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Ramada Plaza Waikiki
Ranked #44 of 84 Hotels in Honolulu
Kihei, Hawaii
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144 reviews
57 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 119 helpful votes
“If You have to overnight in Honolulu”
Reviewed October 18, 2007

I think Honolulu must have the largest collection of shabby and overpriced 2 and 3 star hotels in the world. Normally I stay at the New Otani which is a $140-$160 per night property, great location, breakfast on the beach, some nice views and friendly staff. Rooms are so so.
I thought I would try something different for a change and wanted to be closer to Ala Moana shopping and movies. The Holiday Inn was offering a $125/night room with free high speed internet access and is only a 10 minute walk from Ala Moana and Victoria Plaza shopping.
The staff were very helpful, room was generous in size, internet access worked as advertised.
If you book a stay DEFINITELY ask for a room NOT facing Ala Moana Blvd unless you find traffic noise soothing.
Overall a good stay, average by most standards but a tremendous value for Waikiki.

  • Liked — Value and location
  • Disliked — Nothing but avoid rooms facing Ala Moana Blvd
  • Stayed October 2007, traveled solo
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5 Thank Gary B
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Pattie F, Director of Sales at Ramada Plaza Waikiki, responded to this review, December 5, 2014
Dear Inmauinow,

Thank you for choosing to stay with us and trying something new! We are happy that you enjoyed your stay with us. Our staff strives to provide outstanding service for all our guests. The value that you receive here is tremendous as we offer complimentary WiFi, fridge, microwave, and coffeemaker in all rooms, and free drinks in the lobby.

Please come back and stay with us again soon!

Warmest aloha,
Pattie Furtado
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Westport, Ireland
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46 reviews
23 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed September 13, 2007

I stayed here for one night while transiting through Hawaii. My flight was delayed and I didn't end up at the hotel until around 0430. The agent already knew who I was when I walked throught the door. When questioned how she knew, she replied "because you're the last check-n". I found that to be a good sign, meaning, the staff actually is paying attention to details. Actually, the entire staff is extremely courteous and friendly. The room itself is what I expected, nothing too fancy, but free high-speed internet (which most hotels charge extra for). There is some street noise, but nothing too terrible. I would definitely stay here again and recommend it for business travelers or people who want to just make a 'base camp' while they are in Waikiki.

  • Stayed September 2007, traveled solo
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4 Thank trvlerjenn
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Pattie F, Director of Sales at Ramada Plaza Waikiki, responded to this review, December 5, 2014
Dear Trvlerjenn,

Thank you very much for your review. We are happy that you enjoyed your stay with us. Our staff is very attentive and pays close attention to our guests. The hotel offers great amenities, such as complimentary WiFi and usage of our lobby computers.

Please come back and stay with us again soon!

Warmest aloha,
Pattie Furtado
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Orlando, FL
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34 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
Reviewed June 21, 2007

Holiday Inn Waikiki is nothing fancy, but will get you a clean room at a good price in an expensive area. It is great if you are basicly just using the room as a base and a place to sleep while touring around Waikiki.

The hotel sits off the road with just a drive on the main street. There is a chinese restaurant in front of the entrance. It is walking distance from the beach (I did not go there), shopping and many restaurants including McDonalds, Starbucks and the popular Wailana Coffee House (decent food.) There is a bus stop out front, too (kind of in front of the chinese restaurant.)

The lobby is small and basic for a Holiday Inn. You will find just coffee there in the morning. There is no restaurant on the premises. The staff is friendly and accomodating (they held our luggage in the back on the day we arrived early, and the day we checked out and then went sightseeing.) The rooms are basic, but clean. Ours had a refridgerator. The A/C unit was kind of loud (not unusual for this category of room.) We had a room that faced the street (Ala Moana Blvd) which added to the noise level at night. (Tip: Try to get a room that faces the back of the hotel. This might cut down on the noise.) The hotel has a pool, but we did not use it.

