We booked into the Trump as we had stayed at the Hilton Waikiki in the Rainbow Tower and found it too big and busy. The main reason we booked into the Trump on a layover from Auckland to Big Island was the reviews on Tripadvisor. Let's be frank and say that American Hotels are usually average at best. Asian Hotels really know how to provide significantly above average service. Mandarin Oriental Singapore is an example. We live in New Zealand and are not Asian or American.
I think the Trump at Waikiki is about as good as one can expect from an American hotel. The room was new, very clean and had all the modern conveniences one would expect in an excellent American hotel. There were a few very nice touches for our 4 year old, like 5 different glasses of flavoured milk in the fridge (nothing for Mum and Dad who were paying the bill,but the delight on our daughters face was worth it !) A special colouring book, with named crayons, and last but not least a special child's step at the bathroom vanity. Our daughter was delighted - it's weird that we can spend over $2000 per night for a beachfront villa on a private island in the South Pacific, yet our 4 year old prefers the Trump in Waikiki - it amazes me. The in room coffee was excellent compared to other American hotels that serve up weak dark water and call it coffee.
We ate at the Steak House on property (BLT?) and had a good meal. The service was good if not overly friendly. What is it about some American waiters that seems false. In NZ and Australia the wait staff are genuinely friendly and not after a tip. I think it is the culture difference where in NZ to be rich and pompous is considered unacceptable and reviled yet in the US it is acceptable and lauded.
We did not use the pool,spa or any other services, so cannot comment on these. I think the Trump is the best hotel to stay at in Waikiki given my limited knowledge of only 2 trip to Honolulu, but given my numerous trip to many 5 star hotels globally..
- 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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