- Reviews: 483
Marriott Courtyard: Across the Street From the Beach
Disclaimer: When I stayed here it was a Holiday Inn and that was before Ivan, in 2003. On our last trip to Grand Cayman, I noticed the hotel had changed hands and is now a Marriott. But I can't imagine it has changed all that much. This wasn't the kind of Holiday Inn my parents used to take us to during my childhood vacations. To compete with the likes of the Westin and Marriot, this hotel has a fairly impressive lobby, a huge pool with a fountain, and five floors of very well maintained rooms. The bathrooms looked brand-new.
Although the hotel isn't directly on 7-Mile Beach, it is just a walk across the street. Hotel guests get free access to the beach lounge chairs and towels. The hotel has a store and a restaurant and small bar. A "Business Room" is located just off the lobby, for those of us who can't spend more than a day away from a computer and the internet. There is also an exercise room and of course, the pool.
- Reviews: 7
Marriott: Grand Cayman Island Hotel
Very nice, on the beach, very easy to travel by public transport to downtown Georgetown. Car rental right across the street. Great buffet on Friday nights, with a fire eater show and caribean music. A must to make reservations.The buffet was rather pricey but foods from around the world, Large dessert table. beautiful dining outside at sunset. i really don't know how much the rooms are because I won the trip from a local radio station.
great views, very nice rooms and decor. pool and hottub. very family friendly place to stay, or even for a honeymoon!! very romantic.
- Reviews: 483
Coconut Bay Condo: Coconut Bay Getaway
We really enjoyed this 2 bedroom condo in West Bay on Grand Cayman. The location was perfect for us, right next door to Turtle Reef, one of our favorite dive spots ever! Turtle Reef is right at the Cracked Conch restaurant and is also the location of Sun Divers where one can conveniently rent tanks, weights and anything else you need to dive the spot. Anyway, the condo was great: 2 bedroom, 2 full bath, full kitchen with everything you need to cook in. The development is quite small with just a few buildings. The larger units are right on the water and the smaller units are behind. Ours was right on the pool which was very pleasant, but we still had a little bit of a view to the turquoise blue Caribbean Sea. West Bay is a little bit away from the busy touristy area of George Town but not so far away as to be inconvenient for eating out or shopping.
This unit is owned by folks who actually take their own extended vacations there, so everything you need is in the unit: Towels, linens, kitchen appliances, utensils and cooking implements; even a great music collection on cd. The pool was right in front of the unit and we could see the sea from the small patio. The pool seemed to be only lightly used so we didn't feel as though our privacy was being invaded ever. The development is on the water and there is a small sandy area for a "beach" with lounge chairs, but right at the waters edge it is sharp coral rock (as is much of Grand Cayman), so water shoes are a must. The location is fantastic for snorkeling and diving! There is a step ladder to get into the water.
- Reviews: 1
Divi Tiara Cayman Brac: This side of paradise
Average to mediocre food, choked on boiled pork chops at lunch once. No variety whatsoever, cuisine quality varies from 2 to 5 on a scale of 10.
60's style rooms, clean sheets but the mattress caved in a puff of royal dust. Perfect for cheap Spring Breakers, or bearded bikers escaping from the law.
Phony management, great lip service, Colgate smiles, no results.
The place only survives because of the great diving off-shore, and duopoly position shared with the Brac Reef Resort just down the road.
If your idea of a tropical escape is booze and oversized tatooed mamas, go see for yourself. You might even make new friends.
The only edge over Grand Cayman here is the diving -- and by a nose --
The more ecclectic diver/traveller will no doubt enjoy the five star amenities, up to par dining, much finer beach (sand quality, cleanliness, space), comfortable/reliable boats, comparable underwater scene, anonymity, relative seclusion...
-- of some Grand Cayman properties,
without the added cost, hassle, additional two hour transit wait for this terminally ill destination.
Don't be fooled by the "extra mile" paradigm. Just because it is harder to get to does not mean you will find heaven.
Nothing more frustrating (or hilarious depending who you ask) than perishing in the fumes of an overheated diesel engine on a poorly maintained dive boat. Yeah, yeah, everybody move back, it's only gonna be a couple of hours....island time.
I resurfaced a tad earlier from one of my dives only to find the boat master giving himself a pedicure with the knife destined to slice oranges during intervals.
- Reviews: 104
Cobalt Coast Resort: Yeah! Back to Cayman!
We rented a Garden Suite at Cobalt Coast Resort! This was just perfect for our family of five. The cottage had 2 bedrooms, 2 baths, a full kitchen and daily maid service! Washer and dryer, and stellite TV. Thanks for the soap and shampoo Arie! A GREAT place to stay!
CC is unique because of Arie, the owner! Everyone will tell you how personable he is. Another advantage to the resort is on site dive shop and shore diving. When you check in, they give you a free key and lock to store your dive gear in a locker.
- Reviews: 483
Morritt's Tortuga Club: Time Share On The East End
We stayed at Morritt's Tortuga Club on the East End. It's a time-share resort of townhouse condos. We weren't all that impressed when we first saw it, but the condo we got turned out to be quite comfortable and perfect for two couples.
Actually, I'm not sure exactly what it cost since our traveling companions traded their time-share for this, but I think it was mid-range for Cayman. It cost about $30 extra for the electricity for one week. And dinner for 4 at the restaurant was around $200 - and it wasn't that good, plus drinks came in PLASTIC cups! However, everything in Cayman is pretty expensive, so needless to say, we cooked in most of the time.
