The Holiday Inn Grand Cayman Hotel Review is part of the Quest Around The Globe Trip Report which covers the following places:
- Las Vegas, Nevada
- Grand Cayman
- Cartagena, Colombia
- Medellin, Colombia
- Miami, Florida
- Houston, Texas
- Moscow, Russia
- St. Petersburg, Russia
- Ayia Napa, Cyprus
- Amman, Jordan
- Abu Dhabi, UAE
- New York, New York
Getting There: Taxis are damn expensive in the Cayman Islands. Rent a car if you want to explore the island or go to the official taxi stand and take a cab for $20.
Where is this taxi taking me? What are all these winding roads? What are all these expensive mansions? Who lives there? How am I ever going to get back to town? Oh look a great golf course.
With my Marriott balance at zero and the Westin Grand Cayman under construction, I made the silly choice to book a familiar hotel brand for my final night on the island. Old me would’ve taken the cheapest location next to the beach. Points opportunist me thought why not get some credit since I’m paying for the stay. That proved to be a ($158) mistake.
Set miles away from the famous Seven Mile Beach, the Holiday Inn Grand Cayman is the worst choice for those looking to enjoy the best part of the island. The hotel looks brand new and is in perfect condition, most likely because no one stays there.
I don’t know if I was upgraded because of my charm, my fake IHG status from Chase, or because I was the only guest at the hotel. Nevertheless, the room was great. It was a one bedroom apartment equipped with a kitchen and dining room table, something of a necessity for someone who stays here without renting a car. This assumes that the guest stopped at the grocery store on the way to this remote hotel.
The Golf Course
Luckily for me, the golf course was right next door and a friendly member of the staff dropped me off for a round of 18. After golf, the bartender gave me a ride to the main street and I didn’t return to the hotel till the wee hours of the morning.
I make it a point not to stay at hotels simply because it’s free on points. Like living in the City, I would rather pay for a better location than take the G Train from Greenpoint. In this case, I was lazy and just assumed that the Holiday Inn would be close to the beach.