Mauna Kea Beach Hotel Hawaii is Marriott’s first Autograph Collection for islands

Mauna Kea Beach Hotel Hawaii is an historic property celebrating 50 years in 2015.  Mauna Kea was the first resort built on the Big Island’s Kohala Coast by Laurance S. Rockefeller in 1965 with an architectural design planned to integrate the hotel into the natural environment. The hotel is now part of Marriott’s Autograph Collection and enters Marriott Rewards as a category 7 hotel.

35,000 points per night or 140,000 points for 5 nights is a great redemption value considering the $400+ rates.

The hotel underwent a $150 million renovation and reopened in December 2008 just in time for the great recession. The property features a USGA standards golf course originally designed by Robert Trent Jones. There is also a tennis courts center.

The Mauna Kea Beach Hotel at $15 million construction cost in 1965 was the most expensive hotel ever built at the time. The hotel operated without televisions from 1965 to 1995. History of Mauna Kea.

The modern hotel has 252 guest rooms and sits above the white sand of Kauna‘oa Beach. The hotel features Rockefeller’s 1,600 piece museum-quality Pacific and Asian art collection originally displayed when the hotel opened in 1965.

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Photo above is Marriott website photo for Mauna Kea Beach Hotel.

Rate check for March 3-8, 2015 shows $425 as entry level rate or $482.02 per night after tax. There are no resort fees at the hotel. Cancellation requires 14 days advance notice for no penalty or else one night plus tax is charged.

Mauna Kea Beach Hotel Room Rate Analysis

Prince Winter Escape
4th Night Free & $300 Resort Credit
Travel 1/4/15 – 3/31/15

Enjoy luxurious Hawaiian nights with every 4th night FREE, Daily breakfast buffet for two, up to $1000 Resort Credit and no mandatory resort fees.
Reservations: 1-866-977-4589

  • 4th Night Free after three paid room nights
  • Starting rate of $579
  • $300 – $1000 Resort Credit
  • Daily Breakfast Buffet for Two
  • No mandatory resort fees
  • Prince Preferred Member Bonus: 2,500 HawaiianMiles with a completed stay of five nights. Learn More
  • Valid 1/4/15 – 3/31/15 inclusive

4th night free after 3 paid consecutive room nights. Rate based on availability, double occupancy. Promotion valid for select room categories. Rate does not include applicable taxes. Resort credit is one time per stay and may not be used towards room or tax. Not valid with any other special rates, promotions or offers. Some restrictions and blackout dates apply.

I checked this special package rate offer for March 3-7 on a 4-night stay. The nightly rate after tax is $656.68 with breakfast, $300 resort credit for the stay and 4th night free adjusted at hotel at check-out.

Additional Information
  • Includes breakfast buffet and a one time 300.00 resort credit
  • Plus every 4th night is free. Free nights will be adjusted at checkout.
  • Blackout dates may apply.
  • Available for booking dates 1/4/15 – 3/31/15

Other hotel package rates I saw include breakfast and rental car, if you want a car for the trip.

$1,970.04 for four nights with breakfast and $300 resort credit. The same room category without breakfast and no resort credit is $1,928.08. The package is a good rate deal for a 4-night stay. 14-day cancellation policy or else one night payment charged.

Personally, I think Marriott Rewards points are the way to go at 35,000 points per night or 140,000 points for a 5-night stay to save $500 per night. That is great redemption value.

About Ric Garrido

Ric Garrido of Monterey, California started Loyalty Traveler in 2006 for traveler education on hotel and air travel, primarily using frequent flyer and frequent guest loyalty programs for bargain travel. Loyalty Traveler joined BoardingArea.com in 2008.

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  1. Our home hotel on the Big Island. Been there 4 times in the past 4 years. I can’t recommend this resort more.

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