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Holiday Inn Resort Grand Cayman
3.0 of 5 Resort   |   278 Crighton Drive | Crystal Harbour, West Bay, Grand Cayman (Formerly The Grand Caymanian Resort)   |  
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Ranked #3 of 3 Hotels in West Bay
Austin, Texas
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54 reviews 54 reviews
9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 27 cities Reviews in 27 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
“Huge disappointment”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We had seen mixed reviews on this place (Interval International rated them with a gold seal) and remained hopeful that it would meet our standards. Unfortunately, we ended up very disappointed.
• First glance of property
o Abandoned construction site on Northside of property. (see picture)
o Foul ball netting from golf course falling down. (see picture)
o Front view of property (by lobby) has a large archaic satellite antenna. (see picture)
o Some security doors have duct tape over security readers
o Some entryways are filthy with stained walkways (spilled food/drink??) on them. (see picture)
o Outside BBQ area was an eyesore. (see picture)
• First impression of staff at reception desk
o Unpleasant and unprofessional staff
o Not very informative/not well trained.
o Seemed frustrated with having to make excuses regarding;
 Lack of beach towels
 Limited amount of bathroom accessories; soap, shampoo, toilet paper, etc.
 Inadequate/spotty Wi-Fi
• First impression of our connecting rooms (1322 & 1320)
o Extremely outdated
 TV’s were at least 15 years old. (see picture)
 DVD/VCR combo at least 15 years old. (see picture)
 Curtains that are so old/dry rotted you can see light through them. (see picture)
o Extremely filthy.
 The smell in the hall outside our room was horrific.
 The floor was so dirty and sticky we had to wear flip flops when walking around inside our rooms. (see picture)
 When my daughter went to take a shower there was a used bar of soap and shampoo not thrown out from prior guests.
 Many of the plates, bowls and utensils look like they were not cleaned prior to putting them away.
o We had to go to the store to get Clorox wipes, Windex, Paper towels, etc. to clean the place so we felt comfortable sleeping there.
o We washed all the dishes and also all the towels since we were concerned they weren’t cleaned properly.
o There was a power spike that occurred on Thursday, December 25th that knocked out the A/C units from 4pm – until sometime on Friday, December 26th. As you can imagine…..not a very great night sleep when your room is 83 degrees.
o Main patio area had major water damage on single door. (see picture). The slider had quite a bit of rust and was extremely hard to open and close by anyone but myself.

I hope this helps others see the true state of the property. If you have above failing standards, go somewhere else.

  • Stayed December 2014, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Location
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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North Carolina
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22 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife and I have visited Grand Cayman many times always staying on seven mile beach. We were a little concerned about the hotels' distance from the "beach". However, the other features of the hotel more than made up for a 10 min. drive to the ocean side of the island. First, our room was enormous and clean and very nicely decorated. We had a suite, and the large kitchen allowed us to cook many of our meals. Grocery stores are nearby. Second, with the hotel being on the "Sound" side of the island, you don't have much of a swimming beach, but you do have a nice pool, jet skies, and boating options off the pier.
You will need a car to have a relaxed stay unless you are just visiting for a few days to go diving with pick up from the hotel.
My only disappointment was the lack of espresso coffee on the property. But, you can drive 5 Min. to several nice coffee houses. The staff was very friendly and the onsite restaurant was actually good and cheaper than many others on the island.

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  • Stayed February 2015, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Chicago, Illinois
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Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I stayed here for only 2 nights on business and had a nice and comfortable stay. If you are going to stay in this hotel consider that the beach does not have sand to lay down on. The beach is rocky.

The rooms are spacious and comfortable. The exercise room if very small with only 4 machines; two bicycle, 1 climber and one treadmill, no weights.

The food is... Ok, the people are very nice and try to make your stay a good experience but my servers forgot items in my orders and brought them in the wrong order.

Stayed February 2015, traveled on business
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ocean city, nj
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Fourth time staying at Grand Caymanian…nice, clean resort (part time share, part hotel) facility surrounded by a golf course and North Bay. It is on the water, but no real bathing beach. There is water access from the dock and a cut out in the surface coral. New sunning decks adjacent to the dock and a large sandy area that is used for sun bathing…plenty of shade from the palm trees. A nice, large pool with plenty of chairs, lounges and umbrellas. There is a restaurant, bar, water sports (wave runners, kayaks, catamaran), exercise room and dive shop office on the compound

It is not directly on 7 mile beach and you will need a car or use a shuttle to get around. The location makes it quiet and relaxing

First, the staff is very pleasant, attentive and caring. A big plus, I can’t stress this enough. If you have an issue, let them know; generally they will take care of the issue promptly, if they can. This resort is a better value than the other 7 Mile hotels. They try to make the guests feel welcome and have a varied array of evening events such as Reggae music night, karaoke etc. Our suite was clean and the bed was comfortable. We like the remote location as you don’t feel like you are in the overly congested 7 Mile area, and it is close enough to all of the main attractions and beaches that getting to the other side (about a mile or so) is minimally difficult. I think Holiday Inn provides a shuttle for those without transportation; but get a car and see the rest of the island. The pool is centrally located to all rooms. All rooms have some degree of Ocean View. Given it is the Caribbean, the facility has its share of fallen coconuts, iguanas, chickens and cats; but nothing overwhelming and the staff keeps the area very clean.

