Stayed here in April for a week while on vacation. Got a great rate through Zozi.com ($319 for 4 nights and then purchased a night through the hotel for about $85). We were given a room on the 11th floor, corner balcony which was really nice!! We were able to keep the sliding glass door open most of the time- although the sirens woke me up more times than I expected (not the hotel's fault though). Did come back to the room a couple times to find pigeons checking out the room as well.
Good location- was at the end of Kalakaua Ave. (close to the Coach store). So walking didn't seem horrible. ABC Stores all over- but very nice having one next to the hotel lobby where you can grab a snack or a drink to take to your room.
Hotel lobby can be a bit deceiving- its nice and updated, although I had already checked out the reviews already so I knew what to kind of expect. Got up to the 11th floor and it was definitely dated. The room itself also very dated. However, as you're in Hawaii to see the sights, beaches, etc. I wasn't overly concerned. The room did smell pretty bad when running the air conditioning so we had to go down to the ABC Store (great convenience by the way!) to get air freshener. My biggest complaint would be the carpet- seemed really dirty to me and a lot of the time I wore flip flops while walking around in the room. Noise didn't seem to be a problem- although the first night the neighbors were a but nosy (sounded like they were boxing up stuff and the sound of tape being torn off the roll was horrible!). Banged on the wall a few times and they quieted down.
Breakfast in their restaurant was ok as well. Restaurant was also very outdated, but considering breakfast came with the room rate, I couldn't complain. After 5 days though of eating the same thing (fried rice, waffles or french toast, bacon, and honey nut cherrios) I was slightly glad to be going home. There was a little more to eat than mentioned, but given the HUGE Asian clientele I knew they were also catering to them. Could have gone off property to eat, but eating there helped save a lot of money.
Staff was extremely friendly!! In the morning when walking by, if they weren't helping check in customers, got a hello from them and same in the evening. Calling down with questions, never had an unpleasant experience either. Breakfast staff was also very friendly- almost every morning stopping by our breakfast table to chat with us or ask about plans for the day or what we'd seen and done.
Overall, because the purpose of the stay wasn't too spend a lot of time in the room (out by 9 AM and in by 10 PM), I would go back. If I had more money in my budget, I'd definitely check out another hotel- just for a different experience. But for what the price and what is offered, not horrible.
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- Hotel Waikiki Gateway
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