Hokele Suites Waikiki
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Not the best but livable
The room I stayed in needs remodeling big time. The bathroom tiles were painted and worse the paint is chipping off. I'm dumbfounded that bathroom tiles can be painted!! Not enough counter in the bathroom so you have to be improvise where to set your toiletries. They also painted the lanai floor so when you step in the paint chips off and sticks on the sole of your feet. The dresser drawers are probably 30 years old. They have this very small kitchenette with a 1960's mini-fridge and a stove. I'm serious, the fridge and the stove are at least 45 yrs. old. The only positive experience from our stay at Marc Suites is that our room was spacious enough for 3 people. It is a 1 bedroom suite so there's enough room to move around. We paid $110 per night which should have been $90 for the tired looking hotel.
We booked this hotel through Expedia and were quite disappointed. The room we got was very old, and dingy. (It did not like as nice as the room in the brochure picture.) The sheets looked old and there were holes in the comforter. The carpet was dirty too. The bathroom was tiny and the kitchenette did not look appealing to use for cooking. For the price we paid, I thought the room should have been cleaner and nicer. It was not a 3 star hotel like it said or what the picture conveyed. I would never go back to that hotel again!
Good Value for 2-bdrm suite without the Glamour
Visited Sept 25-Oct 2, 2004
I've lived in Honolulu (1970's) and re-visited numerous times so am familiar with the Waikiki area and what's available. This time I was looking for an economical 2-bedrm unit to share with my sister.
This is not an Ocean-Front Hotel or a resort property, so if that is what you want stop now. But it is in the Heart of Waikiki and only a 15 minute walk to the beach and everything that is considered "Glamorous."
The Marc Suites is in a pleasant location between busy Kuhio Ave and the more picturesque Ala Wai canal (good for early morning walks or jogging.) I'ts a 9 story structure built in the late '50's or early '60's and could use updating in the kitchen and bath areas and more efficient a/c units. The Microwave in our unit looked brand-new.
Our twobedroom was a corner unit with 3 large balcony areas; one bdrm had 1queen bed, the other 2 double beds. Nice size living area. The "kitchenette" is in the entry area. The shower was a good size with good waterpressure, but the tile had been repainted and was peeling (no big deal to me.) Open-air hallways were clean and elevators redecorated. Free morning paper delivered to your door! (Important to me.) Staff was friendly and helpful. Daily housekeeping service. Small pool area kept clean and was sunny throughout most of the afternoon and busy with families/kids having fun. Advertised restaurant has closed but it looks as if they might be preparing to open another soon. Lots of restaurants and ABC convenience stores in the area.
Other than an inefficient a/c unit in the living room to compensate for the late afternoon sun, my only other concern was there was no way to double-lock the door (no chain or back-up bolt) to keep out housekeeping in the morning, AND no "Do Not Disturb" placard available.
No bugs (bugs are bad) or geckos (geckos are good) in the room. Hotel was sprayed for bugs (Hawaii routine) while we were there.
If this is your first visit to Waikiki, this is not the place to stay if you are looking for a romantic movie-version of Hawaii.
All of Waikiki area is congested and can be very noisy with traffic, construction and (in the morning) garbage trucks. Quiet units will be found in the ocean-front rooms at the Moana or Royal or Halekulani or Hilton Village, our in Kuhio Ave. hotel units if you're above the 20th floor, but you'll pay a lot more.
Affordable 2-bedroom units aren't readily available in Waikiki. This is worth checking out.
A very pleasant holiday worth repeting
Four of us were from 11-24.09.2004 for a holiday in Waikikii. we stayed in Hotel Marc Island Colony in two very comfortable rooms which was recomended to us by my travel agent. The cleanliness in our rooms and in the swimming pool area was very good. the hotel staff was very helpful in making suggestions for our various tours and excursions. We shall again stay in this hotel when we visit Wakikii again.
Convenient, inexpensive, great location
Stayed here 8/26-9/2 and I was hesitant and skeptical about staying here because of what the other reviews said. However, we booked it for a week and after the first day my friend told me that this place was "charming." And it is! Simple decor, air conditioned, and centrally located. I've stayed at a couple of the Outriggers before and have seen the rooms of the Hyatt and Sheraton. If you plan on staying your room to admire how beautiful it is, then the Marc Suites is not for you, but if you need a place to sleep and shower then this is it. Our first room was by the elevator and offered a view of the pool. We changed to the back which was quieter, and though the view was not very good, we didn't plan on sitting on a balcony when there's a mile stretch of beach just a few blocks away. The kitchenette was a big plus. We made breakfast every morning. The maid service was great. My only problem was the pull-out sofa was uncomfortable. It looks like it needs a little TLC, but with families coming in and out, I'm sure the upkeep is quite a bit. It's a great place for families and people traveling on a budget. Lastly, you don't go to Hawaii to stay in your room...live a little and enjoy!
