Woke up every morning & walked the reef. Saw starfish, rays & fish. The Grand Caymanian is on the reef side. It is a 15 min walk to 7 mile beach, cab ride was about $10 or the hotel has a shuttle (however it only runs certain days 7 times). 7 mile beach is beautiful. The hotel was very clean, staff was very helpful, restuarant had a limited menu, however the food was good. Other restuants were near 7 mile beach. Also there were grills available if you wished to purchase & grill your own food. There is a shuttle to the grocery store. Pool was nice, always clean.
My overall visit was very nice. The staff was friendly and took care of our concerns in a reasonable amount of time. The unit was clean and very comfortable. If staying here I would recommend renting a car to get around the island - from the main road to the hotel entrance was a distance in itself. Very quiet hotel - good for relaxing after a long day of activities. Even though the restaurant played music one night - we couldn't hear it through closed balcony doors. Lots of iguanas around the property! We enjoyed ourselves and would return.
This resort was cheap in price was very clean but is far away from the resturants , beaches, or anything else the Cayman islands have to offer. You can not swim at the beach, however is very good views. You will need to rent a car to get around, the shuttle bus is very limited. Be prepared to pay high prices for food we paid 40.00 for two hamburgers. Rum Point Beach is by far the best place to visit as far as beach and water sports . If I come back would stay on Seven Mile Beach instead of the Ramada.
I just got back from the Cayman Islands and my stay at the Holiday Inn. Lets start with some good. The rooms are renovated and very nice. We were upgraded to a king suite which had a living/dining area, nice kitchen, and a large bathroom. I did have an ocean view along with a trailer view outside my balcony. The staff was nice and friendly. We had snacks and a Valentine's dinner there which was very good. It would have been a very quiet resort at night except for the roosters---yes roosters!!!! They were waking us up faithfully at 3:30 in the morning and continued well into the night. I had to keep the AC on and even use a pillow to cover my head so I could try to get some sleep. It seems the chickens are everywhere. The resort is off the beaten path. As for the beach-WHAT BEACH-I was very disappointed. I love the blue water and white sands along with calm water. However, don't go here if you want that. You can't even go in the water unless you have on shoes. The water was clear but out on the pier. The pool was ok, a little buggy at times due to the rain that we had almost everyday. As for beach towels, good luck in getting one. They are never stocked by the bar. You have to ask at the front desk and even then didn't have any. It was very clean on the resort. A car is a must if you stay here. We drove around the whole island. It is a little tricky driving there but once you get the hang of it, it is no big deal. We went to Calico Jacks for the beach and rented chairs and an umbrella there for $20. The beach was rough and rocky as you tried to get in and out of the water. A guy said it was because of the rain the nights before. There isn't much beach access if you don't stay on a resort on 7 mile beach. Plus the beach isnt that wide or flat. Shopping was ok downtown in Georgetown but parking spaces are limited. We drove around to find one for awhile. A nice place to go and walk around is the Camana. It is a newer shopping/dining area. Shopping closes by 5 each day. Our money (US) is worth only $.80 to their dollar. So it ended up costing more everywhere you would go. Overall the hotel would get a C from me. As for coming back to this island, I would not. If you want night life, stay away, the only entertainment is a movie theatre.
Overall view is that Cheap Caribbean is excellent. All they are responsible for they take care of very well. Highly recommended to all. Webster airport transfers. Excellent overall. Extremely friendly and everything flowed very well. Holiday Inn. I like being a little bit away from the crowds. By a little bit I mean around 3 miles. Taxis are available. I am a runner and I ran every morning around sunrise. Many of us were out there pounding the pavement and the distance to 7 mile is not far from Holiday Inn. We visited during the off season (May) and the crowds were non existent. I simply cannot imagine what it must be like during the busy season on 7 mile. Not my thing. Red Sail Charters is a couple blocks away. Walking distance. We did our Stingray City trip through http://stingraycitygrandcayman.com/ and their departure point is right next to Red sail, again a couple blocks away. Dive Tech scuba is onsite. The Blue Iguana is the onsite restaurant at Holiday Inn. Excellent food. Prices are reasonable for the island. Service is 99% excellent. We only had 1 issue and the waitress was new. Our room had a full kitchen and laundry. Most excellent. THE ONLY ISSUE I have with Holiday Inn is the shuttle. Forget about being on time. I am not talking about "Island Time" here which I took to mean a few minutes late. Let's talk 30 minutes. Let's talk 45 minutes. let's talk an hour and a half. If you wish to be somewhere do not count on the shuttle. Take a taxi. So the summary: We are already planning a return. We will use Cheap Caribbean and stay at the Holiday Inn. We will get the a room with a full kitchen and laundry. We are very happy overall with our stay. Thanks to all.
This resort is WAY off the beaten path and is a time share so if you like solitude, this place is it. There is no way you can get around or over to seven mile beach without transportation. We rented the old rusty bikes from the hotel but it was a haul. The two hot tubs on site were never working during our stay and no one was trying to fix them. The restaurant is ok, but usually empty. The beach, and that is generous, is muddy and rocky. We rode over to seven mile beach every day which was a real hassle. There are much better options in Grand Cayman for lodging. My recommendation is to stay away from this place.
Overall the hotel is very new and nicely spacious. It has all usa specific amenities available to you. The 2 complaints are: that the mattresses were incredibly hard for my taste. Even though they were new, they were overly firm. Lastly, the free shuttle to the 7 mile beach is great however it should be extended to at least 6 pm as 4pm is far too early.
The Cayman Islands themselves were amazing. This hotel was not what we expected it to be. The hotel is very far from anything and you have to take a taxi to get there and back from town. It can get expensive. Other than the distance the hotel was amazing. The staff is very friendly, food is amazing, and the drinks are delicious. I would not recommend children at this hotel because the beach is non swimmable and is very rocky.
Grand Caymanian is not on the 7 mile beach. They charge you a daily resort fee but they do not provide sampoo or conditioner or coffee in the rooms! I think all rooms have a water view and the sun rise was awesome in the morning. There is a shuttle from the hotel to 7 mile beach, at 10.30am and 1.00pm from the hotel. It costs US$5/person. Taxi cost from hotel to 7 mile beach is ~US$18. The restaurant at site "Blue Iguana" was really good and reasonably priced.
Upon our arrival first day they didn't have partial Ocean view RN that we purchase through you guys. Our rooms wasn't clean for a whole day. Pics attached Can you please look into this mater and a com made us for our trouble and experience. Thanks