Review of my month long stay (August to Sept 08).
For the first two nights, I stayed in a One Bedroom Suite:
This room faced the main road and experienced the afternoon sun. However, running the AC and keeping the curtains closed kept the room comfortable and had the added advantage of 'drowning out' the sound of civilization outside. (You are in Waikiki afterall). Bed was comfy and EVERYTHING in the room worked & was clean. Probably would have prefered the TV in the 'living area' rather than the bedroom, but I'm not in Waikiki to watch television.
Spent the rest of the four weeks in 309 - a corner room with wrap around lanai (Balcony). This room actually seemed to be bigger that the one bedroom suite, but that is because the suites have two rooms. No major issues were experienced with this room and although I did not cook during my stay (hey, I'm on vacation after all!!) there was everything one would need right there - all you need to do is provide the food.. I also had two fully working refrigerators, and I made the most of the coffee percolator, even though there was also a drip filter coffee maker, complete with filter papers.
Look, this place is not a dump. It's honest and great value. The staff greet you by first name from day one. The pool and surrounding area is nice and clean, plus you get all the added extras. Books to read, magazines and free newspapers daily, free coffee in the foyer and much more stuff you can borrow. Hell they even made dumbells available to me, so I could exercise in my room.
As for people complaining about fluff on exhaust fans - have you checked the one in YOUR bathroom at home lately? And sand on the Lanai? - hows about rinsing your feet at the beach before tramping back to the hotel? Found a DEAD bug in the bathroom? flush it down the toilet or toss it in the trash. (Bugs probably go to the Hilton as well you know....) These are petty complaints and a call to the front desk will have your "issue" sorted quickly.
You know, there are Hyatt people and there are happy people. I like to think of myself as part of the latter group, (and I bet the front desk gang are part of it too).
Big special Mahalo to Donna, for making me feel like part of a family. Thanks also to the Fongs for the great entertainment and a great place to call home, when I'm in Waikiki.
Couple of points for those of you wanting to book:
1/ Call the hotel directly for confirmation as email replies can be a bit slow.
2/ Want a quiet room? - ask for poolside off the ground floor.
3/ Pay the few extra bucks for an AC room if you're gonna have issues with warmth or noise etc.
4/ Make use of the hotels facilities - borrow the body boards, fins, snorkels, towels, airbeds etc. (You won't find this offered in other hotels)
5/ Finally, if you're demanding or pretentious - do us all a favor and book at the Halekulani instead.
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.