We visited in early May, and requested Apt 8 based on recommendations here. We loved everything about our stay. We mostly saw Duane behind the desk, and he was always very nice and helpful. Everyone we ran into was very friendly, and the atmoshere could not be beat. Both the common areas and are unit were kept clean, and did not show signs of wear and tear. This place deserves every award it has received.
The hotel is only 8 units, and then there are the condos next door. We wanted a 2nd floor beach unit, which gave us room 6, 7, or 8 to choose from. Six has a big tree in front of it, so the view may be somewhat impeded. Seven is in the middle, but the view is good. Eight is on the end, and has a balcony on the beach and on the side. Included in the bedroom is a white noise machine, which I found very helpful after being woken up at 3:30am by a nearby rooster (the chickens run wild on the island, as they were all freed in 2004 by Hurricaine Ivan).
As the reviewer Dana (who we met while there, and even had dinner with... it's that kind of friendly place) said, make sure to bring your water shoes. The surfline has lots of rocks if you are taking a walk, and the shoreline has lots of turtlegrass. It is because of the turtlegrass that I wouldn't recommend this hotel for families with little kids (unless you plan on keeping them in the pool and taking them to other beaches). Really, though, the beach set-up looks like it would work best for couples or groups of adults. It's a practically private beach, with chairs and shady trees provided. And if the trees are all occupied, they have beach umbrellas you can borrow.
If you like snorkeling, this is a great place for you, as you can snorkel for free, all day every day if you want to, right in front of the inn. They even have snorkel equipment you can borrow (though if you already know you like to do it, I would recommend bringing your own for personal comfort).
They have a large DVD collection, so if you want to spend an evening in you can check one out, or you have many TV channels (including HBO and the US networks like ABC, NBC, and CBS) to choose from. Free wi-fi in the rooms was nice to have, so we could easily stay in touch with home.
One of our favorite things about the inn is the location. We drove up to Seven Mile Beach and Georgetown, and it was just too crowded and touristy. We drove around the East End and over to Rum Point, but all of that was too far away from the touristy. Boddentown and the Turtle Nest Inn are centrally located and not in a touristy area, but not too local-centric either.
If we ever get to go back to Grand Cayman, we will definitely stay here again. As it is, I've been telling everyone I talk to that they simply must go, and must stay here! :)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Cayman hotels' exotic beachfront lodging offers Caribbean elegance, pool, superb snorkelling, and full luxury apartments costing less than most Grand Cayman hotel rooms. Located on its own sandy beach, only ten miles from George Town and the airport, the Inn is away from the tourist crowds, in a genuine island setting. Cayman's only Travel Holiday Magazine's Editors' Choice Award winner for 2003. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Turtle Nest Hotel Grand Cayman
- Turtle Nest Grand Cayman
- Turtle Nest Inn Grand Cayman/Bodden Town, Cayman Islands