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Washington, District of Columbia
May 2, 2002
It wasn't that we wanted to avoid leaving our Cayman resort - on the contrary! We simply hoped to have some degree of cost certainly while fully expecting to leave the resort for some evening meals.
There are only two all-inclusives on Grand Cayman and just one on Seven Mile Beach (SMB), the Beach Club Colony. After considering other SMB resorts such as the Westin, the Hyatt and the Marriott, I picked the Beach Club, but as a girl raised on chains, I was a nervous wreck, imagining everything from dirty rooms to "forgotten" reservations. My fears were unfounded and my friends and I enjoyed our stay at the Beach Club.
Let's me express this clearly: this is not a ritzy hotel. Instead, the Beach Club offers basic rooms in two-story buildings and a few bungalows. There's a pool, but it's small and out of the way. You won't miss it though as the beach is gorgeous.
Our room, just steps from the sand, had two four poster beds, a bedside table, dresser, television with remote control, a clean pale green tile floor and a closet. The in-wall air conditioning unit was noisy, but kept our room cool. Draperies and linens were colorful florals. The tiled bathroom was modern with plenty of counter space, a must when three women share a room!
Our complaints were minor. While the shower temperature was always good, the water pressure left much to be desired. The lighting in the bedroom was somewhat inadequate, however we spent very little time inside anyway.
Service is generally informal, but friendly and efficient. Front desk staff quickly answered our requests for more towels, taxis, and restaurant advice. Our favorite waiter Michael was only too happy to take time to chat with us about our day's plans. But the Beach Club employee who most endeared himself to us was Lismore Clair (known simply as Clair) who set out beach chairs and umbrellas for us each day, putting them right down by the water and marking our space with a hand written "reserved" sign. Each day, we'd chat with him and learn a little more about this gentle soul. We greatly enjoyed his company. I will cover service more specifically in my Beach Club Dining and Activity entries.
Rates. When speaking with the hotel general manager, Padraic Linnane, via e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org), I specified that we'd like an oceanfront room with two double beds) for five nights. We negotiated a rate of $150 per person including all meals/drinks for the first two guests and $100 for the third. In the end, we were charged $320 total per night all inclusive.
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