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Marriott Ko Olina Beach Club
Ranked #3 of 5 Hotels in Kapolei
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Reviewed June 5, 2008

We are couple in our late 20's and just returned from a 6 day/ 5 night stay at Ko Olina. We were traveling for the purposes of relaxation and were less interested with night life and sightseeing, although we did make it to a few places. Overall, we were very impressed with Ko Olina, I'm hoping this review will be helpful

Rooms: We stayed in the guest room which is the lock off portion of a time share unit. We were traveling on a time share promotion and while it is sometimes possible to upgrade to the one bedroom unit, we were unable to do this. The lock of portion of the unit was just fine. It was spacious, with a queen size bed, seating area wtih couch, end tables, coffee table, chair and TV. There was also a balcony. While you probably won't get an ocean view with this promotion, ask for a room facing some greenery, because "mountain view" may mean you overlook a parking lot. The beds have a plush down comforter, decent sheets and plenty of pillows. Very comfy. There is also a small kitchen type area with a refridgerator, microwave, toaster, coffee maker and silverware,bottle opener, etc. There are also glass plates, paper towels, etc. The bathroom is a nice size with a curved shower rod for more space in the shower.

Food: Everything is VERY expensive in Hawaii. There is a very limited selection of dining options at Ko Olina. There is a beach side grill (Kolohes), a steak and seafood restaurant (Chucks), a Roy's across the other side of the resort near the golfing, and Azul, fancy/upscale pricy restaurant at the Marriott Ilihani down the way. Our best meal was by far the breakfast buffett offered at Kolohes each morning from 7-10am or so. Its all you can eat for 17.50 and has made to order omelettes, oatmeal, fresh fruit, granola, yogurt, waffles with fruit toppings, scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage patties, pastries, bagels, you name it. This was delicious. We also tried the standard Kolohes dinner food and it was okay. Kolohes has an all you can eat buffett on Fri/Sat evenings with crab legs, prime rib, pork tenderloin, lobster pasta, desserts, etc. This was 37 dollars a person, and it was good, but we enjoyed the breakfast more. After our few meals, we went to the local Safeway and stocked up with groceries for the room. We had plenty of room in our fridge for groceries and there are cabinets to store food. This is a great way to travel on a budget b/c dining out at Ko Olina is not cheap. We also tried Duke's in Waikiki - this was delicious, and you must go to Leonard's Bakery in Waikiki to try the Malasadas (a donut), out of this world!

Beach/Pool: Ko Olina has several ocean lagoons (4), we spent most of our time at number 3 as this is where the most activity is. There are beach toys for rental such as snorkel equipment, boogie boards, peddle boats, etc. The beach is well maintained and very pretty. Compared to the Caribbean, it is not nearly as pretty, but the water was clear, sand soft, and its very scenic with the rock piles out at sea. Great place for kids to swim as it is roped off before you get out too far into the ocean and the waters are very calm, no waves. There were always plenty of chairs but no shade. If you walk to lagoon 2 nearer the Ilihani, there are some standing umbrella type things on their beach for shade. You can use any of the four lagoons so I recommended checking them all out as some are more quiet than others. The water was just right. As for the pool, the kids seemed to love it. No slides or anything yet, but I hear that is in the plans.

Service: The staff at Ko Olina are friendly and the service was well above average, it was super. Everyone was kind and willing tto help. The concierges went above and beyond to give you directions and assist with planning activities.

Activities: On Monday night the hotel held a Mai Tai party on the lawn (tickets were given for free at check it), this was great. A time for the guests to mingle, good drinks, and they had BBQ pork sandwhiches and snacks. We also visited the North Shore (I was not impressed) and the Dole Plantation. If you are a pineapple fan, you must visit. This was unique and fun. We went into Waikiki for a day, the beach is crystal blue, and looks quite different from the waters at Ko Olina, very big waves, lots of surfers and sight seeing. Its crowded, but worth a visit to the beach and restaurants on the strip. Once you park, you can walk to just about everything.

Overall, we had a great time. Ko Olina is secluded and not much going on at night, but a short drive to Waikiki will offer more to do if that's what you are looking for. The sales presentation was low pressure and didn't hurt our trip one bit, no big deal. The grounds are beautiful and I liked this hotel much better than the Ilhani (we just visited it for a bit while walking), but ours felt newer and the pool was much nicer for kids. Take walk to the Ilihani and check out the huge sting rays in their waters inside the resort, very cool.
As for the construction, we did not notice it.

I'd be happy to answer questions. Enjoy your trip!

