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The condo was only recently refurbished with all new appliances. Comfy king size bed and a big balcony with beautiful views. Would definitely stay here again.
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Home away from Home
Aloha...I have just returned home after a wonderful vacation with my wife at Castle Waikiki Shore this was our 24th stay !!!! yes I repeat 24th stay since 1984. We just love the place the staff are super friendly and I defy anyone to come up with a better view of Waikiki! through a security gate and step on to the beach. We always have a one bedroom appartment which is complete with ALL the mod-cons of home we just can't wait to get back next year to our HOME away from HOME
Just came back from a lovely 4 day trip from Oahu! Let me start off by saying that the Waikiki Shores is nearly impossible to find and so I highly recommend calling to get directions, although the problem is not finding the actual hotel/condo but finding the driveway since it is NOT marked except for very small numbers which can hardly be seen from the car unless you know where you are going. We must have driven past the driveway at least 5 times before actually finding it.....The reason being that it is RIGHT next door to the Outrigger Reef on the Beach so we kept driving past it thinking it was a part of the hotel.
Once inside I was pleasantly surprised with how clean the studio was. I had requested an ocean view and was surprised to see that we were literally steps away from the beach (Room 504) and walking distance to all the downtown stores. Nice place to stay with the ammenities of a small studio apt. (not sure if you can actually access the pool/spa next door, but from other reviews it looks like we may have been able to ).
I also flew to Maui and stayed at the Aston Mahana Kannapalli shore for 4 nights and thought that this place was 100x's nicer than the Waikiki Shores, but then again I prefer the Maui island over Oahu and Kauai. The room was much bigger with an actual kitchen vs the kitchenette and was around $250 cheaper than the Waikiki shore. Would definately stay at both places again.
Beautiful room, view and service
Castle Waikiki Shore was a nice surprise. We had a 1 bedroom unit on the 8th floor with an ocean view. What a view it was. We had ocean, the park and the mountains!! WOW! Room was done in white and pastels and was very clean. The fronk desk help Mark and Issac were always very friendly and helpful. My only complaint is that I plugged my computer into a dial up connection in the room and ran up a $43.00 bill in 20 minutes. The front desk did tell me about phone charges but I chose to ignore them. (stupid on my part). There is a internet cafe by the beach on the first floor. cheap rates and there was always a computer open for use.
I am not sure I will return to Honolulu as it reminds me to much of home. But, this hotel/condo was a great place to stay
Reviews Misleading!! Wrong hotel
Some of the reviews listed state that it is a hotel! I believe they selected the wrong location to review. It is NOT a hotel!!! I'm not sure where they stayed but the Shores is not across from the Market Place it is on the Beach. The Waikiki Shores are condominiums that are adjacent to the Outrigger Reef on the Beach which allows you to utilize all of its facilities (pool, room service, etc...). We stayed in the one bedroom condo and found it perfect for a family with kids. It had a FULL kitchen and a washer and dryer inside the unit (they provide the detergent). The one bedroom however is a spacious room with a partition to block off the bedroom from the living room area. As a rule I never select a room close to the streets because it will be noisy!!
I travel to Hawaii every year and when we take the kids this is where we stay. It is well worth the extra money. Not to mention having clean clothes when you leave!!
Waikiki Shore, ask for closer to the beach
We stayed at the Waikiki Shore condos May 20 - 25, 2004. Two adults, Grandma and two kids. Any complaints in my review are so you can be informed and not be disappointed. The room was clean and VERY spacious, no bugs, air conditioning worked great. These are condos and people do live here full time. We had trouble finding the condo, even with Mapquest, because Kalia Road becomes one way in the opposite direction right in front of the condo and there is no sign for the Waikiki Shore. Check out a detailed map of Waikiki before you go. It's right next to the US Army Museum in Ft. DeRussy Park. Park your car in front and there is a small desk there. They will assign you a space in the garage below and give you a garage door opener. I had booked a one bedroom condo, knowing that our little kids usually end up in our bed anyway and Grandma would be on the sofabed, but when the front desk saw we had five, they made me upgrade at $105 more per night to a 2 bedroom 1 bath. This was fine, since we did appreciate the bedroom, it had a TV and was private (the other BR is separated by a sliding partion from the living room.) But I wondered if we could have found something better for that much $$ per night. Also we arrived at 1:30 p.m. and they couldn't let us into our room untill 3. I have never had a problem getting into a room early and we would have liked to change and relax.
Two complete walls were sliding glass doors with balconies. However, Ocean View consisted of a peek diagonally between the trees of the park next door. To get those two walls of windows we had to be at the farthest possible room from the beach at the street side of the building. The noise from the streets was quite loud all night. Buses motorcycles, sirens, it was just like staying in a city hotel. We looked down on the Army Museum driveway, and street traffic. I'd ask to be closer to the beach next time, as we didn't even open the blinds on that north facing wall at all.
To avoid disappointment, verify where your "ocean view" room is located. Photos of the Waikiki Shore on websites show the "Ocean Front" views which is misleading. Ocean Front was another $100 per night and sold out.
There was construction going on, but we were at the pool at the Outrigger Reef or the beach all day and weren't bothered by the workers.
Go down the beachwalk west by the lifeguard stations, it's less rocky, and you can stroll over to the Hilton Hawaiian Village to shop or grab a snack.
Other fun things: fireworks from the Hilton at night, making a lei in the lobby of the Outrigger Reef, a romantic dinner or drinks at the stunning Orchids at the Halekulani Hotel two doors down. It was like a complete other world there. Also, drive to Kailua (take the H1 over for beautiful views and the 61 back for speed. The beach is powdery white sand and the water is even warmer there. Most gorgeous!
