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Marriott Ko Olina Beach Club
Ranked #3 of 5 Hotels in Kapolei
Certificate of Excellence
N. California
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30 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Not as great as it used to be.”
Reviewed October 4, 2008

We have stayed at the Marriott Ko Olina 3-4 times on an exchange from our Marriott in Palm Desert. When we first stayed there we thought it was amazing, unfortunately this time we were not as impressed..

Location: For many this is a negative, but I enjoy the remote location. It is close enough to go into Waikiki for dinner and an easy drive to the N shore. I love the lagoons and snorkeling.

Check in: Quick and easy, bellman brought our bags to our room even though we opted for Self Park. Which leads me to parking…the spaces are so small even with a midsize car it was a squeeze and there isn’t a sufficient amount of parking spaces.

Room: We were in a 2BR in the Kona (original) tower. It was a Penthouse; it had high ceilings and an extra balcony off the Master BR. The view was called Mountain, which was actually Marina and some of the power plant in the background. All in all the view was not bad. For some reason when I stay here, due to the layout, I feel like I am constantly walking around in circles! The 2BR is spacious, although sleeping 8 would IMO be a little tight. The beds are not as comfortable as they used to be and the pillows could use replacing. We also had a roach infestation, yes it is Hawaii and I can handle a few bugs but not larvae on the stove and floor…Engineering came and set bait but it took a few days before it did any good and even then we still found a couple of dead ones each morning…YUCK! My biggest pet peeve with this property is there are no screens on the windows and doors. In the weekly activity guide there is mention of mosquitoes and they ask you to keep doors closed, but with the trade winds blowing, I would really rather not sleep with the AC on.

Marketplace: Convenient for snacks and prices on some basic groceries were not too bad. We bought the mug that gives you unlimited coffee, tea and sodas. I am an iced tea drinker so I refilled it constantly, plus you can take to Kolohe’s and have it refilled. We like iced coffee, so we would fill in the evening for the next morning.

Dining: The prices for food and drinks at Kolohes have increased significantly in the last year or 2. But it is convenient and the food is pretty good. It is a great place for sunset and a mai tai. Mario makes great drinks, a couple of the other bartenders use well when the recipe calls for top shelf. We did not eat at Chucks. Roys is our favorite, yes it is pricey but you can do pretty well having appetizers and salad. The JW also has a few dining options which are pretty good.

Pool and Beach: Didn’t use the pools at all this trip but spent most of our time at lagoon 3 or snorkeling 1 and 2. There were a lot of families and kids Sat-Mon but the rest of the week it felt less crowded.

The construction was not a problem, the newest building looks to have some amazing views and a great pool. I think it is partially opening at the end of this year. This will not be our first choice for an exchange in the future, maybe if we could guarantee a Villa in the new building.

  • Liked — Spacious Villa
  • Disliked — Roaches and worn out furniture/bedding.
  • Stayed August 2008, traveled as a couple
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trojans96
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed September 30, 2008

Every year we spend at least a couple of weeks vacationing in Hawaii. However, for the last couple of years we have discovered Ko Olina and have been staying there at the following properties: Marriott's Ko Olina Beach Club, JW Marriott Ihilani Resort. However, this year we discovered and stayed at the Ko Olina Beach Villas. The experience there was unmatched from any of the other properties that we have stayed at previously.

We felt like we were staying at a luxurious vacation home of our own and not at a 500 sqft. hotel room. Our family really fell in love with the Ko Olina Beach Villas at Lagoon #2. The luxurious beach front property was just completed in 2008. The 1361 sqft. condo that we stayed in was magnificent. It has 2 master suites and 2 bathrooms. All of their beddings were Hotel Collections.

You can check them out at stayatondo.com.

We will definitely go back there again next year.

