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Waikiki Shore
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Buderim, Australia
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“I could live here!”
Reviewed September 30, 2013

We got the 1 bedroom ocean view apartment and it was amazing!

Fantastic views of waikiki, plus a big spacious apartment that you could eat, cook, do washing in. It was perfect. I will definately be coming back here to stay for longer next time!

Yes you dont get the service like a normal hotel - but this isnt a normal hotel. We still used all the amenities of the Outrigger next door, which you are allowed to do.

Great place to stay and so close to everything :)

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Kennywaikikishore, General Manager at Waikiki Shore, responded to this review, October 21, 2013
I appreciate your recommendation. We live here and are overcome by the breath taking views.
One bed room completely furnished units with the comforts of home including a washer/dryer.
Mahalo
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Reviewed September 26, 2013

We stayed at the Waikiki Shore and booked through Outrigger -- at time of booking, their prices were better than Castle, plus we had access to the pool at the Reef next door.

Pros:
Fantastic location - right on the beach next to Fort DeRussy park
Secure underground garage parking (if you can get it - see Cons)
Spacious rooms
Spectacular views
Large balcony
In-room laundry & kitchen
Use of the Reef pool & towels (next door)

Cons:
Noisy (jalousie windows did not close completely & were next to the bed)
Cumbersome check-in process (see below)
Parking not always available; very tight spaces
Dated rooms; minimal kitchen supplies

When booking through Outrigger, the check-in and check-out process is cumbersome, as there is no front desk for Outrigger guests. At time of booking, we were told we could go next door to the Reef to check in, but that process changed prior to our arrival. Instead, an employee walks over from Outrigger Regency. Despite calling ahead as requested, there was no one waiting for us at Shore when we arrived. So, we had to call again and wait. When he arrived, he showed us our room and completed the check-in process in our room. There were no parking spaces available when we arrived, so we had to park at the Regency (a short walk). Fortunately, a garage space did open up the next day and we were able to park in the Shore garage for the rest of our stay. Parking spaces are assigned and you are given a remote to open the garage door. We had to go to the Regency to check out and return the remote.

To be truthful, I am torn on whether I would return to Waikiki Shore. I was traveling with kids, so the pros were all important to me for this trip, and I was able to live with the cons. However, if I was traveling with just my spouse, and/or did not feel the need for laundry, kitchen or separate sleeping & living areas, I would stay elsewhere despite the great location.

Room Tip: Consider booking through VRBO -- you can rent from a private owner or through Outrigger or Castle.
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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London
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Reviewed September 25, 2013

We have previously stayed at the Waikiki Shore through VRBO and we were really impressed. For out latest trip to Waikiki, we elected to go through the Outrigger so as to get access to their pool and facilities (or so we thought) as we were travelling there with our nearly 5 year old.

The location is great, close to everything. Our apartment was SO 1970. It was so old and aged so badly, it was like stepping back in time. The kitchen was really old. It had some mugs that I am sure my grandma had in the early 1980's, and it was serviceable but UGLY. Maybe I was feeling the effects of coming from an amazing apartment in Maui, but this place needed a serious makeover.

For a family friendly condo, it wasn't that family friendly. Here's why.

We booked a one bedroom - yes, in retrospect we should have booked a 2 bedroom, but the one bedroom was impossible to make completely dark. The blinds (hideous vertical ones made out of plastic - and practically impossible to open or shut) don't block out the light completely, ever. If you're travelling with young kids who wake up at first light, this is a big thumbs down from me. The door between the living area and bedroom was a louvred concertina door, which didn't meet the wall exactly so the light and noise from the living area went straight through to the bedroom. The lighting from the communal corridors also streams into your apartment as there are no curtains, so there is never a moment when your room is in complete darkness.

We were on the 5th floor, which was great. We have been higher up previously and the 5th floor was just as good and provides a great view of the fireworks. The doors to the lanai don't really have a child proof lock. Call me paranoid, but it doesn't really take a smart kid to work out the slide lock and get out onto that balcony in 2 seconds should they wish. Similarly with the door to the apartment, there is one handle that doesn't really take that much effort to open, and no other lock that you can use even when you're inside the apartment to make sure that no one gets in, or no one gets out.

