Waikiki Gateway Hotel
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The day was spent in Waikiki, relaxing after all the flying of the previous two days and shopping for a few replacements of essentials that were somewhere else in the world,
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On arranging the flight to Los Angeles, the American Airlines agent said it would take 6 to 8 hours if we wanted to retrieve our bags, but he could redirect them to our Los Angeles flight as that was easier there was sufficient time for that transfer. Well, it was not a big surprise to find that our bags did not appear on the baggage carousel in …
... from the red pin that marked the destination on my phone. I was scheduled to meet the group at the Honolulu Zoo at 4:50 AM. It was now 4:20. I couldn't afford this diversion in my route. Who knows how long it would take me to re-route I wondered. I wanted to throw up, cry, quit, turn around, and just say forget it. But what would that solve? Afterall this trip is about testing my limits, my patience, and how I react in various situations when things ...
... early to try to get into the cheese cake factory for dinner before the crowed but when we arrived there were loads of people waiting out the front with beepers waiting for a table. We went in to join the line and waited around 45 min before we were seated. The food was delicious and very filling! We got a large slice of cheese cake to take home so when we get some room back we will hook into it. The Cheesecake Factory in Honolulu is the busiest restaurant in the ...
... we had 5 hours to kill - but it was not to - be we had to stop airside. Whilst sat in the lounge where we were entertained by the local singers - very colourful.
Hawaii warm but very windy when we arrived in the early hours of the morning on Sunday - a couple of hours before we took off as we had crossed the international dateline and so have Sunday all over again. We had a wonder round and then spent time on Waikiki beach. A funny ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsWaikiki Gateway Hotel Honolulu
Comfortable and reasonably priced hotel, with helpful staff. Not right in the centre, but within easy walking distance.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Waikiki Gateway Hotel Honolulu
Great for the Price
The Gateway is a great hotel for the price. My husband and I stayed there for a few days a couple of years ago. We paid only $65 a night.
We had a room with two lanais. The pool is not very big and does not have the best hours, but there is so much more to do that it doesn't really matter. The hotel is located just a few blocks from the beach and is really close to the mall and markets. There are several restaurants close by and there is a ABC store (a convienience store) in the bottom of the hotel. You can buy almost anything in this store.
Don't expect luxury, but if you are budget minded and want good location, this is a great choice! The staff was wonderful!
Nice bargain good location
Currently staying at the Gateway so thought I'd write a few things down.
Location wise it's great - just four blocks from central Waikiki great for a walk downtown after dinner to do some shopping. A little faded in places and the pool is more like a paddling pool (not child friendly goes from 2ft to 7ft quite quickly) but with a lovely beach just a 5 minute stroll away you won't want to stay at the pool for long (head across the right and too the right where the beach becomes quieter and bigger near the Koa Hotel). I agree with a previous reviewer and say that it is on the noisey side but then to be honest I've not found anywhere that is quiet in Honolulu. All the main hotels are down Waikiki Beach way and they are all on crowded streets so unless you have mega bucks for a beachside room your going to get noise wherever you are. The double glazing works well but you can always have a few lava drinks to make you sleep! Currently across the street there are building works going on for what looks like a new hotel so there is construction noise from 9-6 but lets be honest your not going to be in your hotel for that length of time.
Its a very basic hotel but works perfectly for me, the location is the best bit as you are around some lovely shops (Prada, Chanel and Gucci are next door) Rooms are I guess a little on the smallside but the beds are large and comfortable (decor a little faded but I'm not there for the decor) I chose the hotel after reading reviews on here and I'm glad I did as pricewise and location wise its great for me. Another plus is if you get the Waikiki Shuttle bus from the airport you are at the top end of the beach so you are one of the first to be dropped off. On a personal note be prepared to wait and wait for the Shuttle. It stopped 4 times before we even left the airport and took around an hour to get to the hotel but for $14 return it's a good way to get into Waikiki as taxi from the airport will cost you around $30.
Free internet in the rooms and downstairs near the lobby (2 out of 3 are working) but it's free so I don't mind the wait.
Stay here if you want a no frills cheap and cheerful stay I'm glad I did.
