I booked this hotel based on the Tripadvisor reviews and wasn't disappointed.
From check-in to check-out the service was superb but I would stress that this is a hotel geared for couples and groups of adults, rather than families with young kids.
The design of the pool looks fantastic but is long and thin and not geared up for kids to be splashing around. The space around the pool is also very limited and once again designed for adults to relax rather than for kids to run around.
We stayed in a deluxe ocean view studio on the 20th floor with incredible views (Room 2017), which overlooked the ocean on one side and the mountains on the other. I highly recommended requesting this room or 2117, 2217 or 2317.
The room was tastefully decorated and featured a small living area with a large flat screen TV and also an iPod dock.
When booking, I deliberated whether to upgrade to a one bedroom but the studios are so spacious I'm glad I didn't spend the extra money.
Our balcony provided us with a front row seat for the Friday night fireworks, which was a lovely experience after a long flight from Sydney.
The well equipped kitchen is a fantastic bonus and by stocking up on breakfast things at the ABC store around the corner, we enjoyed breakfast on our balcony each morning and bypassed the expensive room service and cafe crowds.
The king size bed was very comfortable (we named it 'the cloud') and there is a pillow menu if you are not happy with the selection on the bed.
The spacious modern bathroom includes a large shower, deep bath and double sinks.
Even though the hotel is one street back from the beach, it really doesn't make any difference because you have the lovely ocean views from your balcony and the walk to the beach is literally a couple of minutes. When heading to the beach, ask the Concierge for a complimentary Trump beach bag, which includes swimming towels, cold water and fresh fruit - a lovely touch!
We didn't eat at the hotel (although I'm sure it would be excellent) but we did have dinner at Nobu (okay service, great food but expensive - over US$400 for 2 people), which is a 5 min walk from the hotel and Orchid's at the Halekulani Hotel (also a 5 min walk), which was also very nice. We also had dinner at Dukes (a Waikiki institution), which was a lot of fun. The hotel is more than happy to make bookings and we had fantastic tables at all 3 restaurants.
Depending on how long you are going to be staying in Waikiki, I would recommend hiring a car for a couple of days and driving to Pearl Habour and then onto the Waikele Premium Factory Outlets (15 min drive on from Pearl Harbour) and then on the second day head up to the North Shore (and the famous Sunset Beach aka Pipeline). We hired a convertible Mustang through www.discounthawaiicarrental.com, which was great fun!
After our time in Waikiki, we headed over to Maui for a week and only wish Trump would open a hotel on that island, as they are crying out for a luxury, small leading hotel in the Lahaina area.
Thank you to the team at Trump for making our holiday so enjoyable and for also making our 10th Anniversary so memorable (the sparkling wine was greatly appreciated!).
We highly recommend this hotel - especially for couples.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Trump International Hotel Waikiki has been rated the #1 TripAdvisor Waikiki hotel since October 2010 and is the first and only Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star Hotel on the island of Oahu. As part of the Waikiki Beach Walk development offering vibrant entertainment, exclusive boutiques and world-class restaurants, it is one of the premier luxury hotels in Waikiki, Hawaii. Add the simple fact that Waikiki's famous white sand beaches are just steps away, it becomes the perfect respite for your next Hawaiian getaway. Trump Waikiki offers all of the exceptional amenities and superior services of the Trump Hotels to help guests live the life Hawaiian style. A 6th-floor infinity pool with an expansive lanai deck, world-class indoor and al fresco dining, The Spa at Trump® and signature services of Trump Attache - only the best will do at our luxury hotel. This is paradise, after all. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Trump International Hotel Waikiki Hawaii/Honolulu