My husband and I just returned from our honeymoon in Hawaii where we stayed at the Sheraton Waikiki for 6 nights and then took the Norweigen Pride of America Cruise around the islands for the next 7 days. Our overall experience was wonderful and we would definately go back!
The Sheraton is located right in downtown Honolulu in the district of Waikiki. This is a very busy tourist area full of lovely shops, restaurants and activities. We liked it since we are from Toronto, ON Canada so the size of the city was very similar. Since this was our honeymoon and we were looking for more of an adults only hotel we learned that this is very difficult to find in Hawaii. So we opted for the Sheraton since it had an adults only pool. This proved to be a perfect fit for us! The adults only pool is called the infinity pool which overlooks the ocean. Water bean bag chairs were provided for all guests *free of charge* to float around the pool. What made this even better was the turtles in the ocean that like to pop up in front of this pool area making for a nice show!
So for most of the day you could go without seeing families with children except when using the hot tubs. This would be one of my recommendations: The hotel has this lovely adults only area which is nice a quiet with plenty of lounge chairs which is next to the bar but in order to use the hot tub you have to go to the family area which is a zoo. There are so many kids running around that area going in and out of the hot tubs and down the waterslides it can be a bit chaotic. Therefore It would have been nice to have had an adults only hot tub as well. There is not a lot of shade at the hotel either. They do have some umbrellas but not enough so in order to get one you have to go down to the pool area early and pick a chair next to one otherwise you are out of luck. My second recommendation would to have more umbrellas, maybe one every 3rd chair so people have the option to put up the umbrella or not instead of people fighting over the few ones available.
The hotel has a lovely spa where my husband and I each received a massages side by side. The price wasn't too bad either. $135 each for 50 min. It's a little pricy but we are on vacation and at a big hotel so we splurged a little. The prices were comparable to other spas we looked at as well.
The restaurants at the hotel are wonderful. The breakfast buffet is the best! So much variety and the omlettes are really yummy. We got the hotel package with the breakfast included with it and it was well worth while to do that. The restaurant called ingredients was perfect for lunch. They make really fresh pizzas, sandwhiches and salads so we didn't have to leave the resort.
We did go out on the city for dinner each night just for some variety and the prices are not as expensive. We recommend Roys, and the italian restaurant accross the street from the hotel for dinner. Food is amazing!
Shopping wise, the ABC stores are great for souvenirs. The are everywhere on the strip. The stores in the hotel are nice as well but a little more pricy. A lot of the items in the stores repeat so make sure to shop around a little, some of the stores are willing to give deals. The International Market Place is a nice area to go shop.
The beach is lovely however, this hotel does not have a large beach area but you can walk down in front of the other hotels for a walk or to go in the water. There are lots of surfing lessons and activities going on which are worthwhile. Surfing is big in Hawaii! I learned, it's not as easy as it looks!
There are friendly staff at the hotel looking to make your stay very enjoyable. There are staff in the pool area who discuss tours. They are very knowledgable and can reccomend the tour that is right for your group. We wanted to go to a Luau and didn't know which one to choose. We were deciding between Paradise Cove and the Polynisian Cultural Centre. Since it was our honeymoon, the guide reccomended Paradise Cove since drinks are available and there are more couples versus families that go to this event. It was very enjoyable. I would recommend it to anyone! Lots of activities to do, cultural experiences and lovely dancing.
There is a resort fee of approx. $20 a day but it includes 60 free international minutes a day and unlimited access to the internet and other things so for us we didn't mind paying it since these are services we would want to use anyway.
Also in the pool area a company (I can't remember the name) came in to do water aerobics and fitness for 30 minutes each day. It's fun to do and you get a little bit of exercise.
The rooms are well maintained and look lovely. We didn't spend a lot of time in there though. Lots of other things to do. We had a city view that was upgraded to a mountain view since it was our honeymoon. We could still see the ocean though just off to the left with the gorgeous sunsets!! We didn't mind this view and it cheaper than a few ocean view. This worked for us. It just depends on what you want.
There are lots of activities going on as well. Lei making, hula daning and ukelele lessons to name a few. They are fun to participate in.
The service around the pool area is a little slow because there are only 2 people to service 200 hundred but they do a good job. If you really want your drink fast you can just go to the bar and get it yourself. Sometimes it is good to get up and walk around!
Overall a wonderful experience and we would definately go back. Just keep in mind that your vacation is what you make of it. It gets boring to sit around and do nothing all the time. Make sure you experience some of the things Hawaii has to offer and you will probably have a more enjoyable trip!
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- Sheraton Waikiki on Oahu's oceanfront in Hawaii has Khakara Spa, delicious restaurants, and the largest ballroom in Waikiki. We're the perfect destination for an unforgettable wedding or honeymoon. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sheraton Waikiki Hotel Honolulu
- Sheraton Hotel Waikiki
- Sheraton Hotel Honolulu
- Sheraton Honolulu
- Honolulu Sheraton
- Sheraton Waikiki Honolulu
- Sheraton Waikiki Hawaii/Honolulu