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Fairway Villa
Reviewed October 7, 2013

My wife and I stayed here for our 2 week honeymoon. The condo is immaculately clean, includes a zillion amenities which you cannot find at a hotel (full kitchen, rice cooker, blender, in-unit washer/dryer, boogie boards, beach chairs, snorkels & masks, water shoes, floating tubes, etc.) Garage parking space is included with the condo which is extremely valuable, as it apparently can cost around $35/day in the area. Upon arrival there was a cute basket of goodies for us, a nice note, and flowers on the door with a welcome sign. Marie, the owner, called us the day after we arrived to make sure that we'd arrived and were settled and to see if there was anything we needed. She is the most diligent and attentive landlord I think I've ever met. The condo is very conveniently located right next to the hubbub of Waikiki, but is one block down the street, so nights are quiet and removed from the din of the crowds. It only takes a few steps to get to the beach, restaurants, and loads of shopping! On the roof of the condo building is a pool, hot tub, sauna, and barbecue grills! The building has a full-time front desk guard who literally watches security cameras 24-7, and every door is accessible only via key fob -- all this is to say that the condo feels very secure. The view from the condo is spectacular - we loved sitting on the lanai every morning with our coffee and looking at the beautiful mountains (including Diamond Head!), the canal, and the lovely Pacific Ocean! If we ever return to Oahu, we'll definitely be staying here!

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 4, 2013

Having left our run a bit late, we were faced with few accommodation options within our budget. Having always stayed on the water side of Kuhio Avenue, we weren't sure what to expect, but we were pleasantly surprised. It's only a short 10 minute stroll to the beach and you have the stores and transport options along Kuhio, - even a full supermarket - just steps away. The building is clean, comfortable and secure, with a security guard in the lobby 24/7. Plus you have the advantage of a full kitchen and laundry, which was a welcome treat! Depending on your room (we had two), you might expect a bit of age and dated decor, but hey, this 'aint the Hilton! There is a rooftop deck with a pool, hot tub and fantastic views! You also get a car park, which is a rare commodity in Waikiki. Unfortunately there are a few undesirables hovering around the street after dark, but keep your wits about you and you'll be fine. If you'd like WiFi, contact Vacation Internationale (the timeshare managers) well before you arrive; they only have a limited number of modems and if you don't book ahead, you'll miss out. However, Starbucks and McDonald's are just around the corner and they have free WiFi inside. Ala Wai is a thoroughfare for emergency vehicles, so expect to hear sirens overnight, but other than that, you'll have a comfortable stay and save a few bucks for the more important stuff! I would happily stay here again.

Room Tip: Rooms on the higher floors give better views and a much nicer breeze. Studio rooms have wall beds, w...
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  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled as a couple
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7  Thank Leanne C
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Reviewed September 4, 2013

My wife and I stayed here recently for our latest trip to Oahu. Traditionally we've stayed at regular hotels by the beach in Waikiki. Those hotels were always nice but we paid a fortune for them. This time we decided to do a vacation rental instead. After a ton of online searching I kept coming across the Fairway Villas. The price was great, loved the location (away from the hub-bub yet close enough to it to join in on the fun) and the fact that it included a full kitchen, washer/dryer and free parking sealed the deal. Our unit was on the 22nd floor and was well appointed. All the necessary cooking utensils and cleaning equipment was provided (no maid service as this is a privately owned condo not a hotel). The owners also provided beach chairs and boogey boards for our enjoyment plus free wi-fi. We enjoyed breakfast and dinner on our lanai overlooking the mountains to our left and the ocean to our right. The rooftop pool and whirlpool was nice and a great place to watch the Friday fireworks from. The security staff was very friendly and accommodating. The assigned parking spot was awesome (if you've ever been to Waikiki you know how hard parking is to get!). We always paid a fortune for parking at our hotels before and we weren't even guaranteed a spot!! You don't really need a car in Waikiki but we roam all over the island so we prefer having one. If you have a car, I would recommend that you do any food shopping at Walmart not the Food Pantry on the corner. Even though that grocery store is super convenient (about 50 yards away), the prices are very high as its the only supermarket in Waikiki. Walmart is about two miles away and the amount you'll save is worth the trip (yes, it was a bit odd having our first stop in Hawai'i be at a Walmart - it was like we never left home!!).

Granted the Fairway Villas is not high end luxury but nor is the price tag. The location was great, our room well appointed and the parking could not be beat. We will be back again!