The pool, while pleasant, doesn't have an area where kids can paddle by themselves. So if you are travelling with a non-swimming child, there is no area where you can watch them play in shallow water while having a drink or a lie on a sun lounge. And, here's the catch - even if you book through Outrigger, you have to check in down the street, and you can't charge ANYTHING to your room when you have a drink or snack by the pool, which is just plain inconvenient. As is not being able to access Room Service.

We booked through Outrigger so we would have access to the pool, but to be honest any Tom, Dick or Harry could have walked in and got towels. We didn't have to show any proof that we were staying next door.

Having a washer and dryer is great, as is having a kitchen. But the crockery was filthy dirty and I've got to say the housekeeping (new sheets every 3rd day, and a cursory bin empty every day) left a lot to be desired.

So, would we stay at the Waikiki Shore again? In a heart beat. But through Outrigger? Probably not worth the extra expense.

And if you're travelling with young kids who wake up at first light, check first to see if there are proper blinds or curtains rather than the poor excuse for vertical blinds.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed September 18, 2013

Three families stayed here the first week of August, 2013. We were pleasantly surprised with the spaciousness of our separate condos, but there was a wide range of furnishings. One condo had been completely renovated and it was beautiful. One had newer furniture but original layout. Our condo seemed to be all original and it was a little dreary. The location was great and the staff very helpful.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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Kennywaikikishore, General Manager at Waikiki Shore, responded to this review, September 19, 2013
Aloha
Thank you for your evaluation of the Waikiki Shore.
Thank you for recognizing our employees. They are great people-cordial and friendly.
We are constantly upgrading and renovating our condos.
The individual condominium owners have been very supportive in doing these upgrades.
I agree the location is great and in close proximity to shops and restaurants.
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Rakkestad, Norway
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Reviewed September 16, 2013

We were 4 people in the condo and it was a great accomodation with plenty of space! Wonderful view over the beaches, Fort DeRussy Beach Park and the city of Honolulu. We were very pleased that the aircondition worked well!
I think the owner should spend a few dollars to clean the sofa and carpets, but everything else was OK. I booked our stay by Outrigger, and both the check-in and check-out went well and easy. I will not hesitate to book another stay at Waikiki Shore!

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
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Williamsburg, Virginia
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Reviewed August 30, 2013

We stayed at this condo from July 28, 2013 to August 1, 2013 in an efficiency room on the 7th floor. The unit was spotlessly clean and comfortable with a very good ocean view over Fort Duressy from our lanai. There is an ABC store with a large deli only a block away which makes grocery shopping very convenient. The only fault I would mention is that the room was a little small in the bed section, but you don't spend much time in your room in Hawaii.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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hull
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Reviewed August 27, 2013

We stayed here for 10 days as part of our honeymoon which also consisted of Las Vegas and San Francisco. Hawaii without a doubt was our favourite!

Brilliant apartments right in the centre of Waikiki, we had room 1215 which looked out onto the sea and over the Fort De Russy Park. The kitchenette we had in our room was a god send as Hawaii can be very expensive! We eat breakfast every morning in our room which saved us a lot of money!

The apartment itself was basic but had everything we needed, and was perfect for us, especially front row seats to the Hilton fireworks on a Friday evening =) The bed was comfortable and the shower powerful and warm.

We booked through the Outrigger so was able to use the facilities at the reef which were a bonus, however why lay by a pool when you have the pacific ocean on your doorstep! The apartments couldn't be in a better location in my opinion, Roy's restaurant is across the road, and the Hardrock Café a couple of minutes walk away.

The good thing about these apartments is that you need to have a key fob in which to open the main door allowing you access to the lifts and you then have to re-scan once in the lift, this made us feel very safe knowing only residents had access to the building.

I would really recommend these apartments and would not hesitate to book again if we were ever to return in the future. I would also recommend hiring a car and heading out to the North Shore of the island as it is beautiful, don't just stick to Waikiki!

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Waikiki Shore
Address: 2161 Kalia Road, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96815-1936
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Location: United States > Hawaii > Oahu > Honolulu
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #7 of 45 Specialty Lodging in Honolulu
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3 star — Waikiki Shore 3*
Number of rooms: 168
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Waikiki Shore is the only beachfront condominium on Waikiki Beach, located amid the famed restaurants and upscale boutiques of Waikiki Beach Walk. Studios, one- and two-bedroom suites are equipped with kitchens and in-room washers and dryers and have stunning views of the ocean, park, and weekly fireworks. ... more   less 
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