After a lot of research and consideration, my girlfriend and I settled on the Hyatt Regency Waikiki as our base in Waikiki. It was my first visit to Hawaii and a lot of friends who are frequent travellers advised us to stay at the other end of Waikiki (near the Hilton or the Ilikai) but after reading numerous reviews on Trip Advisor and chatting to people we were glad we settled on the Hyatt. It is an older style hotel but the rooms are very large. Whilst the bathrooms are a little dated they are more than adequate. We were lucky to have a room with a beautiful ocean view and partial diamond head view. We did not have breakfast included in our package, so after trying a local restaurant for breakfast we decided to try the hotel breakfast which was fantastic and very well priced. We did not have the buffet but ordered from the menu (for Australians - order 1 serving of pancakes, waffles or eggs benedict as the serving sizes are very generous and you can top up with sides). We also had room service one night which was fine - the kitchen was very accommodating as my friend wanted just plain grilled chicken and rice and it was no problem at all (even though it wasn't a menu item).
The staff were lovely - very welcoming and helpful. There are ABC shops everywhere (to purchase drinks, snacks, breakfast items - which you can consumer on your balcony taking in the beautiful view). Yes it is a popular hotel with Japanese travellers - we found these groups to be so quiet and very polite as fellow travellers. We didn't use the pool (which is on the small side) as we were out and about every day and we ended up taking a leisurely walk down to the beach strip near the Hilton Village where you can hire an umbrella and 2 beach lounges for US$20 per half day (we went over time once and the beach guy was really accommodating and didn't charge us for the extra time). You can easily take lunch at one of the many hotels on the beach up this end and then return to relax on your beach lounge.
Shopping of course is fabulous in Waikiki - visit Ala Moana shopping centre and the Premium Outlets at Waikele. As we had a friend in Waikiki who had grown up in Hawaii, we were lucky enough to be taken to other shopping discount stores like Sports Authority, Ross's, Don Quixotie, Costco etc...
Tips for staying at Hyatt Regency Waikiki:
1. Ask for a quiet room away from lift on a high floor (unfortunately, there is still work going on, on waikiki beach directly in front of the hotel. Drilling seems to start around 6am and finishes around lunch time - wasn't too much of a problem for us - we preferred to sit on the beach and swim down near the Hilton Hawaii Village - nice walk and the water is crystal clear aqua blue to swim in). We were in the Ewa tower on the 35th Floor.
2. Buy snacks and drinks from ABC stores - there is a small fridge in the room.
3. Eat breakfast in the hotel - we felt it was good value and good quality food - ask for a table on the patio (has water view).
4. Check in on line in Reception for your return air flight home - too easy.
5. Premium Outlet shuttle and Ala Moana trolley stop right across the road - brilliant. Book shuttle through Reception to ensure you have a place on the bus.
6. Hotel is easy walking distance to Cheesecake Factory (great for dinner - huge portions though), Sephora - my favourite makeup store, Macy's and other upmarket stores.
I should also mention, we found a fab little Italian trattoria called Il Lupino - address as follows:
Il Lupino Trattoria & Wine Bar
Royal Hawaiian Center, Bldg. B, Level 1
2233 Kalakaua Avenue, Suite 110
Honolulu, HI 96815
The food is fantastic.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Experience all the excitement of Waikiki from one incredible location. Steps from the azure blue waters and soft sands of Waikiki Beach, Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort and Spa offers magnificent personalized services and luxurious amenities including world-class dining, award-winning spa, interactive cultural activities, 24-hour fitness center, swimming pool overlooking the Pacific Ocean, and more than 60 on-site boutiques. The resort provides the perfect place for those who want to make the most of their island experience and connect with the heart of Hawaii. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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