First of all let me say that this was my 8th trip to Grand Cayman, and the 5th time I have rented a condo. I am in the travel industry so I tend to be a pick more picky than most travelers.
The pool area is beautiful, There are only 28 units so most of the time you feel like it's your own private pool.
The condo is located on Seven Mile Beach, and I would definitely recommend getting a unit on the 2nd or 3rd floor for a beautiful view. If you have never been to Grand Cayman or have traveled to other Mexico or Caribbean beaches you will not be disappointed with the beach.. SMB is my favorite beach. However, If you have been there as often as I have you may be a bit disappointed. The beach and ocean are a bit rocky compared to other parts of SMB, I think after this trip I will definitely go back to staying in the central area of SMB for the softest sand and the calmest water. I will mention if you go out about 30 yards from the beach - the snorkeling is amazing, unfortunately we didn't realize it until the last day. If you are looking for a private beach this would be it, I'm not sure we saw anyone on this area of the beach other than guests of the condo.
The unit was nice, no WOW factor, but my guess is that the condos are a bit older. We had a 3 bedroom unit, with 2 baths, the fact that the 2nd bathroom is actually in the main bedroom makes it a little odd if you are sharing the unit with other adults. Whoever is in the Master bedroom basically gets a bathroom to themselves, and everyone else has to share the other one. There was 7 of us in the condo, so 5 adults shared the main bathroom. The unit was well stocked in the kitchen, can't imagine anything that wasn't there. This was the first condo I rented that there were not washer and dryers in the unit themselves. And the laundry facilities (located near the office) require Cayman coins to operate them. I have no problem drinking the water in Cayman, but if you want bottled water you could buy it from the office.
I would definitely recommend renting a car if you are staying here, because nothing is within walking distance.
While in the process of making the reservation Lisa was extremely nice and helpful. I only encountered one other person in the office and she was nice, professional, but not overly friendly or welcoming, or informative. The office is not open on Sundays or Holidays so if you are departing on one of those days, so it's kind of a guess on what to do with the keys. There's not a drop box or anything. We just left them in the unit and locked the door behind us.
Not sure what happens if you are arriving on a Sunday.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Better than a hotel, different from a resort, and ideally situated, the Christopher Columbus Condo is an intimate 30-unit beachfront condominium, offering beautifully appointed two and three bedroom condo rental units with either oceanfront or garden views. All condominium rental units offer central air conditioning, fully equipped kitchens, cable TV, telephones, and maid service. Other amenities offered include private lighted tennis courts, barbeque grills, laundry facilities, and a full concierge service. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Christopher Columbus Condos Hotel Seven Mile Beach
- Christopher Columbus Condos Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands