We stayed at the Marina Court Condominiums for 7 days early October and could find little to recommend this place to anyone.
To put things into perspective, we had a 3 bedroom, furnished, 4th floor unit, in the second north side block. It was sea facing, but be advised, sea facing is not sea view. The new building being constructed opposite has taken away all but side glimpses of the sea. Don’t get conned into paying extra for a sea view, you will be disappointed. Perhaps a unit at the back of the block, or lower down, higher up or at another time of year would have eliminated some of the problems we endured, but it is very much a matter of paying your money and getting what you’re given. There is no one to turn to, to eliminate the noise problems as most are outside the means of the unit managements, and I really don’t think anyone is going to take on a hoard of screaming kids and asking them to quiet down.
Perhaps if you have a group of screaming kids this could be the place for you, dump the kids here and book elsewhere for yourselves.
From the moment we checked in we knew we had made a big mistake, and whilst being shown to our unit going though dingy hallways with lots of heavy metal grills on unit fronts, we thought we were in a prison block.
After being shown how the unit worked we were left to our own devises, and first problem to overcome was no hot water. We eventually found switches to turn on the water heater units. Hot water lasts around 5 minutes so showers need to be quick.
The three bedroom unit itself was fine, clean on the surface, but look a little closer and quite dirty and obviously only maintained to minimum standards. Our unit was cleaned (sic) daily, but took all of 5 minutes for a quick tidy up and the replacement of towels. Looking closer at the edges and window sills it has been a long time since our unit had been dusted down properly or had a coat of paint. The bed was comfortable, linen clean. The unit came with kitchen and most requirements for the stay, except for knives, perhaps management only cater for kids and teens after all.
If you are looking for any kind of quality sleep, do not stay here. You won’t get any.
Opposite the units is a very large construction site. The noise from the site comes across 18 hours a day from around 6am, till midnight. The main road outside of the units is a drag strip from around 10pm till 3am and local hoons enjoy speeding up and down as well as doing burnouts. The disco noise from the waterfront establishments permeate the units from about 9pm till 2am or 3am, depending on the day. And just when you think noise could not get any worse, the planes from KK airport inbound and outbound, depending on the wind direction will addle your brain for the rest of the day, but between 6am and 8am there are lots of planes coming and/or going very close overhead. Yes the units are closely in line to the KK airport runway and you will hear the big jets fly.
As if the external noise is not bad enough, the internal noise can be worse, depending on whom your neighbors are. We had 2 units opposite us filled with teenagers, and no supervision. They thought it fun to run up and down the hallway at all hours, kicking a football and ringing our doorbell.
The noise from the pool we overlooked was loud with screaming kids and went on well into the night to around 10pm, before abating.
We could clearly hear every footstep from the unit upstairs, and the slightest scratch from furniture being moved around. This can happen at anytime of the day.
There is a large wide drain running along the north side the units, it stinks and the smell permeates the units at that side of the block.
At one time this would have been an up market and well maintained block of quality condominiums, but not now. The entire place looks and is tired and dirty.
Are there any good points.
Yes, it is close to the waterfront and eating and drinking places, a short walk to a very popular day and night food market, opposite is one of KK’s largest shopping centers and short walking distances to other shopping centers and tourist destination. Taxis are outside the units or across the road at the shopping centre and all taxis know where the units are.
There must be lots of better choices in KK other than the Marina Court Resort Condominiums and my advice is to explore every possible alternative before settling into this place. Even as a last choice it will be a bad choice.
Based on our experience and the noise problem there are no good rooms.
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