The Trump is a welcoming recent addition to the ageing colonies of mega hotel complexes in Waikiki that mainly were created for the 80's mass tourism patronage of conservative japanese and US mainland families escaping the poverty crime stricken illusion of the Carribean and mexico in good Ol' reliable USA.
The Position is excellent behind just a 110 yard walk across the road to a family friendly stretch sandy beach which is shared by the busy and bustling Outrigger Reef and the stylish old world luxury charm of the Halekulani Hotel. Within walking distance of the hotel,, ie 100-500 yards is a multitude of restaurants, shops, convenience stores, bars, ext, so boredom will not set in for most types of travellers.
The check in courteous and efficient with a peaceful outdoor lounge available for arriving guests to get comfortable after a long flight from the US mainland, Australia and Asia. The rooms are modern, clean and spacious, with many equipped with a kitchen that was serviced and cleaned daily by the obliging and friendly housekeeping staff. Room service and requests were promptly catered to with a smile, with most requests that a young family ( 2 adults and 2 kids of 4 & 6) would require such as ice, milk, assistance on how to use the room, ect. The outlook of the rooms were superior on the parkside as they did not receive the noise of adjoining hotel which seemed to have noisy family orientated loud music every night in the July holidays, which did not seem to bother us to much as the guests seemed to enjoy themselves.
The facilities of the hotel cater well to the 5 star traveller, with the main gripe being as mentioned by many other fellow travellers and even the management humbly acknowledge the fault....the small pool. Now Mr Trump, you should have been less greedy in trying to fit as many apartments & rooms in the hotel and allowed for a larger pool that caters for the large amounts of guests who dont all want to go the sandy crowded beach. The pool is about 50ft x 10ft, and is more of a glorified lap pool that has to cope with the demands of hyperactive children seeking energy expansion, sun worshipping couples, parents entertaining the kids and the odd mature couple observing the chaos. The small spa is very cosy and quite social as we all packed in there to get some warmth when the deck area had no sun ( it only has sun the afternoon due to its orientation). The next facility that was less than desired was the gym. It was an afterthought by the developer, it seems like an unwanted office space was converted into a tiny indoor gym, but at least they offered you one.
The food offerings at breakfast which was served in outdoor cafe on the pool floor, was not large, but the quality was very decent for the region. The advantage of the Trump was the attachment of the franchised BLT steak and seafood restaurant which offered a world class standard of meat and seafood grill dishes with excellent service. We found this place excellent and very accommodating for a family seeking quality food ( expect to pay for it though!). We tried the nearby famous restaurant of Roy's, which was too noisy, crowded and vibrant for my liking with the food somewhat quite average for the price. Stick to the classy BLT in my opinion for a all round experience and even Nobu ( 100 yards away).
Overall the experience in comparison to the other 5 star hotels was excellent, with only the much pricier Halekulani being superior in food offerings and ambience, but more suitable to well heeled conservative travellers seeking peace in the epicentre of Waikiki. The Trump probably offers the best value in the Waikiki in terms of luxury, position, service and price, however it would receive five stars from me only if the developer was not so greedy and constructed a larger pool and a proper spacious gym with sauna.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Why save the best for last when you can have it all the time? And why stay anywhere else in Hawaii when you can stay at Trump International Hotel™ Waikiki Beach Walk®? This Hawaii luxury hotel is part of the Waikiki Beach Walk development offering vibrant entertainment, exclusive boutiques and world-class restaurants, making it one of the premier Honolulu hotels. 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 Hotel Collection 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 Attaché - only the best will do at our luxury hotel. This is paradise, after all ... more less
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- Trump International Hotel Waikiki Hawaii/Honolulu