Marriott Grand Cayman: 7 Miles of Beach

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The Marriott Grand Cayman Review is part of the Quest Around The Globe Trip Report which covers the following places:

Here is the Picture Preview, the Excel Spreadsheet of all the points redemptions, and my CNN International Business Traveller segment which was filmed in Vegas.


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 $18.


Note: I stayed at the Marriott Grand Cayman before the SPG merger was complete. 

Palm trees
Palm trees

I’ve always wanted to go to the Cayman Islands. My dream was to arrive there via private plane with steel suitcases full of cash. Then I found out the penalties of money laundering and decided to keep my cash in my US high yield bank account which provides 0.00005% interest. Instead of a Learjet, I flew AA from MIA to GCM for only 7500 Avios and $5.60. Instead of my beach mansion, I decided to burn 80,000 Marriott points at Grand Cayman Resort. The price for two nights would have been $613. Out of pocket I paid around $100 because of the stupid resort fee.

Marriotts Generally 

My experience at Marriott hotels was mostly limited to my parent’s Arizona hotel of choice, the JW Marriott Scottsdale. The hotel is in need of an upgrade but I still enjoy aimlessly drifting, cerveza in hand, in the lazy river. Beyond that, I never cared to stay at Marriotts because I did not have any points and certainly did not have status.

The Hotel Itself 

Marriotts are consistent. The rooms are tidy, the landscaping is on point, and the service is professional.

Marriott Grand Cayman
Marriott Grand Cayman

You Have Not Been Upgraded 

It should come as no surprise, given my lack of status, that I did not receive a room with a view of the ocean. Instead, I had a view of the garden which is less exciting than a view of the parking lot. When I wrote the post Money Or Status? I’ll Take the Latter, readers told me that upgrades at Marriott are a rarity so I didn’t feel too bad. The room was a typical hotel room with a nice bed and decent shower. Honestly, so long as the AC works, who really cares about how nice the room is when you are in the Cayman Islands?

Standard room
Standard room
Fiji not free so how does one fill up the coffee?
Fiji not free so how does one fill up the coffee?
I miss those Park Hyatt pens
I miss those Park Hyatt pens
The garden view
The garden view
Pass out couch
Pass out couch
The garden
The garden
The garden
The garden
Neighbors
Neighbors
Garden
Garden

Bathroom

In case anyone was wondering what the bathroom looked like. Here it is:

Bathroom
Bathroom
Shower
Shower
Soaps
Soaps
Soap bar
Soap bar
Decent shower
Decent shower

Sleeping In 

No status? No problem. I didn’t have to wake up and eat the same tired omelette and bother other guests by taking pics of the cheese spread. By waking up at 11AM, like a normal person on vacation, I hit the pool and the beach refreshed.

Pool

It is too hot to sit around the pool. I came back after sunset to sit in the hot tub.

The pool
The pool
The pool
The pool
The pool
The pool
Sunset
Sunset
Hot tub sunset
Hot tub sunset
Those of better means than I
Those of better means than I

Ocean 

Seven Mile Beach is the perfect name for a beach that stretches for 11.2654 kilometers. My two days were spent drinking rum on the beach or running along it. This is why people come to the Cayman Islands. This is why people choose to pay the premium to stay on the beach. Every second not, is a second wasted.

The bar
The bar
Mandatory stop
Mandatory stop
Pina Colada
Pina Colada

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7 Mile Beach
7 Mile Beach
The hotel
The hotel
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BYOR
I got crabs
I got crabs
View from the beach
View from the beach
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7 Mile Beach
7 Mile Beach
7 Mile Beach
7 Mile Beach
7 Mile Beach
7 Mile Beach
7 Mile Beach
7 Mile Beach
7 Mile Beach
7 Mile Beach
7 Mile Beach
Sunset
Sunset

Overall 

The Marriott Grand Cayman is a solid choice on an island that does not have many points options. I plan on returning to the Cayman Islands but next time I’ll buy, not rent.

Sunset
Sunset

 

 

13 COMMENTS

  1. Top tier status? No problem. Marriott doesn’t offer breakfast at resorts anyway. Let’s see of the SPG side of the house can change that.

    • Admittedly I know nothing of Marriott. Really on breakfast? I wish there was no free breakfast anywhere so I could sleep. It’s my need to not miss out on free that forces me to go to the buffet. I have the same problem with open bar.

  2. bad boy. no golden star for you today.

    but thanks for letting me know that my checks in the mail brah!! i’ll let you know when i grab it.

    “When I wrote the post Money Or Status? I’ll Take the Latter, readers told me that upgrades at Marriott ~~~~or~~~~~~ a rarity so I didn’t feel too bad.”

    In case anyone was wondering what the bathroom looked ~~~~~it~~~~~~. Here it is:

  3. On my way there now! Wait 40k a night? For me it was 45k a night (135k plus $180 resort fees for 3 nights) or $800 out of pocket. Id rather pay cash rather than stupid resort fees

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