Waikiki West Marriott Waikiki Beach 4*

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Waikiki West Marriott Waikiki Beach 4*

tigger25
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22 Sep 2001, 07:10 #1

Our 4 night stay from 9/14-18 was very pleasent despite the renovation going on in the Kuhio Tower. We received a deluxe ocean view in the Kalakukawa(sp?) Tower. We bid $86, and the discount rate was listed at $189. We also got the room next door for my father for $99/night-the WTC stranded passenger rate.

The room was nicely decorated, and from our 7th floor balconey we could see the sunset everynight.

The beach was just across the street. They call this end of Waikiki "Kuhio beach" and it is blocked off by a seawall, making the area perfect for young kids. Boogie boarding on the other side of the wall was a real kick too.

The renovations meant the main lobby and one restaurant were closed, but the Ocean Terrance bar had live music on the weekends and served nice sandwiches-try the shredded pork on the Hawaiian plate! Sam Adams beer on tap was refreshing ($4/glass).

We also spent 90 minutes listening to a sales pitch for the Marriott Vacation Club (timeshares). We earned $200 in gift certificates which we quickly spent at the mall later that day.

All-in-all a wonderful stay and I would recommend the hotel others, especially at the Priceline rate! One warning: the WTC bombing, plus the fact it was low season and under renovation meant fewer guests-and a better room than usual for us I suppose.
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Waikiki West - Marriot Waikiki 4*
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We stayed at the Marriot Waikiki 4/14-16/02, before moving on to Lanai for a business trip. When we arrived, (4:00pm) the front desk had us in a 2 double bed room. I asked to be switched to a king room, since it was just the two of us. No problem, the staff was friendly and very accomodating. We we on the 4th floor, which overlooks the roof of a building, but did have a "partial" view of the ocean. By partial, I mean we could see a tiny bit of it if we looked to the right.

The room itself was very large and nice. It had recently been remodeled. The bathroom had beautiful new fixtures and the TV armoire (sp?) was nice. Free coffee was provided in the form of a coffe pot and coffee filter packs in the bathroom. (no charge!) The Marriot has two towers, we were in the one closest to the beach. There were lots of little shops in the resort, as well as TONS of shopping all over the Waikiki area (most within walking distance).

The pool is on the third floor of the hotel, between the two towers. It was nice enough, kinda cool and refreshing. The pool bar and grill were nice places to go to watch the sunset. There is live music nightly.

Two concerns to mention. At the time of our stay, the neighbor hotel to Marriot (towards Diamond Head) was being remodeled. So LOTS of construction noise during the day (M-F) We were on the Diamond head side and we could not open our patio because of the noise. It was only from 9-5. This remodeling will continue thru summer.

The restaurant food was not very good quality for the price they were charging. We ate breakfast the first morning at the resort restaurant and was disapointed at the "Denny's" or "Perkins" style food. Not high quality, but HIGH prices. ($35 for two people for breakfast) The next morning we found the Starbucks around the corner (one block towards Diamond Head), had coffee and a bagel. More our style anyway.

For dinner the first night we ate at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel restaurant that sits on the beach. Can't remember the name. It was Wonderful. The prices were high (about $25-30 for an entree), but soooo worth it. The food as awesome and the service was outstanding. I was quite amazed at the level of service at this hotel! (our bill came to approx. $100 for the two of us and WORTH every penny!)

I would highly recommend renting a car if you want to sightsee. We did not rent a car prior to arrival because we just wanted to see Pearl Harbor and maybe Diamond Head. Once we arrived in HNL, it was obvious we should rent. Our taxi ride cost $30 from the airport to the hotel. To get to PH, it would have been aprox $40.00 each way. DH would have been $20.00 each way. We rented a car on site (Marriot has a Dollar rent-a-car on site) for $50.00 total cash out for 1 day. I know I could have gotten something cheaper thru priceline, if I had planned to rent before we went.


Our winning bid for the Marriot Waikiki was $90. (plus tax and service charge) Came to approx. $225 for the two nights. Considering the prices the hotel rooms go for in Hawaii, I thought this was a very reasonable rate. I would stay here again and can recommend the hotel, (just not the restaurants).
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16 Jun 2002, 02:39 #3

Posted by desertdan on 6/14/02:

We spent 2 nights at the Marriott Waikiki Beach Hotel and were very pleased. We were on the 15th floor and had a very nice view of the beach and of Diamond Head. The beach itself was directly across the street.

Our room was of typical size for this class of hotel. The furnishings were relatively new and quite comfortable. One of the best features of this room was that it was very clean. There is a separate vanity area adjacent to the bathroom. The room came with free use of the safe, coffee maker and hair dryer.

