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Grand Cayman Beach Suites 4.0

Seven Mile Beach, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands

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  • All-suite rooms with kitchenettes and ocean-view balconies
  • Direct access to a gorgeous stretch of Seven Mile Beach
  • Amenities include flat-screen TVs, iPod docks, and Keurig coffeemakers
  • Prime location in the main tourist hub, near shops and restaurants
  • Two outdoor pools, one with a hot tub and one with a swim-up bar
  • Popular restaurant with excellent food and elegant, vintage-style furnishings
  • Large, 24/7 fitness center with an array of cardio and weight-training equipment
  • Buzzy lounge with a breezy terrace overlooking the pool
  • Small spa offers a variety of treatments, including manicures and massages
  • Two meeting rooms and a sunny rooftop deck
  • Free parking and free Wi-Fi throughout


  • Room decor could use an update
  • On-site restaurant is pricey
  • Nightly service charges and resort fee 

Bottom Line

Grand Cayman Beach Suites is a four-pearl hotel located on a pristine stretch of Seven Mile Beach. The hotel’s 53 suites are immaculate and all feature separate living areas and kitchenettes, but the decor could use a refresh. The sleek pool area, sophisticated restaurant and trendy lounge are significantly more design-conscious. Its location, bang in the heart of Grand Cayman’s main tourist area, offers easy access to restaurants, shops, and the island’s prettiest beach. But it’s worth comparing rates and amenities with The Westin Grand Cayman Seven Mile Beach Resort & Spa down the road.

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Small, low-key resort with a great location and a nice range of amenities

Formerly the all-suite section of the Hyatt Regency Grand Cayman, this hotel was sold and rebranded as a boutique resort after Hurricane Ivan caused significant damage to the main hotel in 2004. As a result, many areas of the hotel feel like they could belong to a bigger resort. Its sprawling pool and massive fitness center, for example, are larger than most guests would expect for a resort this size. Other areas, such as the modest lobby and small spa, are more consistent with a boutique resort. The hotel also has a mixed identity when it comes to style, with the guest rooms retaining a generic, chain-like look, contrasting with the modern design of the pool area. The large common areas lend themselves to a relaxed, uncrowded atmosphere and guests rarely need to compete for a spot by the pool or on the beach. This property attracts an even mix of couples and families. 


Excellent location on Seven Mile Beach, within walking distance of numerous restaurants and shops

Grand Cayman Beach Suites is located on the western side of Grand Cayman on Seven Mile Beach, the island’s main tourist center. Although the street in front of the hotel, West Bay Road, is a busy thoroughfare, sidewalks running along both sides make it quite walkable. Plenty of restaurants, shops, and a grocery store are within walking distance, including the Camana Bay shopping center.

The hotel is a 10-minute drive from George Town and the airport. It’s less than a 15-minute drive to Cayman Island Turtle Farm, one of the most popular attractions in West Bay.


Rooms have kitchenettes, separate living areas, iPod docks, and ocean-view balconies

The 53 rooms at Grand Cayman Beach Suites have cheerful lemon-yellow and jade-green walls, which go a long way toward brightening up furniture that looks straight out of the 1990s. All rooms have separate living areas with sofa beds, grayish-red armchairs, and dated wooden furniture, including glass-topped dining tables, set on old-fashioned carpeting. Flat-screen TVs, iPod docks, and free Wi-Fi are standard. Kitchenettes are equipped with sinks, Keurig coffeemakers, mini-fridges, microwaves, toasters, and  a small selection of plates and cutlery. Bedrooms have flat-screen TVs set in clunky cabinets with roller doors. Two-bedroom suites have larger dining tables.

All rooms face toward the ocean, offering either full balconies or French balconies, which open along the entire length of the wall, effectively transforming the room itself into a balcony. Bathrooms are not particularly stylish, featuring round soaking tubs with bland tropical shower curtains. Counter tops are stocked with Rusk bath products, and many have dual sinks. Some also have separate showers.  


Stylish outdoor swimming pools, restaurant and lounge, and direct access to Seven Mile Beach

While the rooms at Grand Cayman Beach don't fully meet the expectations for an upscale resort, the features deliver what's expected of a property in this pearl level. The hotel has two freshwater swimming pools, the Palm Pool and the Turtle Pool. The Turtle Pool is set in front of SIDEbar, and features a built-in hot tub. It serves as the kids’ pool until early evening, when SIDEbar opens. Box-shaped planters protrude into the adjacent Palm Pool, creating an interesting look. This pool includes a swim-up bar with submerged seating and a thatched-roof, which serves drinks and snacks. It also offers a small dry seating area with patio furniture. Both pools are surrounded by navy blue loungers with attached canopies.

The pool area opens up onto a wide, picturesque stretch of Seven Mile Beach. This stunning strip of white sand is lined with rows of the same navy loungers found by the pool.

The hotel’s restaurant, Hemingway's, is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Set in a freestanding building, the restaurant is reminiscent of a colonial plantation, with a chic neutral color scheme and decorative pillars. Patio seating overlooks the beach and the hotel’s pools. The menu focuses on Caribbean cuisine and seafood. It draws a fair number of non-guests, so reservations are advised.

SIDEbar is a hip lounge, which offers seating in a low-lit interior or out on a terrace overlooking the Turtle Pool. Serving drinks and gastro-pub fare, the bar is particularly popular during happy hour.

An independently-owned La Mer Spa is on-site offering facials, massages, manicures, and a range of other treatments. There’s a roomy 24/7 fitness center with dumbbells, treadmills, and a variety of other cardio machines and weight-training equipment. And guests receive preferred tee times and reduced green fees at the Jack Nicklaus-designed Britannia Golf Course. 

There are two meeting rooms that can accommodate up to 60 people, along with a lovely rooftop deck that’s often used for wedding ceremonies. The hotel also includes a branch of Red Sail Sports, which offers scuba diving, snorkeling, sailing, and other water sport activities. Wi-Fi is free throughout.

Seasonal kids’ camp programming is offered from November to March. Room service is available. There’s free parking on-site and free Wi-Fi throughout.

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