In addition to the restaurants on Ala Moana Blvd, there are restaurants and shopping in the Hilton complex across the street. There is also an ABC (convenience) store there where you can buy an OK breakfast or lunch and sit at outdoor tables next to the pool. We weren't shy about this, and no one ever chased us away for not buying the outdoor cafe food.

One last observation: pilots and flight attendants from China and Japan airlines were staying in the Holiday Inn while we were there. I take this an indicator of consistancy (quality, price) since they are obviously in Honolulu all the time, and the hotel is not real close to the airport.

  • Liked — Great price (booked on the hotel Website)
  • Disliked — Room was noisy at night (A/C, street, late night partyers one night)
  • Stayed June 2007, traveled on business
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7 Thank Sloshgator
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Pattie F, Director of Sales at Ramada Plaza Waikiki, responded to this review, December 8, 2014
Dear Sloshgator,

Thank you for your review and for choosing to stay with us. We have since changed over to a Ramada property and renovations have been made since then. Our staff continues to provide excellent customer service for all our guests. Housekeeping upholds high standards of cleanliness for our property, especially the rooms. We apologize that you experienced loud noises while staying in the rooms. We greatly appreciate your patience. The location of our hotel is convenient and close to many stores and restaurants.

Please come back and stay with us again soon!

Warmest aloha,
Pattie Furtado
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Sydney, Australia
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26 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed June 2, 2007

Waikiki has a lot of fabulous and luxurious beach front hotels, however, we found most of them are rather overpriced.

The Holiday Inn proved to be the best-priced hotel for us. For under $130 a night, we got a decent sized room that was clean and quiet. The bed was comfortable and the beddings were changed everyday. A good place to return to after a day at the beach.

The reception staff were friendly, even at midnight when we checked in. Our request for data cables to connect to the internet was fulfilled, without additional charge. And broadband internet access was free.

The laundry facility was convenient and the gym was well equiped.

  • Liked — Friendly staff
  • Disliked — none
  • Stayed April 2007, traveled as a couple
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5 Thank lycook
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Pattie F, Director of Sales at Ramada Plaza Waikiki, responded to this review, December 8, 2014
Dear Lycook,

Wow, thank you for an awesome review and 5-star rating! We are very happy that you thoroughly enjoyed your stay with us. We have since changed over to a Ramada property and renovations have been made since then as well. Our staff still remains very friendly and provides excellent customer service for all guests. Housekeeping continues to uphold high standards of cleanliness for our property, especially our rooms. The location of the hotel is convenient and close to many stores and restaurants.

Please come back and stay with us again soon!

Warmest aloha,
Pattie Furtado
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Arkansas
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed May 14, 2007

We stayed at Holiday Inn for one night prior to our cruise and found the property clean and had a very comfortable bed. We had a tour scheduled for the morning of our depature and the hotel was nice enough to allow us to store our luggage with them until we got back..The staff was very friendly and the chinese buffet was pretty good. I will stay there again on my next visit.

  • Liked — price
  • Disliked — all is well
  • Stayed May 2007, traveled as a couple
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2 Thank razorrrrrback
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Pattie F, Director of Sales at Ramada Plaza Waikiki, responded to this review, December 8, 2014
Dear Razorrrrrback,

Thank you for a great review. We are very happy that you chose to stay with us prior to your cruise. We have since changed over to a Ramada property and renovations have also been made. Housekeeping continues to do a great job in keeping our property clean, especially our rooms. Our staff continues to uphold high standards of providing the best customer service for all our guests.

Please come back and stay with us again soon!

Warmest aloha,
Pattie Furtado
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Sunnyvale, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed May 14, 2007

I am currently staying at the Holiday Inn Waikiki. The reception staff were friendly, and the facilities in the room worked as expected, including a free safe deposit box and free Internet access both wired and wireless (though the wireless is by accident and not supplied by the hotel).

