Holiday Inn Waikiki Beachcomber Resort Hotel
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How has this hotel rated in the past?
- Swimming pool
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Fitness/Health center
- Wheelchair accessibility
Hotel commenced significant upgrade - would be worth future travellers taking a look for a value-for money central place to stay where staff are very helpful
This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.
TravelPod Member ReviewsHoliday Inn Waikiki Beachcomber Resort Hotel Honolulu
Historical Traveler Reviews Holiday Inn Waikiki Beachcomber Resort Hotel Honolulu
The first time I stayed here was in 1988. As a teenager on a family trip the location was perfect, close to all the attractions. A great place for the entire family. I have gone back to Waikiki 4 times since and always stayed here. As an adult, it's a completely different experience. Much has changed in Waikiki, but the Beachcomber is still as great, actually better, than the first time we stayed there 16 years ago. The rooms are very comfortable. Step out onto the lanai to see what's going on in the heart of the city. The beach is right across the street. The International Marketplace is next door. All the dining and entertainment you could ask for...the location couldn't be better.
Overall, this hotel is fine with a few little things that irked us but may not bother others. 1) the sink is not in the bathroom; it's just outside of it with a partial wall separating it from the rest of the room. My dad woke up early everyday and woke us up with bright lights and sounds of running water. 2) There is no tub, just a shower. 3) They charge for the coffee and tea. We put the stuff in a drawer, and then got charged for it, because the chambermaid thought we used it. Check your bill carefully. 4) Only four floors in the entire hotel is non-smoking. The hotel does not smell like smoke, but it was difficult for them to find us a non-smoking room with a view when we wanted an upgrade. When we asked for and was willing to pay for an upgrade, the front desk clerk was rude and put out. I said I was concerned about noise on the lower floors, because I had an infant with me. She replied that it's loud on the upper floors too. The good news is that our 14th floor room was not uncomfortably loud. (The other staff were fine, but there was no concierge and the staff didn't seem particularly knowledgeable about restaurant suggestions,etc. We ended up going to another hotel with a concierge and asked them.) On a positive note, it was fun to be close to the International Market.
We spent the Christmas Holidays 2003 here. The staff was very polite, helpful, and promptly upgraded us to a partial ocean view when our room was not ready. We actually had a decent view of the ocean from the 14th floor. We are a family of four and a room with two doubles and a rollaway was tight. The room was clean and nicely furnished. There is no tub only a stall shower and the sliding bathroom door was very noisey. Having a quiet refrigerator was a blessing. The in room tea and coffee are not free, and there is a daily charge for using the safe so we didn't. Located in the heart of Waikiki our sliding glass door was closed when we were there to avoid street and city noise. After one day on Waikiki Beach we elected to go to the north shore or the western beaches which were prettier and far less crowded. If we didn't have our chairs and towels in place on Waikiki by 8am we had to sandwich ourselves between existing sunbathers. Surfing at Waikiki was good either early or late. In the evening we felt like we were in Times Sq.
We stayed only one night here, and loved it. We had 2 rooms for us & kids, and they accommodated our last minute request of adjoining rooms!
We had a partial ocean view. The hotel staff was the friendliest we had on all the islands, and were most helpful in recommending dining places for our family. We had a blast at the International Market, right next door, and enjoyed watching the people on the streets. A VERY short walk to Waikiki Beach! Much fun. Wished we had stayed longer.
Front desk staff horror
My family and I were referred to the Waikiki Beachcomber Hotel through a travel agent. I will never stay there again. The customer service that I received from the front desk was terrible. The night crew at the front desk was very rude and nasty. The man (Lester) who checked my family in was sleeping when I arrived to the front desk. He seemed very annoyed and irritable at us for disrupting his sleep. A girl from the day shift staff sneezed on me and she gave me wrong directions to the Pearl Harbor.
Really like the place
Got a room for a night as a stopever via Priceline for $50 and was very pleasantly surprised. Really good location in the middle of Waikiki, accross from the Beach. The room was quiet, comfortable, very spacious and newly renovated, we even saw a sliver of the ocean. from the lanai.
The only quibble with the room was the refrigerator which was a bit noisy, but pulling the plug solved that!
Don't have the Hotel's $17.00 breakfast, but cross the street to the Outrigger Hotel and have breakfast at Duke's. They offer a great beachfront location with a first rate breakfast buffet including made to order eggs at $11.00! On Maui something like this would set you back $25.00.
Great value, Perfect location
Just returned from 5 nights at this hotel. We found the room to be afforable, comfortable, and very clean. Nothing fancy, yet we had all we needed for our comfort. The location alone is worth the stay. Right across from the Royal Hawaiian, we enjoyed the ease of walking to many restaurants, and beach access is just steps away from the hotel. We would definately stay here again!
My family (4) visited Honolulu for 3 nights the middle of August and stayed at the Waikiki Beachcomber. I got an excellent rate Deluxe Ocean View by booking early online. For the combination of price and location you can not beat this spot. The staff was great, accommodated our very late check out for a nominal price. You are definitely right in the heart of the action and right across the street from Waikiki beach. If a big swimmimng pool is important go to the Hilton and pay big bucks. If not, I checked out most every other hotel on the 'strip' and despite what you may see on the internet, they are all nearly the same size as this one or more money. We did not find the noise from the street a factor.
Will Definitely Stay There Again
Stayed there two nights during the second week of our honeymoon. Wish we had stayed there during our whole week in Honolulu, but we booked with a hotel one block further from Waikiki beach which wasn't as nice.
Upon arriving, the concierge had everything ready: breakfast passes, keys. They're very organized. Our room was clean, comfortable, everything was new, and was fully equipped with central air, not the noisy a/c units. We got the partial ocean view as we chose, unlike some other hotel advertisements that didn't produce. Breakfast buffet was delicious. Lots to choose from and friendly and professional waitstaff and hosts. We were right in the middle of everything: stores, restaurants, other hotels, and we walked across the street for beachfront access!
I just got back from my stay at this hotel. I did 3 nights here and 4 night at Kaanapali Beach Hotel in Maui. If you want to be in the middle of Waikiki, this is the place to stay! It is right next to the International Market Place, accross the street from the Royal Hawaiian shopping center, and a block away from the beach. The hotel has a small pool area. (Go spend time at the beach instead!) It is home to 3 shows, including the one and only Don Ho! The hotel is also home to Macy's! The rooms were okay. Nothing spectacular, but who goes to Hawaii to just spend time in their room! Do go to the little smoothie hut to the left of the hotel's entrance on Dukes Lane. I would highly recommend taking a circle island tour of the island if you don't want to have your Hawaii memories to be of your time in a big city. Go explore the island and the beauty that it has to offer. This is also a great time to go for whale watching. Aloha!