Have booked this Marriott Hotel property for a week at the end of Nov-beginning of Dec 2012, and am wondering what others have to say about the hotel as well as the Big Island. There is minimal info on this property so far so thought I'd try again! Hoping to score an upgrade--anyone have experience with with his property?
We were upgraded to an ocean view room and viewed this sunset one evening.
This was our bedroom.
And this was our bathroom.
We spent several nights at the Waikoloa Beach Marriott last November and had an enjoyable stay. One night, we had appetizers in the bar that were quite good. There is a food court in the "mall" not far from the hotel if you wanted a less expensive option. One morning we drove about 20 minutes to a wonderful place for breakfast named the Hawaiian Style Cafe in Waimea. As you can see, their pancakes were the size of a dinner-plate.
Hope you enjoy your stay.
We stayed at this hotel last October. The hotel lobby and grounds were nice but the rooms in our opinion were a little tired. We were disappointed in ours! The view however was killer! We did not trust that we would be upgraded so we booked and paid for the upgrade up front. The staff was helpful and courteous and the restaurant was very good. They had a lot of nightly specials as well as specials at the bar. Pool was nice but was very cold. We enjoyed a day by renting a cabana and relaxed at the pool. the grounds are wonderful to walk around. They have ancient fishing pools and a nice beach as well. We enjoyed the island and would like to go back. We golf and that was what our vacation was for so we did not do a lot of sight seeing. I would say go for it! Enjoy!
Our data is a bit old (2010) but will submit anyway. We stayed about 2 weeks. We were upgraded to an ocean front room based on Gold status. Terrific views from room. The grounds and pool area are quite nice. The restaurant had specials almost every evening so we mostly ate there and found the food and service to be very good. All in all, it was a terrific experience - we took lei making or ukulele lessons almost every day and snorkled every day just off the beach. Eqpt is available there - actually it was included in the rate. The beach is protected by the coral and rocks but the beach is quite narrow - snorkling very good. We also did the whale watching trip which leaves right from the beach.
We love the big island (although we also love the other islands!) - lots to see. Did an evening up to Mauna Kea to see the telescopes and evening star program. In earlier trips have done the volcano and driving all the way around the island. Went into Kailua Kona but find it quite congested and unappealing. There is one open bar/restaurant there that serves a "Magnum burger" that is to die for - oh my! Avocado....... Worth putting up going into Kailua Kona for. There are a number of art galleries around and in No. coast Kohala and in Waimea.
Hope this helps - I'm sure you will enjoy it! If you haven't been to the Big Island before, don't let the barren landscape coming out of the airport put you off (it looks like you are on the moon!) My summary would be that there is more real Hawaii there than other islands - the authentic villages, the ranches, the active volcano, ......