Submitted: April 4, 2013
Stayed: March 2013
We have 2 families that travel together. One couple (without children) and one with several (high school and college). We planned our first trip to Cayman and needed a 3 bedroom to accommodate all of our needs. We contacted Ken and he was very responsive to our questions. We found all the reviews accurate, but somewhat optimistic.
The condo location on West Bay Drive and on the top floor (3rd floor) cannot be beat for the price (extremely good value). There are two very small party stores within easy walking distance. The main grocery store (Kirk's) is a long walk, but we could not imagine carrying groceries back from there. We rented an 8 passenger van. The north parking lot is very small and crowded. The southside parking lot (near XQ's) is a better choice. It's a little longer walk, but it has plenty of room. Treasure Island (the resort on the street side of Sunset Cove) is a dive. Sunset Cove is the real 'treasure'.
We arrived exhausted after flying most of the day with 2 stops (layovers). We came into the condo and flopped down on the very comfortable couches in the living room. Ellen (the local greater) was just finishing up some cleaning and waiting for the plumber to look at the garbage disposal. That is all she said to us. She was not friendly or cordial. It was a strange arrival in comparison to how great Ken was to us on the phone and email. The plumber came, looked under the sink, and they both left. The next day we tried using the disposal and it did not work. We emailed Ken and he had someone in here to fix it the first day after Easter Holiday.
The condo is very comfortable, with all amenities as described. It is in need of some TLC (no, that's not code for it being a dump...it is nice). For example, the beds are very hard, one set of curtains has holes/tear, coffee pot is a small 4 cup size, door to bathroom in master bedroom is broken/off the track, needs fresh painting, screen for bedroom 2 does not fit (out of square) so it allows bugs in.
The beach entry is rocky outside of the sheltered cove.
So, does this review sound too critical or are we just trying to give Ken's guests a more realistic view of what they are getting? We would stay here again in a heartbeat. We believe that Ken cares and will begin working on a priority list. We even imagine there are improvements he's made since purchasing it in the Fall 2012.
Summary: Excellent & caring owner. Great location on Grand Cayman. Right on ocean. Spectacular views. Great value.
Tourists without a Car,
Families with Teenagers,
Families with Young Children,
Owner's Response: Kris,
Thank you for the nice review and that you'd stay again in a heartbeat. The coffee pot is new, but since I don't drink coffee, I guess I didn't think to get a bigger one! We knew about the hole in the one set of curtains and the screen, but since it is a bigger job, wanted to wait until there was a little break between guests to have it fixed, which there is now.
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