Marriott Grand Cayman Beach Resort
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Last night, I received a notice that our final permits for landing in Panama and overflight of Colombian airspace have been approved. Though good news, we were really hoping for at least one more day with no special schedule in Grand Cayman; who wouldn't?
This morning, I was awake with the alarm at 6 am, ready to meet our cab out front at …
Only thing better than rest and relaxation is... rest and relaxation while floating in the Caribbean Sea! And you know what was even better? The sun came out for a while... and I didn't feel like I had to be working!
We got going early this morning from Georgia for the longest leg of the trip to Ecuador. Just under 800 nautical miles, it …
... to go instead for mud slides - a drink originating here on Grand Cayman - as dessert at the Marriott so we could sit by the beach.
When we got to the Marriott, we were impressed by the poshness. There was music and candles and there was the ocean. We got our beachside table and ordered our mudslides - we didn't find out the price until we went to pay: $11 in Cayman money so it is 25% higher in US. The rub was that they were served ...
... another bus back to the hotel, debated a bit where to eat, and ended up here at Stingers, the Comfort Suites Restaurant. They were out of the conch chowder, but did have the rum punch specials. We each had a different salad and shared some calamari for a light dinner plus had the substitute seafood chowder. There were some fireworks as we left the restaurant patio.
Oh, I see Kara is still awake. I expected her to be asleep by now - 9:21 pm.
... dripping into your eyes is definitely not pleasant. On the walk to the store we saw 2 gray birds - boobies! (HA!!!).
After the store I came back to the room and sought refuge in our cool, air-conditioned room. That, and I felt like I was getting sunburned (which of course I was). I ended up crashing out for a few blissful hours. Sun + fear + diving + crazy humid heat will really take it out of you.
Woke up, got situated for bike riding, and then ...
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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.
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.
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 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.