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“Decent budget stay in Waikiki”
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White Sands Hotel
Ranked #70 of 84 Hotels in Honolulu
Reviewed April 22, 2013

Considering the price of this hotel vs. other hotels in Waikiki, this was a pretty good deal. Basic accommodations, option for kitchentte. Even regular rooms have fridge, microwave and table. Sure, the rooms are a little dated, but clean and comfortable. Not sure who really wants to spend much time in the room in Hawaii anyway... The pool was nice, there was a little courtyard type area with a rock waterfall. A grill is available to use if you want to save some $$ and bbq. Wi-fi isn't free, but there is a Starbucks around the corner that was pleasant to sit outside with a cup of coffee, catch up on email and people watch. Overall a pleasant stay and great location!

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled as a couple
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kekuwene, Manager at White Sands Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded May 30, 2013

Aloha skygirl213,
Mahalo for your review! We are appreciative that you pinpointed our main goal...Value! True our property is a little older, but we endeavor to make each guests' stay as pleasant and worthwhile as possible.
Until we meet again,
Paul Dun - Hotel Manager

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Reviewed April 17, 2013

If you are planning to stay in Honolulu, not to stay in the hotel, then pick this place....what I mean is that this is a place to crash 'n wash place, nothing spectacular, stay out late, sleep, get up, wash up then go out to explore the island. The staff was great. Location great. We got the best outta this little hotel.

Room Tip: Basic hotel room, was clean, bed was a little lumpy, but overall a B-, A.C. was a little loud.
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  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled with family
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Thank Jean C
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kekuwene, Manager at White Sands Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded May 30, 2013

Aloha Jean C,
Thank you for your review! We are appreciative of your thoughts on our staff & location. I hope that the next time you stay, you can spend some time lounging by our pool enjoying our landscaping with native plants, our waterfall, and new koi pond. Please know that we are currently in the process of replacing most of our beds, so your sleep quality will be even better! (no more lumps)
Mahalo,
Paul Dun - Hotel Manager

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Reviewed April 13, 2013

We stayed here as part of our package and were not disappointed.

Upon arrival, we were greeted by the receptionist who was super cool and laid back (Hawaiian style).

Our room was on the 2nd floor and there were no lifts and after travelling for 24hours, dragging our bags up was not ideal but we were grateful for the room (upgraded) we were given.

We chose the kitchenette option and were able to make our own meals as it came fully equipped.

The balcony view of the pool was great and the room in perfect range to catch the wifi without having to go downstairs.

The only negative point is probably the fact you have to pay for wifi but there is a mcdonalds round the corner which has free wifi.

This s centrally located if you are gong to do more than the beach in Oahu.

Transport links are great and you are right next to all the shops.

I would say thought that at night it can get a little rough. Many prostitutes and drug dealers on the main road.

My friends that stayed in more exclusive resorts did not come across the same type of people as we did despite being 10mins walk away. We feel that we got more of a taste of the "real" Hawaii.

The staff were super friendly and our maid was fantastic. This was 5* service.

Overall this is a good budget option and I would consider staying there again when back in Oahu.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled with friends
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kekuwene, Manager at White Sands Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded May 30, 2013

Aloha Keyz,
What a great review! I am very happy that you described our property so well, with details of our kitchenettes, great staff, cute balconies and central location. I am also pleased that you genuinely enjoyed your experience with us. I would not say that the 'unsavory' characters you encountered was the "'real" Hawai'i, but I assure you that our property and surrounding area is very safe. If you ever make the trek from the UK again, we would be ecstatic to have you again at the White Sands Hotel.
Me Ka Ha'aha'a,
Paul Dun - Hotel Manager

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Reviewed April 12, 2013

I will bring my family again to stay at White Sands Hotel in Waikiki! Perfect location in Waikiki, it is pretty much walking distance to everything in Waikiki - shopping, restaurants, beach, activities, etc. Location is one thing good but the customer service of the hotel staff is another, This hotel has the Aloha Hospitality with great customer service from the management, front desk staff to the housekeeping team. They are on top of it making sure your stay in the hotel is A+! This hotel has kitchenette so you can cook your favorite meal and a laundry room to wash your shorts and t-shirts, travel light!

