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Marriott Ko Olina Beach Club
Ranked #3 of 5 Hotels in Kapolei
Certificate of Excellence
Tucson, AZ
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“If you need a break from Waikiki...”
Reviewed 19 June 2012

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!

Room Tip: Our ocean view this time was almost the same view as our mountain view last time so, who knows? Thi...
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  • Stayed May 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 18 June 2012

We are Marriott timeshare owners at Lake Tahoe, and decided to trade one of our weeks for a one bedroom unit at the Ko Olina Beach Club from June 9-16th. We travel frequently, even more so since we became empty nesters. When I read reviews here I always start with the one stars and work my way up. From our experience, I cannot understand why this property would get less than a 4 star review. Granted, construction on the new building was over, which I know led to a number of complaints here. Our 9th floor view was a partial marina, industrial, and parking lot view -- no big deal to us. We were enjoying the grounds 90% of the time anyway. The property is kept immaculate. No sounds from neighboring units and hallways, and the place was sold out. Complete cross section of people and ages. Our experience was nothing short of wonderful, and we've been to Hawaii a number of times....friendly, knowledgeable staff, check-in line was no more than 10 minutes (we arrived at the property approximately 1 PM in the afternoon to start our stay), great floor plan (I can understand complaints about staying in the "lock-out" rooms which are like hotel rooms with a mini-kitchen. We would be unhappy in one of those for a week). Our room wasn't ready, but we were given free run of the place. We merely changed into swim wear in the fitness center locker rooms and enjoyed the property's many amenities. During our stay nothing ever seemed crowded. Restaurants there were pretty good but nothing to rave about. Typical resort prices. We BBQed twice, after grocery shopping a few miles away (you do need a car if you don't plan to stay on the property 100% of the time). BBQ grills and tools are all deluxe stainless, and the work areas very clean. We never had to wait in line to use a BBQ. The man-made lagoons were very nicely done and the landscaping rates a 10 on my scale. The Beach Club and the Nearby JW Marriott hotel anchor a 3/4 mile walking path along the shore, with the new Disney Aulina resort between the two. We ate sushi at the JW and one breakfast at Disney. Both were good food and reasonable prices for what you got and where you were. Went to Roy's Hawaiian accross the street in the Ko Olina golf complex. Food was good but in my opinion overpriced for what we got (we dine out a lot and frequently spend $150-200 at a time for two, so my comment isn't due to sticker shock). There is an off-property mexican restaurant and Hawaiian BBQ within walking distance. In summary, our week there felt like we were gone for two weeks, which is the highest compliment I can pay a vacation experience.

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  • Stayed June 2012, travelled as a couple
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San Antonio, Texas
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Reviewed 17 June 2012

Always beautiful and clean. The hotel and nearby beaches were very crowded. With the addition of a third tower here and two more major resorts in this area, it is very crowded. The staff are really polite and service oriented. The check-in process took way too long (>45 min) due to one unreasonable guest that was checking in ahead of us. They finally brought in back-up staff to help the rest of us checking in. I would still recommend this place. I hope there is no further development in this area.

  • Stayed June 2012
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durangoduo
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Reviewed 16 June 2012

We just returned from a week's stay at the Marriott Ko Olina Beach Club. This was our third stay at the property, and each visit reinforces the unique qualities of the resort for our family: peaceful yet family-friendly, modern with updated units, a variety of services/amenities on site and a gorgeous set of grounds set in front of a serene and calm ocean lagoon. We stayed in the new wing of the Nai'a tower and had a 12th floor ocean view 2 bedroom unit. This wing just opened about 2 weeks ago. The views, especially the evening sunsets, from our balcony were breathtaking. The appliances in the new units are stainless steel and are of nice quality. This is not to say that the older units are outdated. that's not the case; rather, the property seems to be ensuring that the new wing is current and modern.

We were impressed with the service--we checked in around 3:30 along with just about every other guest. I waited in the open-air lobby for about 20 minutes. Yet, the staff was handing our free fresh fruit (papaya and pineapple), had chilled clothes to cool off with and fruit-infused water in the lobby for those checking it. Nice touch. We aren't timeshare owners and just booked the room through Marriott. We were only asked once (when we picked up our welcome packet) if we wanted to tour the timeshare units. We said no, and we didn't hear from them again. I didn't get the sense of hard-pressure sales tactics.

If you are thinking of other properties in the Ko Olina area, both the JW and the Disney Aulani are right there and are good ones to consider. The JW has a smallish pool and is more geared for adult couples. Either the Ko Olina Beach Club or the Disney property is more suited for families. That said, we walked through the Aulani property and I had the feeling of sensationj overload. My 10 year-old daughter discribed it as "chaotic." I think the Ko Olina Beach Club has struck the right balance--Kids activities galore, family-friendly pools but without the constant blaring of music and scripted activities that we observed at the Aulani. That said, it's worth walking through both the Aulani and JW properties. At the JW, check out the salt-water ornamental pools on their property--rife with manta ray, tropical fish and even some hammer-head sharks. It's a well appointed property. A free shuttle service which runs every 30 minutes gos from the Ko Olina Beach Club, to the Marina, to the golf course, to the Aulani and to the JW.

All of the Ko Olina properties are about 40 minutes fron Honolulu and the Waikiki scene. It's set amidst the arid southwestern coast, but the grounds immediately around the Ko Olina properties have been manicured, landscaped, and watered to help you overlook the natural aridness of the surrounding environs. Nearby are a Safeway and Target; a Walmart recently opened up as well but we didn't make it there so I don't know if it carries groceries. More adjacent to Ko Olina is an mexican sit-down taco restaurant, a Hawaiian BBQ joint, and an upscale ABC market. The free shuttle used to go to this complex but the driver told us that they no longer stop there.