  • Liked — Ko Olina Resort
  • Disliked — The small rooms
  • Stayed May 2008, traveled with family
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San Antonio
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed September 25, 2008

With some trepidation, we embarked on our 6 day-5 night tour of the Ko Olina resort. Trepidation was based on some of the reviews we read here on TripAdvisor. I don't know what some people expect from this type package, but we were extremely pleased. Comparing it to a previous "preview package" tour of the Marriott on Kauai, We don't hesitate recommending it. The staff was great, the room was more than adequate, and the entire facility was outstanding. Sure the meals on property were a little expensive, but what do you expect from a RESORT catering to people earing $100K/ year?? Besides, there were alternatives just a short drive away.

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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
Reviewed September 17, 2008

My husband and I stayed at Ko Olina for the first time in Sept. We are time share owners and had heard about it. We absolutely LOVED it. The check in was quick and easy, and our room was just beautiful! We had a 1 bedroom "mountain view". Our actual view was of the golf course which was nice.

There weren't a lot of kids there in September, some babies and younger children, but I think because it was not during school vacation, there weren't as many kids. Which was nice for us since we didn't bring our teenagers this time!

Very relaxed atmosphere, absolutely beautiful sunsets that you can sit and watch while having dinner at Chucks. The food at Chucks was standard salad bar and standard baked potato or rice that comes with your main dish. They offered 2 fresh fish specials every night....and they were delicious! They also offered every night $4.00 mai tai's before 6:00 p.m. which is a great deal. The other tropical drinks were about $6.50 which is not bad considering they're usually $8-10 dollars elsewhere.

The resort is about 25 min. from the airport. We liked that it was out by itself because Honolulu and Waikiki is just so busy and congested....we hated going in there the couple times we did. Ko Olina has everything you would want and need. We rented a car and drove around the island one day. We're not really fond of Oahu, we like Maui and Kauai much better. BUT.....loved Ko Olina, so we already made reservations for next year to bring our 2 teenagers back with us.

The four lagoons on the property are just beautiful and we felt very safe in them. It's about 3/4 mile walk to the Ihiliani and lots of people were jogging and walking there all the time, as we did. There are a couple restaurants there and there's also Roy's at the golf course which has great food and a beautiful setting.

Overall our experience was fantastic and we can't wait to go back to Ko Olina.....we loved it so much we're considering buying another time share there. Everything is nice and new and very clean. I highly recommend!

  • Liked — clean, new, lovely, away from the crowds of Waikiki
  • Disliked — nothing
  • Stayed September 2008, traveled as a couple
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encinitas
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed September 17, 2008

Just got back from Oahu on Sunday and had a great time. We stayed at the Marriott Ko Olina resort in a mountain view room (actually a view of the golf course). We were very happy with our overall experience at the resort. The pools were nice, the lagoon was nice, the rooms were clean and comfortable. The only real negative from the entire experience was that the hotel was located on the westside of the island. We happened to enjoy visiting the beaches, eating, and doing most of our activities on the other side of the island. So if you don't mind driving, this location would be great.
Recommended places to eat:
Boots and Kimos (the best pancakes)
Zippys
Giovanni's Shrimp truck (great shrimp)
Leonard's Bakery (great malasadas)
Jimbo's (Udon and Japanese food)
Gina's BBQ (cheap Korean BBQ To-Go)
Dole Plantation (great Dole Whip ice cream)
Tanioka's

  • Stayed September 2008, traveled as a couple
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Seattle
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed September 9, 2008