The problems I did run into were unclear information in the service booklet in the room, which mentioned use of the safe costs money. Furthermore, if you want to catch a public bus downtown or to other Oahu attractions you have to walk about 2 blocks. Even the airport shuttle did dropped me a short walk from the hotel entrance.
The hotel is several blocks away from both the beach and the conference center, which means you do not need to take a car or bus if you are attending either of these.

In all, for $100+tax a night for two double beds, this hotel is satisfactory.

  • Liked — Free internet access
  • Disliked — Distance from bus stops
  • Stayed May 2007, traveled on business
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Helpful?
Thank epsalon
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Pattie F, Director of Sales at Ramada Plaza Waikiki, responded to this review, December 8, 2014
Dear Epsalon,

Thank you for your review. We are happy that we met your expectations during your stay. We have since changed over to a Ramada property and renovations have been made. Housekeeping does a great job in keeping our rooms clean and comfortable for guests. Front Desk continues to exude the warm spirit of aloha and strives to assist all guests in any way possible. We apologize for the confusion regarding the safe. The location of our hotel is convenient and easily accessible to many stores and restaurants.

Please come back and stay with us again soon!

Warmest aloha,
Pattie Furtado
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Sydney, Australia
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158 reviews
156 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 223 helpful votes
Reviewed May 9, 2007

The Holiday Inn Waikiki is opposite the Hilton Hawaiian Village - but you wouldn't know it, because it is hidden back from busy Ala Moana Boulevarde. Rooms away from the road do not have too much road noise - but do have noise from air conditioning.
I found the hotel very clean and the staff pleasant and helpful. I didn't try the restaurant, but the patrons inside looked well fed. Recreational facilities are nothing to write home about, and you need to cross the road to reach Waikiki's beach - and then down near the Hilton, so several hundred metres from the main part. However, being closer to town means that the Ala Moana shopping center is within walking distance. I would recommend this hotel for a night or two in Honolulu, especially if you want to spend your savings (compared to the big name hotels in Waikiki) on food, shopping or adventures.

  • Liked — Pleasant staff and clean rooms
  • Disliked — Noisy airconditioning
  • Stayed May 2007, traveled on business
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1 Thank FrequentFrier
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Pattie F, Director of Sales at Ramada Plaza Waikiki, responded to this review, December 8, 2014
Dear FrequentFrier,

Thank you for your review. We are happy that you chose to stay with us. Our staff continues to provide excellent customer service for all our guests and Housekeeping upholds high standards of cleanliness for our property. Yes, our value cannot be beat!

Please come back and stay with us again soon!

Warmest aloha,
Pattie Furtado
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Property: Ramada Plaza Waikiki
Address: 1830 Ala Moana Blvd, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96815-1602
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Location: United States > Hawaii > Oahu > Honolulu
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#5 Best Value Hotel in Honolulu
#28 Business Hotel in Honolulu
#37 Family Hotel in Honolulu
#38 Romantic Hotel in Honolulu
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Ramada Plaza Waikiki 3*
Number of rooms: 198
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Aloha and E Komo Mai! Located at the beginning of Waikiki, we are an off beach property offering affordable accommodations with NO resort fees! We are within walking distance to the beach, Ala Moana Shopping Center and the Hawaii Convention Center! All guest rooms come with free WI-FI, charging station for electronic devices, microwave, mini-fridge,in-room safe, HDTV including free HBO, coffee maker, hair dryer, bathroom amenities, iron/ironing board. Also free use of the Fitness Center and Business station. Start your morning with fresh coffee, tea, and iced water in the hotel lobby. Parking is normally $25.00 per night but become a Wyndham Rewards member, and parking is reduced to $20.00 per night plus earn points towards a free stay at any Wyndham property. Public transportation (The Bus) is available in front of the hotel. Explore and experience the island culture - visit our concierge/activities desk in the lobby for all your tours and adventures and build great memories of your Hawaiian vacation! ... more   less 
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