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.
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