Waikiki: Marina Tower Hotel Review

Great ocean views without the hefty price tag

I must admit, after booking the hotel and reading the Google reviews, we weren’t expecting anything less than disappointment with this hotel. However, we were both forced to eat our words when we checked into the Marina Tower Hotel, overlooking Waikiki.

Something we learnt when researching hotels in Waikiki was that many charge a resort fee per day, especially when you book through a third-party website. We booked two nights in Marina Tower Waikiki for the end of our trip through Expedia because we’d saved enough points from previous trips to get the two nights for next to nothing. The hotel was the cheapest one available on our dates so it was an easy decision.

Check-in was without surprises. They took our card for security as usual and we paid the resort fee ($30 USD total for the two days). We also paid $20 USD extra for reserved and secure undercover parking for the Ford Mustang we hired. They gave us the room key and remote to open the garage door to the car park and we were on our way. The car park spaces were a little tight in some places but all are closely located to the lift.

View of Waikiki from our hotel room

There are only four rooms on each floor and the building is 39 floors high however, not all rooms are hotel rooms. The building is also home to residents of Honolulu who rent some of the rooms as apartments. We booked a studio and were given a room on the 39th floor of the hotel. Many of the poor reviews the hotel received on Google were about the elevators not working and visitors had to walk up and down the fire stairs. Luckily for us, both elevators were in service and we waited no longer than three minutes for the lift. The views we had over Waikiki were stunning! We watched the sunset over Waikiki Beach from the comfort of our bed and were not disappointed.

The room itself was pretty standard though. We had a king-sized bed, full kitchen with two fridges, a desk, TV, and small bathroom that left a lot to be desired. Overall though, the views and ease of access to central Waikiki made it well worth the stay.

We give Marina Tower Waikiki three stars.

Marina Tower Waikiki
1700 Ala Moana Blvd,
Honolulu, HI 96815,

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