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Review of Kanoa Resort Saipan

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Kanoa Resort Saipan
Ranked #5 of 36 Hotels in Saipan
Vladivostok, Russia
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90 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
“Not bad”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 21, 2014 via mobile

Kanoa Resort
Consist of one 5 stores building. There is one additional structure but its not clear whether it is the same hotel. We spent here one week.
The advantages. Nice green comfortable territory. The Hotel staff is bery mice. The Hotel locates right by the sea. Free chaise lounges. There is a cafe on the beach. The hotel offers different entertainments for children and adults( banana boat, water scooter, parachuting, water chute, 2swimming pools with a basket and a spot for volleyball. Clean beach and territory. Breakfast is always the same, same meals but not bad. They have inside and outside dining area. There is a store on the first floor.
Disadvantages: our standard room was on the 5th floor in the very end of the corridor. And it took long time to go from / to the elevator. There are only two elevators right in the middle of Hotel, so don't take distant rooms. The room was small. Our travel agent booked a room with one double bed, but they gave us two single beds. The bathroom is small and not fresh. The towels are never clean ( they are laundered but have different spots on). We were warned that there us one pay TV channel which is rather expensive, so we never watched the TV, but witnessed some Korean Guy had a very bad argument with the receptionist about the charge for that TV channel. There is wifi only in lobby, but it is being collapsed constantly, no wifi in the rooms (at least on the 5th floor there wasn't wifi). The hotel is distanced from the center so to get to the Garapan center you should go either by a scheduled free bus or taxi( that is rather expencive 10 min road is about $15 or you can always rent a car. The sea bottom is not sandy all through, there is a sea grass almost along all swimming territory.
Summary: the hotel is not bad, but I Will not come back to it.

  • Stayed June 2014
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Bella D
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Guam, Mariana Islands
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29 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 18, 2014

Lets start with the ugly first.... Any room not in the Tower... The hotel is being renovated but not fast enough. Next lets go with the good... The rooms in the Tower are nice... Very nice in fact with fantastic views of the Saipan Bay. The breakfast buffet that was included with the room was pretty good too. As for the bad... Any room in the executive tower in today's day and age that does not include internet access is just totally unacceptable. It was explained that the rooms are just too far away from the hub. For less than a $100 investment the hotel could fix this problem but they haven't in the 2 1/2 years I've been traveling to Saipan. Hopefully with the renovations on the property.. The wifi fix is in the capital repair budget.

Room Tip: The tower rooms are the only acceptable rooms
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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled on business
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank croberts2009
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Piti, Mariana Islands
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10 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 21, 2014

I made a last minute reservation here because most of the other hotels were booked for the marathon that weekend. I was worried after reading other reviews on here. The hotel staff was excellent, the food reasonably priced, and there was lots to do; 2 pools, with waterslide, beachfront access with many water sports/toys, and giant hamster balls. Our room was large, however, slightly dirty. the towels are old and threadbare, but the rest of the hotel makes up for this. Also the wifi isn't that great, but I would stay there again.

Room Tip: Upgrade to the Emerald Tower.
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  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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4 Thank Jewelie C
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Tinian, Mariana Islands
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17 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 17, 2014

Expect to have to give your life story if you want to guarantee a room reservation. After I called initially to reserve two nights, they emailed me a multiple-question form that I had to fill out and include a credit card number on. They also required a photo ID and a copy of the card itself. So after wasting 30 minutes of my life making copies, scanning them in, and emailing them back, perhaps they would also like my birth certificate, dental records, and autobiography? Ridiculous.

Stayed March 2014, traveled on business
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3 Thank mystiquemac
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Japan
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19 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 2, 2013 via mobile

We stayed here last January when my husband , our daughter and his brother's family went on those Cheap Vacation Packages over the net. Surprising to say that although the cost of the trip was budget, the hotel certainly was above par than what I expected. The bus from the airport took us to a huge hotel, with its own pool (3 of them, actually), and directly beach front. The staff were friendly, and surprisingly, Filipinos! Wherever I went I had no problem communicating, alternating between English, Japanese, and my native tongue. The rooms were big enough, albeit showing its age, housekeeping always made sure it was clean. Thehotelalso has its own massage salon,and a small shop/ store that offered drinks and snacks till late hours. The hotel also has its own bar and a chapel. Breakfast was decent, with limited choices but a good enough filler til your next meal. The beach is good for snorkeling with a variety of fishes swimming in shallow waters. Flotation devices are offered for a fee, of course. Overall, a nice place to stay with the family.

Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
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Kumamoto Prefecture, Japan
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383 reviews
66 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 219 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 21, 2011

I made friends with a seculity staff of this hotel. He was very kind and other staff ,too.
There is a pool and beach. I recommend watching night stars. The view from beach is amazing!! I could see a meteor ☆彡

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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4 Thank Mnatul
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Hagatna, Guam
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44 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 9, 2011

I just completed three days of work on Saipan and stayed at the Grand. I was seriously disappointed as my experience 26 years ago was wonderful. This property is in need of some TLC. There is no 24 hour cafe, the beds are like plywood covered in sheets and the tvs are something from 1970. Front desk staff lacks knowledge about their policies. There is no room service or vending machine for soda or snacks although there was coffee service in the room. The refrigerator in the room was not stocked Do not stay at this hotel.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled on business
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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8 Thank travelingfrank489
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Property: Kanoa Resort Saipan
Address: Beach Rd. | Susupe, 96950, Mariana Islands (Formerly Saipan Grand Hotel)
Phone Number:
Location: Mariana Islands > Northern Mariana Islands > Saipan
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Casino and Gambling Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 36 Hotels in Saipan
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Kanoa Resort Saipan 3*
Number of rooms: 224
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Leisure.Comfort.Kanoa Nestled on Saipan's finest stretch of white, sandy beach, the Kanoa Resort Saipan offers the best of both worlds with a comfortable, tropical ambience that transports the soul to pure relaxation, yet equally stimulates with its proximity to the area's vibrant shopping and entertainment. Beautiful surroundings combined with a friendly 'Hafa Adai' service have made Kanoa Resort Saipan a truly unique resort hotel with local flavor and hospitality. All 224 guest rooms offer pleasing comfort and most feature breathtaking ocean views, bringing glimpses of sea and sand. Décor is warm yet refined, naturally complementing the setting. Rooms in the Emerald Tower offer a spacious setting, with one of the largest room sizes on island. Located just steps from the beach, two pools span half the length of the hotel and boasts rich blue "lagoon-like" waters and numerous relaxing lounges. The festive-hued waterslides also add a spark of fun and excitement to the landscape. The resort's gorgeous beachfront is continually regarded as one of Saipan's best and is lined with colorful umbrellas along the sand. Various dining options include the Isla Cafe & Terrace and the oceanfront Barefoot Beach BBQ with a tropical island show featuring local dancers performing traditional and Polynesian dances. The hotel's 330 square meters of meeting and function space can accommodate groups up to 200 guests and offers numerous function capabilities. This area is conveniently located in its own section of the resort. Children may enjoy fun in the sun at the resort's Kids Fun Zone. Activities include a poolside playroom, bouncy house, and interactive games. ... more   less 
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