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“Excellent hotel, excellent price for SMB / Grand Cayman!!”

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Sunshine Suites Resort
Ranked #5 of 10 Hotels in Seven Mile Beach
Certificate of Excellence
Kentville, Canada
Level 6 Contributor
49 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
“Excellent hotel, excellent price for SMB / Grand Cayman!!”
Reviewed 9 June 2014

An excellent value boutique-type hotel located a short 5 minute walk across the street from beautiful Seven Mile Beach. I would highly recommend staying at this hotel if you are going to the SMB area for your stay on Grand Cayman and are looking for an excellent, economically priced place to stay. I stayed here for 6 nights and did a dive combo package (my room accommodation plus 6 days of 2-tank morning dives with Diver's Down dive shop...see review for them if interested in more on diving). I had a deluxe room with two queen-sized beds. It included a full mini kitchen with microwave, toaster, coffee maker, full sized fridge with freezer, 2-burner stove top, small sink with dish soap and towels, and all necessary dishes for eating and cooking. My room was in was nicely decorated, everything was in tip-top condition, and was kept very clean throughout my stay. There was a flat screen TV, clock radio, and free wifi throughout the property. Mini shampoo, conditioner, body wash and soap was kept well stocked over the week; there is also a hair dryer and an iron and ironing board. The hotel also provided you with a beach towel which you can exchange daily for a clean one at reception. Probably one of the best beds I have ever slept in. The grounds were kept immaculate. Accommodations include a complimentary cold continental breakfast ((hard boiled eggs, several cold cereals, instant oatmeal, fresh bananas and oranges, a variety of pastries, coffee, tea, milk and juice). There is a restaurant onsite (Sunshine Grill) that serves breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. The hotel is located about half way down the SMB strip, and it was only a short 4-5 minute walk from my room to the beach; the hotel provides beach chairs (that also fold down flat!) which you can pick up to take to the beach each day, they have backpack straps so you can easily carry it on your back, and also have a convenient zipper pocket and small zipper cooler built into the back of the chair. There is a small pool with lounge chairs located in front of Sunshine Grill (behind the main check-in building). The property runs perpendicular to SMB between West Bay Road and a small highway. It consists of two long two-story buildings with rooms, a central main check-in building, the Sunshine Grill, and another small building where the included breakfast buffet is served. All staff were exceptionally friendly and helpful.

There is a strip mall located beside Sunshine out on West Bay Rd which has a liquor store, a souvenir and excursion booking business, a yummy frozen yogurt shop, several economically priced restaurants (one of which is also a sports bar), and a few other businesses. There is also a Scotia Bank with an ATM located in the building just after this strip mall on the north side.

If I return to Grand Cayman in the future, I will definitely be returning to Sunshine Suites...excellent hotel conditions, excellent price for this area, good location (just across street from Seven Mile Beach, only 5 min walk), excellent staff. I would highly recommend this place to anyone going to this area.

Room Tip: I had room 206, 2nd floor with outside access on a shared balcony in the building closest to the bea...
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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled solo
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Reviewed 8 June 2014

We just returned from a 1-week stay at Sunshine, and were overall incredibly pleased. With a few minor tweaks this little hotel near the beach could ultimately become the beach-side boutique resort it strives to be. Here is our breakdown:

- Fabulous staff (especially at front desk). Hospitable, kind, attentive and caring.
- Great tacos and phenomenal mojitos/margaritas served in mason jars at Sunshine Grill. Bartender was charming and down to earth. Loved going there.
- Love the boutique size of the hotel. Much better than the adjoining Ritz and Weston which are far too big, pricey and impersonal. Just needs some trees/hedges to hide the highway as well as the odd, wrap-around parking lot which can be seen from all angles of the hotel. Also, with no room patios, the only place to sit outside is by the pool area. And don't expect drinks/food service poolside like every other hotel offers.
- When we first arrived, we thought this hotel was on the beach. Wrong. Not only do you have to carry a half-broken chair yourself across a dangerous road without a crosswalk, but the hotel offers no umbrellas for shade, and no beach-side service. Highly recommend collaborating with the adjoining villas/Weston to offer some sort of food stand on the water, or at least a texting service to request food/drinks from the restaurant. That being said, Sunshine is located near the quietest spot on the entire beach – if just one staff member were around to assist us there.
- Hotel was spotlessly clean. The people who stay here are respectful, cool, and a pleasure to chat with. Again, with a few tweaks this place could easily become 5-stars.

