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Marine Surf Waikiki
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“Cockroaches!”
Reviewed September 14, 2004

Spacious for a hotel/condo with kitchenette, but there are cockroaches and ants in the room. They're in the cupboards, drawers, floor, nightstand, everywhere! They were tiny guys, about an inch long, but we were worried the mom might be just around the corner! All in all, we saw about 3-4 per day, and we were there for 8 days! Management probably knows they have a persistent bug problem because you will find bug traps under the sink, in the cupboards and above the closet. If you don't mind the bugs, the price is reasonable.

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Reviewed March 6, 2004

Management could have been friendlyer,rest of staff very friendly and helpful . But on the whole good . Rooms were clean and spaceous.

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Reviewed March 4, 2004

The Marine Surf is an amazing value for Waikiki. If you have travelled to Waikiki in the past few years you will know that staying in Waikiki is a very expensive proposition. While all the fluff of a Sheraton or Hilton can be nice - really, how much time do you spend in the room, in Hawaii? I would hope not too much!! As a traveller who has been to Oahu 8 times, I assure you this is a great value and has all that you need.
As for the lack of desk clerk beyond 7PM that so many seem to mention, they are just next door and will come at the drop of a hat (or call) - hotel management run several hotels/condo complexes in Waikiki - and besides the savings can be passed along to the cusomer! Save your money...spend it where it counts....and remember rooms in the tropics will not be the same as back home - very humid - these rooms are kept very clean. Enjoy good accomodations and spending your money wisely.

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Reviewed January 28, 2004

The hotel was awesome. I loved it and I would stay there again!

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Reviewed January 20, 2004

I have stayed in the Marine Surf on at least three extended visits to Waikiki with my family. While it's not on the beach, it is centrally located in Waikiki which makes everything you do just a short walk away. The rooms are large and you have great mountain views from the lani on the higher floors. My complaints are that the beds are on the small size as is the pool (but who cares with all that beach for sunning and sleeping). One thing to keep in mind is that there is so much entertainment to engage you that you spend little time in your room. Save your money for the fun things Ohau has to offer and book your room here. I think for the economy minded this is the best value in Waikiki.

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Reviewed January 14, 2004

The Marine Surf Hotel was good. There many floors; they even have a 21st floor! There's no cafe or restaurant, as it is small, but they have comfortable beds and a great kitchen. The kitchen has a stove, oven, microwave, refrigerator, forks, spoons, knives, etc. It has a great location: not too far from the beach, supermarkets, bus stops, and other places. I would recommend this to a person who is staying for half a week maximum. I wouldn't stay here long because the air conditioner makes noise and so does the city.

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Guelph, Canada
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Reviewed January 7, 2004

Our first impression of the hotel was that the lobby was rather shabby compared to some of the other places we've stayed in Waikiki. We arrived at around 9:00pm, and the front desk was closed, with no staff around whatsoever. It took us a while to check in.Once we got up to the room, we were shocked to find that it wasn't quite the 'spacious studio loft' that they had advertised it as. In fact, it was quite the contrary. With just two double beds, a table, two chairs, and a dresser (and the "ensuite kitchen" - which was actually just a counter with a sink, a fridge, and a stove), it was cramped and barely big enough to fit all four of us and all of our luggage. We also discovered that the dresser, which stood about 2 1/2 feet tall, only had 2 drawers. That meant that two of us had to live out of our suitcases for the 2 weeks we were there. Not a good start to our 'family vacation'.I have to mention - you need a key to operate the elevators, which we didn't know when we got there because nobody at the front desk expained this to us.
Also, only one of the two elevators was in full working service. That made things quite aggravating, especially if there were a lot of people waiting. It also didn't help that it was a particularly slow elevator.The pool was salt water - yes, SALT WATER! What kind of hotel uses salt water in their swimming pool? Needless to say, the kids weren't too thrilled about that. Also, the pool was no more than 6 x 12 feet, which has to be one of THE smallest pools we've ever seen. It was pathetic. Plus, the positioning of the pool meant that it only got maximum 5 hours of sunlight a day, because it disappeared behind the adjourning buildings at 2:30 everyday.A couple times during our stay, the second elevator broke down, leaving us with no choice but to take the stairs - TO THE 21st FLOOR. We were less than pleased.Overall, I would not recommend this hotel to anyone who wants a quality vacation.
Although the staff was friendly, the beds were comfy, and the rooms were clean, we expected much better. Don't let the ads fool you, it isn't all that it's made out to be.

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Additional Information about Marine Surf Waikiki

Property: Marine Surf Waikiki
Address: 364 Seaside Ave, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96815-2532
Location: United States > Hawaii > Oahu > Honolulu > Waikiki
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #18 of 45 Specialty Lodging in Honolulu
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Marine Surf Waikiki 3.5*
Number of rooms: 60
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