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“A nice and personal hotel in an cosy old fashion style”
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White Sands Hotel
Ranked #70 of 84 Hotels in Honolulu
Stockholm, Sweden
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“A nice and personal hotel in an cosy old fashion style”
Reviewed January 20, 2014

We enjoed the hotel very mych. Rooms are clean and kitchen equipment enough for cooking at home. A nice balcony with a view over the aquarium with goldfishes. A perfect choice if you don't like un-personal hotels with 40 floors. One disadvantage is that the Internet access only is available in the reception are if yu don't pay extra.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank Bo Z
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islandcolonyaqua, General Manager at White Sands Hotel, responded to this review, January 22, 2014
Aloha Bo Z,

Thank you for taking the time to let us know of your experience at the White Sands Hotel. We at White Sands Hotel greatly value your compliments.

I am glad to hear that you liked our pool view room and enjoyed our clean, kitchenette and hotel very much.

Regarding the internet, we are in the process of upgrading the internet access to better service our Valued guests.

When you plan on your next trip to the paradise, please feel free to contact me, I will update you about the hotel and island activities. Again, thank you for choosing White Sands Hotel for your hospitality needs. See you soon.

Fond Mahalo
Lendy Ma
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Canberra, Australia
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Reviewed January 18, 2014

We stayed here in mid December 2013 and really loved the hotel. White Sands is an old fashioned style hotel - low rise and with surrounding a pool. It is refreshingly different to the glut of high rises ion Waikiki. The rooms are basic but with lots of room. Staff lovely!. They don't have many car parks but we had no issues. It is a short walk to the beach but this wasn't a problem

Room Tip: NO lifts so choose a ground floor room is stairs are a problem
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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islandcolonyaqua, General Manager at White Sands Hotel, responded to this review, January 22, 2014
Aloha Mrs. Mainlander,

Thank you for taking the time to let us know of your experience at the White Sands Hotel.

I am glad that you like our old fashion style property and you really loved our hotel .

I appreciate you complimented on our lovely staff and I will recognize and acknowledge their efforts in providing good services to our valued guests.

Your comments are very important to us and will be used to improve our service. If you plan your next trip to Hawaii, please feel free to contact me. Thank you for choosing White Sands Hotel for your hospitality needs.

Fond Mahalo
Lendy Ma
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Los Angeles, California
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Reviewed January 6, 2014

If you are disabled, though, there are no elevators so you will have to ask for a room on the ground level. And parking is somewhat of an issue. We stayed here in late July/early August of 2013 for just a few nights, before going on a cruise and then stayed at a different hotel when we came back, and we wished we had just stuck with this one. Everyone was so friendly and helpful and the hotel and the room were fantastic. It was a little more expensive than the second hotel we stayed at in Waikiki, but I think that little bit extra was well worth it.

The street the hotel is on is not exactly pretty, so you will want to get a room with a view of the pool area. The pool area is gorgeous! Lovely palm trees, plants everywhere, a little waterfall with a koi pond at the bottom and benches to sit at. We had a little balcony and we loved sitting there amidst the trees. There's a barbecue by the pool for anyone to use. As for other amenities, there's a laundry room on site. The room was clean and it had a little kitchenette. Not very spacious, but not too cramped. The location was perfect, just a few blocks away from Waikiki Beach, right down the street from the International Marketplace. Parking is not very good though, there are a limited amount of parking spaces in front of the hotel, which are available on a first come first serve basis, and for which they charge you $25 per night to use (but it seems this is common of hotels in Waikiki). No disabled spaces offered.

This hotel is ideal for anyone who would rather spend their time in Hawaii in a place that has a real Hawaiian feel. Very gentle and relaxed, we were happy to stay there and will be happy to stay again!

Room Tip: You must get a room with a pool view!!! And it would be better to not have a car, as parking spaces...
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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islandcolonyaqua, General Manager at White Sands Hotel, responded to this review, January 8, 2014
Aloha shiftpuzzle,

Thank you for taking your valuable time to post the review of your recent stay with us on tripadvisor.

I am happy to hear that you felt our hotel had friendly & helpful staff, perfect location, nice koi pond and water fall. You also mentioned our hotel had a real Hawaiian feel and you would be happy to stay with us again.

We truly appreciate the feedback and look forward to your next visit! When you plan to visit the paradise again, please feel free to contact me and I will update you about the hotel and Hawaii events. Again, thank you for choosing White sands hotel for your hospitality needs.

