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Sunshine Suites Resort
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   1465 Esterley Tibbetts | Seven Mile Beach, Seven Mile Beach KY1-1201, Grand Cayman   |  
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Chicago, Illinois
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11 reviews 11 reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
“Perfect for A Vacation”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2013

This was the perfect hotel for my vacation. I stayed at Sunshine Suites with my boyfriend and it was great for us. The room was clean, a little tiny but we didnt need alot of space for the two of us. The kitchenette is a true plus as food cost is pretty high everywhere in the Cayman. From the time we arrived the hotel staff was very friendly and helpful. Offering to carry our luggage to the 3rd floor. We checked in the hotel on a Wednesday evening, everything was smooth. Process took at the most 5 minutes. Not much of a view if you are that kind of person. We stayed in Room 313 and we had a view of the parking lot mainly, if you walk around you could see the pool area. Not what I care to do on vacation so the views aren't overly important to me. They have a small business center and wifi in the rooms. Wifi isnt the greatest by far, but when you can connect its good for checking emails and updating social stats if you are looking to do so. They have satellite TV and get ALOT of USA stations. ESPN for the men, Lifetime for the women, VH1, cartoons, etc for the kids. That was helpful as the nightlife scene is kind of dry from what we expected. 3-5 minute walk across the street to SMB. Perfect location too! It seemed to be the best part of the beach. Sunshine provides beach chairs for you to take, but there are plenty on the other resorts that you can grab. Breakfast is enough to get by. Im VERY PICKY and limited on what I can eat so if I can make it anyone can. They offered cereal, fruit, oatmeal and toast everyday. They rotated other things like potatoes and pancakes. Its enough to get you through a couple of hours. We dined at the onsite restaurant it was fairly decent. I work in the food service industry so it was ok for what it offfers. I had the Chicken Tenders and my BF had the fish tacos...we both were satisfied. It was crowded but we sat at the bar and so our wait wasnt long. Even with a party of 20 and a full dining room, the staff was very helpful and attentive to us. The bartender made a awesome Pina Colada, hate that I cant recall her name. You have the option to carryout if the restaurant wait is too long you, so people that complain about that are just complainers! The atmosphere is awesome so people tend to hang around for awhile! Lotoya at the front desk ROCKED!! She provided us with great service for activities to do and getting our Taxi to the airport. Sunshine is Lucky to have her as an employee. Checkout was super simple. Those nice people even gave me 2 free local phone calls!!!
Best Tips: Take advantage of the two grocery stores within 8 minutes of walking distance. Our average food bill was $46 at the restaurants. We walked to Fosters grocery store, they had ample variety.
Bring your own Liquor (Up to 1 Liter for the hard stuff): I saw a 5th of Patron for $70
Bring OFF bug repellant...The mosquitos are fierce!!
Get PizzaHut to deliver..costs us about $25 (US) for Sm. Pizza, Wings, and Breadsticks. Beat paying $50 for 2 sandwiches and a cocktail.

Room Tip: Less traffic on the 3rd floor, no one wants to walk up the stairs
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
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Toronto, Canada
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2013

This hotel is not for the business traveller. The internet is weak and unreliable and does not support VPN. Additionally, there is no room service and the restaurant has a maximum capacity of no more than 20 people so there is always a long wait. If you need to stay 1 min after checkout time, be prepared to be hassled by the unfriendly staff at the front desk.
Great for a family looking for cheap accommodations but be prepared to carry your beach chairs a block or more to the beach .
Will never stay here again.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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New Haven, Connecticut
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 hotel reviews
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2013

This property is a great place for your stay in Grand Cayman. It represents a very sensible choice for both a vacation or work, as it offers good value for money. In this review I will briefly go over location, rooms and service in turn.

Location is perfect, just across the street from one of the nicest sections of Seven Mile beach. Walking to the beach will take you about 5 minutes, and the hotel provides beach chairs and towels which you can take with you. Unless you have small kids or are really lazy, this is a great way to enjoy the beach. You cannot have the resort experience, with waiters serving you frozen $20 pina coladas on the beach, but for that there is the Ritz across the street. The pool of the hotel is ok, but I honestly did not care since swimming in the ocean in Seven Miles is better than any pool anyway. The island is small, and driving anywhere will take a short time.

The rooms are very comfortable, if not particularly luxurious or chic. No room has sea view. Beds are large and very nice; bathrooms are ok. Mine was quite large but a bit musty. The kitchenette is essential but there's anything you might need in case you want to eat in (aside: eating on the island is expensive and often not that great. Best meals are jerk chicken from bbqs on the beach - the closest to the hotel is in public beach- and fresh pan fried chicken from a small restaurant on the beach in west bay). The restaurant of the hotel is a good option for meals; keep in mind that guests of the hotel have no priority, and you might have to wait for a while as it often gets very busy. They do offer a takeout option, which comes handy if you want to eat in the room, but only when they are not too busy. They do not accomodate flexible take-out orders, that is you cannot order take out in advance.

Service was good throughout. Receptionists were very kind, and were helpful in many instances, namely in booking activities on the island. Cleaning was thorough. The hotel offers no gym of its own, but it does provide free access to a gym a few minutes away by car.

