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Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa
Ranked #3 of 7 Hotels in Waikoloa
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed March 29, 2009

How original! A honeymoon in Hawaii! I know, I know :)

It was absolutely incredible though. My husband made all of the arrangemnets online, and we flew from NS to NY to LA to Kona. Long flights, but they all went smoothly. We have no complaints about the Marriott Waikoloa Beach Resort.

We arrived in the evening, and check in went very smoothly. The hotel did not seem to be very busy. We were very pleased with our room at the Marriott in Waikoloa. It was on the ground floor, and had a patio facing the pools and the palm trees on the beach in the distance. So nice! We took a quick walk around the grounds (paths and pool area are lt by tiki torches!). When we explored the next day we were very impressed by the beautiful pools and the nice beach and bay. The sunshine was amazing, and it did not rain at the hotel the whole 10 days we were there!

We highy recommend renting a car, as we were able to make many daytrips using the Marriott as basepoint. We went up Mauna Kea, drove to Akaka falls, drove to Volcano and around the whole park, we went to Kona a few times, went snorkeling at Pu'uhonua o Honaunau. Truly incredible! We were swimming with turtles! It was neat, because the different parts of the island are just so very different - it was lush and rain-forest-like on the east and south sides, black volcano rock everywhere on the west side by the resort, and it was desert-like as you went up Mauna Kea.

At the Marriott we saw Sea Turtles right on the beach! We also went swimming a few times, but the beach was closed due to Sharks most of the vacation. We also did not end up going surfing, because we were worried about these Sharks! Apparently, the big island isn't great for surfing anyway, which is something we didn't realize before going.

The hotel was very clean, and we loved how there were shops and restaurants within walking distance. (We also went to Walmart in Kona and picked up wine and beer and pop and cereal and milk, some stuff for snacks and sandwiches etc, so that we didn't have to pay for restaurant meals.) The hotel restaurants were very expensive; but the shops nearby had a nice small restaurant called Merrimans which was good. We also ate on the road a lot while we went visiting the sights! And we made several trips to the food court in Queens Shops (near the hotel) for Subway, Arbys, Chinese take-out etc. It was convenient and cheap and familiar!

We had a lot of fun swimming in the pools, playing by the waterfall, and going down the waterslide. The hot tubs were also very enjoyable! There was never a problem getting towels or chairs.

There was an issue with shade. You had to pay $50 to rent a gazebo tent thingy, or there were 2 or 3 umbrellas and only a few palms. Still, I guess we were there to enjoy the sun!

Also there was a $20 daily resort fee which covered parking, high speed internet, and a few other things.

The luau was nice, and open bar! Wish we had taken more advantage of that, and I also wish we had tried for a seat closer to the stage. We enjoyed the show (fire-guy was super cool, although the mc was a little lame), and we liked the food a lot too!

The sunsets from the beach were beautiful and we saw some people doing a sunset boat cruise in the bay.

Overall, it was an ideal vacation and has spoiled us from other hotels and resorts!

I almost forgot - Please, please, please respect the environment while visiting Hawaii! I want it to be just as nice when we have the opportunity to go back!

*We learned that it`s important to stay back from the turtles so that they will keep returning to the beach. We saw some people disrespecting this request and walking right up to then, please dont be one of those people! (We used the zoom on our camera to get the closeup pictures)

**We also rented our snorkling gear in Kona, but did not snorkle in Kona, as the reef there is dying from overuse by tourists. It was recommended that we go to a few other less busy sites, to discourage use of one particular snorkling spot. We still saw many people and many families with small children snorkling at that spot despite the plea from biologists to leave that area alone to recover. Please don`t be one of those people, and please dont teach your children to disrespect the envrionment like that.

***We also learned that the chemicals in sunscreen can kill the coral, and that rash guards (sun shirts) are a better solution to sun protection while snorkling!

  • Stayed: September 2008, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 28, 2009

The Marriott is a beautiful understated resort in an area of mega-resorts and condo developments. The rooms are attractively appointed although not particularly spacious, the three hotel pools are fun for all ages, and a great beach is steps away.
The resort does have some drawbacks: only one restaurant (pricey) without a lot of reasonably-priced alternatives nearby. The coffee bar, while good-is only open in the mornings.
A couple of tips: The Marriott is no longer putting robes in the rooms unless you ask. We did, and they brought them right away. Don't miss driving up to Mauna Lani Resort and having a meal at Tommy Bahama's.

  • Stayed: March 2009, traveled on business
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Reviewed March 23, 2009

I would echo all of the positive reviews you have read here. We spent 8 nights here in one room (parents, 2 teenagers). Reserved a "garden view" and were upgraded without asking. The hotel was obviously not full. (A television news report said Hawaii hotels today have a 66% occupancy rate) We found a great deal on one of the online travel sites. Other than the $5 Daily Tropical Drink Special at the bar, prices were ridiculously high there. They would be a lot busier in the bar if prices were moderated. We did not eat in their restaurant, but the $19.99 Breakfast Buffet looked like a relatively good deal. We walked to see the next door Hilton. It is HUGE - but beautiful. Marriott is definately more managable in size for parking, etc. Every hotel employee we encountered was friendly and helpful. Can't wait to get back!

