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Marine Surf Waikiki
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Indianapolis, Indiana
Level 5 Contributor
17 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“HOME AWAY FROM HOME! This is the best place to stay!”
Reviewed December 9, 2010

Great location! Fantastic price! Reservations, check-in, services, etc....all were "better to none" It's like a home away from home.

The Condo unit (509) has been renovated. Nice full kitchen with plenty of dishware/pots pans, microwave, etc. Underneath the kitchen sink are plenty of cleaning supplies (nice perk). Nice dining table in the room. Nice lounge area in room with a futon just in case you need extra room to sleep another person. Brand new flat panel TV mounted to the wall to conserve space. Docking station for your iPod. DVD player. Nice surround sound. Private Lani with brand new furniture/table for eating or lounging. Nice bed (full size) with night stands attached to both sides along with built in night lamps. There is also a "secret" compartment in the headboard to store your personals. Free wireless internet access. Free local/U.S. calls on wireless telephone in room.

Nice dresser with towels and beach towels for usage.

Nice, clean full bath with clean towels, toiletries, etc. Nice brand new shower head. Clean toilet, nice brand new vanity

Laundry room conveniently located next to the room (but far enough where you can't be disturbs by other users).

Nice, clean secured swimming pool only for guest.

The Marine Surf is in the heart of Waikiki but yet snuggled off the busy streets which allows you relax until you are ready to take a nice 2 minute walk to engage in the wonderful busy markets/shops of Waikiki.

You will not regret this stay. I will recommend this to all types of travelers - young, old, middle, aged, single, married....it's just a deal you can't beat!

Oh - and the best part of all is - FREE PARKING!!!!!!!!!

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled as a couple
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English first
Level 4 Contributor
34 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed October 31, 2010

We booked 2 rooms through VRBO, dealing with two different owners. Both rooms met our needs perfectly. Well appointed, clean and in the heart of Waikiki. Ice chests, sand chairs, and beach towels were available for our use, as well as free Internet access and phone with U.S. long distance. Nice to have a full kitchen, though we found the food prices in Waikiki were very reasonable so we use the kitchen mostly for storing and reheating left-overs. As far as the street noise, we left our slider open at night with the fan on and the street noise was minimal (though loud without the fan). One night we ran the AC and there was no street noise heard. Should we return we would book again with Tom Merrick or Carl Pierce (VRBO.com #265223). Do bring your own shampoo, lotion, Kleenex and bath soap.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled as a couple
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Vancouver, Canada
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4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed May 5, 2010

The room itself is fine for the money - nothing special but has all the essentials and most of all is clean and presentable. The neighhood - that is something quite different. If you have insomnia - this isn't the place for you. You are right downtown and that coupled with the heavy trucks, transit and tour buses not to mention the gay bar across the street with live bands open until 4AM EVERY NIGHT, your in an insomniacs hell! Obviously found it hard to get any decent rest near, even during the daytime the noise is non-stop, but then again you are in the middle of a major metro city!!

Stayed May 2010, traveled as a couple
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San Diego, California
Level 3 Contributor
22 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed December 28, 2009

Firstly, this is not a hotel and has not been one since August 2009. The rooms are privately owned and usually rented out thru a leasing agent. I used "hawaii condo resorts" and have to agree with the previous traveler: stay away from them! They use bait and switch tactics when it comes to actual room location and withheld a part of my damage deposit to clean a stain that was there when i arrived.

That having been said, for the price i paid, the room was perfectly adequate. The location of the property is ideal for everything and every room comes with parking, which can make a huge difference. Room internet access was provided for a very nominal charge. There is laundry on every floor - you do have to buy a money card for non-refundable $5.00 and then "fill" the dollar amount in the lobby to use the pay machines.

There is a "desk" in the lobby, but they are only there to supply support for the property manager - NOT for the visitor. They will NOT let you keep your luggage there so checking out at noon and not flying out until 10pm means you have to drag your bags around with you all day. There is no security on site, but you dont really need it in Waikiki.

