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Sunshine Suites Resort
Ranked #7 of 10 Hotels in Seven Mile Beach
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 20 February 2013

We had not previously stayed on Grand Cayman because the prices were always much higher than on other islands in the Caribbean and they do not specialize in "all-inclusives". But this year we found a good deal at the Sunshine Suites and were very pleased with our vacation there. Breakfast was included in our hotel price and was good. It included 4 types of cold cereal, pancakes, yogurt, scrambled eggs, various types of muffins, toast, some type of fruit each day, juice and coffee. Not a huge buffet, but definitely enough. You could eat breakfast inside the Sunshine Grill or out at the tables next to the swimming pool. You had to cross a rather busy street to get to 7-mile beach, but it was not a huge problem. The Ritz Carlton and Westin are across the street, so the Sunshine Suites is definitely in a "safe", nice neighborhood. We walked in the dark every night. We walked toward town & ate at Deckers and the Lone Star. We walked the other direction, to a plaza/mall type place, where a Cost-U-Less store is located. It it similar to Sam's Club or Costco....a giant warehouse-type store that sold just about everything. Our suite was actually a small apartment. It had a living room with a couch, chairs, large flat-screen TV & eating area. It had a galley kitchen, with stove, microwave, full size fridge, dishes, eating utensils, pans, etc., a bathroom with hair dryer and both shower & tub, and a bedroom with a king bed & another flat-screen TV. The place was very clean & housekeeping did a good job supplying us with what we needed. Since we had the full-size fridge, we purchased meat, bread & cheese, etc. at Cost-U-Less for lunches on the beach. We took the bus downtown, as it's quite a hike, but on a cool day, I'm sure we could have walked there, as we walk all the time. The bus ride to most places only costs $2.50. Some are $5, but it is much less than a taxi & the busses are actually 15-passenger vans. The vans were clean & I'd recommend taking them anywhere on the island. The vans stop right in front of the Sunshine Suites driveway. We went to the turtle farm and were glad we did. Instead of paying for a turtle farm "tour", we just hopped the bus & bought tickets at the farm. Seven mile beach is beautiful. Turquoise water & white, white sand as far as you can see. Sunshine Suites provides beach chairs for those staying there. There is not much shade at the beach directly across from the Sunshine Suites driveway, but if you walk just a little way down & walk to the beach area through the parking lot (next to the Governor's house) there are some trees there to provide you with shade. There are not cheap hamburger grill or snack places for lunch on the beach. That is why we bought food at Cost-U-Less and made sandwiches, etc. for lunch. Food at both Deckers and Lone Star was good. We had dinner at both. Deckers was more expensive. Lone Star was cheaper, more of a sports bar, and we watched the Super Bowl there. We walked to Camana Bay from the hotel. It's not very far. We went to the top of the tower there. The mosaics on the walls of the Camana Bay tower and the view from the top are absolutely breathtaking. There are lots of stores there - very upscale. In Georgetown, we had some snacks overlooking the water at the Paradise Restaurant. We just had a smoothie & a milkshake, so I can't comment on the food there. But sitting right by the water there & watching & hearing the waves crash against the restaurant while we sipped our drinks was awesome. We visited the historical museum of the Cayman Islands in downtown Georgetown. Small, but interesting history lesson. There are lots of souvenir shops in town, as cruise ships stop there. There are a few little restaurants & and yogurt shop in the plaza directly in front of the Sunshine Suites, but we didn't eat at any of them. The final night of our vacation was our wedding anniversary, and we made reservations at the Sunshine Grill. The meal was wonderful. Some type of fish medallions. Delicious. The people at the hotel desk were nice and very helpful. You get your beach towels there. There was free internet in our room for our I Pad. The U. S. dollar is not worth very much compared to the Cayman dollar, so be prepared for sticker shock. Things weren't outrageously priced, but definitely more expensive than on other islands, especially when the prices were converted to American dollars. I don't want to scare anyone about costs, just be prepared, that if something is marked $25.00 in Cayman dollars, it's more than that on your credit card. If you are there a week, that can add up. The airport was nice and very efficient. The taxi from the airport is $25. I don't think you can take the busses (vans) from the airport. If you are thinking of renting a car instead of taking the vans, remember that they drive on the other side of the road and there are "roundabouts" on the roads there. We had no complaints whatsoever about Sunshine Suites. The only thing I would stress would be that if you are not in great physical shape, and have trouble walking or carrying things, remember that the beach chairs have to be carried from the hotel main desk, across the street & to the beach. That was not a problem for us at all, but may be for some elderly people. Don't expect to just walk out the door of your hotel room & be right on the beach, like you are at some Caribbean resorts. It would have been nice if there was some type of music around the pool in the evening for dancing, but we realized that the price of the Sunshine Suites is just a fraction of the cost of the hotels across the street & in the area so you can't expect everything. So we were fine with the location and the amenities for the price we paid. It was excellent. Definitely a good deal, price-wise. We would definitely recommend the hotel and definitely stay there again in the future.

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Reviewed 19 February 2013

The Sunshine Suites is a nice hotel and immaculate for it's price. This is not a high end luxury beach resort, but it is completely comfortable and pleasing. Staff is very friendly and accommodating.

Pros:

Good Value
Breakfast included
Grounds are beautifully kept
Staff friendly and well informed
Very near 7mile beach
Great bar and restaurant
Beach towels are provided and exchangeable
Beach chairs are provided.

