Queen Kapiolani Hotel
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TravelPod Member ReviewsQueen Kapiolani Hotel Honolulu
a gem of a hotel, great pool, bar and restaurant are overlooking Diamond Head, comfortable rooms and directly opposite the Hawaii Zoo.It is away from the main bustle of Waikiki but only by a short walk. also a 50m walk to the beach
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This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.
Historical Traveler Reviews Queen Kapiolani Hotel Honolulu
Nice location and staff
Stayed in the Queen Kapiolani in Sept 03...for the money paid the room was excellent..upon arriving the bus dropped us off in a back alley which initially had my wife and i worried...from reading many other reviews on diff facilities here we didnt expect much from this facility but were rather surprised once getting to our room...before going on let me say the lobby from the back side will leave u reason for concern....but the room was more than we expected..it was a standard room...nothing fancy, but clean, balcony was moderate size for the two of us....hotel staff was excellent and extremely helpful with tourism information...the bar near the pool gave an excellent view of Diamond Head....BIG thanks to Dee the bartender excellent personality and also great at making "up" drinks...hotel is also in a great location...i would definitely visit this facility again as i said for someone thats budget conscious and doesnt expect to be pampered this is the hotel for uJEL
Good location/small rooms
I booked this hotel as part of a package with apple vacations. The location is great but the room was as small as a jail cell. We paid to upgrade and it was better. The place is getting old but I enjoy this side of waikiki
Nothing fancy but ok
The people at the check-in were very pleasant. It had three elevators, so not much of a wait for one. We had a kitchenette so we could prepare some of our own meals during our stay. There is an ABC store very close by where essential food /drinks and other items can be purchased. The hotel room is in need of refurbishing but it was clean. It is a very short walk to the beach. Right across the street from the zoo, didn't notice any smell but sometimes had some loud bird noises coming from there. Our room looked out over both Diamond Head and the ocean.
Oceanview 4-stars; room 2 1/2 stars
This is a discount hotel -- the in-room make-your-own coffee costs $1.50, etc. But if you can upgrade to the oceanview room, you'll get your money's worth. The corner view has Waikiki on the right and Diamond Head on the right. Walking distance to a nice beach with showers, aging pool was good enough, hotel staff was excellent. Right next to the Zoo. Excellent hotel for families on a budget (as long as you're not looking for privacy from your kids), college kids, and couples who need a cheap but clean place to hang out. If you don't get a room with a view, consider staying somewhere else. Also, they run a car & hotel package that was an excellent value. You can upgrade both the car and room. Only down side is the Dollar rent-a-car location took 45 minutes to get the car. Good parking and easy to get in and out of area because it's on the far end of Waikiki.
We enjoyed our stay at Queen Kapiolani
We stayed at Queen Kapiolani for twelve nights, from Aug. 13 through Aug. 25. A little nervous before we arrived because of some of the bad reviews of this hotel. But it turned out, we really had nothing to worry about. The hotel was clean and the staff was pleasant and helpful. The location was excellent since it was a block and a half from the beach. Our view was fantastic, part ocean view and a great view of Diamond head. We originally made a reservation with another hotel that is located on Kuhio Ave. But since this other hotel did not have ocean views we cancelled our reservation with them and kept the one with QK. Just for fun we went to this hotel to see what we missed.
In our opinion, this other hotel was like the Grand Central Station compared to Qk wtih regards to traffic and noise. I agree QK is not one of the newest hotel in Waikiki but you definitely get more than your money's worth. We would certainly stay there again.
Thrifty isn't so nifty
Chose this place to keep it cheap, now I wish we had just shelled out the cash and cut our stay down by a day to save instead. We booked a medium-sized non-smoking room, but got there and were placed into a small room that smelled like stale smoke. We complained to the front desk and got what we had originally requested, but it was still slim pickings!
If you really want to stay in Hononlulu for cheap, you can manage here.
The free continental breakfast is sparse but fine if you come prepared with your own goodies. Who cares if the pool is a large tub, because you're just going to be able to walk a few blocks to the beach (the one good thing about this place). The lanai isn't really a place to hang out, which is good because you'll often get a downwind from the zoo.
Just don't look too closely at anything here, because you'll realize how dirty the rooms really are and how much this place is past its prime. If you're doing a multi-day stay on Oahu, I'd suggest keeping your Honolulu stay short and maximizing your time on other parts of the island, especially the North Shore, or at least across the harbor near Ewa Beach.
Aging but functional
The Queen is starting to show her age and is in need of a refurbishing and clean up. Rooms adequate and lobby is cool and open. Staff was functional but not exemplary. Hotel has great location across from the zoo and park and one block from the beach on the western edge of Waikiki. Great view of Diamond Head. Easy access in and out of Waikiki for those who rent a car. Parking is $8 per 24 hours. OK as a place to sleep and center of operations, but not a destination type facility. Good value if you can get a rate below $100 for a superior room.
Great Location, good value.
I stayed at the Queen Kapiolani Hotel two weeks ago and found it to be a really good value. The location of the hotel is great because it is only a few minutes walk from Kapiolani park, the zoo, the aquarium and the beach. If you want something a little quieter than some of the hotels on Kalakaua avenue (waikiki's main thoroughfare), then this is definitely the place to stay. Room service was very good. The people down at the reception area were OK. The only complaint I have of this place is that the room I stayed smelled of smoke. Otherwise all in all it was a great value
The QK nearly ruined my honeymoon, but we are going back!
We arrived at the Queen Kapilani ready to relax after the worst flight either of us had ever had. At check in, they had no reservation for us. We had made our reservation online and had our confirmation in hand. They had no rooms available in the class we had reserved, but did find us another room. We rested and in the morning decided to give the breakfast buffet a try. Big mistake...the pancakes were solid as frisbees, the eggs cold, and fruit not fresh. But the view of Diamond Head from our lanai was priceless, beach access was great and there were plenty of restaurants in walking distance. We are going back this year and will stay at the QK, as we affectionately call it, because for the price, I don't think you can beat it, as long as you know what to expect when you get there.
Great place to stay
The Queen Kapiolani hotel is a great place to stay while in Waikiki. The hotel is near the zoo and just blocks away from all the main attractions. The hotel itself was clean and comfortable and we were actually upgraded to a larger room with a lanai.
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... one luggage handle got broke on the flight to Honolulu. Can't pull up handle anymore. Lucky it has 4 wheels and can be pushed. Makes it hard for the rest of the trip though. Not looking forward to our next 8 hour flight to Auckland, leaving at 11:00 pm. Killed time late in day at the free cocktail hour at our hotel. There was a live music group. Band was really good. Nice complimentary entertainment. Would recommend this ...
... and there were carp being fed in a feeding frenzy and some amazing trees with trunk colours that you would not believe.
Made it home for the sunset as you can see. It is a little cooler tonight as we need a jumper.....after all you know it is winter here.
Last full day in Hawaii tomorrow as we fly out on Saturday to arrive home Sunday.
... that he worked at Papa Luigi's in Fremantle during the America's Cup in 1987. He got someone to take a picture of him with us and later delivered the photo and asked if we could take it and give it to Nunzio (the owner) at Old Papa's in Fremantle.
A pleasant evening with nice people at our table. The show a bit corny and the food a buffet, but the atmosphere was good.