Good and Bad - probably not worth it .
We stayed in Marc suites during Dec 2003 , and we booked it through expedia. It was rated as a 3 star , but I think it is just 1 star . On Expedia , this hotel description sounded great, and I booked it right away without thinking further. However, I regretted booking it after I read the user reviews about this hotel. We stayed for 8 days here. I pictured that this hotel will be completely run down with everything falling apart. But it was actually OK , when we entered the lobby. It had a small pool there, and the staff is friendly. The activities desk person is very nice and highly informative. However, when we proceeded towards our room, I was quite disappointed..The shower area is very tiny, so is the kitchenette...tiny and outdated bathroom , and the curtains were very old and dirty...and the lanai was so tiny , we did not set foot there....the size of the room was OK... Luckily we are not picky travellers, and we are quite accustomed to budget travelling...So this did not dampen our mood...However, the location of this hotel is quite good...I would not stay here again , just because this hotel is over proced for what it has to offer...and I have stayed in budget hotels that are more comfortable and cleaner.We have also stayed in fancy 5 star hotels, that are not overpriced, and worth the money. ...
I would probably pay 60$ a night for this and not more...
Rooms need modernized
Stayed here in mid-November 2003.
Hotel bathroom needed minor maintenance as flecks of paint looked to be missing from shower tiles also - or was that mildew between the tiles?
In all, the room we had was ok. It'll do for anyone looking for a relatively clean room. The furniture could be modernized and updated.
Also, there needs to be room more counter space around the bathroom sink to place personal items. There was very little space - barely enough for a razor blade and shaving cream can.
The hotel post the nightly rates on the the room doors and based on those rates, this place would not be worth it. I remember seeing rates of $159/night. No way. I could've stayed at a certified 3-star hotel for that price. At most, Marc Suites seems more like a 2-star.
On the bright side, the tour helper situated across from the hotel check-in office is very knowledgeable and helpful.
Condo-like w/ double beds and a private Lanai
My best friend and I stayed at Marc Suites Island Colony this past September (Sept 9-15, 2003) in a hotel room superior and it was a pretty good deal. It has a condo like atmosphere and is located 2-3 blocks away from the main strip of stores on Waikiki beach (right by the Waikiki trade center and Armani Exchange). This is a great hotel if you go there w/ the right expectations. It is a 2 star hotel and is clean, but it is one of the "older" hotels.There are two sinks in the room and 2 mirrors per room. (One sink & mirror in the bathroom and one sink and mirror in the kitchen and room area). There are irons/ironing boards in each room.The a/c worked fine - in fact, it got rather chilly at night and we had to turn it down (but that's ok b/c there is a tempreture control). The only problem is that there is a big chair in front of the A/C and if you don't have enough common sense to move the chair, the room never cools down. Move the chair, you'll be ok.Another issue is that there isn't enough soap or shampoo...BUT that is easily remidied- bring your own soap, shampoo and conditioner. You will probably like your own stuff better anyways. get it cheap at walmart, then leave it behind.Parking is $8 a day for a 24 hour period w/ in and out priv.zanzabar is a club right across the street.This hotel is located close to all of the freeways.
Marc Suites Waikiki
For those travelling to Honolulu on a budget, Marc Suites Waikiki is a
great place to stay. It's clean, comfortable and close to many main
attractions. The staff are very friendly and helpful. Located three
blocks from Waikiki Beach and approximatly three blocks from the
International Marketplace, both provide a wonderful walk. Also
included, Marc Suites Waikiki has a return guest incentive, not that
they need it. I truly enjoyed my stay at Marc Suites Waikiki and I
would encourage anyone travelling on a budget to stay there as well. On
my next trip that's exactly where I'll be.
I am accostomed to budget travel in Hawaii. I have been over 10 times. This hotel is awful! They should not be called suites. The desk clerks were rude and the phone did not work. The repairman told us that the front desk staff smoked marijuana and were too high to help me. We could hear the tv and talking in the next room. The only decent thing was the location although the locals call Lewers st. SEWER street. there are much better budget hotels available in waikiki. I'd skip this one....BIG TIME