Three couples spent 6 nights during Christmas holiday at the Meridian. The building is more of a "Condotel" meaning that the units are predominately privately owned and rented out. As one would expect, the tariff for this type of vacation was not inexpensive. We had a 3 bedroom/3bath luxury oceanfront for 6 people for 6 nights for $8352.00.This included mandatory gratuity of $432 and taxes of $720. One should also note that there was an additional $200 surcharge per night Christmas. A 50% deposit was required at the time of booking and there was cancellation policies in place...but depending upon the time of the year it varied...be sure to check it out.
Each of the bedrooms have private baths with the master bedroom being larger and more luxurious with an ocean view. The kitchen was fully equipped for meal preparation with all modern appliances, and utensils.
The space seems and feels larger than its square footage because of the very spacious "lanai" which has a very lovely ocean and beach view without the bugs. We stayed in unit #28, which is on the 5th floor (of 6 floors). The unit is fully air-conditioned.
The daily service was provided on all days except Christmas Day. The service included linen service, light cleaning, making beds, refreshing baths and washing floors. All was done between 9-3 PM and was efficient and unobtrusive ( the staff seemed to know our routine and cleaned when we were not in the unit).
The condo appointments were lovely and in wonderful repair. The beds were appropriate for the space, though we all felt that they were either a bit soft, or in need of support since the beds tended to have its occupants "roll" toward the center.
The location was perfect in that one could walk to many restaurants, grocery store, wine and liquor stores and a few "shopping" strip stores easily. Taxi service was quick to this location and relatively inexpensive when we required it.
While the Meridian was filled with many families and guests, one never really heard excessive noise...neither too early, or too late in the evening. The beach and pool areas were very well serviced with plenty of lounge chairs, umbrellas, and immaculate grills which were all neatly arranged each AM with beach cleaning and sweeping to begin each day.
There is no "bar" service here...but we never felt deprived...we brought our own in the safe plastic cups and glasses and enjoyed our drinks of choice without a bar tab! We found that the short distance to the building from the beach area was so convenient that all of us ate breakfast and lunch in our "villa" daily. This is a non-smoking property, though we did smell smoke a few nights while on the screens balcony coming from another unit.
Check -in time is 4 PM and check out is 11AM SHARP! This might be a problem if one has late flight out and wants to spend a few hours at the beach rather than the airport on a Sunday. The office is closed that day and there is no where to store luggage, etc., after check out. In our case, 2 of the couples had a later flight and had to take their luggage with them down to the pool area while they spend the last few hours prior to going to the airport. They had to stay in traveling clothes since there weren't changing areas available. It might be a good suggestion for the establishment to consider an alternative for those checking out on Sunday...it is a shame to waste a beautiful warm sunny day... sitting in the airport for 6 hrs. rather than 2.
In conclusion,The Meridian staff is very easy to work with, very pleasant, and guided by Pat and Lee, who seem very well versed in the hospitality business and it shows. Together with a lovely property centrally located and within walking distance to many amenities...it's a winner.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 32 luxury oceanfront two and three bedroom villas. Fabulously appointed, full kitchens, oceanfront BBQ grills and dining/relaxation areas. Hot tub overlooking the sparkling ocean. Fully equipped gym. Underground parking. Most villas have free USA/Canada/UK phone service. Free Wi-Fi. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Meridian Hotel Seven Mile Beach
- Meridian Grand Cayman
- The Meridian Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands