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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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Ranked #3 of 10 Hotels in Seven Mile Beach
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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9 reviews 9 reviews
8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
“Will go back again!!!!!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2009

My husband and I had a great time at Sunshine Suites. The hotel is very clean both inside and outside; the grounds are well kept and manicured. The rooms were spacious and we had no complaints at all. The breakfast was basic; it consisted of bagels, toast, waffles, cereal, pastries, fruit and juices. It’s free so you can’t complain at all. We stayed on the 2nd floor and we did not encounter any problems at all. I didn’t see any elevators on the premises but we didn’t have problems walking up and down the stairs at all. We also went to Fosters to purchase food and drinks, the hotel had a regular sized refrigerator and a small stove, so we used that for our lunches. We ate elsewhere for dinner. The island is very expensive so shopping for food and bring it back to the room saved us a lot of money.
The employees at the Sunshine Grill are awesome; they all work hard and are really friendly. I would stay there again!

The beach is about a 3 minute walk across a busy street. We didn’t find it challenging to cross the street; some people actually slow down or stop and allow you to cross. You can get chairs from the hotel and take them to the beach. The beach area is gorgeous and it does not have rocks like other parts of Seven Mile Beach. We walked to both ends of Seven Mile Beach and we found that the area near Sunshine Suites which would be the Ritz to the Westin is better, in regards to coral or rocks near the sand. The water looks clearer going towards Cemetery Beach but there are also more rocks in that area.

The island shuts down on Sundays, the only things open are gas stations and restaurants, so we spend our Sundays on the beach, marinating in the sun.

We walked to Georgetown two days in a row, it took us about 1.5 hours to walk there and we took the bus back to the hotel. It was about 1.50 US per person. There are many places to shop on the way to Georgetown.

The island is very friendly and very laid back. My husband and I are in our early 30’s and we usually go to the Caribbean to party, but this time we went to relax and it was the perfect island to relax. There isn’t much night life because everything pretty much closes early.

We went to Sting Ray City with Captain Crosby, it was about $25 per person and it was well worth it, its an experience of a life time. We also rented a car for one day and we drove around the island and went to Rum Point, that’s a place that you have to see. It’s gorgeous and the water is very calm and shallow. It didn’t take my husband long to learn how to drive on the other side of the road and there really wasn’t much traffic at all. We were really surprised that the roads were pretty much empty.

Overall, we had an awesome time and we would definitely go back again.

  • Liked — everything
  • Disliked — everything
  • Stayed December 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Augusta, Georgia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2009

The Sunshine Suites is an excellent value for the Grand Cayman Island. My wife and I stayed here with our 18 month old son and we are pleased with the clean rooms, helpful staff, and good location. The hotel is about 200 yards from the ocean (next to the Westin Hotel) and not too far from a local grocery store. The rooms are very clean and the Sunshine Grill (next to the pool) offers incredible hamburgers, salads and a variety of other good dishes. It is not the Ritz Carlton but if you are looking for a good place to stay at an excellent price, the Sunshine Suites will not disappoint you.

  • Liked — Price
  • Disliked — Not on the beach
  • Stayed January 2009, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rockford, Illinois
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Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2009

We just celebrated our 10th wedding anniversary at this hotel and just loved it! We will return for certain. The location is excellent, as is its restaurant, the Sunshine Grill. The hospitality and service was TOP NOTCH! We especially want to recognize Trina Gordon, who sets the "gold standard" for customer service. She went above and beyond and made sure that we were well taken care of. She was exceptional! Nadia, Mike, Leslie and the rest of the staff were very good as well. They respect your privacy and are quietly in the background ready to assist with anything at any time. The whole staff creates an excellent atmosphere for total island relaxation.

This cute hotel is a casual, exceptionally clean and unpretentious little gem on Grand Cayman. It is a great value and is so convenient to everything. The one bedroom suite is spacious and there are lots of little extras that make your stay so pleasant. The atmosphere around the pool and the grounds are nice. The pool isn't super large, but adequate for lap swimming and sunning. After all, the beach and gorgeous Caribbean Sea are nearby anyway!

The free, continental breakfast is a really nice addition by the pool, complete with orange and mango juices and a variety of fruits, cereals and pastries. You can even buy a custom-made omelet for a nominal charge. There's an ice cream machine and the bar makes great drinks. Unfortunately, they discontinued their famous Thursday night barbeque right before we arrived, as have some other hotels. We understand that it was a favorite among locals, who often dine at the poolside restaurant. Maybe it will return again. The Sunshine Grill has gourmet food and the greatest hamburgers (and I don't even usually eat hamburgers or like meat much). We ate there twice. The restaurant staff, like the other staff take great pride in the food and service. It is obvious.

