This is an excellent hotel for a relaxing vacation. We visited in August of 2009, and are returning in July 2010. The property itself is very nice. The lobby is "locale appropriate" in terms of furniture and decor. It is very clean and well maintained. The hallways were somewhat worn, and there was a fair amount of sand and water tracked in from the beach. This is to be expected, and was not a problem. The rooms themselves have been recently renovated and have typical Marriott furnishings, linens, etc. (which is good). The grounds are only average for a Marriott resort. When we were there the shallow pools in the garden were dirty, and water from them ran across the walkway. The landscaping was typical tropical and appealing, but nothing special.
The beach itself is very nice. There was generally lots of room, but if you want a chair close to the water you need to get out by 8:00am or you will be closer to the back row. The restaurant will take food and drink orders and deliver to your chair. We did find that the hotel did not do a very good job of cleaning up after careless visitors who left food, cups and lots of cigarette butts on the sand. By the end of the day we had to be careful where we stepped. There was some effort to clean up in the morning, but it was far from spotless.
The single best feature of this hotel is the artificial coral reefs in the water directly in front of the hotel. The snorkeling is simply incredible. Fins, a mask and a snorkel cost $15 a day, and you can keep them for your entire stay. This is a must! Once in the water, just poke your head under and you will be amazed. Fish of all sizes, shapes and colors abound! We spent hours just floating and being entertained.
There is a pool, but we cannot comment on that as we spent all of our water/tanning time on the beach.
There is a single restaurant in the hotel, and a moderate sized bar. The food was good but not great and was expensive. This was not a problem, as there are lots of better options nearby.
The staff was very friendly and helpful (with the exception of one person who, unfortunately, worked both at the front desk and as a concierge). Marriott staff in general seem to be genuinely friendly, and that held true here.
Overall this was a very relaxing hotel. It is not a luxury property, but is certainly towards the higher end. We had everything we needed for a wonderful experience. Although we travelled without kids, there were a lot of families. The hotel seemed well suited for those travelling with children.
We highly recommend this hotel, and can't wait for our return trip!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Beach House at Grand Cayman Marriott Beach Resort makes you feel right at home. All of the spacious 295 guest rooms at our Grand Cayman resort 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 - a perfect place to end the night in the Cayman Islands. ... 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