The pool area was quite nice, complete with waterfall and pool-bar - though a little small. What we liked about Morritt's was that the beach was sandy, but once in the water it was all coral and rock so it was great to come home after a day of diving and then eat dinner and go out for a night snorkel at the home-beach. Morritt's shines a light into the water at the dock house, which attracts huge tarpon and other critters. We had as much fun night-snorkeling as we did diving.
We found the in-house dive operation to be nice but expensive. We had a much better dive with Divers Down out of Georgetown. We opted to do more shore diving than boat diving due to the expense ($80 minimum for 2 tanks). The down side of staying on the East End is if you want to shore dive, you may have to sit in traffic for a very long time to get to the good spots around & beyond Georgetown. They have rush hour in the AM & PM.
- Reviews: 65
Sea Lodge (#17 I think). It...
Sea Lodge (#17 I think). It was reasonably priced, especially for the imenties we got:king bed, bath, kitchen, dining area, living room, furnished porch, etc. Also, AIR CONDITIONING! It's hot, don't mess with places that don't offer AC, you'll be miserable. This place was great and the housekeeper was very sweet.
It was about $1000 for a week-which, in the Caymans, is very reasonable especially for the accomodations. Make sure to get the condo at the farthest point toward the sand/sea.
Right on the sand. Within a few paces of great snorkeling. Close to Rum Point. 20 minutes drive to Seven Mile Beach. Excellent porch with comfy patio furniture and GREAT views from all windows and porches.
- Reviews: 17
We stayed at the Holiday Inn.: We stayed at the Holiday Inn.
The price was $190 a night. It's across from the beach where there's not much shade. The view from our room was fabulous. They have a good breakfast buffet. Probalby won't stay there again because I'd prefer to be right on the beach.
- Reviews: 562
the Morritt's Tortuga Club: East side accommodations
We went there on an RCI exchange. THe resort we exchanged into is the Morritt's Tortuga Club. Although it isn't the newest or fanciest place around, it was very nice. It was nicely furnished and decorated. We also had an ocean front, first floor room right next to the lobby and patio where the nightly entertainment was held. It's about a 30 minute drive from Georgetown and 7 mile beach, but it was in a rather secluded but nice east end area. I would recommend this resort for someone who doesn't mind being away from the major town of Georgetown. We found the entertainment at the resort was fun, so we didn't miss being so far away from Georgetown.
We stayed in a 1 bedroom condo. As you enter the condo, the bedroom was to the left. Straight past the bedroom was the kitchen which opened up into the livingroom. We didn't have a dishwasher, but most everything else we wanted was there. In the livingroom was a hide a bed couch, small entertainment center with tv and stereo and a glass topped round table with 4 wicker chairs. The floors were big tiles, practical for the walk out beach location. The bedroom and livingroom/diningroom were connected through the bathroom. There was no washer and dryers in our room, but I was told you could use the resorts laundry room---but we didn't try that. The new Morritt's Grand next to the Tortuga has all the ammenities to make it a Gold Crown Resort. The Tortuga Club was listed as a resort of internation distinction.
Also on property is a dive shop, as well as 2 pools ( a 3rd one at the Grand), a workout facility, gift shop and mini grocery, and fine dining. There was plenty of daily and nightly activities that we enjoyed greatly---limbo and line dancing, jazz, and blues, stand up comedy, late night disco, karaoke, barside games, prizes, and icecream social.
I would recommend you rent a car if you stay here. It was great being able to go all over the island.
- Reviews: 562
One of the 2 pools at the...
One of the 2 pools at the morritt's tortuga. This one even has a swim up bar in it--although it was closed when I took this picture.
- Reviews: 562
Right next to the Tortuga Club...
Right next to the Tortuga Club is the brand new Morritt's Grand. Phase 1 of 5 phases was just completed about a week before our trip. I toured the Grand and it really is grand! If we ever get to go back, I'd love to stay there. Obviously, the views from here are as great as from the Tortuga. I've included a sunset picture from the Morritt's beach.
Not only does it have the dishwasher and washer and drier in it's units (no washer and drier in the 1 bedroom units though, unfortunately), but it also has jacuzzis in the master bedrooms (not sure about in the 1 bedrooms), and has a pool with an ocean view. It seemed to me, though, that the actual livingroom, dining room was smaller than the one in our 1 bedroom unit at the Tortuga club.
- Reviews: 5
Morrit's Tortuga Club: Morrit's Tortuga Club
I haven't been to other hotels/resorts in Cayman. What I can say is that the rooms were comfortable, the view was great, the beach was always clean, the staff very helpful, and the diving facilities - great!
- Reviews: 220
Villa Pappagallo: Villa Pappagallo
In April 2000 it was about $215 a night for a 2 bedroom villa that slept 5 comfortably.
Great view of the sea...located right on the beach. Nice pool available as well. All villas are furnished and have full kitchens. The best feature of this place is the location. It's away from all the crowds that fill Seven Mile Beach.
- Reviews: 627
I won't recommend any of them....
I won't recommend any of them. They are all outrageously priced. Try an auction for timeshares. We got a week long stay in a 2 bedroom for $300.00 US. If we had done that normally it would have been $300.00 per night.
- Reviews: 128
The Hyatt on Grand Cayman was...
The Hyatt on Grand Cayman was newly built when I was last there. It was an idyllic setting back then and I am sure it is equally as luxurious now
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