Room Tip: The pool view room is great, first floor The room has a patio right across the pool.
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  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled with family
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Thank Imipono
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kekuwene, Manager at White Sands Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded May 30, 2013

Aloha Imipono,
Mahalo for your review of our little gem of a property. The entire staff truly strives to make all of our guests feel welcome, and we continuously strive to bring a little bit of the Hawaiian culture and Aloha Spirit to the White Sands. Please bring your family back to us soon, we would love to serve you again.
Me Ka Laule'a,
Paul Dun - Hotel Manager

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Reviewed April 11, 2013

So we have stayed here 3 times in the past year...last being March 2013...9 nights and loved every minute...from arrival and a wonderful greeting to the same upon leaving our last night...this hotel is somewhat dated but they are updating as things sort of come to the end...haha
The pool is the best in town...just hands down. Open later than most and also a BBQ for guests to use pretty much anytime...The rooms are cozy and cute...most with kitchens or at the least microwave fridge coffee maker and one we stayed in even had a toaster...TV's are being upgraded...our room had an older one that was on a mount on the wall so I could turn it to the outside and sit on the patio with a drink and watch a show!!! I thought it was great fun. Every single person who works here is just the nicest friendliest most helpful staff and we love them all like our own family....this hotel has the best location and you really couldn't be better situated for anything you might want to do in Waikiki...seems the word is getting out so make sure to book early if you want to check it out...they only have 90 rooms and I am pretty sure they are pretty full these days....we do love this hotel and all the staff and can't wait for our next visit in May 2013 for a full 2 weeks of comfort and happiness...thanks all of you...(you know who you are) for making our trips even better than before...we thought our previous fave in Waikiki would be our lifetime hotel but now we have found something even more suited to our needs.

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled with friends
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kekuwene, Manager at White Sands Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded May 30, 2013

Aloha lisa_jeff_8,
Wow! What an awesome review. We are lucky to have such great repeat guests. I do hope the word is getting out...we are really trying to improve things even more. (slowly but surely) Looking at your ratings, you will be happy to know that we are currently replacing most of our beds and working on 'refreshing' the rooms with new carpet, drapes & paint. I hope you had another great stay this month (May) and that you were equally impressed. Here's to many more years of you returning to your 'family' here at the White Sands!
A Hui Hou,
Paul Dun - Hotel Manager

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Reviewed April 8, 2013

I spent one, planned night here. It was exactly what I needed it to be - dinner, sleep, shuffle bags and out of the door in the morning. The room was basic with no frills of any kind. It was a quick walk to everying you could want to see in the touristy area. You'll get exactly what you pay for at this hotel.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled solo
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kekuwene, Manager at White Sands Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded May 30, 2013

Aloha venividinapi,
Thank you for taking the time to write a concise review of our property. I hope that in the future, you will afford us a longer stay so that we may get to know you better.
Mahalo,
Paul Dun - Hotel Manager

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Reviewed March 24, 2013

My wife and I spent an enjoyable week at White Sands. The facility is not new, but was well maintained, very clean and comfortable. They gave us a kitchenette which, for the reasonable room rate, was an excellent value. From check-in to check-out the "Aloha Spirit" of the staff made us feel right at home. We'll certainly book White Sands again on any future visits to Waikiki.

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled as a couple
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kekuwene, Manager at White Sands Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded May 30, 2013

Aloha ronruck,
A big mahalo for your fabulous review of our little corner of Waikīkī! We are all overjoyed that you had a wonderful time and really felt our 'Aloha Spirt.' We are also proud that you will will return to us whenever in Hawai'i.
Me Ke Aloha Pumehana,
Paul Dun - Hotel Manager

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Address: 431 Nohonani St., Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96815-2622 (Formerly Celebrity Resorts Waikiki)
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Location: United States > Hawaii > Oahu > Honolulu
Amenities:
Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#37 Business Hotel in Honolulu
Price Range: $113 - $221 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — White Sands Hotel 2.5*
Number of rooms: 93
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This quaint low-rise hotel is your home away from home located just 1 1/2 blocks to Waikiki Beach, less than a block to shopping, dining and the best Waikiki activities. The lovely central courtyard features a swimming pool with sundeck and barbeque grill. All rooms offer lanai/balconies open to city or pool views and most rooms include kitchenette facilities with stove-top, microwave and refrigerator. With our daily convenience fee for all stays White Sands Hotel allows guests to enjoy many hotel services and activities without having to incur miscellaneous charges. These amenities include DVDNow (Unlimited movies & PS3 games), Waikiki Shuttle (Complimentary Waikiki Shuttle Service), Daily Newspaper, In Room Coffee, In Room Safe, and Local & Toll-Free Calls. Come experience quintessential Hawaiian hospitality! ... more   less 
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