The former Hyatt property in Grand Cayman is set to become a Hilton and the former Holiday Inn once located along Seven Mile Beach is set to become a Kimpton – at least, that’s according to Cayman Islands Premier McKeeva Bush.
While the owners of the properties have remained mum on brands for their hotels, Mr. Bush dropped the two names during a speech at the International Scuba Diving Hall of Fame banquet 8 November.
“We have grown tourism. Tourism now is the best it’s been in the last 10 years. In fact, there are now new attractions [accruing]. New hotels being developed,” he said. “The Hilton at the old Hyatt site now being cleaned. The Dart’s Kimpton at the old Holiday Inn site.”
The owners of Grand Cayman Beach Suites and the former Hyatt building are Embassy Investments. The interior demolition of the hotel building on Esterley Tibbetts Highway began this fall and is ongoing.
Sources have told the Caymanian Compass that the owners intend to redevelop the property into a four-star, 168-room business hotel and spa.
However, that has not been confirmed or denied by the owners.
On Friday, Grand Cayman Beach Suites general manager Bill Powers said, “At this time we have no comment regarding potential Hilton brand representing the new hotel, to date no contracts have been signed.”
The Dart Group is the owner of the former Holiday Inn, which was most recently the Courtyard by Marriott.
The redevelopment of the property into a four- or five-star hotel is part of the ForCayman Investment Alliance between Dart and the Cayman Islands government. Dart did not respond by press time to the Compass’ request for comment.
Hilton Worldwide has – or has in the works – more than 4,900 hotels and resorts in 90 countries, represented by 10 brands ranging from economy to luxury.
Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants operates more than 50 hotels and 50 restaurants in 24 cities in the United States.