Dropped into Grand Cayman for a 5 day birthday vacation. What a great island, but very expensive in strange ways. Stayed at the Marriott in an ocean front room which overlooked the beach, looked out toward the ocean, and got bombarded with the beach version of a night club - more on that later.
The beach was fantastic, snorkelling was great, and the hotel itself was quite nice - lots of little turtles, parrots, and iguanas running around. Room was very nice and well appointed. Didnt do any diving but took trip out to Singray City which I would recommend as a must do on any trip to GCM. Water was crystal - had some great photo ops. Food on the island is great but you must remember that prices are in CI dollars whcih is worth $1.25 US per CI dollar. That can fool you into thinking that things are cheap but when you have a breakfast for $16CI its really $20US. The better food is found in some of the better restaurants. Ate at the Lobster Pot and Luca's which I would highly recommend. Had dinner at Neptunes but would not recommend it as the meal was jus very average for the price. We wanted to go to the Calypso Grill for dinner, known as the best seafood restaurant but here's the catch, the cab fare round trip would have been $50 and that was just too expensive to pay in addition to the meal. Expect meals at your better restaurants to run between $75 and $100US per person. This was the first country where its cheaper to rent a car (approx. $40/day) than take taxis. The local bus system is quite good with trips costing $2CI per person. They even reversed course to pick us up and take us downtown. Very friendly island and I would go back there in a heartbeat.
Regarding the beach nightclub - Marriott in their infinite wisdom decides to setup a nighclub event called LaPlange every Saturday night from 9-12. Problem here is that unless you want to party with the crowd, you will be unable to sleep or just hand out on your balcony and have a quite drink. I found this the most annoying and unpleasurable part of the trip. I think that Marriott should let clients know on their website of this event so plans can be made accordingly. I wonder how many complaints they got. If they had just kept the volume down a notch or two it would have been more tolerable, but when you are bombarded with techno disco beats and music for 3 hours, its definitely gets on your nerve. We were in room 556 which is on the top floor overlooking the night club setup so if we were on another side of the hotel, it might not have been so bad. The next time, if our stay spans a Saturday night, will not be staying at the Marriott unless they change this most inconsiderate activity in the future. That was luckily the only negative thing about the hotel.
One amusing thing that happened, we got into a cab and asked to be taken to a local restaurant. Apparrently the cab driver didnt know about this place and drove around and we had to go back to the hotel to get directions. What was amazing was when we finally did get the directions and we got to the restaurant, he informed us that he had eaten there quite a bit - go figure. Not a problem though because we ended up eating at the Lobster Pot - one of the best seafood dinners. Right across teh street if Coconut Joes which is a cool little restaurant that serves breakfast and other dishes. Best breakfast place to eat - unless you want to pay $44 at the hotel. Another breakfast place is ICOA whcih is about a 5 minute walk from the Marriott. Great little SOHO type of place - worth at least one meal.
So if you go, take plenty of cash, rent a car, and enjoy the place. Would give it an A+ apart form the noisy beach night club.
So if you go,
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The all new Beach House at the Grand Cayman Marriott makes you feel right at home. All of our spacious 295 guest rooms have been completely refurbished. The main lobby "Anchor & Den" has transformed into a spacious, yet cozy place where you can connect, relax and spend time with family and friends. Experience enhanced culinary offerings at the new outdoor beach fish grill restaurant Veranda or have a drink at the Vista Bar. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Marriott Grand Cayman Beach Hotel Seven Mile Beach
- Marriott Seven Mile Beach
- Seven Mile Beach Marriott
- Grand Cayman Marriott Beach Resort Cayman Islands