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Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa
Ranked #3 of 6 Hotels in Waikoloa
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Philadelphia
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“Absolutely perfect honeymoon :)”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 6, 2009

We traveled from Philadelphia to the Big Island and the long flights were absolutely worth it. I won the hotel on "Name Your Own Price" through Priceline.com and got a GREAT deal! When we arrived, we picked up our rental car, which you have to get or you miss out on the true beauty of Hawaii. The ride to our hotel was about twenty minutes, but it's an interesting ride with the coastline and the lava rocks. Pulling into the hotel drive, you pass two shopping centers, which are great to have there!!! Take advantage of the food market and the restaurants - especially Sansei (sp?) the Japanese restaurant - it was the best food on the island. When we got to check in, we asked about an upgrade since we were on our honeymoon, and we got one for $50 extra per night, which was NOT bad since we paid so little for our room to begin with. Our room had a great view of the ocean and the pool area and we had a great big King beg that was very, very soft and fluffy. There is a luau there every Sunday and Wednesday that was unbelievable! If you have the money, don't miss it! It's a great time and great food, and a great way to meet new people. The restaurant is expensive. We ate there for breakfast everyday because they were having a special for $21 per person (which is a lot still) but when you're sleepy and you're hungry, you compromise. The breakfast buffet was actually really very good. Don't get too carried away charging things to your room, because it can add up fast. Double check your final bill, too, because a lot of people were having problems getting over charged for things and even being charged for things that weren't really theirs - we didn't have any problems though. We went on the Pearl Harbor tour which was amazing. The day was long, but it was totally worth it. We went to a few state parks, the botanical gardens and waterfalls, and just drove the island a little. My husband got carried away a little too much in the rental car - we had a Mustang Convertible and he got a speeding ticket on the second day. The police cars there are not marked, so be careful. People do drive crazy, too, so watch out. If you get a chance, go to Umauma Falls - it's worth the hour long drive, plus you can see beautiful sights. There are two pools that are nice and there's a slide into the one pool - fun! The beach is public and sometimes is hard to get a seat, that's the only down side, really. It rained every day but just a light mist which wasn't bad and didn't interfere at all. The airport is not too great. Our flight was at 11pm and the car had to be returned by 7, so we sat there for 4 hours OUTSIDE getting bit by mosquitos, so take bug spray. The airport terminals aren't open all day, just a few hrs before your flight, but the time can go fast if you find something to do. It's a beautiful place and we are now looking into buying a condo right across from where we stayed!

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 3, 2009

We stayed 8 days at the Marriott and we loved it. I compared staying here vs. the Hilton and chose the Marriott for several reasons. Mainly, it was a smaller property located close to shops and restaurants. We planned a lot of day trips including an overnight trip to the Volcano so we weren't planning on just staying at the resort. We got a great price on our room. The view was beautiful and the room very clean. It was a little small and could have used more storage, but it was so light and bright it didn't bother us at all. The grounds are gorgeous. The pools are great, my 11 year old son loved the slide. The fish ponds are so pretty and the beach is great. I liked the fact that the $20 a day resort fee included snorkeling equipment, internet, and parking. The parking lot is very close and an easy walk. Nearby are two great shopping areas, one with a market that sells nice food - hot sandwiches, sushi, breakfast platter, rice bowls, etc. We ate there or took it back to the room several days. My son enjoyed Marble Slab and we had a nice meal at the Macaroni Grill.

We also went to the Marriott Luau. The food was good, the grounds beautiful, and the show entertaining, really pretty costumes. I suggest you sit on the right side of the stage if you want to watch the sun set, the stage blocks the left side but you can always get up and take pictures.

A little nicety at the pool was that they had free water available all day. The pool hut staff was always super friendly as were the ocean rental staff at the beach. During our entire stay the restaurant ran specials in the evening. We ate on the night they had the $19.95 rib eye. It was a very nice dinner. We stopped at Wal-Mart and brought our own cereal and milk and snacks so we saved a lot on breakfast. The drinks at the bar were $11.00 and very small so we never ordered anyone.

On our last day our flight was not until 11:00 pm so we kept our room until 8:00 pm for an additional $75.00. This was very convenient. Otherwise, they will keep your luggage and have a concierge room available.

The exercise room looked well equipped with a nice view of the pool. I didn't visit the spa. They had tennis and ping pong. Also, three days a weeks they offer Hula Lessons, Uka la lee lessons, and lei making.

I can't recommend the hotel highly enough, it's a wonderful place to stay. I was very sad to leave.

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled with family
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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 2, 2009

My husband booked this hotel for our honeymoon. The hotel is quiet big and spacious. When we arrived after an 18 hour flight, we were so tried but he smile and friendliness of the reception girl was warm enough to cool us down plus we were given our room quickly.

Room: i liked it, it wasn't too big nor too small, had a little terrace that was partially looking over the pool and sea.
Room service was very good but I've heard from my friends about amazing treats in their honeymoons in other countries i haven't seen in the states generally! like rose petals thrown on the bed and towel shapes. It's my honeymoon, i think of everything romantically.

Pools: 3 pools are there with 2 or 3 Jacuzzi's, one of the pools was an infinity pool which is amazing. It wasn't crowded at all ound the pools so we could easily find a spot to sit in.