  • Stayed: March 2009, traveled on business
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Reviewed March 23, 2009

We had an enjoyable one week stay at this hotel. It boasts an excellent location right on A-bay with reasonable snorkelling and numerous turle sightings throughout the day. Walks on either side are very scenic and offer more private settings. Breakfast was part of our package plan and offered a good assortment with everything from an omlette station to fish and miso soup - don't miss the macademia nut encrusted sticky buns. Feed the resident cat and he'll keep the birds away. Overall, the food for other meals was quite good - overpriced, yes, but standard resort prices. They offered a number of daily specials which are listed on the newsletter delivered each morning,. We didn't mind the resort fee as our parking, snorkelling equipment for 1/2 day each day, welcome mai-tais which you can upgrade to a Blue Hawaiian for a nominal fee, high speed internet, and free local AND international phone calls were all included as part of this fee. The room was large enough and the bed really is as fabulous as everyone says - wonderful sleeps each night. The mountain view room also gives you a view of both Mauna Loa on one side and the bay on the other - could even see whales from our lanai. The infinity pool was a treat - thoroughly enjoyed alternating between the hot tub and pool for that hot & cold sensation. There are ONLY 3 or 4 umbrellas at the pool area and none at the beach. They have roped off 4 cabanas at the pool for a daily rental of 50.00 - I found this shameful. Yes, give guests the option of a more luxurious covering, but don't limit everyone else to a handful of umbrellas. There is bar service at the pool if you wish - 14 USD with tip for a Blue Hawaiian, or you can bring your own beverages - highly recommend Island Gourmet at the Queen's Marketplace just a short walk away. If you have a late night flight, there is an option for a late check out at a cost of 75 or 85 USD, or you can check out at 12:00 , store your luggage, use the hotel facilities for the day, and request a hospitality room for an hour for no charge to shower and change. Overall, we were very pleased with our choice.

  • Stayed: March 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 22, 2009

When I go on vacation, I still like to work out and exercise, it's not just about kicking back and laying around poolside. I was extremely disappointed with the Marriott Waikoloa fitness facility. The exercise equipment was old and in poor condition. The TV's were old, no remotes, no sound system. I called the front desk for a remote and no one showed up in the hour that I was exercising.

Yes, I know that exercise facilities are not always the main draw, but for a first class hotel, you'd think they'd at least give it an effort.

The roooms were okay, but to be honest, we cut our stay short and moved to another hotel. I was that disappointed. Not only that, I'm a Gold member in the Marriott frequent stay program...!

  • Stayed: February 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 21, 2009

The Marriott has the bones of an old lady but the face of a teenager...and it shows. In other words, it appears to be an old hotel that has had a significant face lift. Overall, it works. The hotel is contemporary, comfortable, open and airy. The rooms are well-sized, comfortable, and tastefully appointed. Our garden view room actually had a garden view and a good chunk of an ocean vista as well. The pools are nice, but the best feature of the hotel is that it actually has a sandy beach on a calm bay...no small feat on this lava-rock-strewn shore. It's also walking distance from many shops and restaurants, also a big plus on the Kona side of this island. Okay, now the bad stuff. There is only one restaurant and one bar. The food in the restaurant is over-priced and mediocre, the bar is fine. But with two shopping centers close by, including one with an excellent market full of hot-and-cold take-out food, the restaurant issue is no problem. The business office is horrible - it cost me $7 to print out a single page ($1 for printing and $6 for computer access). I have traveled all over the world and have never, ever encountered something like that. It is a blatant rip-off and the staff is unapologetic about it (to be fair, the business office is not run by the Marriott...but the fact that they have outsourced it to a bunch of con artists doesn't reflect well on the hotel). The conference facilities are great...but the catering at those events sucks. All that said, we would stay here again.

  • Stayed: March 2009, traveled on business
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Reviewed March 21, 2009

Wonderful hotel with good food, great staff, and a great beach-front location. The Marriott is in the beautiful Waikoloa area but is not pretentious and overwhelming as its neighbor, Hilton. It's located right by two sets of shops (King and Queen shops) where you can grab an affordable bite to eat, and has a great beachfront on the bay that is a great place to snorkel and is not too crowded. The hotel is not huge but has a great lobby with many comfy chairs for chats or some leisurely reading. The pool area is enjoyable, perfect for both adults and children. The restaurant and bar area is comfortable and relaxing, but serves great food and drinks. The rooms are comfortable with a plush bed and great amenities.

  • Stayed: March 2009
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Address: 69-275 Waikoloa Beach Drive, Waikoloa, Island of Hawaii, HI 96738-5711
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Location: United States > Hawaii > Island of Hawaii > Kohala Coast > Waikoloa
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Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #3 of 7 Hotels in Waikoloa
Price Range: $254 - $472 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa 3.5*
Number of rooms: 555
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Guests seeking relaxation and rejuvenation will find it all at the luxurious Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa, located on a sandy, swimmable beach along the sunny Kohala Coast of Hawaii’s Big Island. This beachfront resort offers contemporary elegant guestrooms featuring private lanais, oceanview dining, heated infinity pool, two children’s pools, waterslide, ocean activities, Mandara Spa, world class golf and is within walking distance of shopping and dining at the Kings' Shops & Queens’ MarketPlace. ... more   less 
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