Waikiki Sand Villa Hotel
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TravelPod Member ReviewsWaikiki Sand Villa Hotel Honolulu
I was happy with the Waikiki Sand Villa Hotel and would recommend it to anyone looking for a good, clean, fairly priced hotel in Waikiki. It is a few blocks (read 'a 5 minute walk') back from Waikiki Beach on Ala Wai Blvd overlooking Ala Wai Canal, so is quieter and less expensive than staying in the hotels on Kalakaua Blvd. It is a little run down - not much, but the walls and furniture are showing some wear. That said the bed was VERY comfortable and in good condition and the free WiFi was reliable the whole 10 days I was there. Also, if you want a balcony, I think you need to get a room above level 4 or 5. I suspect it was a 3.5 star hotel when built but would rate it now as a 2.5 star hotel. The staff are all EXCELLENT and I would recommend the hotel for them alone. I also ate a few meals at the restaurant and was happy with the food (particularly the Clam Chouder - it was very nice!).
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Historical Traveler Reviews Waikiki Sand Villa Hotel Honolulu
Best Service, Friendly Staff, Clean Rooms, Awesome Price
We have stayed at the Sand Villa many times and it always proves to be such a friendly, clean place, and same with the people who stay there.
The breakfast is not the ritz, but the atmosphere and friendliness of the staff and guests make the trip downstairs worthwhile. The free internet is the best. It is our home away from home and we miss it because we havent been there for a couple of years. Merry Christmas to Misaka and all the wonderful staff at the Sand Villa, Aloha Bernadette and Bruce Christie
Great time was Had By All . . . . .
We had a great trip. Starting with our plane ride on American Airlines, to our stay at the Sand Villa in Waikki. The staff was friendly and courteous, and went out of their way to make sure evrything was great. And internet connection was a great bonus. (Free if you stayed in the Hotel) We had a corner room with a balcony that went around the corner as well, and the site at night were wonderful. Continental Breakfast was great, when you wanted to swin in the AM and not go out! All in all, would stay there again, and recommend it to our friends!
A cheap alternative with nice amenities
I booked online and was attracted by the price, free parking and internet access. My first room had no view at all and I asked to be moved. I was relocated to another floor with a view of the canal, golf course and mountains. It was wonderful. The people at the front desk were very friendly and eager to please. The parking was tight. As others have pointed out, don't expect to fit a big car in the little spots. I had no problem with a Grand Am. Walks to the beach only took five minutes. Everything was nearby. The internet access worked great.
There were a few negatives. The hotel looks a little worse for wear.
Carpets in the hallway were torn and stained. I was unable to use the scuba shop because none of the instructors spoke English (they cater to Japanese tourists). I like to keep in touch when I travel and this internet-friendly hotel was the right choice for me.
We have had four wonderful holidays to Hawaii, staying each time at Waikiki Sands Villa. The last time we came in 2000 we brought four other couples with us and we all had a wonderful time. All of our friends were very impressed with the service, the friendly staff, the pool area and the services offered by the hotel. We all stayed on the 12th floor. My husband and I have asked for and received the same room each time we have visited. We are planning another holiday, not till about May 2004 and this time one of our sons is coming with us and we shall be staying of course, at Waikiki Sands Villa. It is a very comfortable, very affordable hotel and very close all all amenities which is what we loved. So we are looking forward to our next holiday.
Get a corner room
The Waikiki Sand Villa is not a bad place to stay if your main objective is shopping and seeing the sights in Waikiki. If you're more of a beach bum, get something closer as this hotel is on the canal and a good four blocks or so from the sand and surf.
At the recommendation of a travel guide, we spent a little extra and booked a corner room with city view and I can say that this is well worth it. The rooms are rather small to begin with, but the corner room provided a wrap-around balcony and big glass sliding doors on two sides with a very nice view of the backside of Diamond Head and the length of the canal. We enjoyed sitting out on the balcony, sipping Mai Tais, and watching the canoes go by (and the traffic was kinda fun to watch too, in a sick kinda way).
They have a big, open-air lobby and the front desk staff was efficient, though overwhelmed at the time we were there with many Japanese tourists staying there. They also provide a continental breakfast, which was fairly sparse (toast and danishes) but served the purpose.
