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- Asiana Airlines Business Class and Lounge
- Singapore Airlines Business Class and Lounge
- Queenstown Crowne Plaza, Kawarua Queenstown and the Auckland Crowne Plaza
- New Zealand Review
- Air New Zealand Business Premier
- Rarotonga Review
- Thai Airways Business Class and Lounge
Guam might not be the first place I’d return for a vacation but as a United hub it’s a beautiful place for a layover. The entire island is beautiful but some of the best parts are on the military bases. So if you meet a member of the navy, make friends and get access for some snorkeling. Although some of the best views and snorkeling are all close to the airport. Personally, I find there is a lack of distinct culture on the island compared to Asia or even most Polynesian Islands. However, I would be happy to spend a night in Tumon Bay again.
The Guam Marriott is in the center of Tumon Bay and the Hilton on the South side, all close to the airport though. The desired area is the North side, but mostly for shopping. The Marriott is extremely dated and one staff member told us that most guests complain about it and that the owner is finally considering renovating. Despite it being so dated I enjoyed my stay and it’s a beautiful bay no matter where you stay.
During our first stay at the Marriott we were upgraded to a suite. The room isn’t stunning but the balcony wraps around the entire room and therefore accents it’s best feature: the view. We were also upgraded at the Hilton this time to a club room. The Hilton property is a little nicer and more like a resort (waterslide and all that jazz). The Hilton is a little nicer but it has no beach on the property, however they still provide chairs on their rocks and are next to a beach. The lounges are decent, the Marriott provides more of a dinner selection than the Hilton but it’s pretty standard 4 star all the way around.
The Hilton is cheaper: a lot cheaper – $110 instead of $175. But in points the Marriott is 15,000 and the Hilton is 30,000. The hotels are similar enough that I would go with the cheaper option. Really the view is the best part, so pick the cheaper view.