We Stayed at the Marriott's Ko Olina Beach Club August 16- 21st 2008. We loved it! My wife & I have 2 children ages 5 & 8. We stayed in a 1 bedroom villa "accessible" room on the 10th floor. We stayed in what is called Mountain View. We had views also of the marina which was nice. We had 2 full showers, one was a normal shower/ tub combo. I think you only get 2 full showers in the "accessible" room. 2 showers is great with a family of 4.
We had a problem the 1st night with the AC. It kept kicking off & on all night. Which is very loud since the unit was in the bedroom. The next day we turned the AC to ON instead of AUTO. We then had no more problems with the AC. Our 5 yr. old slept in the reading nook area on the little yellow couch. She had plenty of room. We just used the bedding meant for the sofabed.
Our 8 yr. old slept on the rollaway, which was free & we are not owners. The Marriott website says no rollaways allowed, but call the hotel directly & you will be able to get one. The kids both slept in the reading nook area. There is no curtains in that area so we hung a blanket on the window and kept the room divider open for ventilation.
We went to the free torch lighting ceremony at the hotel. They only have it once a week on Tuesdays. We all had a great time.
The show lasted about 45 minutes.
We went snorkeling at lagoon 1 & 2 with 2 being our favorite. The water was much more clear at lagoon 2. We saw a decent amount of large fish & 1 turtle at lagoon 1 & 2. We rented a paddle boat at the hotel for 45 min. at a cost of $20. It was one of our kids favorite things to do. This is the best place we have ever taken the kids. We didn't love Oahu, but because of this resort we are planning a return visit.

  • Liked — Close to snorkeling, full kitchens, washer & dryer in unit
  • Disliked — Would have liked another bed instead of reading nook
  • Stayed August 2008, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 29, 2008

My family (wife and two daughters aged 9 & 6) spent a week at the Ko Olina resort. We were offered a time share deal (take the presentation for a low rate for 5 nights, 6 days). We upgraded to the one bedroom villa in the presentation. The room was great. We had a full kitchen that was well stocked, a dining room table that sat six, living room area for the kids to sleep in, a small sitting area that led into the bedroom which had a king sized bed. Everything was well decorated and plenty big enough for us.

The kitchen came in handy. On the first night we went to the market and stocked up and avoided paying the usual high costs of breakfast and lunch at the resorts. Also, although we didn't use them they had grills for making steaks, burgers, etc. that were in the common areas.

The resort itself was very nice. There are two pools, one with sand on one end which my younger daughter loved playing in. The lagoons are well protected making for easy swims. The lagoons are almost too well protected, since it doesn't feel like you're in the ocean. Our kids like playing in the waves, but there weren't any waves.

There are two restaurants at the resort, Chuck's which is a steakhouse and Koheles (not sure I'm spelling that right). Chuck's was a pretty standard restaurant with steak and fish. Koheles has a buffet on Friday and Saturday night. The buffet was pretty standard (crab, prime rib, chicken, etc.) but one good thing they had for kids was a special kids table at the buffet with mac & cheese, chicken nuggets, PB&J and jello. We thought that was a nice touch.

The Ko Olina area also has a Roy's at the golf course and a few restaurants at the JW Marriott. There's a shuttle that runs around the resort area which we took a couple times which comes in handy.

Couple random items:

Ko Olina is very isolated which has it's positives and negatives. We spent one day in Waikiki and it was just a big city with a nice beach but not very quiet. If you want to get away from everything, Ko Olina is a good option but if you want to be in the middle of everything this is not for you.

This is very much a family resort. There were kids everywhere, so if you want to be at an adult resort again this is probably not the best place.

The staff was very friendly and helpful at all times. The concierge helped with reservations for dinner and booked the Ko Olina Cat for a dinner sail which was great.

Although there is construction next door on a new tower, the hotel is already done so we didn't hear anything the whole time we were there.

There is some mild airplane noise (not in the rooms but outside). Both commercial and military jets seem to fly over quite a bit.

We thought the resort was nice, and if you can live with the few items we mentioned you'll have a great time here. Since we're from LA we didn't find Oahu as nice as Maui (Oahu is a little two built up for our tastes for a tropical island), but this is a great option if you prefer oahu.

  • Liked — Room, pool area
  • Disliked — Location a little too remote
  • Stayed August 2008, traveled with family
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Property: Marriott Ko Olina Beach Club
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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Hotel Class:4 star — Marriott Ko Olina Beach Club 4*
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