Mahalo Nui Loa
Lendy Ma
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Austin, Texas
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Reviewed January 1, 2014

I stayed here from December 21 until December 30th of 2013. Everything was clean and I felt the property was safe. It is a bit of a walk to the beach but each circuitous route took me through new shopping areas I hadn't found the day before. The desk personnel, especially Christieann, was very helpful in directing me to places I wanted to see and helping me find great local restaurants that weren't in the guidebooks, etc. I would recommend that anyone looking for a reasonably priced, convenient hotel while in Waikiki book a room at the White Sands.

Room Tip: Ask for a room overlooking the pool, if possible.
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled solo
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islandcolonyaqua, General Manager at White Sands Hotel, responded to this review, January 3, 2014
Aloha Jaly B,

Thank you for taking the time to write about your experience. We truly value your patronage and appreciate your positive comments.

I am pleased to hear that you complimented on Christieann who was very helpful, I will acknowledge and recognize her efforts. You also mentioned White Sands had reasonable price, and convenient location, and you would recommend our hotel.

Your comments are very important to us and will be used to improve our service. We look forward to accommodating you again at White Sands Hotel.

Fond Mahalo
Lendy Ma
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Southampton, United Kingdom
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Reviewed December 27, 2013

This is a nice hotel in the right location and with excellent staff! Spacious room and all you need is at hand. Only 10 min to beach and 2 min to supermarkets and shopping. Would recommend this to anyone coming to Waikiki to stay.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled on business
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islandcolonyaqua, General Manager at White Sands Hotel, responded to this review, January 3, 2014
Aloha Globalklane,

Thank you for taking the time to write about your experience on your vacation.

You mentioned White Sands Hotel is a nice hotel with excellent staff. You enjoyed our spacious room. I appreciate you would recommend our hotel to anyone who comes to Waikiki.

Your comments are very important to us and will be used to improve our services to the valued guests.

Again, thank you for your positive comments and see you again.


Fond Mahalo
Lendy Ma
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Pleasant Grove, Utah
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Reviewed December 24, 2013

We make sure to stay at White Sands every time we come to Honolulu. It is clean, conveniently located, reasonably priced and most especially we love the staff. Christie Ann, Cristina and Rogie are excellent in friendliness, service and professionalism. We also loved having the kitchenette which is always well equipped. The only down side is the internet is really slow and spotty. All in all, we love the White Sands and look forward to our next stay.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled on business
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1 Thank TheKcid
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islandcolonyaqua, General Manager at White Sands Hotel, responded to this review, December 26, 2013
Aloha TheKcid,

Thank you for taking the time to write about your experience on your vacation.

I appreciate you mentioned White Sands is a reasonably priced, clean hotel and conveniently located . And you enjoyed our kitchenette which is well-equipped. And Thank you always choosing White Sands for your hospitality needs.

I am glad to hear that you complimented on Rogie, Christieann, and Cristina who provided exceptional services to our valued guests and I will acknowledge and recognize their efforts.

Situation about the internet was brought to the management, we are in the process of upgrading our internet access.

Your comments are very important to us and will be used to improve our services to the valued guests.
Again, I appreciate your comments and thank you for staying with White Sands Hotel. See you soon.

Fond Mahalo
Mele Kalikimaka
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Burnaby, BC
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Reviewed December 5, 2013

It's not like your regular hotel on the mainland. The open-air lobby is chill and the building are more like low-rise apartment buildings surrounding the pool. They had to get a guy to come install a cable modem just so I had the internet. But it had a full kitchen, the bed was comfy, and it's centrally located. If you're expecting a Holiday Inn, you'll be thrown off. If you want convenience and don't want to pay a lot, this place is great.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled solo
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islandcolonyaqua, General Manager at White Sands Hotel, responded to this review, December 12, 2013
Aloha Big Tim 78,

Thank you for posting your comments. It is always helpful to have this kind of feedback so that we can address our guests concerns as we strive to improve the quality of your stay at our property.

I am glad to hear that you complimented on our hotel’s convenient, centralized location, comfortable bed and full kitchen..

Your comments are very important to us and will be used to improve our service. If you plan your next trip to Hawaii, please feel free to contact me.

Again, thank you for choosing White Sands Hotel for your hospitality needs.

Fond Mahalo

Lendy Ma
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Property: White Sands Hotel
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 (Based on Average Rates): $$
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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