Review & Video: Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, Autograph Collection

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Mauna Kea Beach Hotel from the ocean

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An amazing property fronting the pristine Pacific Ocean with miles of golden sand. Match that with exemplary service levels the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel is known for and you win all day.

I stayed in a wonderful ocean view room and had one of the best margaritas at the Copper Bar. The amenities here are in another class and the location is truly one-of-a-kind.

View from the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel

Unique Features

Upon arrival you will receive welcome lei of kukui nut for men and orchid/plumeria for women. At the seated checkin you will also receive a refreshing glass of passion guava juice and a cold wash cloth to wash away your travels. If only every checkin experience was this sublime.

Checkin cold towel and passion orange juice at the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel

I also received a welcome gift of homemade banana bread, coconut shortbread cookies, and a chocolate mac nut spread. It arrived about 10 minutes after I got to my room. The banana bread was fresh, moist, and delicious.

Review & Video: Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, Autograph Collection

The Mauna Kea Beach Hotel also does not use single use plastic bottles so no water bottles in the room, instead they give you these two reusable water battles to fill up at various stations around the hotel grounds. Very nice and great gifts or mementos.

Mauna Kea Beach Hotel branded water bottles and beach bag

You will also notice a nice beach bag hanging in your closet when you arrive, yours to use during your stay at the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel AND to take home. Good memories.

Booking

I booked this hotel using Marriott Bonvoy points, how many? hold on to your hat, 50k per night. If you are patient and have a flexible schedule there are some unique redemption deals to be had.

If you are going to pay direct I recommend you use a travel agent that can get you VIP perks AND Bonvoy points on the same reservation. Classic Travel is a part of the Marriott Luminous program which gives them access to unique benefits when booking for you.

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I was able to use the Marriott Bonvoy mobile app to checkin and for a late checkout request which was granted. I do find that the hotels with higher service levels respond much quicker to the chat. If you use the app for chat what has been your experience? Leave a comment if you dare.

Room

I booked for a Golf Vista king bed room but got upgraded on checkin to an ocean view room that had some amazing views of the Pacific and daily sunset. It was at the end of a very long hall but the walk was through a koi pond, along views of the ocean, and really helped me wind down upon arrival.

The kings sized bed came with extra large pillows, almost full body size, and the sheets were heaven. A nice lounge chair and ottoman, where I wrote most of this article was situated near the patio doors for million dollar views. Lots of space in the room so it didn’t feel cramped or stuffy along with 2 lounge chairs on the patio deck.

Review & Video: Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, Autograph Collection

Bathroom

A wonderful, deep, soaking tub with automatic shades was the focal point in the luxurious bathroom. The Mauna Kea Beach Hotel also provides L’Occitane En Provence bath products that take the experience up a notch.

Review & Video: Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, Autograph Collection
Review & Video: Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, Autograph Collection

Deep piled rugs at each of the vanity sinks make for warm toes on a chilly morning, unless of course you use the fluffy slippers provided and the signature robe.

I almost missed it but there is also a monogramed Mauna Kea Beach Hotel umbrella in the closet in case your day is a rainy one. Nice touch because honestly, who packs an umbrella to Hawaii?

Review & Video: Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, Autograph Collection

Pool

I walked by the pool a couple times and the chairs were always about 80% full, if you don’t want the sand in your toes this is a good option to lounge and stay cool. The jacuzzi was down for repairs while I was there, it was small and tucked away by the cabanas. There were also several cabanas near the pool and only a couple were being used.

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Review & Video: Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, Autograph Collection

Dining

Hau Tree

I had lunch here while waiting for checkin and ordered a plantation iced tea and some fish tacos. The plantation iced tea was perfect for a sunny day but the tacos came in a flour tortilla which is a no go for me. A very tasty potato salad accompanied the meal and finished it off in style.

Review & Video: Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, Autograph Collection

This is located on the beach level and you can order food here in your swim suit, covered in sand, and you will fit right in. Seating is open and the service was top notch with friendly staff.

Copper Bar

I made a reservation well in advance for the Copper Bar and I recommend you do as well. Sometimes when you are in a large resort it may feel like its empty or not quite full. A popular restaurant will bring everyone together, even those not staying there, and you will notice how busy it truly is.

The highlight of my meal was the Moonlight Mauna Kea Margarita, unique and top shelf. Those of you who read my posts know I always try to get some tacos and margaritas no matter where I am visiting. The Mauna Kea Beach Hotel margarita will make my list of best margaritas in Hawaii for sure.

Review & Video: Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, Autograph Collection

An artful blend of berradura anejo tequila, lemon honey mix, muddled bluebuerries, and house made limoncello. Beautiful on presentation and delicious going down

I am not a big sushi fan but I did try the Volcano Roll which was fresh with a variety of flavors. Presentation was on point but I wondered about the mixing of wasabi and jalapeno peppers, thoughts on this?

Review & Video: Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, Autograph Collection

Growing up in Hawaii I have a fondness for all types of noodles, yakisoba, pancit, fettuccine, and gon lo mein are some of my favorites. Seeing stir friend noodles on the menu immediately grabbed my attention and off I went, I was pleasantly suprised.

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Filled with bok choy, crisp green beans, shiitake mushrooms, sweet onions, atsuage, and shrimp it was a bowl full of happiness. Give it try if you can, it looks small but it was quite filling.

Review & Video: Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, Autograph Collection

Manta Restaurant

French pressed, 100% Kona Coffee, do it.

Review & Video: Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, Autograph Collection

The Manta restaurant had a great breakfast buffet laid out but I needed to take my calorie count down a few thousand from the past few days. I got the energy bowl instead which hit the spot and carried me to lunch. A delicious mix of scrambled eggs, avocado, arugula, heirloom tomatoes, basil, and brown rice.

Review & Video: Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, Autograph Collection

Gym

Located right below the check in level is a well equipped gym with views to the outside. I was able to enter late in the evening and get some shots when no one was using it. The equipment was clean and well maintained with a wide variety available.

Parking

A daily fee of $30 with onsite electric vehicle charging stations make for a reasonable parking fee, valet available.

Final Thoughts

My next stay was at the Hapuna Beach hotel which is right next door and I asked if they had a shuttle I could take over. I was traveling alone and only had a small carry on bag and let them know. The informed me that they do not have a shuttle but maybe if the bell desk wasn’t so busy they could work something out. Even if it didn’t work out the fact that they made the effort to try really highlights the level of service you will get at the Mauana Kea Beach Hotel, Autograph Collection.

They do have a shuttle that runs in the evening from 5:15pm to 10:15pm but nothing during the day.

So did it work out? Check out my ride.

Review & Video: Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, Autograph Collection

Have you stayed here? Have a story or tip to share with fellow travelers? Leave a comment below.

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