I try not to like it here, but this stay was as good as the first a couple years ago. Yes, we are already planning our next stay!
This time my husband and I stayed his Marriott points, reserving a king ocean view guest room (a studio), and actually had an ocean/marina view! The room fit the two of us, and we both slept great every night. Being on daily rates, we had some housekeeping everyday. Enjoyed the view, and had a thoroughly relaxing stay.
Did notice a few oddities about the room:
With a sleeper-sofa, the room is obviously intended to fit 4 people but the kitchen service was only for 2 (2 spoons, 2 forks, 2 plates, etc).
There are dishwashing supplies but no plug for the sink drain and no rack to dry the dishes in. But since there was only two of anything, we had to wash dishes...
The refrigerator is in an unventilated cabinet. Unless you leave the cabinet door open, the heat builds up until the only cold spot is the bottom shelf of the refrigerator.
There is no luggage rack, so my husband used the floor and my suitcase rested on an odd, big square piece of furniture.
There is no table and chairs other than that on the tiny balcony, which could make an unpleasant dining experience on windy or rainy days. (Maybe there would be room for an inside table if they got rid of that odd piece of furniture?)
The cute vanity in bathroom is not enough counter space, and the drawers below are too tiny to fit a medium size cosmetic bag.
TimeShare Presentation: We decided to attend this time, and it really wasn't painful for the number of Marriott reward points we got.:) I expected to not like their Vacation Club system, but their new points plan was more affordable than I had imagined. Just not us.
The downstairs market is convenient. Ate at the restaurant downstairs and it was fine, but dined at Roy's twice and loved Azul at the JW Marriott, both just a nice evening stroll away. Also walking distance is an ice cream shop, taco shop, Hawaiian BarBQ and an "upscale" version of an ABC for supplies and food.
Ko'olina is out from Honolulu so you definitely need a car for day trips. (If you stay in Waikiki, and we usually do for a few nights, you are walking distance to the zoo and aquarium, and can hop a bus to museums and Pearl Harbor.) The lagoons are nice and safe for swimming but no natural surf, and the shoreline itself is all rock; you will have to drive to find surfing, windsurfing, etc. As others have said, getting to the North Shore is easy from here, and we had an amazing dinner at the Hale'iwa Cafe one night with island friends.
The highlight of this location is the long paved walkway along the lagoons and marina! Quiet nights! Comfortable bed! Relax!
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