Renovations to the Marriott Beach Resort on West Bay Road are nearly complete. The grand opening of the hotel is scheduled 1 November with a grand opening celebration party expected at the start of December.
According to Managing Director Mr. Chris Sariego, the Marriott has remained on track toward its expected grand opening.
‘When I came here at the end of January, the hotel seemed a little tired. It really needed to be rejuvenated.
‘Right now, I would say that we are on-target to commence with our grand opening in November. I think we have accomplished our goal to change the product that we are offering.’
The hotel was able to open two floors of its rooms to guests at the beginning of June. There are 200 rooms open with about 107 remaining in the process of being repaired. Every day, new rooms are being made available.
Significant changes are on the horizon. The hotel is expected to be better than it was before, with larger rooms and more amenities. Some additions include a new massage room, a restaurant and a lounge to be converted into a tiki/martini bar.
‘We want to make our hotel very Caribbean with a more Caymanian look. We hope to get more local musicians and artists involved,’ Mr. Sariego said.
The Marriott is expected to be a huge presence in the tourism scene once all renovations are complete. Tourism Minister Charles Clifford is expected to visit the site soon to see the level of progress for himself.
Mr. Sariego said he is keen on the development of the Marriott to the best hotel on the island. He said the resort can not only become a strong part of the tourism scene but also be a great example of Caymanian culture.
‘I am hoping for the Marriott to become the leading hotel on the island. We are looking to have as many Caymanians as possible become a part of our staff. We want the Marriott to become the place to experience Caymanian culture.
‘This would be done via the vibrant colours, attractive decorations, local music, island cuisine, local art, and the friendliness of our staff that we are known for.’