Very few of the rooms on the Grand side have ocean views and the Grand section doesn't have a large lobby with lots of restaurants. There's only one restaurant for dinner on the Grand side.
Also, it is quite a long walk to everything if you're on the Grand side. We had a block in the Sunrise section and on one of my runs, I measured the distance with my GPS watch from our room (which was in one of the farthest buildings on the Sunrise side) to the main pool of the Grand side, & it was exactly one mile.
Everytime we go we stay in the Sunrise section. The rooms there are a little newer, they have hammocks on the balcony, and my family prefers the bar area of the Sunrise lobby over the Nizuc lobby bar area. But when we go this summer, I've requested to stay in only certain buildings (closer to the Nizuc side), so we don't end up on the far side of Sunrise again. If you do request a block in Sunrise, I would look at the map & request the buildings that are more central.
Originally Posted by beatyea
I have a question about the room block- I see that most people do it in either the sunrise or nizuc side...why doesn't anyone do the grand section? Need some advice!