There is a small pool with nice landscaping around it, but I imagine the sun that hits it was rather limited as it was tucked between the hotel and an adjacent taller building.
One other nice benefit of this hotel is that they have their own parking garage underneath (parking in Waikiki is always tough to come by) and we were always able to find a spot there. (Don't try bringing in a big SUV or van, though; it's pretty tight under there).
There is a cybercafe/bar in the lobby which looked pretty modern and offered free internet access on their computers to guests, although I never tried it since my goal was to get away from reality for awhile!
Did Not Disappoint
Booked online after reviewing the hotel's website (was a little leary, this being my first time in Hawaii and never having seen the place in person). Was somewhat disappointed when I first arrived with the age of the hotel and some of the furnishings -- somewhat worn and overall the building was not in tip-top shape. But the room was clean, the bed comfortable, and the service adequate. All the plumbing and fixtures worked well (except the shower massage, which did not fit in the holder and sprayed all over when the water was on!). The little fridge came in handy -- there is a Pantry supermarket a block away and the location is pretty good given the price (only a short few blocks walk to the heart of Waikiki Beach, which is where you want to be.) The view of the mountains from the small balcony was stunning - I never slept better. I will return for my second trip unless I can find a better value at one of the Ohana or other similar resort names that abound in the area even closer to the beach, but probably would be tough to find for the same price. Overall, not bad.
First time visit to Hawaii
My husband and I have just returned from our first visit to Hawaii. It certainly won't be our last and the Sand Villa Hotel played a large part in the enjoyment of our trip. We had booked online and got awesome prices - so good we wondered what might be wrong with the place. There was nothing wrong with it and lots right!! Fantastic value for money. We had a tower room on a corner with two lanais. The hotel is central to Waikiki and while it isn't super fancy, the place is clean, well-run by a friendly staff and the rooms are very nice. Free parking too and a great pool in case you get tired of the ocean! We'll definitely be staying there again and are recommending it to our friends.
You don't get what you don't pay for!
If you want cheap cheap cheap this is the hotel to stay. If you want your room smelling like cigarettes when you've requested a non smoking room, thin worn out towels, old rickety furniture, wind whipping thru the windows, stained walls, torn carpets in the room and hallways, complimentary breakfast (which includes warm coffee in a styrofoam cup, half of a donut, half of a muffin, on a paper plate, and a glass of orange tang), this is the place to stay. Checked in @ 5 p.m., had a shower, checked out by 8 p.m.... spent the other 14 days of our vacation at the Sheraton down the street. You get what you pay for....
Memories are Important
What a wonderful little jewel amongst all the hustle and bustle of busy Waikiki. It was a great place to returm to and relax after a busy day sightseeing and creating memories to last a lifetime. It was the perfect spot for a romantic honeymoon.
Our second trip back was even more special as "our" place welcomed us with open arms. The beautiful views, the lovely rest periods by the best pool in Waikiki (in my opinion) and of course the quietness to be able to relax.
By my third visit I wantet to shate the experience of this sereme place with someone else special in my life, my mother. Bringing her here she experience a special time and got to see what I was always reminiscing about. I've made a believer out of her as she often recalls the special times that we spent together talking by the pool and sitting on our lanai sipping fruity drinks. One day she would like to return and would not rest her weary head any place else.
As my husband and I return in a few months for the fourth time for our 10th wedding anniversary I hope that "our" special place still holds true to us. We want to relax, remember and renew our memories that we created on our visits We both know that we can do that here.
We've often entertained the idea of staying elsewhere on our next visit, but the charm, charisma and quietness draws us back. It is truly "our" place and home away from home.
We recommend staying at the Wakiki Sand Villa any time we find out that anyone is travelling to Oahu. The wonderfule views, the great rooms, the serene setting by the pool makes you feel like your on your own desserted island, not in a busy city. Overalll it's a great place to stay, to get away from the busy stresses of life and to retreat into your very own paradise.
We stayed at the Sand Villa (pre-booked and had never been to Waikiki before) and were amazed at how central it is to the beach restaurants and shops. Got a room that smelled a bit of old cigarettes when we had asked for a non-smoking room, but overall was really happy with the hotel, it was clean and the pool was great. The internet cafe in the lobby was a great added bonus. I am booking myself in again this year actually!
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