390 South Church Street, George Town KY1-1106, Grand Cayman
Posted by: StephanieVA on May 1, 2009
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On the rocky ironshore just south of George Town, the Sunset House offers moderately priced accommodations with a relaxed, low-key atmosphere.
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StephanieVA on May 1, 2009 >
Visited on: May, 2009 | Leisure | With Spouse/Partner
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The hotel staff was very efficient and quick to tell us our room was ready. We arrived several hours before check-in and were concerned we would have to wait-we were glad we didn't have to wait. The front desk staff were extremely friendly, giving us a quick run-down of the resort and directed us to our room.
Comfortable. The room was clean, air conditioned, and had all the basic amenities. The rooms do not have a hair dryer, but we were told you could ask the front desk for one. Also, there is not an iron-the resort is a dive resort and really, you don't need one. We had ordered a refridgerator ahead of time to have sodas, water, etc available and it worked well. I had read on-line that the "towels were small and scratchy", so we brought our own-not needed, the towels were fine. Also, for being in the Caribbean, we did not see any bugs in the room, which was a nice surprise.
Restaurants and Bars:
"My Bar"-what a great menu. It has all of the usual (grouper sandwiches, burgers, fries, salads) and then the suprise was the Indian food. The curries were outstanding. The Naan bread was homemade and definitely, the best I have ever had eaten. My husband had the blackened grouper sandwich three times during our stay, only because it was so good. The stir fry chicken was way too much food-we could have easily shared it. The made to order breakfast was good-bacon or sausage with eggs, Western omelet, fruit salad were a few items we ate during our stay. A hearty breakfast prior to diving. The alcoholic mixed drinks were strong (cheers!)and the beers cold.
There is no beach at Sunset House, but is very close to Smith's Cove. We walked to Smith's Cove in 10 minutes. Nice beach, great snorkelling, public restrooms were very basic with an outdoor shower. Sunset House is for divers and diving was fantastic. Easy access in/out of the water. There is a sea pool to practice in, which we used on Day 1. Otherwise, the reef is an easy dive. The grounds of the property were well kept and the rooster was a great way to be woken up to for early morning dives.
Activities on and off the Resort/Hotel:
As I mentioned, we were there to dive, so that's what we did. We did 2 tank boat dives for four days. The dive staff made the trip. They were very experienced, offered us several pointers, built up our confidence (we were new at the time), never went to the same dive site, pointed out different fish, and were simply the best. I would not recommend the resort for non-divers, but we met several people that did not dive, but enjoyed the pool and location of the resort. Georgetown is a 15 minute walk, so it was easy to meander into town for shopping and going to other restaraunts.
Sunset House is a great place to go, if you are going to dive. It offers some of the best diving in the Caribbean with some of the friendliest/best dive staff. It is clearly not the Ritz, but is clean and well-kept for a 50 year old resort. We will not hesitate to return on a future dive trip.