I can't say anything that hasn't already been said about the great value and comfort of this hotel. I've visted a ton of vacation places in Mexico, Jamaica, Aruba, Dominican Republic, Anitgua . . and this vacation has set the bar high for future trips. If this hotel was plopped down in the middle of the crummy beach we had in Jamaica, it wouldn't be that great. But because it was adjacent to probably the nicest beach I have ever seen, it was just enhanced that much more.
First, the front desk staff is by far, the nicest bunch of people you will ever encounter. Do you ever walk into a place, and the person is doing something and doesn't even look up and acknowledge you? Not here! Always a smile and priority attention on the person standing in front of them.
The grounds and the buildings are impeccable. Someone recently stated it's run down?!?! Seriously? Eveything inside and out looked freshly painted and clean, the grounds were ridiculously manicured (they vacuumed up leaves!) Our room was always clean, with plenty of fresh towels and more bath products than we knew what to do with! About a week before we arrived I e-mailed and requested a top floor room, and that's exactly what we got. Our room was carpeted, which I actually prefer. I think it's quieter than tile floors, and if you track in sand, you don't step on it all over the room. We tipped the maid every day, but she never took the money! It just laid by the TV and piled up. Guess it would be safe to say you could leave other stuff around and not feel like it would go missing. On our last day, we left behind all of our leftover Cayman money for the maid, and hope that time she took it!
The beds were super comfy, and overall the hotel was pretty quiet. Definitely not the loud party place which is good for me. The little kitchen with full size fridge really came in handy. We bought water, soda and lunch food at the Fosters, and ate on the cheap every day, taking a break from the beach at mid-day. We also made ice in the freezer every day to put in our coolers for the beach.
I have to admit, I was a little concerned about not being directly on the beach. But it was really no big deal at all to get to the beach. There were always plenty of chairs which were lightweight and easy to trek across the road to get to the beach. And once you got to the beach, there was plenty of room to spread out and be as far or near to other people as you wanted. Looking over at the Westin beach--it was just packed with people and umbrellas and they probably had the chair game going on like every other resort I've been. Never used the pool at the Sunshine Suites, but who in their right mind would sit at the pool, when you have beautiful Seven Mile Beach? The water was crystal clear--just like a swimming pool, and not a speck of seaweed. It was just incredible.
The complimentary breakfast was probably the low point of the resort. Just not the kind of food I eat. (I would prefer something like a bagel to the sweet roll type things they had) But it was something to start the day. Only ate at the Sunshine Grill one night during our stay. It was pretty good, but we wanted to try other places too.
The front desk helped arrange a rental car for a day, and we drove around the whole island. We were hoping to find little off the beaten path beaches, but nothing was as nice as the beach right at home! We made a couple stops at a few little shops along the way and picked up a few souvenirs. Rum Point was cute--we had lunch there, but again, the beach was not all it was cracked up to be. We also made a stop at Hell--now that's one overblown tourist trap! We missed it on the first time past, and ended up being the only ones there, so it was a little weird. Some guy with a lizard told us about how it was formed (and I'm guessing he wanted money). Don't plan for more than 5-10 minutes there! But now I can say I was there. Other than the one day, I don't feel there's a big need for a car. We were able to walk or take the buses everywhere we wanted to go.
We found plenty of places to eat that were not extremely expensive like you hear. But, we also didn't go for the gourmet stuff. We ate at Sunshine Grill, Eats Cafe (twice), Guy Harvey's Grille for the $9.99 steak frites night, Chicken Chicken, Lone Star (? not positive on that name, but we ate there twice!) and our splurge was Copper Falls Steakhouse. I would recommend all of them--good food at reasonable prices.
Everything in town closes at 5, and is completely closed on Sundays. We spent one morning in town doing a little shopping. We went on a Monday when there are less cruise ships, and nothing was crowded at all. Not sure where all the cruise ship people go when there are 5 or 6 in port!
We also did the half day Stingray City tour with Captain Marvin's located at the strip mall behind the hotel. For $45 they take you to the docks, and you ride out to Stingray City on a big boat, and make two snorkel stops. Pretty reasonable price I thought. We went on Sunday, when it's recommended to avoid the cruise ship crowds.
Overall, this was a great vacation. I am so glad I got to see Grand Cayman and didn't have to spend a fortune to do so. I can't imagine spending double for a room at the Westin or some other hotel. I personally don't spend time in my room gazing out the window, so I really don't care what the view is. And for those who think the Ritz is all that, well guess what--half of their rooms are across the road from the beach too! I would definitely recommend the Sunshine Suites to stay on your Grand Cayman vacation.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Sunshine Hotel Seven Mile Beach
- Sunshine Suites Resort Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands