a traveler from Travelocity.com
on June 7, 2012
The Fairmont Orchid is a beautiful hotel. Our partial ocean view room was an excellent value. We stayed in room 2430 (4th floor of 6 floor resort) Also, to our surprise, the room actually had an ocean view. Anyone that has ever booked a partial ocean view room at a Hawaiian resort only to show up and see that you have to stand in a far corner of the window area/balcony and peer between shrubs, trees, etc., knows what I am talking about. The Hale Kai (outdoor) restaurant was the best value resort restaurant and had great ocean views - steps from the beach. The restaurant has a sand floor (very unique). Be sure to travel off of the resort property and take a walk along the shoreline toward the Mauna Lani Resort. You'll be sure to pass a few green sea turtles sleeping on the beach during your walk. If you like coffee, be sure to hit the hotel lobby before 6:30 a.m. They offer a limited amount of free Kona coffee. The fitness center is nice and is open 24 hours (I think).
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