  • Stayed: June 2008, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 27, 2008

We stayed at the Ko Olina for one week in May. We enjoyed our stayed. The villas were clean, spacious, and very updated. The view from our 2 bedroom was of the ocean and the construction noise you could barely hear. The food at the resort wasn't as good as what we've had at the Maui Ocean Club, it was overpriced but edible. The staff at times was friendly and at other times noticed guests arguing with the staff and we had some issues as well. Please note there are lagoons by this property and not tons of beach and ocean. As well, you are a little isolated. There is the hotel next door with a great restaurant and a Roys, but if you don't want to eat there, you'll need a car. We did both. Overall, I would reccommend staying there again.

Stayed: May 2008
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Reviewed May 26, 2008

We exchanged our timeshare for a week there and were treated so well!! We only had a lockout, so for 2 adults, a 7 yr old & 1 yr old it was tight, but, we only were in the room for naps or sleep. Our first few nights the people next to us knocked on the wall b/c our kids woke up at 4am Hawaiian time...oops, time zone adjustment.
Beautiful grounds, clean, nice staff, restaurants a bit pricey but good food, fabulous location if you want peace & quiet from Honolulu. Everything on the island was easily accessible. Would love to exchange for a week there again. Truly paradise!!!!!

  • Stayed: March 2008, traveled with family
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Reviewed May 20, 2008

We took our 18 mth old out there for 5 days- we had a 1 bedroom condo with kitchen- was excellent! prices were a little high for kids meals- but overall was great- the pools were wonderful for relaxing and for little kids- much of the pool is wide levels- some very shallow- great for little ones to wade in. there were kids activities daily by the pool with the beach....
the golf pro shop was incredible, as was roys- the walk to the Spa next door was beautiful with the lagoons- loved it. one of the lagoons was where that hawaiian hotel show (North Shore) was filmed a few yrs back- the place is just peaceful and there's plenty of places to walk- staff was very very nice- and it was wonderful for my daughter as well. one night i wasnt feeling well- they opened up the store downstairs for my husband so he could get whatever it was he needed for me- I will def. go back.

  • Stayed: September 2005, traveled with family
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Reviewed May 20, 2008

We stayed at the Marriott Ko Olina for our Honeymoon. We were offered a preview offer for 7 days. The grounds were beautiful has plenty of adult Jacuzzi and has a separate kids area. We did use the BBQ pit area. The room itself we stayed in a one bedroom suite had full kitchen and bathroom. Since we were there for a timeshare we were expecting a long sales pitch luckily we were in and out in about 1 hour. If we visit again I would stay at the JW Marriott next door Lovely Hotel!!!

  • Stayed: October 2007, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 17, 2008

I have read the recent reviews posted by others. While I agree that the key situation (door and parking access is problematic) it is hardly a reason not to stay here. Regarding construction, yes, there is construction going on but that fact is well communicated and they do the best they can to keep it to reasonable hours. The third building will open in January of 2009 and construction will start on the fourth one shortly thereafter. There are other properties (not owned by Marriott) where construction will soon strat this and may in fact lessen the view from some units. But the real view is at the beach and not in a room. Regardng children, it's a timeshare resort so one should expect children. If they are "out of line" call the front desk. That has always worked for me. And yes, it's in the boonies about an hour and 15 minutes to downtown. That's another think I like about this place.

  • Stayed: May 2008, traveled with friends
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1  Thank CharlieD3
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Reviewed May 16, 2008

We stayed in a 1BR master suite on a 5-day preview package and it was well worth the cost. The unit was large, well maintained and clean, the resort grounds & pools are very nice, and the lagoons (although man-made) are beautiful and uncrowded. The service was excellent, from the first time we were greeted by the attendant who parked our car while we checked in, to the employee who printed out our boarding passes on our last night because I was having trouble with the online print service.

My main complaint is that they charge you for parking ($20/day), and a car is necessary due to the remote location. It's not like you're in the middle of a city and space/parking is at a premium. My second complaint is the lack of restaurants in the area. There are two onsite: Chucks which was horrible, and Kolohe's which was fine. There is a Roys at the golf course (which we didn't try) and some more upscale choices at the JW Marriott (walking distance along the lagoon path). The only places we could find in the nearby town of Kapolei were chains or fast food. There is also a Safeway and Longs which are good to stock up on supplies, especially if you want to cook.

A timeshare presentation was required for our package but it was very professional and lasted less than an hour. Our sales person did say that there is a plan for a shopping village with restaurants to be built at some point in the future. The new Disney property will offer alternatives as well, but ground has not even been broken yet. It will also create more crowds, but hopefully it won't ruin the atmosphere!

Stayed: April 2008
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Address: 92-161 Waipahe Place, Kapolei, Oahu, HI 96707-2208
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Location: United States > Hawaii > Oahu > Kapolei
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Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #3 of 5 Hotels in Kapolei
Price Range: $367 - $747 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Marriott Ko Olina Beach Club 4*
Number of rooms: 560
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