommend the Cemetary Beach for snorkeling and the public beach for nice sand and restrooms. Everything at the hotel is expensive as is everything in Grand Cayman. Good thing they have grocery stores there and liquor stores. I am glad we opted for just 4 nights there instead of 7 which we normally do. If the price was right I would go back to the Marriott but if another hotel with beach was available I'd definitely go there. Do stingray city. Actually reasonable.
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We stayed here during the second week of November. The hotel itself was great and its staff superb. Check in and check out was fast and they even let us keep our room for an extra four hours at no cost on the day we had to check out. The beach though is TOTALLY GONE despite the photo used on the hotel's web site and on Expedia where we booked our trip.
That photo shows a wide beach in front of the hotel. That seems to be blatant fraudulent advertising. The pool is nice but average sized and all the chairs were taken even with the hotel one third full. If you go here in the winter the competition for pool side chairs must be fierce.
A wide beach does exist about a half-mile walk away. Overall there's lots to do on the island with the stingrays, great snorkeling and the turtle farm. There''s also excellent local restaurants and great ocean front bars like Rackam's , the Cracked Conch and over the Edge. Just ignore the McDonald's, Pizza Huts and KFCs.
The hotel itself was clean but there is absolutely no beach at this hotel... you go from cement poolside into cayman waters which by the way, sand on the bottom is actually not sand but large hard rocky lava like bottom.. very painful on bare feet... the two restaurants at the hotel are extremely expensive and limited to nothing special on the menu... get an oceanview room only or stay at another hotel...
Where's the beach??
We were in Grand Cayman 2nd weekend in Nov.2003. The Weather and Food are wonderful. The advertising for a hugh beach is very misleading. The beach is no longer there. There is no beach for this Hotel! You go from the pool area down a few steps directly into the ocean. Its not bad if you are not looking for a beach to lay out on. If you want a lounge chair for the pool get there early or you will have to wait for a chair to open up. The rooms are nice and the staff is accommodating.
I thought the hotel was fine for our guests. If you want your private three bedroom place next door, go to caymanbeachcondo see if they have a vacancy....
Seven Mile Beach??? Where??
The Grand Cayman Island is a beautiful place. I love going to tropical places and my main joy is walking the beach. I had read so many articles on the internet about the famous "Seven Mile Beach" so decided Grand Cayman would be this year's destination. I can't tell you how disappointed I was on my arrival date when I walked out to the beach and it wasn't there. Yes, there was a very small stretch behind the hotel but you could not walk to the next hotel without shoes. You could not lay on the beach behind the hotel without dropping your chair over the sea wall. You had to lay on a lounge chair in order to keep above the water. The Hotel itself was beautiful and the staff excellent.
Hopefully someday they will get their beach back to normal.
Our stay here was reasonably comfortable but-- there is no beach except for 2-3 feet of sand. Washed out 4 years ago in a hurricane. The hotel has built an artifical reef and orhte attempts to recapture sand. The staff was wonderful and most accommodating. Our room was ocean front and we had to listen to the pool activity late into the nite. They charge for everything including the bottled water, best to cross the street for water bottles of lots less. The tap water is desalinated and not drinkable. The room was tired. A\C was super cold (too much so that I had to have the engr. fix the thermostat) but the bed sucked. They need fitted sheets, for $300 per nite I like to have my sheets stay in.
I willnot stay in this hotel again.
The Marriott was one of the few places along Seven Mile Beach where there was actually a good stretch of beach to lie on. Most of the beaches did get washed away in a hurricane, but you could fare worse at other hotels.
The hotel itself is beautiful and classy. Several places to eat throughout the day, as well as people in the lobby who will help you set up a trip to Stingray City or take a sunset sail on a boat. The breakfast there was fantastic. We felt no need to go anywhere else for that- and the service was professional and quick. The hotel manager quite often stopped by to see how everything was, and by the end of the week knew our names.
The room we stayed in had a courtyard view with a small balcony- but who cares about a view when you're in Grand Cayman? Your time should be spent lounging on the gorgeous beach.
The beach right in front of the Marriott, by the way, has a small reef, so you don't need to wander at all to find good snorkeling.
They did quickly run out of beach umbrellas each morning, so if you're a late riser, chances are you won't be able to get one for the day.
Overall, the Marriott was a great experience. I would absolutely stay there again.
The Marriott Grand Cayman is nicely located directly on the beach (careful, beach has washed away here...and is going quickly). Views from the courtyard rooms are, well, of the courtyard and turtle pond. If you take a courtyard room ask for a higher floor. Beach front room are long with excellent views and small balconies. Rooms that look out from the sides of the hotel have very limited, if any, water views. Careful!
Restaurants are average. Service leisurely to slow. Other restaurants (Grand House, The Wharf) down the road are quite tropical and set the mood with excellent food and service.
The pool is not used much but finding a lounge chair could be difficult if your not down sunning early (8:00am).
I rate this property as average.