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Reviewed 10 January 2011

My husband and I have stayed at the Sunshine Suites twice a year for 4 years and it just gets better and better. We spend some time on business and always extend our break so we can relax and enjoy the island.

Sunshine Suites has in my opinion, the most cheerful and helpful staff (we have stayed at other 'more exclusive' establishments on the island and not received half the level of service enjoyed here) who will always go the extra mile to accommodate your needs.

Yes, you can go and pay ridiculous sums of money to stay on the beach, but you will be disappointed in the level of service, the overall atmosphere of the place and overall upkeep. Literally the only difference is the beach chairs. You sit on the same grains of sand as the Westin, just on a Sunshine Suites chair and not a Westin chair - big deal!

Sunshine Suites provides excellent value for money, allowing you to self-cater on what is a a very expensive island, or dine at their excellent Grill. We will be going back for a very long time to come.

Keep it up guys!

  • Stayed: December 2010, travelled on business
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Thank cabseddy
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Reviewed 9 January 2011

We took a taxi van from the airport which was about $45 for 6 people. We arrived at the hotel a couple of hours before check-in time but we were checked in anyway as our room was ready, which was much appreciated as we were tired from our flight that had left at midnight. We found the rooms very clean and modern. The room had a stove-top and fridge and all the cooking and eating utensils you would need. We didn't do any cooking but the fridge came in handy. The first day we walked down to the grocery store (Fosters) which was close by and bought beverages, food, and some bottled water. We bought some rotisserie chicken there and it was delicious! To get to Fosters, just head out to the main road (W. Bay Rd) towards the beach and head left. When you pass by the Ritz Carlton you're half way there. And you might see people pushing grocery carts down the sidewalk with their groceries in it and this is actually quite common and a fun way to get your groceries back to the hotel. You just need to leave the cart out on the street and the store comes by and picks them up.
You'll notice vehicles tooting their horns at you as you're walking to the store; these are the little buses checking to see if you need a ride. You don't really need a bus to get there and back unless you're carrying more than a grocery cart full of stuff. We did use the buses to get around quite a bit, and it's only US$2.50 (or CI$2) each way. There are bus stops right outside the hotel and they seem to come by very frequently. The buses are actually mini-vans and they have a colored circle on the front of the vehicle (see in my pictures). This differentiates them from the taxi's which didn't have a circle, and were WAY more expensive. We enjoyed the bus rides as it gave us a chance to talk to the bus driver and get some ideas on things to do and places to see. We did rent a car our last day to get around and to drive ourselves to the airport (which would have been about a $45 taxi ride anyway).
The exchange rate is US$1.25 equals CI$1.00. Some places price their items in US dollars and some price them in Cayman dollars, so make sure you know which it is before you purchase. Every place we went accepted US dollars, although we usually received change in CI dollars.
The free breakfast at the Sunshine Grill was very good, and helped save on meal expenses. We also ate dinner there many times and it was always delicious. We also ate a couple of times at "Eats", a little place close by the hotel that had excellent burgers and was very reasonably priced. To get there just head back out to the main road (W. Bay Rd) and turn right and walk about a block.
We also visited Stingray City and thoroughly enjoyed it.. We booked it through Capt Marvin's out on the main road by the hotel. We also rented some waverunners out on the beach (at the Westin) for US$75 for a half hour and it was a blast. (I believe it was US$95 for 2 people on 1 waverunner.) The water was so incredibly blue out there! We also drove to see the blowholes which was an enjoyable drive. They're about half way to the eastern side of the island. It was nice to walk along that beach as well as it was very rough and rocky and teaming with sea life.
Overall the Sunshine Suites was a great value and I would highly recommend it.

