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Royal Kuhio Resort
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Reviewed October 28, 2013

Spent a week at this high rise in the heart of Honolulu. Condo was very nice, very clean and newly renovated. A/C a plus as you are surrounded by other high rises and there is NO breeze, ever!!!! The view is of other high rises, nothing else.The bed was comfortable. Check in was easy and the staff is very nice! The lobby has a moldy smell and needs serious upgrading, a real blast from the 70's. The security guard that mans the lobby could be friendlier, none of the guards will give you the time of day, much less answer a question. The elevators also need some upgrading, they are dark, dingy and super slow, also from the 70's. The pool is small but adequate. The location is central to all activities in the immediate downtown area. The free parking is a plus, although not easy to access. Overall a great place to stay in Honolulu.

  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank Elvisfan1954
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Reviewed October 28, 2013

I have been staying at the Royal Kuhio since 2000. The units have everything you need but really need updating. Same decor for 13 years. Mattress on pull out bed is like directly sleeping on springs, ouch. Lobby smells like a sewer and furniture is dated and unattractive. Location is good but noisy. Free/secure parking is a bonus and staff is friendly and helpful but please update!!!!!

  • Stayed: October 2013
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6  Thank klovemaui
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Reviewed October 17, 2013

Upon arrival Sunday morning at 3:30 AM there were 5 police cars and an ambulance as well as a large gathering of people across the street at McDonalds.
Security was good but not friendly.
Vacation International staff weren't very friendly or welcoming.
Parking free but on 6th floor.
No Wi-Fi so you have to sit in the lobby and get access from McDonalds across the street.
Kitchen and bathroom well stocked..
Very comfortable beds and pillows..
Room was outdated.
Foal smell while standing on the balcony from stagnant water and green slimy mess on a 4 foot wide rooftop two floors down.
Previously booked a room with VI for next month for my daughter her husband and two teenage daughters who I hope will not be going out on that street alone in the evening..

  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled as a couple
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5  Thank Terry H
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JABoughton, Director Inventory Management at Royal Kuhio Resort, responded to this reviewResponded October 21, 2013

Thank you for sharing your experience at Royal Kuhio with us. I apologize that you were not greeted with the welcome we at VI are passionate about and strive to improve upon daily. I will be sure to pass along your feedback to the staff in hopes to impress you in the future.
Royal Kuhio is located 3 blocks from the beach and across the street from the International Market which is a great location. However as in any downtown urban city it has the same nightlife activity as most. Royal Kuhio does have after hour security to ensure the safety of all of our guests.
Many of our units at Royal Kuhio are currently under refurbishment and will be completed by Nov 2013 and currently our Wi-fi is free in the common areas and there are modems available for the units on a first come first serve basis for a fee. Thank you again for your comments and we hope you will allow us another opportunity to welcome you back soon.

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Reviewed October 17, 2013

You really have to review this place before booking a condo. The building has over thirty floors each with four or five condos on each floor all owned by different landlords so some are worse than others I guess.
We rented 2513 for the first 5 nights we were in Honolulu and it was great. Not the biggest but well equipped clean and served our needs perfectly. Breakfast on the balcony every morning looking out over the city and Pacific Ocean was great after grey old England. The condo has a kitchen area with all amenities a sitting area and a bedroom that can be partitioned off. The wash and bathroom areas are not the biggest but who lives in a bathroom. The condo also had free wifi.
The building is situated a block back from Waikiki beach so is close to the shopping and the activities within the area. We hired a car for three of the days and there is a free allocated parking bay within the building. To be honest if you are staying in Honolulu there is plenty of cheap public transport to take you around and there is a bus stop just outside the building. It is not the fastest system in the world but it will get you where you want to go and in truth a car may not be that much quicker in the city.
As for the overall impression of the actual building, yes it is a little dated and the elevators work ok but need some refurbishment but remember they are covering over 30 floors and are in constant use so they are not going to be gleaming. There is a large lobby that is covered 24/7 by security, who were very friendly and helpful, despite what others say and you cannot enter the condo areas without a special key. The only area that disappointed was the swimming pool that could do with some updating.
Most people on this side of the world are used to plenty of space and yes I have stayed in bigger rooms, but have they been to a New York hotel where you can't swing a cat and coming from Europe where hotel rooms are not that expansive this was a good size and comfortable.
Great location and well worth the money as far as we were concerned but you must review thoroughly before booking, we were lucky and would definitely use again when in Honolulu.

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  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
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4  Thank wakey47
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JABoughton, Director Inventory Management at Royal Kuhio Resort, responded to this reviewResponded October 18, 2013

Thank you for taking the time to write a review. We are so glad you were able to take advantage of the very convenient and central downtown location. Please come back soon.

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Reviewed October 5, 2013

Pictures make the place look better than it is. For example, mattresses on bed and on pullout sofa were worn and overused; they need replacement now. The elevator lobbies were heavily scuffed and hadn't been wiped down w/ some 409 in years. A new coat of paint in a cheery color would do wonders for the place. The elevators desperately need replacement. The gas grills available for guest use required a $20 deposit EACH TIME a guest used it -- the place had an imprint of our credit card so why was the $20 deposit required each night?!!?? The laundry room was clean but the change machine charged a 25% surcharge for every dollar, which is excessive at best. Finally, a mid-week housekeeping visit w/ a change of bed sheets and kitchen towels would be helpful.

The staff was very friendly and helpful, particularly the security guards. Their professionalism and courtesy merit recognition and praise.

Great Life Tours, the concierge service that the Royal Kuhio recommends, did a great job.

  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled with friends
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Thank sherry97
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