Valet parking is $14/day and self-parking is $10. We were on the go so we didn't try out any of the restaurants. The hotel does have a coffee concession where breakfast foods and sandwiches are sold which was convenient for a quick bite on our way out in the morning.

It's my opinion that we, as Priceline customers, received as good or better treatment than an average customer, and had a room with a great view. I would highly recommend this hotel.~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
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24 Mar 2004, 21:59 #4

We spent 4 nights here and thoroughly enjoyed it. Originally we were upgraded to ocean front (from priceline city view) but because we needed room for 4 people (2 adults, 2 kids) we were instead put in what they call an "ohana" room; two doubles and 2 twin beds. Very large. Balcony faced diamond head with side ocean view. We are also in the tower closer to the beach which was nice. The pool was fine for an in-city pool. The staff was tremendous - very nice. Location is great. I would stay here again at this price anytime.
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27 Sep 2004, 12:05 #5

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Waikiki South Marriott Waikiki Beach 4*
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We stayed here for 3 nights in September. Bell service and Valet($20 a day) were top notch. Check in made no mention of Priceline and we were upgraded to a partial Ocean View Room, with a decent view of the beach, a Kingsize comfortable bed, and a no smoking room, perfect for us. The Marriot is located at the South end of the Strip, so it was a bit of a walk to cover it all, but still no worries. The Seattle's best coffee line moved very fast in the morning. Internet access is expensive, but I found an internet "cafe" behind the Int. Market Place, very inexpensive. The pools are of decent size, and are cool, good for the day but a bit chilly in the evening. Don't go looking to soak in a hot tub because there is none. All in all a fine place to spend a few days in Waikiki.
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14 Mar 2005, 18:10 #6

Just returned from Oahu and stayed at the Marriott Waikiki for $138/night via Priceline. (Higher than past listings, but this was a busy weekend, so this ended up being a decent rate for a 4* - their website rate was $205).

Nice hotel, great location at south end of Waikiki Beach. Near the big park, the aquarium, and right across the street from the beach.

At registration, the desk person identified us as Priceline customers, saying (fairly loudly) "Your costs are taken care of through Priceline.com" - he gave us a 2 doubles room. I asked for a King room and he did seem to try, but did not find one.

We ended up in the K tower (the one closer to the beach/ ocean), but on the lowest floor (4th). Pools, shops, etc. are on the levels below this. Rooms very nice and very very clean.

Our view was termed "city view" and we looked across (south) to another hotel's pool / buffet. Being on the lowest room floor, our lanai (balcony) was about 6 inches above the roof of the service area of the hotel. We were able to see a "slice" of the ocean, but again, due to our low floor, it was obstructed by the HVAC systems. If possible, try to get a north-facing room, as there are fewer obstructions to the view looking north.

The pool area was lovely - they had live Hawaiian music in the evening and we had Pina Coladas and watched the sunset from here.

They have several restaurants, including an Italian one that was recommended by our Frommer's guide, tho we didn't eat there. Seattle's Best in the hotel, as well as several shops (including an ABC convenience store, but they are EVERYWHERE along Waikiki beach.)

If you can get this hotel at a lower rate and/or get an upgrade, or if you might use things like their spa services or want a pool, this would be a great hotel. Seeing how many hotels there are on the strip that looked nice, I might try someplace else next time, but overall, it was a very nice property.
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09 May 2005, 19:55 #7

Stayed here 4/11-4/18/05 ($130 a night Priceline.) We fell in love with this hotel. First, the beds are the most comfortable beds you have ever slept on in your life. We were always excited to lay down at night. They put us in a partial ocean view on the 20th floor with a gorgeous view of Diamond Head. We were very pleased with the hotel, it's location and the service. I definitely plan to stay here again and it was worth every penny.
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01 Sep 2006, 21:07 #8

We stayed for 3 nights from 8/21-8/24. We were upgraded to a partial ocean view on the 12th floor. The room was pleasant and confortable for the four of us (2 adults/2 kids). Location was excellent. Right across the street from Waikiki beach, walking distance to the aquarium (this was great for the kids) and a few minutes drive to Diamondhead national park (this was a strenuous hike for some seniors, but ok for me and my family).

The fitness center was ok. No windows, a few treadmills, weight machines and free weights.

Sansei sushi resaturant was fine especially when 25% off between 5:30-6:30pm. DK steakhouse was excellent but expensive. The Italian restaurant "buffet" breakfast was marginal. The tables had dried tomato sauce on it, garbage on the floor and the assortment of pastries and cheeses was poor and limited. The Run sushi restaurant was great for lunch since it was moderately priced and was tasty (especially the udon noodle soup and sushi).