Room Tip: No elevator to get to rooms on higher floors; no sea-view rooms in this property.
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Melbourne, Australia
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428 helpful votes 428 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2013

The rooms are on the basic side but freshly painted and clean and comfortable. Most importantly the bed itself is very comfortable. There is a modest kitchen and a large fridge in the room. Oddly there is an oversized bedside table on one side of the bed and then just a skinny gap to the wall on the other side of the bed. The hotel must be well constructed for soundprooffing as it was full with different wedding guests during over 5 night stay and we didn't hear any noise from adjoining rooms or the rooms above. The hotel's common areas are very well maintained and Paco the handsome black housecat adds to the appeal. You can relax under a tree in the gardens to read a book if you don't want to sit by the pool itself. The hotel is in a good location, in the centre of Seven Mile Beach, and a short walk to the inviting sandy beach. You can take light deck chairs from Sunshine to the beach and if you want shade, you can go a further 2 minutes up the beach to the Governor's House. There are a few restaurants and a bottle shop next to the hotel or otherwise it's a 10 minute walk to a larger shopping centre and more restaurants. A light breakfast is included in the room rate and it is okay. The office reception desk had friendly staff although they didn't seem especially informative. The Sunshine Grille restaurant attached to the hotel was pumping every night as it has delicious food and cocktails at reasonable prices. If you can get a poolside table, it is a very pleasant setting for dinner. There are no safes in the room; just a few at the reception desk, and these were all in use, which was a pain. There is complimentary use of the World Gym, which is a great gym, but it's 40 minutes walk away. There are rental bikes but like the safes, there were all already in use. The local buses are plentiful and great; mini vans marked 1 or 2, and they stop wherever you want and cost $2 so it's not hard to get around. You could spend a lot of money at the next door Westin and be right on the beach, but if you want to stretch your holiday dollars, then the Sunshine Suites are recommended for a pleasant stay. The Caymans itself was a great experience with the beautiful beach and reef and lovely people and a safe, relaxed atmosphere.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Toronto, Canada
2 reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2013

My family has been visiting the Caymans regularly for the last 15 years and stayed in many of the Islands hotels and condos. On this trip we decided to try the Sunshine Suites and all I can say is that it was awesome.

The staff is excellent and professional. Rooms are very clean and comfortable (more so than many of the expensive hotels on the Beach). The common areas around the Resort are impeccably kept and an excellent place to relax. A light breakfast is provided and that in itself is a huge bonus (Eggs, Cereals, Oatmeal, yogurts, toast, muffins, coffee, juice, etc.). If you feel like preparing something yourself there is a small kitchen in each room with a stove top, microwave, toaster, and fridge. The Super Market (Fosters IGA), it’s a short walk along W Bay Rd. (on average it’s about 7-9 minutes max walking each way). They have everything you can expect from any US Super Market. There is also the Sunshine Grill by the pool and everything is very reasonably priced and the food is delicious (this is where breakfast is provided every morning). If you want to go out and eat there are several other places along W. Bay Rd within a 20 minute walk.

The Sunshine Suites Resort is situated in a very good location along W Bay Rd. It’s a 2-3 minute walk to the beach at most. Public access is directly across the road to the side of the Westin Hotel. This part of the beach is the best along 7 mile in my opinion. There is plenty of room to spread out and the water and sand are perfect. There is a Bus stop directly across the street from the Sunshine Suites if you wish to go to Georgetown. The fare is $2.50 US. You can also catch a bus in the other direction to the Turtle farm for $2.50 US.

Something I would like to mention is that there is a laundry where for a few dollars you can wash anything you might need. Wireless Internet access (the speeds are very good) and cable TV. The place has all the conveniences of home.

The reviews about the Sunshine Suites speak for themselves. You won’t find a more reasonably priced and comfortable Hotel on the Island.

5 Stars…..

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rochester, New York
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2013

I brought my wife here for her 2nd-25th Birthday.Everything was very clean.Food was awhsome.We met a lot of great people from all over the globe.And made a few new friends at the Sunshine Grill.Everyone was so nice & helpful. Shops, Beach very close.Most things with-in walking distance.Weather almost perfect.We will be going back soon.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Bellwood
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2013

Our family went to Grand Cayman for my sister's wedding May 18 - 25, 2013. When we started researching hotels I came across Sunshine Suites. Every review that I read was great so we decided to try it for ourselves and we could not have been happier. The resort is extremely clean, the rooms are spacious and have every amenity that you could ask for and the staff is friendly and helpful. It is about a 3 minute walk to the beach and the resort has chairs that you can take.

The food at the Sunshine Grille is fabulous. My sister and her husband had their rehearsal dinner at the Sunshine Grille and everyone loved their food. It was a great, laid back atmosphere! In addition, my husband and I had breakfast there every morning (It was free, part of our package) and had a few other meals there. Each time we LOVED it! Food prices in Grand Cayman are pretty expensive, so I recommend eating at Sunshine Grille as often as possible. Great food and portions are huge. You can split a sandwich and just get a extra side!

I can not say enough good things about the Sunshine Suites! Our stay was perfect in every way! We are hoping to come back to Grand Cayman again, and with the prices that the Sunshine Suites have to offer, it makes it a affordable getaway to the caribbean!

Room Tip: We stayed on the third floor. There aren't elevators, but the staff will help you take your lug...
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 1465 Esterley Tibbetts | Seven Mile Beach, Seven Mile Beach KY1-1201, Grand Cayman
Location: Caribbean > Cayman Islands > Grand Cayman > Seven Mile Beach
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( Wi-Fi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Family Hotel in Seven Mile Beach
#3 Romantic Hotel in Seven Mile Beach
#4 Business Hotel in Seven Mile Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Sunshine Suites Resort 3.5*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Sunshine Suites Resort offers the best in affordable boutique lodging. We’re a short walk from the sparkling ocean waters and white sand of Grand Cayman’s famous Seven Mile Beach. Enjoy the convenience of our prime location next to the Ritz Carlton, down the road from the 18-hole North Sound Golf Course and near dozens of shops and restaurants. Our amenities include free continental breakfast and wireless internet. We offer our guests high end accommodations, excellent services and convenience at affordable prices. Whether your visit is for business or pleasure, a warm and friendly team awaits you! ... more   less 
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