Beach: I guess one of the few hotels that has a very good beach with clam water to swim in. It was very important for me to find that cos i love the beach and to swim in sea water. The marriott has it.

Other Beaches: the big island has a handful of beached you can't mss. the Mauna Kea Beach & Hapuna State Beach Park

Breakfast: We loved the breakfast, we have booked our room BB & it was a wise thing to do. The waiters were friendly and the buffet was enough to fill you till 3 or 4:00 pm.

Shuttle: there's a shuttle that takes you to the hilton which is next to the marriott. The hilton has different restaurants. We had dinner in the steak house, my husband loved it, i was so & so only because i'm finicky with food! Also the Hilton has a great big pool that i guess you could pay like a day use fee to use

Outings: About a 45 min. drive you could go to the town area to eat in different restaurants but mind that all of them close at 9!!! There's lou lou's for clubbing. Nice place and probably the only place to hang out for clubbing there!

Activities: Snorkeling is fun. Helicopter ride to watch the lava and the volcano

I would definitely go to the big island again and stay in the Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa

  • Stayed November 2008, traveled as a couple
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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 30, 2009

This hotel is fantastic. We stayed there suring our honeymoon and it was amazing. There were only a handfull of kids around as well. The hotel has 3 pools, sunbeds and cabanas aroudn the pool. There is poolside service from the staff. They also provide beach towels. The food in the restaurant is very good and reasonable value. There is a beach and lagoon a few minutes walk away from the hotel. The hotel has a fitness centre which overlooks the pools. The reception is very large and spacious with views to the ocean. There is a laundry on site as well. There are some shops near to the hotel and a couple of restaurants. We left the hotel and visited the restaurants nearby which were ok. we also visited the nearby Hilton. It was full of kids and the Chineses restaurant was exteremely overpriced (but thats another story). The only downside is that there isnt too much to do in the evening at the Marriott or nearby. Nonetheless I would still recommend it and stay there again.

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled as a couple
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 25, 2009

When I pay an average of $18 per entree for breakfast I expect it to be pretty good, even in a resort hotel in Hawaii. The buffet looked great, but we're not buffet people and it was $28. One guest received her meal about 10 minutes before the rest of the table. The food was mediocre, at best and although the server was very nice, she was overworked or distracted. All in all a very disappointing experience.

Stayed June 2009, traveled with friends
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Campbell, CA
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 25, 2009

My wife and I stayed here using points (accrue many as a Platinum member). Even if you had to pay for it, this hotel is a great value. The rooms were clean, and the location perfect. This property isn't quite as nice as the Wailea Beach Marriott on Maui, but that's why it's less expensive and at a lower point redemption level than the latter hotel.

Our room had a partial ocean view that also overlooked the condos and homes just north of the property. It was nice sitting out on the balcony enjoying the tradewinds blowing, which they did quite frequently.

We walked to the nearby shopping plaza for great eats (try the Island Gourmet market for local food....it's fantastic and very inexpensive!) and you don't need to spend a fortune on food at the hotel, which we never did.

The only drawback to our stay is that a fairly large company meeting was taking place at the same time, and the main pool area was always crowded and noisy. Thank goodness we spent our last two days at the Four Seasons Hualalai for a lot of pampering.

Otherwise, this is a good choice for families and couples alike!

  • Stayed April 2009, traveled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 19, 2009

We made our first trip to the Big Island from the 12th through the 17th. Landing at the Kona airport and seeing that airport and the surroundings is clearly different. But, after getting our rental car and driving about 20 minutes north up the coast to the Waikoloa makes a difference. We arrived about 1 and our room wasn't ready for about 30 minutes. We walked around the property and really were wondering whether it was going to be great. It is quite a walk from the pools down the asphalt path to the beach. But, we got to really appreciate the beach, the snorkeling right off the beach, and the included snorkel equipment with our package. We saw a turtle, a couple eels and lots of fish snorkeling. There was a turtle on the beach pretty much each day too. We really loved the warm infinity pool. We had plenty of locations to rest and enjoy the sun. There is little provided shade but in the mornings you can get some shade under the palm trees closer to the building and in the later morning/afternoon you can catch shade near the slide pool under trees. There were always plenty of loungers at the beach, but little shade opportunity exists there. We had the included buffet for breakfast and really appreciated it. We had a tour leaving at 6:30 a.m. and the staff gave us containers and let us get what we wanted before the buffet opened at 6:30 which was really nice. We enjoyed the $5 daily drink specials. We enjoyed the bartenders Analu, Chad and Kim. We enjoyed the 50% off entrees in the restuarant one night and the buy one get one free the next night. Service for breakfast and dinner was great. Our room was a third floor ocean view and it was very nice.

The frig was appreciated. The beer and drinks are much cheaper at the Queen Market across the street ($6 bottled beer at the hotel versus under $2 at the market). The gift shop at the hotel has cereal, milk, and soups quite reasonable. We ate at the Queens Shopping Center food court a couple days too. There are fish and chips for under $10 and are freshly beer battered Ono with fries and slaw. There is a Chinese place, DQ, Arby's and Subway too.

You could hear some patio doors, some room doors and some faint voices but it was not a problem. The balcony was nice and offered a good view of the ocean, the pools and the fish ponds. Check out was a breeze.

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled as a couple
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Property: Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa
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 6 Hotels in Waikoloa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa 3.5*
Number of rooms: 555
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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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