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Yesterday I shared the good news that for some mysterious reason the Westin Grand Cayman was pricing as a Category 5 SPG property instead of a Category 6 property as it has been for the last year. This is pretty big news first because the resort is located on an insane spot on Seven Mile Beach, and Grand Cayman is pretty easy to get to for many of us at less than 500 miles from Miami. It is also big news because the drop from a SPG Category 6 to a Category 5 property is significant as Category 6 properties cost 20,000 – 25,000 points per night and Category 5 properties are 12,000 – 16,000 points per night.
At first yesterday it was hard to guess whether this was a true unannounced category change or perhaps some short-lived ‘oops’ award pricing, so my recommendation was to book quickly. I followed my own advice and rebooked a five night planned trip we have to the resort in 2018, thus saving us a whopping 32,000 SPG points! Our per night price dropped to just 9,600 points per night since the 5th award night is free with SPG. There will still be the $60 per night resort fee, but since paid rates during our visit of year are $500+ for night, I will gladly pay 9,600 SPG points + $60 to stay on the beach in Grand Cayman!
After digging around a bit more I don’t really think this is an ‘oops’ situation as it is clearly listed as a Category 5 property and on the Category 5 SPG page with a peak pricing range of dates listed as 08/27/2017 – 10/21/2017. This is when the resort is 16,000 points per night instead of 12,000 points per night.
Perhaps the renovations and some less than stellar reviews during that time played into paid and award rates dropping a bit temporarily. I don’t know for sure, but even with that said, I would not wait any longer than necessary to book the hotel on SPG points in case they change their minds again.
Westin Grand Cayman Renovations
Speaking of renovations, The Westin Grand Cayman has been undergoing Phase 1 of a $50 million dollar two phased renovation, but the good news is that the public areas are now completed as of December 2016. The next phase of the renovation is scheduled for May to August 2017, and will include the guest rooms and suites. I won’t be shocked if it takes longer than that to complete all the rooms and suites, but hopefully 2018 is safe from renovations!
If you time it correctly, getting to stay in a newly renovated hotel after construction is complete is a great thing – especially if the hotel really did just drop categories. If you want to get a detailed video peek at the completed renovations you can check out their Facebook videos here – select the “Jet Skis and Drones” video and start at the 3:30 mark to see the lobby and pool area.
As for the guest rooms…it looks like they are indeed ready for a renovation, and I’m glad our stay isn’t until they are scheduled to be completed. Here is roughly what the rooms look like now via their website. Reminds me of our pre-renovation stay at the Westin St. John…
And here is approximately what the rooms should look like after the renovation.
I can’t wait to try out Grand Cayman and The Westin Grand Cayman for 9,600 SPG points per night on a five night award stay, and I hope it hangs around as a Category 5 property for many months to come! Who else is now headed to this property for less?!
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