Upon arrival I tried for the Gold upgrade but was turned down as the resort was full. No breakfast coupons, nothing as a bennie. So be it. Our room is OK with barely partial ocean view from the balcony. Refrigerator and wired Internet ($12.95 per day). The wireless is too unpredictable so I’m paying the Man his $12.95. We are in the Ha’upu tower about 4 stories up.
The nice thing about this place is the proximity to the airport and stores. They even have their own private drive from the adjacent airport.
Anchor Cove Mall offers an ABC store for reasonably placed sundries, a restaurant JJ Broilers that had the best Monte Cristo I have ever had, made with sweetbread.
And for those of you old enough to remember Mike Eruzione from the US Olympic Gold hockey team of 1980. That was a proud week to be an American.
We also heard the gal that was attacked by the shark several years ago and lost her arm. A beautiful gal that was helped tremendously by the Children’s Miracle Network. She spoke to the Network guests as we were walking by.
My hero, Al from Tool Time and Home Improvement was also on sight , but I never got a glimpse of the flannel swim suit so I guess I missed him.
Another plus for the Marriott is Dukes Restaurant. We usually eat downstairs off the bar menu as the view is fantastic, prices fairly reasonable and able to get a seat.
They have an on site Hertz car rental. NOT. We went to Priceline and got a car for $32 all in for a day trip when they wanted over $65. And the shuttle to the airport rental pickup is so quick and easy.
One of the Norwegian Cruise line ships was in Anchor Cove earlier this week. It was nice to see they stayed overnight so the guests could get a decent look at the island. There were a few more people around the hotel that day but not prohibitive.
Check out time is about noon and on our last day they offer for $75 a new room to accommodate you because the flights to the mainland are at 10PM. We will rent a car instead and see more of the island and maybe catch a movie before our 9:45 PM flight to SFO.
The last time Katy and I were here was our honeymoon 5 years, 6 months and 3 days ago, but who is counting? I got the room then overlooking the air conditioning vents and parking lot for $110 per night from Priceline.
This award stay was 130K Marriott reward points. Well worth it in my mind.
And the Timeshare Promotion, I almost forgot, was an offer for 15K Marriott points or $75 voucher for food and beverage. We signed up, but will pass as our time is more valuable than that. Although that does represent a free nights room somewhere? Hmm???
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