I stayed here for 47 days spanning April and May. The drive onto the grounds takes you down a short, winding road through shade trees. The calming feeling is a little jarred though when you have to park ... a nightmare. The lot is always crowded and the spots are for compact sized cars unless you let the valet park for you (an entire section of the parking lot is for valet parking only).
There are lots of pillars and stone when you walk up, followed by an escalator ride down two floors to the lobby and courtyard area. The lobby has no ramp to make it easy on you when you check-in, and I heard quite a few people remarking about it.The courtyard is big with a koi pond, lush greenery, and winding pathways. Around the courtyard are shops and galleries. Check-in and every other experience I had with staff was easy and comfortable ... all quickly asked what they could ever do to make my stay more pleasant.
My room was in the Kilohana Tower (a one bedroom villa). Two elevators are centrally located. One of them always smelled sour and musty. The hallways have a counter/cabinet type thing running their length. These have nothing on them and restrict the width of the hallway by half. The furnishings in the rooms are standard Marriott furnishings. The king bed was comfortable. The bedroom has a micro-fridge and the kitchen area only has a micro-fridge and microwave ("kitchen" is a little misleading). The rooms were clean, though the furnishings and draperies were in some disrepair due to wear and had not been replaced. The view from the room is outstanding ... looking out over the beach and the bay with mountains in the background.
I tried two of the restaurants ... Duke's and Kukui's. For the first time in six years I was impressed with the quality of the food at Duke's. Let me say, it was really good (and this is coming from someone who has blasted them in reviews in the past). Kukui's is a nice sit down restaurant poolside. Their Friday night buffet is quite popular and costs $50.00. It is good, though not worth the price in my opinion and I tried it twice. The morning buffet costs $25.00 and is better than the one on Friday night. My favorite though is the Sunday morning buffet. At a price of $32.00 it is still a pretty good deal and the offerings are varied and tasty. For an additional $8.00 you can also get free-flowing champagne.
Okay, since you've read this far let's now sum things up with the Pros and the Cons. PROS 1) A beautiful entrance way, lobby, grounds, pool, and beach 2) Large flat screen TVs in the rooms 3) Friendly, attentive staff ... no ... AMAZING staff 4) The Sunday morning brunch
CONS 1) Somewhat dated hallways in the building 2) State of the furnishings and draperies in the villas (and I stayed in two of them during the 47 days I was there) 3) The prices of the food and drinks overall 4) Guest noise. The walls do very little in the way of restricting any noise from other guests in other rooms and in the hallways
Would I stay here again? Yes, though for the price that you pay, it does fall a little short of being really, really good.
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