My family stayed at the Embassy Suites in Waikiki for 4 nights in June of 2014 and could not have found a place that better fit our needs.
My husband and I have traveled to Waikiki at least once a year for the past 15 years, he used to live there and we met and were married in town. We know the area very well and have always stayed at either the Outrigger Reef on the Beach or Outrigger Waikiki. We love both of those hotels (I have reviewed them in the past) but since this was the first time we were bringing our children (ages 11 and 13), we wanted a little more space while staying in the same location and very close to the beach. Embassy Suites definitely fit the bill. For the same price as a room at the Reef, we got a suite at Embassy Suites, plus the hot breakfast every morning and the manager's reception in the evening, which was one of my favorite parts of the day.
We arrived at 8:30 pm, hungry and tired and were greeted by the friendliest staff. We were offered an icy cold tropical fruit juice cocktail (my kids begged me to ask if we could bring a bottle home) and a fast and easy check in process. The bellman brought up our bags very quickly and gave us a tour of the room, letting us know that if we needed anything to please let him know.
The rooms are a good size. It is a remodeled hotel, I believe it was originally an Outrigger, so the "suites" are more like two hotel rooms, with a connecting door. One room has the bathroom, a kitchenette (microwave, mini-fridge, coffee maker), a pull out sofa bed, television and table with chairs that could also be a desk. Both rooms have lanais, and I would suggest that if you are bothered by city noise to request a room on a higher floor. We were on the 6th floor and the noise doesn't bother me at all, but it isn't quiet as our room faced Lewers Street and Beach Walk. The bedroom had two very comfortable beds, an armoire, television, etc... Plenty of room and storage space for the four of us. We did call housekeeping for extra blankets and towels and they were delivered almost immediately and with a smile. In fact, every time we ran into housekeeping we were always greeted with a smile and an aloha, the women were all very sweet.
The pool is on the 4th floor on a large deck that has beautiful views. Our first morning was spent eating breakfast there with a view of palm trees and a rainbow. We spent a lot of time on that deck, swimming and sunning. The pool was crowded in the mornings and later in the afternoons, but never so crowded that we had trouble finding a seat or feeling like there was too much going on in the pool. I did like that there were loads of kids, my son met a group of kids he played with in the pool everyday we were there which was great.
The daily breakfast was perfect for us and after a few days you realize there isn't much variety day to day, but there is plenty to eat and something for everyone. It never felt crowded and we met many nice families while we were sitting out enjoying our food.
We did order food from the pool bar for lunch one day, and while the coconut shrimp were delicious, they took forever to arrive. I'd like to chalk it up to being on island time, but it really did seem to take forever. It seemed that there was only one server working with the bartender, so maybe that had something to do with it. The service at the pool might be the only thing that wasn't great about this hotel. There is a pool bar with a television (which was great because the NHL playoffs were in full swing), and the bartender was a nice guy who made a mean lava flow. He was also the bartender at the manager's reception, so all of these guys are working hard!
My husband and I loved the manager's reception every night, two hours of drinks included in your room rate! We sat on the deck and listened to live entertainment while the kids swam in the pool. Just a tip, the soda fountains that are open during breakfast are also open during this time as well, so you can send the kids over to get their own drink (or you can get one too!). I would say to PLEASE remember to tip those bartenders, especially since you aren't paying for your drinks. They served many a cocktail the nights we were there, and I was surprised at the number of people who weren't taking care of their bartender. There were also light snacks (chips, salsa, crudite, etc...) It was a great way to start our nights.
The beach is a very short walk away, not even a block. It's not the best beach on Waikiki but if you can get past the rocks, the water is beautiful. Kayak and surfboard rentals are easy to find and it's a gorgeous walk in either direction once you're at the beach. You have beach (or pool) towels in your room to take, but remember to bring them back or you will be charged.
The location of this hotel is perfect, great dining options close by, shopping, etc... I'm really glad that we chose it for our stay.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Embassy Suites Waikiki Beach Walk is an all-suite hotel featuring 1 and 2-bedroom suites with private bedroom(s), separate living room, and kitchenette. All of our guests enjoy complimentary full Made-to-Oder Breakfast daily, nightly Evening Poolside Reception, Wi-Fi, and more, and No Resort Fees. The hotel is located steps to Waikiki Beach and in the heart of Waikiki Beach Walk, Waikiki's newest shopping, dining, and entertainment district. In addition to the extra space, added value, and great location that makes our hotel so unique, it is the genuine Hawaiian hospitality of our staff that we are most proud of. Come experience the Embassy Suites Waikiki Beach Walk! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Embassy Suites Waikiki Beach Walk Hotel Honolulu
- Embassy Suites Honolulu
- Honolulu Embassy Suites
- Embassy Suites Oahu
- Embassy Suites By Hilton Waikiki Beach Walk Hawaii/Honolulu