My wife and i just stayed at the Marriott in Grand Cayman and had a fantastic stay. It's a quick 15 minute, $20 USD ride from the airport. Requested an early check in prior to our trip and our room was ready at 1pm when we arrived. The rooms themselves were nice. It did not face the water or the atrium. I don't think i would like the Atrium because it's the main walkway to the beach and always seemed busy, and if you're on ground floor, definetly would lack privacy. The staff was very friendly and from all different areas of the world. It was shared with us that this past week and perhaps for a while they are short staffed, as they had a bit of turnover recently, but we couldn't tell. We tipped our house cleaning staff in person on our 2nd day and we had extra towels, bath mat (not towel), shampoos and lotions for the rest of our stay.
Breakfast in the hotel was good if you need traditional eggs, bacon, pancakes, ect. We didn't eat at the hotels main restaurant. Everyone's tastes are different, so i won't leave reviews. I'll just say that you must venture out and try all the different opportunities that are available. Our favorite was Agua, down the road about 1/2 mile.
When we weren't exploring the island, shopping in George Town ($12 USD taxi or $2 CID bus ride), snorkeling, jet skiiing, or hanging out with the Sting Rays, we were at the beach. Apparently the beach area at the hotel use to be much bigger, but Hurricane Ivan did a lot of destruction to the island and its beaches. Only Cayman residents really notice. To us it was paradise, 7 Mile Beach is beautiful. I recommend walking down the beach to at least where the Ritz / Westin are and then appreciate how good the Marriott is. If you want 5 rows of beach chairs and a circus like atmosphere, stay down there.
The pool is ok, plenty of chairs around it and a hot tub next to it. Most folks were on the beach. The service on the beach was awesome. If you needed an umbrella in the sand, all you have to do is ask. The wait staff on the beach was around often but not overly in your face. We always had a snack or drink by our sides when we wanted something.
The hotel does have a Spa. Ladies stuff with hair, nails, ect as well as massages. The Caymans are expensive. $1 USD = $0.80CID. Whether you're in a store, restaurant, liquor store, or taxi they'll quote you both. Every bill you get at your meal has a 15% gratuity already added. You have the option of adding more. Plan ahead and know what activities you want to do so you can stay within your budget. A Jet Ski / Snorkel safari trip rental at the hotel was $135 USD or $195 if you were to share for 1 1/2 hr excursion, just as an example. The conceirge was awesome for planning trips and making dinner reservations. Well worth working with them and providing them a nice tip. You'll get what you want for sure.
We'd go back to the Caymans in a heartbeat. What a beautiful country and wonderful people. And we'd stay at the Marriott again, no question. Hope this review helps, Enjoy your trip !
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Thank you for your feedback. I agree with you, while our beach in the hurricane season is not as wide as others (but in the winter months like what we are experiencing now it gets bigger), our guest still enjoy our Artificial Reef ball which is just steps away off our property. Our guests always enjoy this amazing snorkeling activity and as previously mentioned in another review, you can take some bread crumbs and feed the different school of fishes that will surround you. We appreciate you sharing your comments and looking forward to serving you again.
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