The location is so ideal - its not a big deal to walk across West Bay Road to the beach. Just wait for a break in the busy traffic and you are right at Seven Mile Beach and other resorts. The hotel provides chairs and beach towels that you can carry to the sand. You are surrounded by other, more expensive resorts and good, reasonably-priced restaurants and services. We cooked in our room a few times and having a refrigerator, stove and microwave was a nice treat. The nearest full grocery is a bit of a walk - maybe 10 or 15 minutes. No problem, the weather is generally perfect anyway. Eat at the Sunshine Grill or nearby or cook in your room or on one of their grills. We met some locals who said that the Sunshine Suites is where they put up their friends and family when visiting. If the locals vouch for it, you know its good! Trina, Nadia and the staff will assist you in every way, from directions to a bottle of water. The rooms and beds and furniture are very comfortable. Its a nice atmosphere for a great price. Do stay here. You won't be disappointed.

  • Liked — Unpretentious, clean, comfortable and convenient in a great location
  • Disliked — Pool could be a little larger and open later
  • Stayed December 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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7 hotel reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2009

We have stayed here many times and find it a good value and good location. Continental breakfast included saving you $ given the prices on the island. Basic room and nice bath, clean with helpful staff at front desk and housekeeping. Prompt response to any service request. Rooms have refrig/freezer, microwave, and 2 burner elec range. Basic kitchen utensils,plates, pots etc supplied. Visit local grocery stores and new Cost-u-less warehouse market just up the back road. 2 blocks to 7 mile beach. Westin is just across the street, and Ritz Carlton one block away. Economical alternative if attending events at these venues. Free easy parking. Daily charge for internet. Restaurant/bar on site, decent value. Good burgers and fish tacos. Optional $4 CI morning omelet a good value.

  • Liked — price and location
  • Disliked — not beach front
  • Stayed December 2008, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2008

I stayed at “The Sunshine Suites” from December 14-20, 2008. It was my first stay at this hotel and my first trip to the Cayman Islands. I would stay again if I can get a good deal or special. Check-in went smooth and I was handed a sheet of paper with the property map and useful information such as the office, restaurant, and pool hours; directions to the grocery and liquor stores; and bus information. The room was nice and in good shape. The bathroom was a decent size, did have a tub/shower, and shampoo was provided. TV had a pretty decent cable collection that included a couple of movie channels. The room had a small full size refrigerator, microwave, small coffee maker (with a small pack of coffee), two burners, cooking pots/pans, utensils, cups, glasses, plates, and silverware (enough to cook a small meal). A free breakfast was included: coffee, tea, juice, cereal, toast, bagels, frozen waffles, frozen pastry, and a couple of choices of fruit (varied between apples, bananas, grapes, watermelon). The bar/restaurant was informal and had fairly good food. The fish tacos and burgers/sliders were very good and ran $10CI ($12.50 US). The hotel is fairly quiet and located between the beach road and a bypass road. The hotel is not located on the beach, but the beach is only about 200 yards away – it’s about 100 yards to the beach road from the hotel and about another 100 yards to the beach. Small beach chairs are provided by the hotel – they are stored on the side of the office. A shower/foot wash is on the property for cleaning when you return from the beach and there is also a dive cleanup/storage area. A liquor store and 2-3 restaurants are located in front of the hotel near the beach road. It costs $32CI ($40) for a case of Red Stripe and $36CI ($45) for Heineken. It’s about 1/3 mile to the grocery store and it’s pretty well stocked and it also sells cooked food). The public beach access is clearly marked (between the Westin) and the bus stop is located there also. A golf course is close by near the bypass road. The beach is very nice and you can snorkel right there. However, better snorkeling is located about 2 mile north on the beach at Cemetery Beach. The bus fare is $2CI ($2.50) along the beach road. If you don’t have a car and don’t ride the bus (or taxi) restaurant choices are mostly limited to hotels (more expensive) until you go about 2 miles south (closer to Comfort Suites) where there are more pub-like, bars, and fast food restaurants. Chicken-chicken was one place I would recommend.

  • Stayed December 2008, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Nashville, TN
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2008

We had the best honeymoon at Sunshine Suites! It was so convenient and close to Seven Mile Beach and Georgetown. They really do have the best Cuban food and burgers on the island! We loved the hospitality of the staff, and they gave great suggestions for exploring Grand Cayman. They even arranged our sail boat trip to Sting Ray City! We hope to return soon!

  • Liked — The location and friendly service
  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Stayed September 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Tahiti
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2008

My family booked for ten days there. I was not happy at all .The receptionist wasnt that friendly and made a big
mistake with the rate. She was so arrogant that i wanted to fight with her. My husband who always travel made a mistake for booking us to this hotel. I told the receptionist that it was our big mistake for paying in advance 10 days n she charged us additional taxes for other taxes. The General Manager was kind and nice enough to apologize for the behaviour of his staff!!She was not efficient and not service oriented at all.

Stayed June 2008
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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 ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Romantic Hotel in Seven Mile Beach
#4 Family 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*
Number of rooms: 128
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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Sunshine Suites Resort Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands

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