So I read the other reviews and saw a lot of people write this particular Westin is "not as nice as the rest of the chain." I thought they were snobs. Westin is pretty high end in my book, but when I got there I saw what they meant. We went for our honeymoon. We had a room on the parking lot side, asked if it would be possible to get an upgrade. We arrived on a Wed and they told us not before Friday, but definitely since we were there through the following Thursday. We asked everyday up until Monday and then were too embarrassed to continue begging. No upgrade on a clearly not full hotel. They did bring us up a bottle of champagne and chocolate covered strawberries. A friend had also sent us a bottle of wine and a $250 amenity to be spent at the hotel. They forgot about that. My friend finally emailed me three days into the trip to ask if we had received any sort of "surprise." I told her no, which forced her to ruin the surprise and tell me about the gift. We went to the conceirge to ask about it. They had dropped the final letter off my husband's last name so they "missed it" ( a little suspicious since the card attached had the name spelled correctly.) Don't get me wrong, this is a perfectly nice hotel, clean, all the amenities, but other than that it's nothing to rave about for the price you pay (starting at $329/night)...unless you are talking about the beach (which is why you SHOULD go here).
The beach was by far the best along 7 Mile Beach. We walked it, we know, we saw. The poor folks at the Marriott - there's about 10 ft of beach and unfortunately the unusual waves ONE DAY (otherwise water is placid and calm) dumped a TON of seaweed on the limited beachfront there. While the Ritz is obviously the Ritz and it looked beautiful, all the chairs are in fixed rows (like 20 X 8 rows) along the beach . The beach at the Westin is open, wide, and you can move your chairs wherever you like. Just don't try to get an umbrella. As others have posted, either people are coming out of the rooms at 6:00 a.m. to drop a towel on a chair and return at 12:00 or 1:00 or 2:00 p.m. (despite the sign saying unattended chairs will have items removed after 2 hrs. NEVER HAPPENED) or they are paying staff to reserve an umbrella. There are also cabanas you can reserve for a fee, however I can only assume what they cost. There is palm tree cover for a part of the day, so if you can't get either, you can head back there for some shade.
RedSail Sports was based out of the hotel, so you can also pay a high price to use their water sports equipment. I recommend researching other water sports companies on the island, most will pick you up at the hotel and were much less (Ebanks for jetskis out to Stingray City - the only way to go! Living the Dream Divers for a Discovery Dive or one of their many other tours). You can do "intro to Paddleboarding" free some mornings, so look into that before paying to rent these rather boring floating platforms. There was also one or two yoga classes on the beach that were free, as well. Not for your hardcore yogis, but who doesn't want to say "we did yoga on the beach on vacation"?
Other than lunch, I'd skip the restaurants there. You get Starbuck's free in your room, so unless you need a latte, not sure why'd you pay for a coffee in the Cafe. You're better off heading across the street to Eats for breakfast or going to Foster's (grocery store) and stocking up on yogurt for your hotel fridge (which if they forget to point out to you, is "hidden" in your dresser - with the complimentary bottled water. Avoid the big bottles on your dresser top which cost $6.5 CI or ~$8 USD).
Drinks at the bar will run your bill up. Cocktails, which were good, are about $10 CI or ~$12 USD. There is a happy hour (5-7 p.m.) that offers one, NOT GOOD, cocktail for $5 and Caybrews (local beer) 2/$4. The pool is nothing to write home about and unfortunately because of all the palm trees surrounding the pool there is a lot of floating debris that falls from the trees (and it also has that "slick too many sunscreened bodies in the pool oil spill" effect by the end of the day). It's fun to watch the lizards and iguanas run around the pool. And PLEASE DON'T SHOO THEM AWAY. They eat all the mosquitos that attack day and night.
Didn't see anyone else post this, but DON'T FORGET THE BUG SPRAY. There are mosquito planes that fly over at night to try and quell the surge, but you will get bit. Multiple times.
Loved Grand Cayman. Safe island. Easy to get around. Great restaurants (Morgan's Harbor, Calypso, Deckers, Cracked Conch, Maca Buca, the Lighthouse, Abacus, Papagallo). Not a ton to do if you are not into the water, but if you love the water, this is a gorgeous place to go. If you are a diver, this place is a must.
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