Be careful who you book thru, be aware there are no 'hotel" services, do your own damage/inventory list as soon as you get there and have a great time.

  • Stayed November 2009, traveled solo
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Danvers MA
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145 reviews
23 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
Reviewed May 5, 2009

It comes with full kitchen near a grocery store to help with the budget. It has a pool
big rooms, great views, close to beach and International Market and other shopping.
On the bus line, close to restaurants that have meal specials. Laundry on premises,
free coffee every day. On the flip side there is no tour desk, but tour places near.
I have recommended this hotel to friends and will be staying there next Feb again,
my third time.

  • Stayed February 2008, traveled solo
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2 Thank Meredith H
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ontario canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed December 8, 2008

I'm an annual traveller to Honolulu and stay from 2 weeks to a month. I booked by phone with Hawaiian Condo Resorts. I was warned that this is not a luxury property as I had stayed at the Royal Gardens in 2007 and found it very comfortable.

However, I was not prepared for the dirty bathroom, kitchen (thick grease and dead bugs under the kitchen sink) and seriously stained rug. They did send someone in to clean and shampoo a few days after arrival but this should have been done beforehand. It takes valuable time away from your holiday when you have to spend time on the phone making arrangements and then sitting around waiting for them to arrive.

I was informed when booking that this was a 'recently renovated' unit and it was anything but with cracked tiles, damaged floors and bedding that did not fit the mattress properly. I understand that there are some fairly decent units in the Marine Surf but I wouldn't book with Hawaiian Condo Resorts again as you cannot trust what they tell you when you can't check things out beforehand.

The best thing about the place is its proximity to just about everywhere in Waikiki you'd want to go. Also the monthly rate was low for the location. As far as I'm concerned you benefit most when you're NOT IN the actual hotel.

  • Liked — location - close to restaurants, shopping and just a few blocks to beach
  • Disliked — the lack of cleanliness and having to deal with Hawaiian Condo Resorts personnel as some of them were not honest about the unit.
  • Stayed March 2008, traveled solo
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harold364, Manager at Marine Surf Waikiki, responded to this review, March 31, 2009
Aloha Teluogirl - I apologize for your bad experience during your stay at the Marine Surf Waikiki. Being the Manager of the hotel, it is important to us that all our hotel rooms are clean and our guests are as comfortable as possible. As you may know, the Marine Surf Waikiki is a Condo/tel and as such some rooms are rented out privately while others are in our hotel operation. Unfortunately your experience was with a private unit that was handled by a private company which is not affiliated with the hotel and not under our control.
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Miami, Florida
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed July 28, 2008

The rooms are spacious non-smoking studios with kitchens. While it is not a luxury hotel, we found it very comfortable and clean, with two long double beds which accomodates up to 4, as in our family. The location is great, 1and half short blocks to the beach and the center of the action in Waikiki, walking to all the restaurants and shopping in the area. The International Market Place is right across street next to the Waikiki Trade Center.
Parking is available for $5 daily. Matteo's restaurant located in the hotel lobby, was closed for renovations during our 8 day stay, but it is said to be a very good Italian restaurant. The staff was friendly and helpful, and we saved a lot of money by staying here, which was better spent booking tours, sightseeing, and dining at the beachfront restaurants in some of the big hotels. By the way, I recommend Chris from SAV-ON TOURS for your tours and luau, he is located in the Waikiki Trade Center across the street. Toll free: 1-866-729-8016 and be sure to tell him Mrs. Fernandez recommended you and he will give you good prices.
I recommend this hotel for families and if you want to budget in your accomodations as you do not pay extra for up to 4 persons, other hotels do charge after the 2nd person. Our flight was in the evening so we paid half day rate for 6pm check out.

  • Liked — Location
  • Disliked — fluctuating water temperature in shower
  • Stayed July 2008, traveled with family
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2 Thank Flymom26
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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 #17 of 45 Specialty Lodging in Honolulu
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Marine Surf Waikiki 3*
Number of rooms: 60
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