We stayed at the Waikiki Gateway in January of 2004. The website is very misleading, the hotel needs a lot of work. Our hallway was in desperate need of carpet and paint. The 4th floor pool serves its purpose, but is NOT child friendly. However, improvements are being made and some drastic changes seem to be taking place. They appear to be renovating by floors and the 2nd and 3rd floors looked beautiful with hardwood floor hallways, but were not yet open to use. The standard rooms are ok, but don't expect non-smoking, all rooms have ashtrays. The free Internet and in the lobby was nice along with the continental breakfast. The staff was also very helpful and polite. We did enjoy our stay, for the little time we were actually in the hotel it served its purpose. Great location and right on the Waikiki strip.
For the price its great and we may stay there on our next visit due to its great location. Comparable to Motel 6. If you're looking for a basic hotel, this place is a bargain.
Basic is ok...but DEAFENING NOISE is not
I was prepared for basic and felt the hotel would be a bargain (based on reviews here). It was my emergency back up and we were glad we had it for Christmas week after travelweb screwed up our beachfront prepaid reservation.Good things about Waikiki Gateway: *Price *Free internet *Free parking *Free local calls Negative things: *Free breakfast is mostly sugared items and coffee (bad if you are diabetic or on a diet). Donuts, danish, juice, and coffee. *Basic is VERY literal -- I've seen nicer Motel 6's -- it's barely 2 star...no way a 3 star (as stated on some internet sites) *Beds are VERY firm (we both have backaches) with sparse bedding *Noise, noise, noise -- it sounds like you are in a construction zone, constant buses, heavy traffic, and deafening noise that bounces off the surround buildins-- almost impossible to sleep. My husband had to go to 3 stores before he found one that wasn't sold out of ear plugs. It is bordered by two major streets and has a bus stop in front. From 5 am on, there is NO peace to be had. If there were another hotel over Christmas week to move to, I WOULD. However, we are here for the whole 6 days we booked :(I was prepared for simple and basic, but this is TOO basic and the noise is enough to ruin our trip entirely.
A great value hotel!
The Waikiki Gateway was certainly better than I had expected from a budget hotel. The facilities were ample and the rooms were very clean and tidy. The staff were friendly and eager to please. It's also located in a convenient part of town. I will definitely be staying there during my next Hawaiian vacation in 2004!
We STAYED AT waikiki Gateway for 17 nights.It is an excellent basic hotel with all the needs of the traveller covered. The complimentary breakfast is just the right start to the day and the service is excellent. The staff is pleasant and ever helpfull. the addition of computers in the lobby is also a bib plus. We have stayed there twice now and will stay there again if in Hawaii. Keep up the good work.
Excellent value and clean w/good staff
For two years in a row my two week stays have been very enjoyable.. The rooms are clean, the staff friendly and the amenities super...Hotel parking at no charge in Waikiki is a true luxury. The free internet is also a very good service to the traveler.
We stayed at the Waikiki Gateway in April 2003. The hotel was ok. The rooms were basic and clean. The free internet in the lobby was useful.
Give the free breakfast a miss!! It was awful. Plenty of ants running around the sink area!!! The pool was a disaster. I certainly wouldnt let children swim there its so so dangerous. The location was good.
Opposite Fort de Russy Park and near the beach. There was a bus stop outside the door. There was no entertainment in the hotel at night. The staff were helpful.
I visit monthly on business & stayed at the Waikiki Gateway May 4-13, 2003. Clean, quiet (at night), & a helpful staff. Booked online and received free parking & free breakfast for $50 per night!! Will stay again. Easy walks up & down Waikiki with lots of restaurants.
Great value for maney
We stayed at the Waikiki gateway hotel a couple of weeks ago. The room was basic but fully functional: spacious, great view from the balcony, a fridge. Not only the staff was over-friendly but all the facilities were there: swimming-pool, laundry, free e-mail and Internet, free breakfast, relax room. And the location: a couple of minute walk from a very helpful car rental company, right on fort de Russy park and the main shopping avenue in Honolulu. Waikiki beach is also only minutes away. It made our stay in Honolulu more than enjoyable.