We just returned from a stay at the Waikiki Shore Condominiums and thought it was a fantastic place. It is very conveniently located to shops, grocery stores, and the beach. The room itself (Room 410, a one-bedroom) was immense and more like a suite; I would say it was easily 1,100 square feet. The balcony was very long and we had great views of the ocean; the Honolulu skyline; and Fort De Russy below, which is a park and provides "breathing space" between us and the other hotels. The room was also very clean. Management provided many extras like early check-in; late check-out, our own numbered parking space in the garage; free beach towels. Also we had daily maid service. A washer/dryer is in the room and the office provides free detergent. It is right next door to the Outrigger Reef and the Halekulani but a fraction of the price at $235 a night. It doesn't have a restaurant but they provide a 20% off coupon for the Outrigger's Chiefs Hut Restaurant next door. Note: We booked through a service under the name of "Castle Waikiki Shore." There was some lobby renovation underway during our late October stay, which was a bit noisy, but they didn't start until after 9 a.m. each day. My husband and I would definitely recommend this place for value, location, views and quality.
We just got home from a week at the Waikiki Shore, and it was great. We had 6 people, so we got two of the garden view one bedroom condos. They were light, and spacious, and right on the beach. I was a little leery at first because the outside walkways are not great, nor is the office, but once we opened the door to the condo, it was wonderful. Just a note - the garden views are all on the 2nd floor, so not a lot of view. They are also darker and have smaller porch areas, but for being right on the beach, they are still a great value. We were lucky and got bumped to the 3rd floor because the 2nd was full, and up there it is very light and open. The one thing I thought would be a problem was there isn't a real wall between the bedroom and the living room, just a partition that you pull across. It ended up being great for us, because it gives you privacy at night, but opens the room up during the day if you choose. Since it was my daughter and grandson who were in the living room on the pull out bed, it didn't cause us any problems. The one disappointing thing about that part of the beach is that it is very rocky in the water in that area of the beach. If you have a raft and can get out there, it is fine. We ended up walking down a block or two where it was sandier, and that worked out fine. The kids didn't care much, but my 85 year old mom had a problem with it. I also looked at the studio and the two bedroom while I was there for next time. I will definately stay there again, even if it is on the 2nd floor. I looked at a few of the hotels and condos that I had considered on line, and the rooms were TINY and most didn't have any view at all either. We could at least see a bit of ocean, and the park next door was pretty anyway, so that was ok. Will be glad to answer any questions you have.
Waikiki Shore - condo
We stayed 3 nights at the Waikiki Shore in a studio unit. It had twin beds and was on the highest floor. The views were fantastic - we had a balcony overlooking the Fort de Russy park on one side, and the entire Diamond Head side from our main door.
The unit was airy and clean and featured a washer/dryer and kitchenette. It was exceptionally hot and humid this past week and the air conditioner and ceiling fan barely kept us comfortable.
The Outriggeer Reef is smack next door and is a hive of activity. We had appetizers at the beach front bar and a meal in the Outrigger restaurant and thought the food was just fair (fake cheese on the nachos - yuck) and somewhat overpriced. The beach in front of the hotel is "bun to bun" with people - a little too congested for my taste. The waves break a long way from shore - maybe a quarter mile out - and most people used some kind of floating device near the shore since the bottom was rather rocky and tough on the feet.
There are plenty of restaurants and stores within walking distance.
The Waikiki Shore is a fine option if you want to be in the middle of Waikiki's action. I've stayed at the other end, near Kapiolani Park, and prefer that area since it's less frantic.
Look for another report under "Oahu - tips about the north shore and Waikiki."
OK Room, but beautiful view!
Sept. 2000 - Thought we were getting a georgous 1 bedroom ocean front condo, however, the brochure pictures were not accurate. (We booked our trip through AAA & Pleasant Holidays) The first room they gave us was totally unacceptable. Old, smelly carpet, stained walls, overall a cramped room and a window unit that clanked loudly above our heads out on the TINY balcony. The bedroom was in the back part of the unit and was small and dark. There was no A/C in the bedroom, so you'd have to leave the door open to get any circulation. This particular room was indeed an ocean front, but it was on the 3rd floor above a shop -- lots of noise and commotion and no view to speak of since it was on a lower floor. Needless to say, we insisted on another room. The hotel manager was firm on his $25./night upgrade for our new room #618.#618 was much better. I would take this large 2 bedroom unit again if I wanted to be right in the hustle and bustle of Waikiki. Since it was a corner room glass sliding doors made up two walls. Great to open both sides. We had 2 balconies - one fronted Saratoga Road with a fabulous view of the mountains. The other looked over Fort De Russy and had a partial view of the ocean. It too, was beautiful. The Condo didn't have a resturant or pool, but the facility next door was available for use. At the time of our visit, management had just changed and renovation was supposed to begin shortly. Bottom line: Room 618 is a good room with a pretty view. But, if you're looking for glitz and glamour, this isn't it.
Loved the Waikiki Shore, unit 312
We stayed in unit #312...It was beautiful and offered both an ocean view and park view (by overlooking the park, there is no hotel to block a beautiful view). It is the only condominum right on Waikiki Beach. We were there in Nov. of 2002 and are booked for another stay the middle of Feb. 2003. The use of facilities at Outrigger Reef next door is an added bonus. Unit #312 is a 1 bedroom, 1 bath, with full updated kitchen...the unit was furnished beautifully!! I give this unit a five-star rating!!!
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