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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!
Currently staying at the Gateway so thought I'd write a few things down.
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.
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.