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JW Marriott Ihilani Resort

JW Marriott Ihilani Resort

92-1001 Olani St. - Ko'Olina
Kapolei, Oahu, Hawaii 96707
Phone: 1-808-679-0079
Website: www.Ihilani.com/
Rating: 5 Star
Rooms: 387
Floors: 17
Restaurants: 7
Category: Luxury Hotel
Pools: 2
Fitness Center: Yes
Day Spa: Yes
Marriott Ihilani Resort Review

The Marriott Ihilani Resort is the most luxurious property on the island of Ohau. The Marriott Ihilani is located in the prestigious Ko'Olina area east of Pearl Harbor and 20 miles from Waikiki. The hotel is located on a private cove to offer the feeling of a secluded beach resort. The rooms are appointed very nicely and the ocean views are beautiful. The hotel offers Ihilani Suites which are unbelievable. The hotel is adjacent to the Ko'Olina Golf Course and also very near the ever popular Paradise Cove Luau. This is an excellent choice if you are searching for a deluxe beach resort away from the hustle and bustle of Waikiki.

Facilities:
387 Rooms, 2 Pools, 7 Restaurants, 18-Hole Ko'Olina Golf Course, 6 Tennis Courts, Parking


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Traveler Posted: Marriott Ihilani Resort Review
Reviewed By: Brian
From: Chester, NJ
Trip Date: Aug, 2009
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"Simply put, the Marriott Ihilani is a tourist trap of the highest order. Since most folks will only know what they see on the Marriott website, it looks like paradise. Only when you get there and it's too late to do anything about it will you realize that you've been hoodwinked. First, you'll be assigned to the lowest grade room at the lowest level consistent with your reservation. When you decide you would rather not have a view of the air-conditioning compressor in a room with beat up furniture they will graciously offer to upgrade you for a 20-50% increase in the room rate. Welcome to Hawaii. Only after you are there a few days and realize the place is only 50% full, will you ask why you could not have had the better room for little or no extra cost. They also neglect to mention the major construction going on right next door where a new hotel is being built. If your idea of relaxation is taking a chaise-lounge into the middle of Times Square, then you'll be right at home. Otherwise, the back-up warning beeps, pounding, and general construction concussions are a now a part of that relaxing get-away vacation. You would think they would at least have the decency to note the construction on their website. Since the place is at 30-45 minutes from the airport, you are well outside Honolulu, and away from anything worth seeing on the island. So factor in that you will waste at least two hours a day in the car if you want to see any sites. Longer if you travel during rush hour, since the Honolulu traffic feeds onto the only route out to the hotel. And don't forget to add $30+ per day for parking (before tips), since that isn't included - unless you agree to the 50% room upgrade cost. The pool is ok, but the beach is a joke. They constructed a sheltered lagoon in front of the hotel which eliminates the surf. They sell that as kid-friendly, but if you want water without surf isn't that what the pool is for? The point of going to the beach is to get at least some surf. The design of the lagoon is terrible, since there is a huge dead-spot in the water on the beach in front of the hotel, which accumulates all the flotsam and gunk and turns the water a slimy, smelly, green mess that I did not want to even wade into. Since you are in the middle of nowhere, don't even think about not getting a car. The prices are absurd at the hotel. A simple gin and tonic will set you back $10, a bottle of beer $5 and can of soda $3. The food is also grossly overpriced with the same kitchen serving both restaurants you do however get the choice of overpaying in the informal restaurant or being robbed in the 'high class' restaurant - for the same food in both. The Marriott Waikiki is a much better choice. Yes, the beach is more crowded, but I'd rather a crowded beach with clean water, than a less crowded beach with slimy, smelly green water with unidentifiable white lumps floating on top. Plus you won't waste the time driving all the way out to the Ihilani, and you won't have to put up with the construction." - Brian from Chester, New Jersey


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Reviewed By: JD and Lacey
From: Minot, N. Dakota
Trip Date: June, 2007
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"Wow, wow, wow!! First off, we had an oceanfront view room. They are NOT kidding! VERY worthwhile!! The staff is great, the rooms are fantastic, and the beach is awesome! Having stayed in many "regular" hotels, this was a wonderful surprise. Robes in the rooms, a balcony with a SPECTACULAR view of the ocean, a staff willing to bind over backwards... it was simply amazing. A mini bar, touch control lighting, screened Lanai, spa, pool, dining, and the beach just a walk away. Just a few of the many things to see! Walk in the front door and look up...WHAT A VIEW!! Step outside the back and you will find stingrays, hammerhead sharks, and vibrant colored fish to watch. You simply have to see this place in person to believe it!." - JD and Lacey from Minot, North Dakota


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