We discovered the Fairmont as a result of a referral from a friend. We subsequently read all of the reviews on Tripadvisor and were a bit antsy prior to our stay.
We had a lovely time--the staff was extremely friendly, the service was good, and the food was excellent albeit a bit pricey.
We ate at the Ocean Bar (which we think is the best deal). The breakfast buffet was servicable but for $26 per person, one expected more. However, our toddler gets to eat for free which saves a few bucks. We would recommend going out to eat. There are some delicious restaurants 20 minutes or so away. Our favorites were Cafe Pesto and Harbor Grill. The fish were extremely fresh and prepared with a Hawaiian flair. We tried Merriman's in Waimea which alot of folks recommend (including Zagat). However, we thought it was nothing special and not worth the drive. As well, the Big Island Steakhouse which is 5 minutes from the hotel is nothing more than an overpriced Sizzler.
We got a no view room and it was adequate, but nothing special. We asked for a crib and a microwave prior to our stay, but when we checked in, nothing was ready. After a phone call to the front desk, both were delivered within minutes. We also used the hotel baby sitting service MK Care and we were very impressed with the quality of our sitter. We used the same person every day and she got along great with our toddler.
The pool was busy but didn't seem overcrowded. You can rent a cabana for the day for $25 and we thought that was well worth it. As well, we splurged and got a couples massage--certainly very pricey, but you only live once. The massueses were both very good and we are very picky and have lots of experience with massages.
One caveat, we did find a cockroach in our room on the last day of our stay as well as a tiny blood stain on two of the pillow cases. We mentioned both to the front desk and they were apologetic. It didn't ruin our stay or damper our favorable impression of the hotel, but thank goodness it happened on the last day of our stay and not on the first.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Fairmont Orchid, Hawaii is a Kohala Coast Hawaii oceanfront luxury hotel and resort with white sand lagoon, Hawaiian Spa Without Walls, golf, tennis, five restaurants, extensive meeting and event facilities, and a year-round children's program. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Fairmont Orchid, Hawaii Hotel Waimea
- Fairmont Hotel Kamuela
- Fairmont Orchid Hawaii
- Fairmont Kamuela
- Kamuela Fairmont