Stayed here right after coming from the Hilton Hawaiian Village.
Hilton Hawaiian Village (HHV) vs Marriott Ko-olina Beach Club (KBC) reviews
I had always wondered the pros and cons of staying at the HHV vs the KBC. I decided to take my 3 year old to both in Feb. We stayed 4 nights at the HHV and 4 nights at the KBC in Ko’olina. We had stayed at the HHV before in Dec so we knew the grounds very well. In Dec we had stayed at the Grand Waikikian part of the HHV which is the condo portion (very nice!). This time we stayed in the hotel portion.
I had loved the HHV pools (mostly paradise pool) from our previous visits, however the pool was colder this time and definitely more people than our previous visits. It was extremely crowded and busy and we never felt like we got to relax.
They originally put me in a family room which was in the tower (Kalia?) they were doing balcony renovations on. My 3 year old still naps so that was not an option and I was transferred to the Diamond Head tower. The room in the other tower was nicer. The room in the Diamond head tower was nothing special. Especially after staying at the Grand Waikikian with its full kitchen, large baths, etc. The Diamond head tower room had old blue carpet, a basic bed, and a mini refrig.
After a few days we went to Marriott KBC about 20-30 miles from Waikiki. Checked in and was given a room on the 6th floor with an ocean view. 6th floor seems to be the beginning of the oceanview and you are pretty level with palm trees. Still great views. This resort is nothing short of amazing! The pools, the grounds, the staff, the beach. This is the resort to go to if you have children. I did see lots of older folks as well. Since it was just me and my 3 year old I got the studio room. It was perfect for us and the larger mini refrig and microwave were a plus. The KBC has an activities calendar for the week when you arrive. Lots of stuff to do (coconut painting, koi fish feedings, exercise classes, etc). Be sure to check out all the pools on site as you will discover that they are amazing (waterfall pool, slide, zero entry sand pool, etc)
Room (Diamond head) at the HHV
-small hotel room. Outdated
-Lanai (balcony) was old metal rails. I am always cautious of balconies with a toddler but this one made me very nervous.
- Staff was not friendly
Resort highlights of the HHV
-Paradise pool with slide but cold
-Fireworks on Friday night
-Penguin feeding and other wildlife
-Lagoon sand is hard
-$30 parking however we are military so parked at the Hale Koa next door for $8 a night
Room at the Marriott KBC
-Very nice updated decor with a wonderful view of ocean. Note: if you are allergic to feathers everything in the room has feather pillows and down comforters
- Larger than average mini-refrig (with freezer)
-Sink and silverware, plates, etc.
-Balcony was nice. The balcony did not have rails but rather glass or something so your view was not interrupted. Much safer than rails.
-Super friendly staff
Resort highlights at the Marriott KBC
-Wonderful and I mean WONDERFUL pools. Kiddie pool that goes from a sandy bottom to normal. Includes small fountains. Another pool has a waterfall tunnel and slide.
-Jacuzzis all over including one designed for kids at a lower temperature
-Activity calendar every day. Arts and crafts for kids (like coconut painting, etc)
-BBQs on ground (with utensils)
-$30 mandatory parking fee each day (yuck!)
-Wonderful lagoon in front of the resort with nice soft sand.
-Nice walking path to the other hotels and lagoons in the area
-Free use of washer and dryer on every other floor
If you have never been to Oahu before then I suggest at least a little stay in Waikiki for the entertainment, shopping, etc. If you want relaxation, good quality family time then the Marriott KBC is a MUST. It will not be our last time there. If I were to stay at the HHV again I would stay at the Grand Waikikian. More family friendly and more space.
We have been to Hawaii 8+ times and taken our toddler since he was born. We don’t have family there. We just feel like Hawaii is “home”, for some reason. I was on my own this trip as my husband is deployed. My 3 year old and I are on adventures while daddy is gone.
Marriott Ko Olina beach is everything that a family could ask for. Nestled on the dry west side of the island, with 4 beautiful man made lagoons and numerous swimming pools, families with young kids will quickly see they fit in very well. We stayed in a 1 bedroom suite, that included a full kitchen, washer and dryer, 2 full bathrooms and plenty of space. We had a mountain, golf side view, which is a great way to save cash as you don't stay in the room often anyway. The kids pool is filled with plenty of playdates and very laid back atmosphere. There's a Target, Costco, Starbucks a couple miles down the road. Plenty of high end grills to cook dinner and full kitchen to stock up on water, snacks and lunches. It's quiet and all the amenities of a 4 star resort, yet just a drive away to many of Oahu's top tourist destinations. Stay away from the ultra busy Waikiki and take advantage of this secret hideaway... we just hope it stays that way....