Grand Cayman boasts most of the big hotel names on 7-mile beach but I have personally found that all of them leave something to be desired in the style stakes with aging decor and lackluster ambience. Until now. This summer, the Marriot shut its doors and underwent an overhaul in the lobby and dining areas before re-opening to applause and acclaim as finally both visitors to the island and residents alike had a funky, modern and airy hotel space to enjoy a drink or a bite to eat in.
The hotel has completely re-invented itself which is immediately felt in the attitude and uniforms of it's staff, it's marketing and the chilled vibe flowing out of it's entrance doors. A few weekends ago we decided to give the all-you-can-eat All-American buffet a try at the new restaurant called the Den, part of their lobby bar and restaurant called Anchor & Den as soon as breakfast is over. With friendly faces across the table, beautifully presented morning treats and good coffee we were off to a good start.
For $24 the food is plentiful without being over the top. Cheerful chefs whip up fresh omlettes and waffles at the live cooking station, to be accompanied with the standard sides you'd expect at any self-respecting breakfast buffet, as well as some that push the envelope a little bit. We sampled them all.
And I'm a fan of any restaurant that serves my guilty-pleasures.
Thumbs up all round.
As we were leaving the unbelievably attentive staff were setting up for brunch which has had rave reviews from our friends. We were seriously tempted to stay on for round two but decided it would be best enjoyed on an empty stomach. We had better come back Den….