Best Western the Plaza Hotel
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- Shuttle bus service
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Swimming pool
- Business Services
- Wheelchair accessibility
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TravelPod Member ReviewsBest Western the Plaza Hotel Honolulu
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Historical Traveler Reviews Best Western the Plaza Hotel Honolulu
Not the fanciest hotel, but fine for our purposes. While my husband taught classes in the meeting rooms, I explored the Island. With such a central location, I was able to drive about anywhere with the little trouble. The pool was well maintained and the traffic noise a bit loud, but I got used to it. The rooms were a tad "tired", but clean and our view of downtown Honolulu and the mountains (from the 11th floor) was very pretty. The staff was friendly and very helpful. This is not a resort hotel by a long shot and if you're not planning to spend a lot of time in your room, it's not a bad place at all.
Good airport hotel
As a stopover hotel this one was fine. We had two nights here, and thanks to this website we asked for a high floor room in the Tower - this was good advice. You could still hear the highway, but didn't stop us sleeping. We also used Brysons, the drive in takeaway round the corner - great food, great breakfast. The staff at the hotel where friendly and helpful about buses etc for our sightseeing. Tried to sit by the pool for half an hour, but the traffic noise was too great. Good airport hotel, but not for a vacation.
A Hard Bed to Sleep On
Feb 24, 2004We were absolutely exhausted when we arrived at the Plaza and I think that is the only reason we slept well. The bed was extremely firm, I think the floor may have been softer and there are two freeways that cross right in front of the hotel. I would never stay here if you are vacationing in Oahu. It is a place to sleep if you have an early morning flight to somewhere else, not much more.
Good for its purpose
There is no mistake about it, this is an airport hotel, not a tropical resort. You should not stay here if you are vacationing to Hawaii for beaches and pools. However, if you are visiting friends and family, planning on doing some outdoor activities on Oahu, or just spending the night, this is a very useful hotel. It is only a couple blocks from the airport and right off the Nimitz HWY, which gives you easy access to Honolulu, Waikiki, and to all the highways. The free parking is wonderful and is located in a connected covered garage. We had a room in the tower that faced the highway and had a lovely view of the mountains, ocean, and city. The room was in need of minor renovations.
The wallpaper had started to peel and the ceiling was a bit dirty. But the furnishings were new and very comfortable and everything was very clean. The pool is small and not somewhere that you'd want to hang out for a day, but nice. If you're looking for a good base to see all the sights of the island or a less congested alternative to downtown and Waikiki, this is good hotel. If you're looking for sun and sand, you're better off staying on Waikiki.
Not what we expected!
Being a Gold Club memeber we reserved a king room for 4 days. When we arrived was told that reservation was for room only and not what kind of room. They were going to put us in a room right next to freeway. And in a double bed. No Way! And the neighborhood didn't look the best to be out at night either. After getting upset they did put us in the tower on upper floor but still no king. Was told the military had presidence.
My first experience w/ the Plaza Hotel, Honolulu was when I had to make last minute arrangements to attend a funeral. As it turned out, I was extremely pleased and when my husband & I decided on a weekend-getaway, the Plaza Hotel was our choice. Because of annual church conventions, I always have need for "group" reservations , from air fare to hotel, and car; sometimes for a weekend, and sometimes for an entire week.
Therefore, I try to look into the "affordables" yet convenient lodging for everyone. My curiosity got the best of me once, and I made reservations at another hotel just down the road from the Plaza Hotel.
Total disappointment and I know now, I won't be doing that again. Nor would I recommend it to anyone. In fact, for July 11th - 18th of 2004, I will be needing rooms for my church members and I'm crossing my fingers for the availability. The Plaza Hotel near the airport is an absolute plus!
Area Info I wish I had before arriving
I stayed at the Plaza for a bit over a week. The room was clean and
comfortable. Here is some info which I would have found helpful.
Hopefully you can take advantage of it.
*Bus 62 stops directly in front of the hotel and goes to the Ala Moana Mall. It departs FROM the Mall at 7:45 PM, then again at 9:15 PM. Be aware of this 1.5 hour gap in service if you plan to take the bus back and forth.
*The Restaraunt in the lobby closes at 9 PM. See my note about bus schedules if you plan to eat there.
*There is a drive in restaraunt around the corner from the hotel (Byron's). I didn't eat there because I didn't know it was there until the day I left, but was told the food was good.
*If you walk out the front door and head right down the street, there is a strip mall with a Subway Sandwich shop and other restaurants about .25 miles away.
*Directly across Nimitz from the hotel is an entrance to a Naval housing area. If you cross the street, make the first right and walk about 200 meters, you will find a NEX shoppette & gas station. This is a good place to shop if you are with the military. They open at 0600 on weekedays and 0700 on weekends and close at 2100 daily.
*The hotel has internet access via web TV, but no drops for laptop hookups. Daily fee for web TV is $10 per day.
Great Airport Location
We always stay at this hotel when we end up stuck at the Honolulu airport on our way to and from our home in Maui. It is very close to the airport, has a free airport shuttle, has nice rooms and a friendly staff. It's not where I'd stay if I were on vacation in Honolulu or if I was staying multiple nights. But for a nice hotel very convenient to the airport it can't be beat.
Good place to sleep while passing through
Typical Best Western quality hotel standard, clean rooms, but don't expect a whole lot more. Hotel is located in the airport industrial area so there's absolutely nothing in the immediate vicinity -- good place for someone just passing through Honolulu and not really wanting to partake in the crazyness of Waikiki. For obvious reasons, if you're a tourist expecting resort level treatment, this spot isn't for you.
Good rate, good business traveler location
It is a great location for the business traveler who does not want to get caught up in the tourist activities in downtown and doesn't need the beach close by. The shuttle to and from the terminal is a big plus.
Try to get a room on the upper floors away from the freeway. The room has the necessary amenities, nothing plush. The staff is great and very accomodating. If your work takes you to Honolulu, you can't beat the rates and convenient location.
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... a swim in the inviting water. On arrival at the hotel, we were offered an upgrade of our room, so we knew we had an ocean front view, and we knew we were on the 6th floor, but when we finally got to our room in the afternoon, we were a bit disappointed that there was a huge banyan tree blocking our right hand view of Waikiki. We were told that there were no other rooms available and to try again tomorrow morning if we wanted to change. As we ...
... a very noisy peacock.
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... guests around in the golf buggy. We're getting low on money already. Hawaii is expensive!! May have to send him back for a few more days (while I laze by the pool) haha.
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