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“Good but Noisy, very Noisy”

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Marine Surf Waikiki
Certificate of Excellence
USA
Level 6 Contributor
215 reviews
187 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 341 helpful votes
“Good but Noisy, very Noisy”
Reviewed 4 January 2011

As Marine Surf apartments are individually owned, I will not comment on the individual units. However the building is extremely clean and well maintained. There is a modicum of security however entry is via a huge sliding glass door opened via electronic key. When the door opens as someone enters or leaves, there's enough time and capacity for a busload of other folks to enter the building. Nevertheless, I didn't experience any security issues there. Even on the 12th floor, however, the building is NOISY. The gay bars aren't the issue; it's the straight clubs catering to a rough crowd that result in lots of folks shouting their heads off late into the night. Once things finallly quiet down around 4AM, there's an hour or so of peace until the trash trucks arrive and empty the dumpsters at the nearby bars and restaurants. When these trucks back up, the beep beep signal is so loud you could easily mistake it for your alarm clock, even on a high floor with the window shut and A/C on! So while the location is super convenient, you may be bothered by the noise. I would recommend staying east of Liliuokalani or along Ala Wai if you want to be near the action but not disturbed by it.

Stayed December 2010, travelled as a couple
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Indianapolis, Indiana
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Reviewed 9 December 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, travelled as a couple
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Level 4 Contributor
34 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 November 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, travelled as a couple
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Vancouver, Canada
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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Reviewed 5 May 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, travelled as a couple
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San Diego, California
Level 4 Contributor
24 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 December 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, travelled solo
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Danvers MA
Level 6 Contributor
144 reviews
23 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 May 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, travelled solo
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ontario canada
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 December 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, travelled solo
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harold364, Manager at Marine Surf Waikiki, responded to this review, 1 April 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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Property: Marine Surf Waikiki
Address: 364 Seaside Ave, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96815-2532
Region: United States > Hawaii > Oahu > Honolulu > Waikiki
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #18 of 45 Speciality 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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