Overall we were pleased with the hotel, especially for the price.
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13 May 2007, 20:31 #9

Just returned from the Marriott Waikiki and overall I really liked the hotel, but thought it lacking in some polish for a hotel that advertises (and charges) as a “Beach Resort and Spa” yet doesn’t quite always meet those expectations.

CHECK-IN/SERVICE: easy enough, and staff was very friendly and helpful. Especially if you are wanting an upgrade. Seriously they will be happy to sell you an upgrade on the room, which we did on top of our Marriott points. The service (concierge staff, bellmen and housekeeping) were all very good and helpful, worth the tips.

RESORT:
lovely, open lobby with waterfalls, tropical flowers. The hotel is divided into two large towers, that even if off the street, most rooms should provide some view. I say off the street, because it is not on the sand; it is at Waikiki Beach, not on it. You must cross the main street, which while not a big deal is worth noting. It is closer to the Diamondhead end of the strip, which offers a nice protected section of beach and smaller crowds if you walk further down the sand. There are two small (not uncommon for the area) but nice pools with nicer deck chairs, a pool bar, a hot tub and cabanas (for a fee), a small but highly promoted spa, a garage ($18/day fee), internet access (for a fee) and a small gym (no charge!).

The public areas all were very nice and impressive, the halls standard Marriott with brightly colored carpet done in a tropical print. There was an open courtyard with some shops, and several average hotel restaurants.

DINING: We only tried a couple places there, just for convenient meals. Most were the standard hotel fare, serviceable and overpriced, such as the Kuhio Grill and Pool Bar for dinner/lunch. My sister liked the cheaper Run sushi place, and we had good luck at the “Italian” cafe. We did not try any of the nicer restaurants as we were trying more of the local places and usually ate a store-bought breakfast of cereal/muffins/fruit in our room.

ROOM: We were on a corner ocean side room on the 15th floor. There is a large picture window and a nice balcony offering SPECTACULAR views of the beach and water, and Diamondhead. There is a small refrigerator in the TV cabinet, and we requested a small microwave as well. The TV was small, and with fewer channels than almost any hotel I’ve visited, but with it being Hawaii and all, I guess they save on the cable knowing that most guests do not spend much time in their rooms. Even being that high, you could hear noise from the street and the pool deck below, so if you are a light sleeper, see if you can go even higher.

Our corner “suite” was basically a larger room with two queen beds and a sleeper sofa. The beds were comfortable and well-made with nice white linens, but overall the room appearance was lacking. If you look at the pictures posted by others, you will see the older furniture, dated fixtures, which are cheapened by the bright green/yellow accent colors of the curtains and minimalist décor.

The bathroom was basically a standard hotel bathroom (not really suite or resort-like) and it too needs an update, as there were scuff marks, and peeling enamel or tile on the tub, and the dimmest vanity light I have ever encountered. They have to think the women will use the desk as their make-up/hair area. Another nit to pick-there was a single light control for the bathroom, so if you turned on the light in the tub/toilet area, the light would also come on in the sink/vanity area bothering people in the night/morning as there was not a door to block the admittedly dim light.

I feel like I am being overly harsh as the hotel is very nice and we REALLY enjoyed our stay, but Marriott could/should do a little better to stick with the claim (and price tag) of “Beach Resort and Spa.” That said I would totally consider it a win getting the hotel at the Priceline rate, and would try for the nicest room I could get at that price.
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04 Aug 2013, 22:00 #10

We had a one-night stay at the Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort and Spa in July 2013. The hotel was nicely maintained with an open-air lobby that was tropically decorated and landscaped. The room was large, clean and comfortable; no complaints. It had a private balcony with two chairs and a small table. All the staff we encountered were friendly and professional. We were offered an upgrade to an ocean-view room at check-in but declined because it only had a king-size bed and we needed two beds.

The resort is located across the street from Waikiki beach on its east end (closer to Daimondhead). It is two blocks from the zoo and within easy walking distance to dozens of restaurants and shops. The bottom floor of the tower closest to the beach contains a small shopping center with a coffee shop and a restaurant. The pool area was on the 3rd floor between the two towers. It was ok but there was nothing noteworthy about it.

In addition to the bid amount paid through Priceline, we were charged a $25 resort fee which covered wifi, phone calls and a coupon for a free Mai Tai. We were also charged $32 for one night of self-parking in the garage. Valet parking was $5 or $6 more.

Overall, a very nice hotel that deserves a 4 star rating. Just be prepared for the extra fees.
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