Cons:

Not actually on the beach
Sun umbrellas are not provided and there is no shade on beach..none.

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1  Thank Darren Z
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Reviewed 18 February 2013

My boyfriend and I just stayed at Sunshine Suites resort and had a great time. They are not directly on the ocean but a short walk across the street brings you right to the water with uncrowded beaches. They also provided beach chairs and towels to take the beach which was a nice addition

They offered a dive package with room included and it was a great deal. We could dive every day with Divers Down and the dive shop picked us up and returned us to the hotel.

The room was clean and had tiled floors which was great for drying our dive gear.

The only downside to this place was their breakfast selection, but if you're looking for a basic continental breakfast, you can;t go wrong.

Overall I would definitely stay at sunshine suites again!

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Reviewed 17 February 2013

Just stayed here for a week and we couldn't want for a nicer or better placed hotel. Friendly helpful staff and very comfortable accommodation. A fairly small pool but with Seven Mile Beach just across the way, the pool is more 'nice to have' than essential! The room was spacious with a very comfortable bed. Food is served at the Sunshine Grill where they quite rightly claim to have the best burgers on the island! Highly recommended!

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2  Thank Ann998
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Reviewed 14 February 2013

This location is a fantastic deal. It is right near the expensive resorts and just as close to all of the main attractions of the island. Everyone will have their own opinion of a property, but I must say; everything was superb. Everything!

I would like to note that upon arrival, I was a little leery. The property was bright and well maintained, but the open stairways and walkways gave the impression of a motel. We all know what kind of visions conjure up with the mention of a "motel." But, this was certainly NOT a motel.

The Sunshine Suites was the most quiet property I have ever stayed at. While staying at the big brands for business or leisure, there is always someone allowing a door to slam behind them (if not the housekeeping employees) and you are startled out of bed. Not once was I disturbed at any time of day at the Sunshine Suites. It was beautiful, peaceful and I cannot wait to go back.

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  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled solo
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Reviewed 13 February 2013

This property was a wonderful choice and we would return again! If you are going to Grand Cayman on a budget, you will definitely get a lot for what you pay for. Remember, this is NOT the Ritz-Carlton or The Westin. This is a boutique hotel and a GREAT, well-run one at that. First of all, the rooms have kitchens including stove-top, microwave, coffee maker, refrigerator/freezer, sink. This is a plus because we went to the grocery store (Foster's) within walking distance for lunch and snack supplies. Also, there is a strip mall in front of sunshine suites with a snack shop, bar, cafe, and place a place to buy beer/spirits. Don't forget to do your shopping BEFORE SUNDAY! This is literally a day of rest on the Grand Cayman. Grocery stores / liquor stores and a lot of shops are closed. Just plan a beach day! The Sunshine Suites also has a restaurant on premises called the Sunshine Grill. This place has Great food for lunch or dinner. Seating is limited so get there early because it can become very busy and people not staying at the Suites will come to eat there too. They have a small pool and a beautifully landscaped premises. Breakfast is also included. Just don't expect a Grand Hot Food extraveganza. I am a light breakfast eater and it was great for me (fruit, toast, yogurt, oatmeal, eggs). My husband is a bacon and eggs and potatoes guy. This kind of breakfast will not always be provided. Just enjoy the fact that they have breakfast provided (most places do NOT). ALL the staff is very helpful and we always called concierge for any questions. Don't be afraid to make a local call with the room phone if your cell phone does not work on grand cayman. It costs about $0.13 US cents to make a 3 min call in our case. Also, the main road always has buses running up and down it. Just flag one down in the direction you want to go and it is $2.50 US or $2.00 CI for one person. The road system is backwards if you are coming from the US. Remember to look right, left, right! Be careful and do NOT get hit when crossing the road to go to the beach, which is only a 5 minute walk. The hardest part is crossing the street. Don't forget your towels and beach chairs which Sunshine Suites provides free of charge. We loved this charming property and would return again.

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Reviewed 12 February 2013

We just returned from a week at Sunshine Resorts and I want to commend you for your excellent staff. Renoir, at the front desk, was helpful, gracious, and made us feel very welcome. Marie, who cleaned our room, was a delight to meet and did a great job. Darin, the host in your oh-so-delicious restaurant, was also very friendly and accommodating. Thank you all very much for enhancing our stay!

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Address: 1465 Esterley Tibbetts Highway, Seven Mile Beach KY1-1201, Grand Cayman
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Region: Caribbean > Cayman Islands > Grand Cayman > Seven Mile Beach
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Romantic Hotel in Seven Mile Beach
#3 Business Hotel in Seven Mile Beach
#4 Family Hotel in Seven Mile Beach
Price Range: £179 - £341 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Sunshine Suites Resort 3.5*
Number of rooms: 131
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Sunshine Suites Resort offers the best in affordable boutique lodging. We're a short walk from the sparkling ocean waters and white sand of Grand Cayman's famous Seven Mile Beach. Enjoy the convenience of our prime location near dozens of shops, restaurants and activities. Our amenities include free continental breakfast and wireless internet. In addition, Guests enjoy the amenities at our neighboring sister property on Seven Mile Beach including charging privileges to your hotel room: Use of the beach, beach chairs and towels, Beach Ambassadors to service your needs and assist you with beach lounge chair placement, unlimited use of the Fitness Center and spa. We offer our guests high end accommodations, excellent services and convenience at affordable prices. Whether your visit is for business or pleasure, a warm and friendly team awaits you! ... more   less 
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