Other recommendations while on Oahu--sea kayak at Lanakai/Kailua Beach Park (the water there is turqoise and absolutely stunning); eat at Boots and Kimo's; snorkel at Electric Beach (near Ko Olina); attend Ko Olina's Monday night Torch Lighting ceremony (the chief is great!) and try some lychees.

It's pricey to stay here, but I think it's worth it. Adults will come back rejuvenated and kids will have losts of great memories. We've stayed at a variety of properties on Kauai, Oahu and the Big Island, and this is our favorite.

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled with family
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Kailua, HI
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Reviewed 15 June 2012

As a resident of Oahu, sometimes we need a stay-cation away from the congestion of Honolulu and Ko`Olina is as close to what the doctor ordered without going to the North Shore. Ko`Olina feels more like South or West Maui than Oahu if you can block out the fact that the power plant and oil refineries are nearby. Ko'Olina is a resort unto itself now with the JW Marriott, DIsney Aulani and the Marriott Vacation Club but still lacks alternative dining and shopping options outside of the hotels.

We've stayed at the JW a number of times and while very nice, it's not as perfect for families. The vacation club on the otherhand is exactly built for families large and small. There are 3 towers, none of which are far from the ocean or pool's edge. The lobby has a modern Hawaiian flair to it but the rest of the buildings and rooms are pretty generic for the Vacation Club family of properties. Rooms are comfortably appointed including full kitchen, 42" TV and decent sized lanai. My suggestion would be to not spend money for the ocean view upgrades unless that's really important to you. Mountain views are fine on floors 5 and above and you'll likely be spending more time awake outside of the room than in!

The pools really shine here - even better in my opinion than at the Maui Marriott. A tunnel water slide and cave/waterfall pool on one end, an adult pool for a more quieter atmosphere and a young keiki pool that has a terrific faux-sand beach and bottom with 18" deep water. Absolutely perfect for the littlest kids and babies.

For dining, there's a decent but expensive steak/seafood restaurant and the more casual "Longboards". The food is not worthy of the price tags at either. The pool-side keiki menu options are $11 but at least they include a drink and fruit. Poolside service can be sketchy with only 1 waitress per pool. Happy Hour from 3-6 daily offers best deals. As usual, there's plenty of grills which opens up dinner and drink options.

The onsite marketplace stocks some grocery items but I'd suggest going to Safeway in Kapolei or the ABC Market wihtin the Ko`Oline Station for best value.

Staff are very friendly and always say aloha in passing. The valet even remembered my name! This is a very do-it-yourself type of resort which can be nice. They're not pushing you to spend money like hotels but it's still expensive all told - but hey, it's Hawaii! This is a very enjoyable resort for all ages except perhaps for the honeymoon crowd. Aloha.

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled with family
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Columbus, Ohio
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Reviewed 14 June 2012

A true Hawaiian oasis! Ko'Olina is so serene, quiet, amazing and overall just magestic. You'll find this area to be quite unlike anything that the hustle of bustle Waikiki has to offer. This property is part of the Marriott Vacation Club line of properties that includes at least a kitchenette in each room. While you're here, you can truly be at home. Many of the rooms have full sized kitchens, separate bedrooms, and even living rooms and balconies. For this stay we used Marriott points for one of the smaller rooms. For the two of us it was still comfortable. Several restaurants are on or near the property and include casusal fair (outside along the beach at Longboards - perfect for watching a Hawaiian sunset and enjoying a cold beverage) or you can dine in one of the upscale restaurants for a fine dining experience. You'll find several stores and restaurants outside of the Marriott property in the Ko'Olina resort area including a small grocery store. At the property you'll find 3 wonderful pools and 2 or 3 hot tub lagoons. One large pool has a tunnel waterslide, waterfalls and shallow areas perfect for kids. There is an adult-only pool and jacuzzi, but during our stay, we found that the staff didn't enforce this policy. (One suggestion I would make for the staff is to strictly enforce this. Many adult guests were either annoyed or left the pool areas a couple of times because of kids being present at the adult-only pool.) The property sits on 3 amazing lagoons a perfect area for snorkeling! While you may not see as many fish as other parts of the island while snorkeling, it's great calm water areas to enjoy. If water sports aren't your thing, be sure to grab a seat at one of the many family-friendly Hawaiian activities daily on the property. One night before our dinner at Longboards, we watched a Hawaiian ceremony that took place on the lawn. Great opportunity to bring the family and learn a bit about the culture too.

We can't say enough about this resort without writing a book! We absolutely loved this property and all it had to offer. While you're here, be sure to walk around the resort to enjoy all of the beautfiul ammenities of the area. Come and enjoy, but be sure to give yourself plenty of days to relax and get rejuvinated - which this resort will do for you!

Room Tip: TIP: If using Marriott points - opt for a smaller room if possible to make your stay last longer! L...
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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Orange, California
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Reviewed 13 June 2012

I would highly recommend this resort. The location was just perfect. The kids loved the beach and the pool. We had a 2 bedroom villa and it was very spacious. Would definitely be back.

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Property: Marriott Ko Olina Beach Club
Address: 92-161 Waipahe Place, Kapolei, Oahu, HI 96707-2208
Region: United States > Hawaii > Oahu > Kapolei
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Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #3 of 5 Hotels in Kapolei
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Hotel Class:4 star — Marriott Ko Olina Beach Club 4*
Number of rooms: 560
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