The Fairmont Orchid Hawaii ★★★★★

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$279
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Check-in: Feb 16, 2016 Check-out: Feb 19, 2016

SUPERB ACCOMODATIONS BUT MEALS WILL BREAK THE BANK!

Would recommend Thu, Aug 25, 2011
The Fairmont Orchid is a gorgeous, beautiful and luxurious property with immediate beach access and great snorkeling. The location (as most of the other resorts) are 20-40 minutes from the airport and any other facilities and towns. Therefore, if you plan to stay and eat all meals at the Fairmont, it will cost you dearly (for a family of 4). Breakfast prob $55-75, lunch $60-80, dinner $100-125+! Oh, and drinks at the pool are $6-12 each! We ate a few meals there but mostly stocked up at stores (cereal/lunch items and drinks) and traveled 30 minutes for local restaurants. The staff is extremely courteous and everywhere - main complaint is that we had to wait long times between ordering and getting food (usually at the lounge for the "tapas" deserts). Overall, I don't think you will be disappointed but I wish the resort would be sensitive to food/drink prices as I believe they are unreasonable - even for Hawaii.

Dining

Actually, minimum 25 minute drive to nearby Waimea for some local restaurants. Get basics (and beer) at Target south of airport and keep in the room. Save your $$ for nice dinners!

| bay area, CA Family

4 /5

Overall score
  • Amenities: 5 /5
  • Cleanliness: 5 /5
  • Hotel staff: 5 /5
  • Comfort: 5 /5
  • Location: 4 /5
  • Value: 3 /5

Excellent luxury

Would recommend Tue, Aug 23, 2011
Even the garden view room was superb. The food was terrific, the area is beautiful. I couldn't think of any downside on this. Reasonable rate for the luxury.

| Pleasant Hill, CA, USA Couples

5 /5

Overall score
  • Amenities: 5 /5
  • Cleanliness: 5 /5
  • Hotel staff: 5 /5
  • Comfort: 5 /5
  • Location: 5 /5
  • Value: 5 /5

A gorgeous resort with first-class service

Would recommend Sun, Aug 21, 2011
I recently stayed at all three of the Hyatt Regency properties in Hawaii, and the Fairmont Orchid outshines all of them (though only by the slimmest of margins over the magnificent Grand Hyatt Kauai). The public areas at the Fairmont contain lush vegetation, elegant architecture, abundant waterfalls, and many lobby areas in which to sit and admire the beauty. My room was just a standard resort-view room, but it had a better ocean view than most "partial ocean view" rooms. It was also very spacious and accommodating, with a particularly impressive bathroom that contained lots of marble and two separate showers. The breakfast buffet at the Fairmont is excellent, and you can get the discounted price of $24.20 (including tax and gratuity) if you pay for it when you check in. I didn't eat lunch or dinner at the hotel, so I can't comment on the restaurants beyond the breakfast. I did look at the menus for other meals, and I noticed that some of the exact same dishes were offered at both the fancy restaurant and the more casual one, but at significantly different prices. The service at the hotel also merits praise. Everyone was very attendant and conscientious, without being overbearing. My stay at the Fairmont was wonderful in every way. Highly recommended.

| Scranton, PA Friends

5 /5

Overall score
  • Amenities: 5 /5
  • Cleanliness: 5 /5
  • Hotel staff: 5 /5
  • Comfort: 5 /5
  • Location: 5 /5
  • Value: 5 /5

Perfect week in Paradise

Would recommend Sun, Aug 14, 2011
We booked a Gold Floor room and it was well worth the additional expense. The incredible level of service started when we arrived at the valet they asked our name and immediately knew who we were and that we were staying on the Gold Floor. We bypassed the regular registration desk and were brought right up to the 6th floor Gold Floor for a private check-in with the Gold Floor concierge. Whatever we needed it was a simple request and it was taken care of. The moring breakfast and afternoon canapes and drinks were perfect. The only thing that would make the Orchid better would be to improve the Spa faclities. The massage huts near the water falls are amazing and very relaxing, but the "locker room" facilities of the spa need to be upgraded to make it a truely world class Spa. We will be going back to the Orchid, and hopefully soon!

Dining

Dining at Cafe Pesto was one of the best meals we had while on the Big Island. It seems more like a local place, although obviously tourist do go there. The food is very good and prices are very reasonable.

| Pasadena Family

5 /5

Overall score
  • Amenities: 4 /5
  • Cleanliness: 5 /5
  • Hotel staff: 5 /5
  • Comfort: 5 /5
  • Location: 5 /5
  • Value: 5 /5

Great escape!