We will hopefully be returning soon. The Cayman Islands are very safe, full of activities, stunning beaches and towns, and rich with culture. Thank you for a wonderful stay!

Room Tip: Would recommend ground floor facing the pool and closest to the beach.
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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Brampton, Canada
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Reviewed 5 June 2014

We had never done a return trip to the same resort or hotel.
Sunshine Suites is the first, and we were even more impressed on this most recent trip, than on the first last year.
The breakfast area has been totally rebuilt, and provides just an excellent area both covered and out door for a quick brekkie, or as long as you need.
This time we stayed in a ground floor room, and my apprehensions about such were quickly dismissed. Just an excellent, quiet, easy-access room and as it turned out, close by the breakfast area.
The Grill continues as always with excellent food and service and (six months on...) has the same staff ... !! Someone is doing something right, wouldn't you say ? Probably Darrell the manager.
All in all an excellent reprise of a short break.
I can report (without checking other reviews...) that the resident cat Pacco survived an encounter with an obnoxious gecko and is still "in charge" so to speak.
All in all, another enjoyable stay.

Room Tip: Any room is good. Noise is not a big issue.
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 1 June 2014

Stayed there for a 6 night stay and couldn't have been more pleased! The rooms were clean, the resort across the street from the beach, close to the grocery store and the staff were very helpful and very friendly! I would definitely stay again!

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with friends
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Epsom, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 31 May 2014

We booked this as a deluxe room, in fairness it is a standard size basic room, however cannot fault the cleanliness, friendly staff, fantastic restaurant and location just across the road from seven mile beach. They provide you with beach chairs and umbrellas to carry on your back.
The bed is the most comfortable I have ever slept in. Really well kept grounds and communal areas, the pool is small but never found it overcrowded and we were there in peak season, Easter 2014. Would have no hesitation in recommending this for families, couples and friends.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 30 May 2014

Sunshine Suites is an excellent value resort that fit our needs. Extremely friendly and professional staff (everyone). Grounds always maintained, room cleaned on time, and knowledgable when asked about the island. Highly recommended! Great job team!

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Robertsbridge, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 29 May 2014

I think this was my fifth or sixth trip to Sunshine Suites since Ivan in 2004. It always offers consistently good standards of food and accommodation plus a helpful and friendly staff. Despite a fairly large number of rooms it never seems to be crowded, and the Grab and Go cantina has helped reduce the breakfast queues, although not so much free as there used to be!

On this trip, Expedia asked me to rate the check-in process etc and I mentioned that I had to wait some time due to my early arrival from Jamaica, but I did say that Sunshine is a victim of its own popularity and therefore usually full. No matter, the next day I was kindly offered (by Sunshine) a credit to my food and beverage account. This is the sort of service which brings people back - not to mention fast, free WiFi.

If they had dedicated smoking rooms this place would get five stars, but I suspect that's unlikely!

Room Tip: There are no elevators, so ground floor might be better for those who are not so agile.
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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled on business
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Property: Sunshine Suites Resort
Address: 1465 Esterley Tibbetts | Seven Mile Beach, 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:
#1 Best Value Hotel in Seven Mile Beach
#3 Business Hotel in Seven Mile Beach
#3 Romantic Hotel in Seven Mile Beach
#4 Family Hotel in Seven Mile Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Sunshine Suites Resort 3.5*
Number of rooms: 130
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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