  • Stayed: December 2010, travelled with family
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5  Thank RockinJim
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Reviewed 9 January 2011

My husband wanted to go the cayman for the diving we booked a trip through BA holidays and it cost £2000 each. It was over Xmas so I can only assume we paid such a high price because the air ticket was so expensive as the hotel is basic at best . Breakfast buffet "crockery " was paper plates and cutlery plastic knives spoons and forks I felt like I was camping! Our room had the smelliest carpet ever, coffee & tea was restocked 4 out of the eight days we were there, the whole "resort" overlooks either a waste land or a parking lot. The staff were friendly and polite but if you are use to anthing over 4* do not be tempted to stay here dig a little deeper in your pocket and pay more. I figured due to the excellent reviews that it had to be okay but was so dissapointed, we carried our own heavy dive bags up the 2 flights of stairs they ran out of deck chairs to take to the beach. The barmen at the sunshine grill made the best Mojoitos though!

  • Stayed: December 2010, travelled as a couple
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Thank Klaassen
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Reviewed 4 January 2011

My family and I went to sunshine suites and had a 1 bedroom suite which consisted of king bed and a unsleepable pull out for two adults and teenage boy and girl.We were told we would get pullout but upon check in were advised that none were left for our entire 5 day stay.First night the spare tire on the jeep wrangler we rented was stolen.No accomodation made for either issue.The beach path was thru storage/construction pods for the westin.The beach chairs were never available because the guests would keep chairs in their room even though they were not using them.Restaraunts were overpriced for mediocre food.

  • Stayed: December 2010, travelled with family
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Thank anoymous62
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Cayman2007, General Manager at Sunshine Suites Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 6 January 2011

Many thanks for your comments. We were very sad to hear that you didn't enjoy your stay with us over Christmas. We take all guest comments very seriously and pride ourselves in making every effort to meet as many guest requests and expectations as possible.

Even though we have night security personnel who patrol the grounds and parking lots, we cannot be held responsible for the missing spare tire off the back off your rental jeep as it is a busy parking lot like all hotel lots on the island. When we heard of this incident, our front desk agent did notify the rental car company and the police to make a report and to see if anything could be done to locate it. I know that this is little consolation for you, however this is the first time we have encountered such a problem so are somewhat shocked by it.

We agree that the sleeper sofa is never going to be as comfortable as a bed especially when two people are sharing it. At time of reservation, we do inform and recommend to our guests that either one adult or two small children under 10 use the sleeper sofa only. We did check the reservation manifest from the company that made your booking with us, and there was unfortunately no mention of a request for an additional rollaway otherwise this would have been allocated to your room when we received your booking in August. When you checked in unfortunately we had none remaining as this was the busiest week of the year. I would recommend always contacting the hotel directly for any special requests so we can accommodate them to the best of our ability.

Regarding the beach access, this is a public footpath and we agree this is not always kept to a satisfactory standard by the Westin. We have notified the Cayman Islands Department of Tourism who monitors beach accesses to see if they can ask the Westin to do a better job maintaining the area.

We are really sorry once again that you didn't enjoy your stay, please contact us directly if you would like to discuss this in more detail.

Very kind regards,

Greg Wray
General Manager

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Reviewed 2 January 2011

Located at the half way point of Seven Mile Beach on the island side of the street across from the Westin. We come to Grand Cayman twice a year and we always stay at Sunshine Suites. Grand Cayman is the best of the Caribbean but it can be expensive. You can enjoy the island without spending a fortune. The best section of Seven Mile Beach is Governors Beach which is right nest to the Westin. Sunshine Suites provides beach loungers and towels. Grand Cayman is quiet at night. Scuba in the Caymans is some of the best in the world. They have an area for rinsing and drying your gear. (surprisingly most hotels don't offer this)
Pool area is always clean and grounds are immaculate. Golf course is on the same street.
Rooms are always up to date and comfortable with small kitchens. Go to the grocery store (Fosters or Kirks) and stock the fridge with drinks and snacks. Breakfast is provided. Fish tacos from the grill are an island favorite. Bottom line: Sunshine Suites have reasonable prices and a staff that will go out of their way to make your stay easy.

  • Stayed: October 2010, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank paulsmmrs
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