Would recommend Sun, Aug 14, 2011
The Fairmont is set on such a beautiful beach that you wouldn't need anything else. Add sea turtles, friendly staff, and wonderful meals and you've got the complete package. Thanks for the great escape!

| San Jose, CA Family

5 /5

Overall score
  • Amenities: 5 /5
  • Cleanliness: 5 /5
  • Hotel staff: 5 /5
  • Comfort: 5 /5
  • Location: 5 /5
  • Value: 4 /5

Fairmont Orchid

Would not recommend Mon, Aug 1, 2011
Stayed for one night and found the beachside, lounge and concierge services far below adequate. All services (except bell and front desk) were exceptionally slow. I was shocked to find the concierge downright rude and not sharp. When the general manager, [...], stepped in to arrange golf clubs, he forgot to do it (even after I confirmed with him twice). Fortunately the golf course provided clubs which I believe the Fairmont ultimately paid for but still, what a hassle that caused a late tee time. The property is gorgeous and well situated. The weather was fabulous all week with no bugs. Fantastic snorkeling. I believe though when you're staying in a $1200 per night room, services should come with it. I've never had these problems with 4Seasons or Grand Hyatt.

Attractions

Get away from the resort. A few sandwiches and non-alcoholic drinks can get you into the $75 range easily on property. Instead, stop by a local small market and make sandwiches... picnics on the beach away from everyone is the way to go. Much more economical and enjoyable.

| San Diego, CA Family

1 /5

Overall score
  • Amenities: 4 /5
  • Cleanliness: 4 /5
  • Hotel staff: 2 /5
  • Comfort: 4 /5
  • Location: 4 /5
  • Value: 1 /5

Beautiful Resort

Would recommend Sun, Jul 31, 2011
Staff at the Fairmont Orchid is wonderful! Snorkeling at the hotel was great fun. Beautiful landscaped grounds.

Dining

Dining in the hotel is extremely expensive. Other local restaurants are pricey, but do some homework ahead of time to save money on food.

| U.S. Couples

4 /5

Overall score
  • Amenities: 5 /5
  • Cleanliness: 4 /5
  • Hotel staff: 5 /5
  • Comfort: 4 /5
  • Location: 4 /5
  • Value: 2 /5

Fabulous experience, beautiful hotel!

Would recommend Sun, Jul 31, 2011
If you want a true beautiful Hawaiian experience, you need to stay at the Fairmont Orchid Hotel! The grounds are impecabily groomed and blooming. The location stunning! Staff could not have been nicer, or more professional or helpful and very accomodating. Every restaurant was good to excellent and great service. Tasty libations and of course nothing is cheap, but one definitely gets what you deserve. The Spa, very Zen and romatic with a wonderful Hawaiian twist. The Luau is not to be missed, historial and educational in nature with wonderful traditional dancing, great island foods and tropical libations..fabluous! The pools and beach, coastal pathway and the sacred fishing ponds were amazing. Favorite activities of mine! There is something for everyone and done in and with such, Hawaiian elegance. The only place to stay, in my book. Aloha

Attractions

Great for families, there are tennis courts, golf at the hotel next door, all ocean type of activites available, at/on the beach and the hard core athletes wont be disappointed either. Anything, at any level can be arranged. Nice Amenities.

| Park City, Utah Family

5 /5

Overall score
  • Amenities: 5 /5
  • Cleanliness: 5 /5
  • Hotel staff: 5 /5
  • Comfort: 5 /5
  • Location: 5 /5
  • Value: 4 /5

Yup, it's paradise!

Would recommend Thu, Jul 7, 2011
Everyone says this place is the best, and at first, I thought maybe it was a little overrated. But as we settled into our stay, the subtleties of what make this property great became increasingly apparent. You don't have to leave - ever - well, maybe for some food. You have ocean, pool, activities, tennis, golf. The resort was thankfully NOT crowded; it seemed incredibly peaceful. Staff was always helpful and friendly. I'm already trying to book another trip back!

Dining

Pick up food outside the resort. The high-priced restaurants get old.

| berkeley, ca L.G.B.T.

5 /5

Overall score
  • Amenities: 5 /5
  • Cleanliness: 4 /5
  • Hotel staff: 5 /5
  • Comfort: 5 /5
  • Location: 5 /5
  • Value: 5 /5

Beautiful wedding

Would recommend Mon, Jun 20, 2011
The hotel was beautiful and the staff was really nice. My only complaint is that everything was really expensive while we were there. It is a super great place but bring lots of money, especially for food and drinks.

Money saver

Go to Foodland Farms for much cheaper lunches. Great sandwiches and poke

| bakersfield ca Family

4 /5

Overall score
  • Amenities: 5 /5
  • Cleanliness: 4 /5
  • Hotel staff: 4 /5
  • Comfort: 4 /5
  • Location: 4 /5
  • Value: 4 /5