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled as a couple
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5  Thank Don G
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Reviewed August 20, 2013

We stayed in unit 1612, part of the Vacation International Timeshares. Our family of 4 enjoyed our stay except for no wifi. We were on wait list for 5 days to rent a wireless router at $5 per day but none was available so we visited Starbucks and McDonalds a lot to check our emails and surf the net. The unit was clean and the beds were comfortable. The A/C was a bit noisy. The free parking was awesome and such a great convenience. The location is excellent. There were no shampoo, conditioner and beach towels. We used our special shampoo brought from home and purchased our beach towels at Costco for $7 each. We used the blender to make smoothies daily and also made sure that we threw out our garbage once or twice a day. Overall, we had a very enjoyable stay.

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with family
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7  Thank yeungman
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Reviewed June 8, 2013

This unit is part of Vacation International Timeshares. We stayed in unit 1914. The unit was very clean and well supplied. Quick elevator service. The small pool (which was not heated!) and a very small hot tub plus separate mens and women's saunas are located on the 29th floor, the rooftop rec. area. Plus there were three large BBQs there for our use - we could not get any of them lit for dinner but they were kept clean. Generally good condition one bedroom/one bath condo unit. Good security. The parking was a bit hairy the first time entering- had to find the exact parking stall on level 4 (for us) and then walk down the ramp to level 3 to catch the elevator which was not a big deal once we got used to it. The building is located on the Ala Wai canal which means more green space on the north side looking over a large golf course, the canal and a large school and stadium. We loved how close the beach was - less than a 10 minute walk - easy to carry your bag of beach gears. Some beach folks, we noticed, used a suitcase to bring the days worth of food/clothing, etc. to the beach. Lots of one way streets to get in and out of the area but easy access to the main areas of the city. I would recommend this stay to any VI timeshare holder. There are also several privately rented condos there and I cannot speak to the cleanliness or bug free zones of other units. After all, this is Hawaii and there are critters that live in damp places. Visitors need to monitor some details themselves (like removing garbage and not leaving food on counters or fruit peels in garbage very long - common sense for that climate!).

  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled as a couple
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9  Thank ronandelaine75
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Reviewed May 13, 2013

After waiting five years to take a honeymoon I was highly disappointed in the accommodations…which is a word I use very lightly for this “Villa”. First of all there was no shampoo or conditioner in the room, there was no maid service, no concierge (instead there are security officers), and cockroaches that invaded not only the kitchen sink and bathroom but also my BED! I felt so dirty and disgusting in this place that my husband and I left a day early and checked into a beautiful hotel down the street. Also, beware if you are assigned a parking space on the second floor of the building as there is no elevator – this forced us to lug our four heavy suitcases through an emergency side entrance and have to go down a flight of stairs just to get to the lobby…by the way, there is no bellman so the security officer just looked at us as we struggled down the stairs with our bags. Also, what the online pictures do not show is if you get a studio room you will have a Murphy Bed (these are the beds that fold out from the wall) and the TV will be on a bureau right next to the bed making it impossible to lay in bed and watch TV…I saw about ¾ of the screen on my side of the bed. Now you may say, “who goes to Hawaii to watch TV?” but trust me when you are staying in this room the last thing you want to do to unwind is sit in there reading a book because if you are like me it makes you think too much about how depressing the room looks. Finally, the filth – I felt so dirty in the room that I bought Lysol wipes and did some cleaning myself – with every wipe of the wipe I got dirt which just made me feel gross. Please note, this is NOT a hotel…it is an apartment complex that has rooms allotted for timeshare customers. It is really sad that what started off as a lovely gift from my relatives turned into a nightmare…a true thriller at the Villa.

Room Tip: Don't stay here
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  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled as a couple
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15  Thank ElleMW
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Reviewed March 17, 2013

We booked this rental through our timeshare, we had never been to Honolulu before. So this is our opinion
Pro's: Walking distance to beach, shopping & eating. Grocery store right at the corner for eating in to save money. Coffee shop in the grocery store. Tour bus to pearl Harbor picked us up at the corner, so easy. Did not have to drive after we arrived, walked to most places. Clean unit which is important to us. Security was good. Murphy bed was comfortable. We loved walking to the beach and relaxing all day enjoying the beautiful views. The roof has a nice view of Honolulu which was nice and they have BBQ there for use.

Con's: it was very hard to find, the room was an end unit and very small for 3 people. Sirens went off all night and could barely sleep, walls are really thin, air conditioner made some noise to drown out all the sirens, didn't like how high up we were with only a glass door between us & the edge. Not a lot of utensils to use for cooking family meals or BBQ but if you can improvise power to you.
Would we stay again? I am not sure would really have to be our last option.

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled with family
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8  Thank Gigi805
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Address: 2345 Ala Wai Blvd, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96815-2968
Location: United States > Hawaii > Oahu > Honolulu > Waikiki
Amenities:
Free Parking Kitchenette Swimming Pool
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Ranked #23 of 46 Specialty Lodging in Honolulu
Price Range: $120 - $180 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Fairway Villa 3*
Number of rooms: 365
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