My daughter and I celebrated her high school graduation with 5 nights at the Moana Surfrider. It is an absolutely gorgeous old hotel, lovingly and beautifully restored. IF you must go to Waikiki, which I would never do again, this hotel is THE place to stay. As for Waikiki, this location can't be beat.
Reasons you should stay here:
-It's the most beautiful hotel in all of Waikiki. Situated right on the beach (and there aren't that many that are right on the beach), you can reserve/rent comfy lounge chairs and umbrellas right on the beach (which come with a fruit cup, 2 cold bottles of water, and non-stop service). They even provide you with a service button to call for your waiter or request your check. Sure beats waiting!
-The food at this hotel is top notch. We ate dinner in the Beach House and had one of the best meals ever. The breakfast buffet is fantastic. The beach bar has great food, also. Drinks are yummy and tropical! We also ordered room service one night that was good and very fast.
-There is entertainment outside by the beach bar all the time. Lovely hula dancers and Hawaiian music really gets you in the spirit of Hawaii. This hotel is true Old Hawaii, and the entertainment enhances the experience.
-The lobby is beautiful. Lots of seating, open air, and wine service. Rocking chairs grace the long front porch and huge back veranda.
-Coffee and tea were provided in the room, which I always appreciate. The ice machine is easy to use and at the end of the hallway. There is also a nice sized refrigerator in the room.
-Bed is very comfortable. (Although they say the bed is a King, I measured, and it was 2 feet less wide than my King bed at home.)
-Hot water is plentiful and fast.
-The spa was one of the best we've used at a hotel. I had The Best reflexology treatment I've ever had with LaiLoni.
-Lots of plugs for devices, even on the desk!
-Our room was very quiet as the AC blew non-stop. I think I heard outside noise once.
-The Staff. The staff at the Moana Surfrider is above average in every sense. If every hotel had a consistently fantastic staff as the Moana Surfrider, hotels would find themselves booked every day of the year. Across the board, every single person working there goes out of their way to make you enjoy your stay. Check-in was fast and easy. I had requested early check-in, and they honored that (thank you very much)! Special shout outs to Colin and Hays beachside, and William in the Beach House. Ya'll really enhanced our stay!
Now, a few reasons you might want to rethink your destination. Notice I did not say hotel. Meaning, if you are going to Waikiki, this hotel is the best hotel. However, I must say I thought Waikiki was not a desirable location.
-Waikiki is crazzzzy crowded. By 2:00 everyday, we went inside. People were literally on top of us.
-The homeless are out of control in Waikiki, in my opinion. Many seem to be quite mentally ill, and we were concerned for our safety a few times. One guy walks around the main drag there outside the hotel making loud weird noises, and often gets right up in your face to do so. The City of Honolulu really needs to deal with this sad problem.
-If you are adverse to nonstop weddings, and the picture taking involved with weddings, this will not be the place for you. We counted 19 weddings at the hotel in the 5 days we were there. While I thought it was sweet, it did become annoying at a point when the bridal party portraits take up large areas.
I truly hate to recommend not going to Waikiki because clearly lots of people love being packed in on a beach like sardines, but if you do, you must stay at the Moana Surfrider.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to the Moana Surfrider, a Westin Resort & Spa, in Waikiki Beach on Oahu, HI. Visit Moana Lani Spa; or host a wedding on our rooftop terrace, or a meeting in our 10,000sq ft of event space. ... more less
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