Make sure you ask for a pool view or golf course view room. Unfortunately, the northwest side is abutted by an unsightly construction area. This has been the case for years and the property adjacent is not Holiday Inn’s property. They don’t like it, but they have no control over the situation

The staff can arrange for trips to Stingray City, diving, sailing, fishing or other things like eco tours. (obviously, not included in your room rate)

Some of the furniture is getting dated, but as I understand they are upgrading. It isn’t really an issue and everything is in relatively good shape and clean.

They have upgraded the exercise equipment although some of it needs some basic maintenance.

There are bikes for rent. It would be nice if they had a stock of beach chairs and umbrellas for guest use at the 7 Mile beaches; other facilities have this service and it is a nice touch

Nothing really bad, but the resort is still not heavily booked (at least the times we have stayed which have been in the high season). A real shame, because it is a diamond in the rough. I hope they can make it, because more guests mean they can spend more money for the always needed maintenance and upgrades.

We understand that the pool has some cracks requiring they top off the water each day. My hope is that they will repair this expeditiously during the off season

It's time for more sand between the pool and dock and the dock wood needs some attention. There is still a broken light fixture along the palm trees near the pool where there exposed wires and only the "hot" lead is wire nutted off...hope it isn't live

In the past we’ve had some good meals in the restaurant. Other guests indicated the food was still good so we tried it on our last night. Unfortunately for us, it was Valentine’s Day and the Chef had rolled out what looked to be a very nice holiday menu (it presented very well from what we saw), but we weren’t in the mood for a large meal so we ordered off of the menu…bad luck…my fish was way over cooked and my wife’s meal came out ice cold. Like the hotel, not very crowded

We’ll stay again but I hope they can market and increase the bookings just a little bit and then they can take care of some of the little issues...it IS the Caribbean

Stayed February 2015

Stayed February 2015, traveled with family
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Grand Cayman
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

2 bedroom suite is a basicallly a huge apartment. Makes you feel like your at home
Staff very nice.
Everything/one is inviting.
Makes you feel like your at home
Would stay here again


Only thing i didnt like is the price at the watersports (ripoff to the max)

Stayed February 2015, traveled with friends
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Marlborough, Massachusetts
2 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We loved our stay at Holiday Inn Resort, wonderful friendly staff, went out of their way to details of our stay. Very friendly atmosphere, rooms are huge, shuttle service was tops! Everywhere we went we have no complaints, Met some wonderful folks from around the country and Europe. Dexter, made me special drinks everyday, very pleasant man. Front desk was outstanding! We would consider another trip and stay at this hotel. It was very quiet and lovely to see from our balcony. The restaurant had great food, a wonderful Chef outdid himself. The staff attended to all our needs, Can't say enough about Holiday Inn Resort. Most pleasant and cleanest place we have stayed at of all our other Island trips.

Room Tip: Take a room with the pool and ocean view.
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  • Stayed January 2015, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Just coming to the end of a 5 week stay as a time share owner. The staff was very friendly and helpful. Our unit is large and comfortable. The Resort on the North Sound is in quiet area which is to our liking. We always rent a car when here as we like to beach and snorkel on different parts of the island. The resort is close to the beaches and restaurants of Seven Mile Beach and is also close to Camana Bay which is a really well done mixed use development with great stores and restaurants and movie theater. If you don't like to drive here there is a shuttle service that can take you to Seven Mile Beach, Camana Bay or the local supermarket if you choose to use your unit's kitchen. You can also jet ski to Sting Ray City. If you like the comparative quiet of the North Sound and a very relaxed and friendly environment I think you will find the resort a great value.

  • Stayed January 2015, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 278 Crighton Drive | Crystal Harbour, West Bay, Grand Cayman (Formerly The Grand Caymanian Resort)
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Location: Caribbean > Cayman Islands > Grand Cayman > West Bay
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #3 of 3 Hotels in West Bay
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Holiday Inn Resort Grand Cayman 3*
Number of rooms: 174
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located on the northern coast of The Grand Cayman Island, The Grand Caymanian Resort takes any ordinary vacation and will transform your trip into the ultimate restful, romantic, and fun getaway. Just off the beaten path in Crystal Harbour overlooking the beautiful North Sound, our resort provides quiet tranquility for those seeking relaxation. Lay out by the pool, or take a leisurely swim in the stunning, crystal clear ocean. Our property also features amenities for those looking for a bit of fun. Rent from our on-site Jetski rentals, or grab some bikes and explore the Island at a slower place with the entire family. Guests can choose from modern rooms and suites, featuring balconies and gorgeous views of our beautiful island. The sun rises directly over the center of the resort each morning, so catch the sunrise, and then catch up on sleep later with a little poolside nap. With a private, secluded location, rentals for fun in the sun, and close proximity to Seven Mile Beach, our Grand Caymanian Resort is the perfect vacation spot for families, honeymooners, and local staycations. We look forward to welcoming you with our warmest hospitality soon. ... more   less 
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The Grand Caymanian Hotel Grand Cayman
Grand Caymanian Hotel
Grand Caymanian Resort
Hotel Grand Caymanian
Holiday Inn Resort Grand Cayman Cayman Islands

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