I stayed at Hostelling International Waikiki for 2 nights after being "stuck in paradise" due to my flight being cancelled on the day of the October 15th earthquake. I almost was considering sleeping at the airport (it was very difficult to dial into Waikiki because all the phone lines were tied up, plus the hotel I stayed at the previous night was very expensive and not in my "emergency" budget) until I remembered that one of the travel guides I had read mentioned a hostel in Waikiki, so I called them directly and they had beds available. When we arrived, it was almost pitch black, because of the power outtages. The desk attendant checked us in promptly even without electricity. (They still use the old carbon copy receipt system here.) At first, she offered us dorm-style beds, but then we inquired about a private room and that's what we got. It was a very spartan room, but met our needs (a place to sleep/rest and bathe)-given the situation.There was no air conditioning, but its not too hot in October, so that was no problem (still muggy though). I slept well, though my companion was more paranoid and was afraid that someone was going to break into our room. There were a lot of guests smoking on the terrace outside the room as well. People with mobility issues should not stay here because there is no elevator and the stairwells are rather steep and narrow. The best thing about our stay was the fact that we got a private room and bathroom. I'm not into waiting to take a shower or walking on soggy bath mats. I'm also not into people coming home late at night in the dorms and chit chatting while I'm trying to sleep. And I'm also not into plastic or vinyl lined mattresses either. I'm glad for our Waikiki hostel experience (previously stayed at a very noisy, but more well-kept hostel in Cannes, France) but wouldn't choose to stay at a hostel for more than 2 days. Plus, its not that great of a value-but staying at a hostel makes one appreciate how nice most hotels are. Wow, I write a lot of run-on sentences.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Aloha, we host all kinds of short term travelers like around the world backpackers, gap year travelers, airline & cruise ship employees, students, families & single travelers. Thanks for considering HI Waikiki! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hostelling International Waikiki Hotel Honolulu
- Hostelling International Waikiki Hawaii/Honolulu