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Well if eating and drinking and swimming one a beautiful beach are the way I have to spend my layovers from now on I'm not mad about it. That's pretty much all we did.
Landed late on Thursday night and checked into our hotel. Couldn't find anywhere to eat so ended up getting food at one of the thousand ABC stores in the area and cooking …
... but I don't know if that matters.
The rain has stopped. It was the first rain I have seen in the 10 days I have been in Hawaii. It is Friday the 13th, but I don't know if that matters.
We all sit on the patio watching the sky. It is still cloudy. Every 30 minutes or so they check the weather to see if conditions are right to start making jumps. Always the answer is "No". It is Friday the 13th, but I don't know if that ...
... and about any other water activity you could name going on. The waters were clear and so very blue. There is more than just the welcoming beaches to Waikiki, though. I passed the first hotel built in Waikiki. It is the Moana Hotel, also known as the First Lady of Waikiki. It was built in the late 1800's and was the first large hotel in Waikiki. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places in Hawaii. Eventually I reached my destination, the U.S. ...
... also cause reflection of how wonderful good friends are - and how no matter how busy you think life is - how valuable it is to make the effort to keep in touch.
Travel experiences are so enriching it would be great to just keep on going (in fact, feels a little surreal to come to an end after 4 months) but it might be a good thing to give up the arm-chair / plane-seat philosophising to spare friends and rels! ...
... admired Prada, Gucci, Chanel, Tiffany and Co. etc from the street and went in some of the shops that were more catered to our budgets. I purchased a hat and tube for the beach and an SD card reader from the Apple store. At 2:00pm we all met up again on Waikiki Beach. Susan and I hit the water whilst the boys relaxed over some cocktails on the shore. The water was amazing however the large waves made ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Castle Hokele Suites Waikiki Honolulu
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!
Visited Sept 25-Oct 2, 2004
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.
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!
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. ...
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