My husband and I tayed here as part of our two week vacation. Our trip was totally for pleasure. Marriott was an obvious choice for us to stay on this vacation since the Hilton Hawaiian Village which I love from other visits and Hawaii 5-0 was pricier with limited availability.
Our mini-suite was not all that bad. It wasn't as great as other properties, but it was comfortable and had two balconies.
I upgraded to a junior suite and it had oceanview, but wasn't anything close to an ocean front room. The terms can get confusing at this hotel so make sure you check technicality of the semantics of an ocean view, ocean front, partial ocean view, or city view etc. etc. when checking into this hotel.
There are 2 towers on this property and the second tower, where our room was located is a good city block away from the beach and in most cities would be considered a separate hotel. Both towers are rectangular in shape and look like most other condos on Waikiki. Both of the twin like towers are perpendicular to Waikiki and are across a busy street. The second tower, a good block plus from beach is located behind the first tower (which is still a good distrance from the beach). When you end up in the second tower it is well away from the ocean and the restaurnts and the main area that you may have used for selecting a hotel. Keep in mind, that even though you pay for an oceanview room, you may not get the type of room view that you are expecting. In fact, when in the second tower you might as well stay at the Hilton Waikiki which is simply across the street and not much further from the ocean.
The hotel is of Marriott quality, but not exactly that of a resort you expect to find in Hawaii. The good news is that there was no noise from the other rooms. I did, however, hear the traffic below. Keep in mind that this is a city feel hotel and not a resort feel.
I thought the room service was good and prompt as you would expect from a Marriott quality property.
The pool situation may not matter to a lot of people since the beach is across the street, but we thought the pools were unimpressive, cramped and could be better. It almost felt like a city hotel with a pool on a top floor than a Hawaiian hotel in paradise. Just our perspective.
The front desk is closer to the second tower, which I guess could be considered a benefit. But, the second tower is a hike from the breakfast place. And, there is no concierege floor as you find at the two Hilton properties in town.
The Marriott may be considered a positive location because it is in front of one of the most busy and active parts of Waikiki Beach.
Getting in and out of the Marriott hotel has some challenges because valet parking in off a oneway street and I often felt it a chore coming and going. Those at the valet were cordial,promt, and service oriented. Overall, I feel this Marrriott hotel is more than decent, but not a resort style property.
Given a choice, I would prefer staying at the Hilton Hawaiian Village as it feels more like a resort with a quieter pace.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- WAIKIKI BEACH MARRIOTT RESORT & SPA fronts the best stretch of Waikiki Beach. Conveniently located in the heart of Waikiki, the hotel offers 1,310 refurbished guest rooms and suites with private lanai providing spectacular views of world-famous Diamond Head and Waikiki Beach. Other amenities include Kuhio Beach Grill, featuring the best in Pacific Rim cuisine; Sansei Seafood Restaurant & Sushi Bar and d.k Steak House; Arancino di Mare Italian Restaurant; newly redesigned Moana Terrace, offering live Hawaiian entertainment nightly; Seattle’s Best Coffee; Paul Brown’s Spa Olakino * Salon; a surf school; two freshwater, heated swimming pools; 10-person whirlpool; new 3,000 sq. ft. 24-hour fitness center; business center with 24-hour Internet access; high-speed and wireless Internet access throughout the resort’s guest rooms and public spaces; shops and boutiques; and Hawaiian cultural activities. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort And Spa
- Waikiki Beach Marriott Hotel Honolulu
- Marriott Waikiki Beach
- Marriott Honolulu
- Honolulu Marriott
- Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort & Spa Hawaii/Honolulu