waikiki beach marriott resort & spa

This post is part of the series Hawaii Trip Report 2016

Other posts in this series:

  1. Trip Report: American Airlines Flagship Lounge New York JFK Review
  2. Trip Report: American Airlines Transcontinental First Class Review
  3. Trip Report: Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort & Spa Review (Current)
  4. Trip Report: Hyatt Regency Maui Resort Review

Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort & Spa is a category 8 Marriott hotel. A free award night would cost 40,000 points, while the paid rate at the time I was booking was $209/night. Marriott is a transfer partner of Chase Ultimate Rewards points. However, 120,000 points for three nights is a very expensive redemption rate. Therefore, I decided to pay for my stay with my Amex Platinum Credit Card. At that time there was an Amex offer where you earn 10,000 Amex Membership Rewards when you spend $500 or more on a hotel stay.

The Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort & Spa is about a 30 minute drive from the airport. The taxi driver was very nice and gave us great information on stuff to do during our stay and places to visit. He also gave us his business card to call him to arrange transportation to visit places and also to take us back to the airport at a discounted rate.

At the time we arrived at the hotel, there were no lines at the check-in counter. (There was no staff at the counter initially, but someone came out as soon as we got there)

waikiki beach marriott resort & spa
Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort – Check in counter

We quickly checked in and we were told about the $30 per night resort fee. However, it comes with some amenities that we didn’t really use – except for the free coffee at Seattle’s Best Coffee

waikiki beach marriott resort & spa
Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort – $30 resort fee package

The hotel has a large open air lobby area.

waikiki beach marriott resort & spa
Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort – Lobby Area
waikiki beach marriott resort & spa
Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort – Lobby Area

Our room was very close to the elevator. Which can be a positive or a negative depending on your preference. We like to be close to the elevator for easy access; it didn’t get really noisy or loud. The bathroom is located to the right as soon as you enter the room.

waikiki beach marriott resort & spa

waikiki beach marriott resort & spa

To the left side, there’s a closet with a safe and an iron board.

waikiki beach marriott resort & spa

The king size bed is very nice and comfortable.

waikiki beach marriott resort & spa

Opposite to the bed is a desk, TV with the mini bar below it.

waikiki beach marriott resort & spa

Our room had a nice balcony with a partial ocean view where you see the ocean on the left side and the city on the right side.

waikiki beach marriott resort & spa

waikiki beach marriott resort & spa

I visited the hotel’s gym a couple of times which is a rare thing for me to do on vacation 🙂

waikiki beach marriott resort & spa

There is a basket full of headphones which I thought is a nice gesture. I don’t really recall seeing this at other hotels – but again, I rarely visit hotel gyms on vacation!

waikiki beach marriott resort & spa

Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort & Spa Bottom Line:

We really enjoyed our stay at the Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort & Spa. It’s in a great location; the beach is right across the street. It is a short walking distance from a ton of the famous Hawaii ABC stores, malls, restaurants and bars. The room was very comfortable with nice views of Waikiki beach. Overall, we had a great time at the Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort & Spa and would recommend it for your next stay in Honolulu.

 

Did you visit Honolulu recently? Where did you stay and what was your experience like?

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