Hvc Resort Waikiki
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hvc Resort Waikiki Honolulu
Clean, but basic
My wife and I stayed here a week during the second half of July '05; it was a timeshare gift so it didn't cost us anything except for incidentals. The hotel (they call it a resort, which is a stretch) is located in Waikiki about 10 miles from the airport. Parking is minimal (we didn't have a car anyway, parking is limited everywhere in Waikiki and it is expensive). It is an older three story, central courtyard hotel with no elevator. The rules sign on the room door had old Ramada Inn markings on it, so I suspect at one point that chain owned it.
As for the Pros: it is centrally located - you can walk to almost everything in Waikiki. The rooms are clean, basic, but clean. Our room had a kitchenette which we stocked with some items by walking to the many stores located nearby. The staff was very helpful, they do try to make your stay enjoyable. There are daily activities for the guests. The hotel has a laundry room which was good to use before going home.
The cons: the building is old and shows its age. The first impression I had (and other seem to have too) is that the building is run down. The reason for that impression is that the exterior concrete is worn and dirty. The courtyard and pool concrete is also worn. The pool is small. NO ELEVATORS. parking is limited.
The hotel is perfect for budget travelers, families with small children, singles/groups travelling on a tighter budget, or people looking to save money while in Waikiki and are looking for a clean place to sleep after spending the day out-and-about. I don't think honeymooners, couples on a romantic getaway, or people looking for the "hawaii resort" experience would want to stay here.
We had an awesome time
This was my first trip to Hawaii and I went with 5 of my friends because we had all just graduated. When I told people where we were staying, no one had ever heard of the place, so I was a little scared. Upon arriving at this small, quaint resort, I thought it was not going to be a nice place. But when you see the lights in the pool area lit up, and the way the lobby is decorated made it very cute & intimate. We had a 1 bdrm suite with a kitchenette, 1 queen & 2 sofa beds. The kitchenette was fully stocked, had a microwave, fridge, burner and a dining table. Although the suite looks old (in fact this resort is one of the original 7 in Waikiki before all the high rise buildings were established), it is a fairly good size. I loved how they gave us 2 bathrooms (we really needed it, there were 6 girls!). The sofa beds were not that comfortable. However, the staff were AMAZING! They were extremely nice, in fact the front desk helped us plan our driving route around the island the first day we were there. They have great activities that go on: everyday is something new, whether its free breakfast (NOT gross continental), or live entertainment. Thanks to their activities center, we were able to go on this amazing tour (its called Hawaiian Isle Adventures for those who would like to see historic spots that many tourists dont normally see & go snorkeling & body boarding). Although the room itself was not all that great, I absolutely loved the environment at this place. We had a great time thanks to the staff there!
Great little place for the money!!! & excellent staff.
The Celebrity Resorts Waikiki is not the great Hawaiian resort that you may imagine it to be. However, it is very affordable, clean & the staff is very helpful. The rooms are very large & come w/ a kitchen. Our 1BR also had 2 full bathrooms. They are great in helping w/ plans/excursions/etc. They also arrange activities throughout the week. We enjoyed their little pool & hottub. Everything is clean, but a little outdated. It is a great deal of a place in Waikiki. You are not spending the extreme amounts of $$$$ that you would fork-out elsewhere. And besides, you don't really stay in your room that much anyways, you are in Hawaii!!! Overall we were very satisfied w/ our experience & would recommend it to those on a tighter budget.
Waikiki Timeshare Doubles as Informal Resort
Celebrity Resorts of Waikiki Beach is a timeshare building that rents it's unoccupied units to non-timeshare owners. The slightly dated, three story complex is surrounded by impersonal highrise units that tower above the beautiful palms and foilage that surround the community pool and spa area.
This is a quiet, clean and relatively small building that had everything we needed for our one week stay. Our rate was around $100 a night for an approximately 600 sq foot studio with a well-outfitted kitchen and private balcony, just five minutes walking distance from the clear, warm, turquoise waters of Waikiki Beach! Oh, and the bed was so comfortable! The desk and concierge staff was courteous, professional, and friendly. Lots of enjoyable activities like live music, coconut painting, a pancake breakfast and visits from local tour guides. This is a pleasant little place that offered us an assigned parking place for a nominal $10 per day.
Good staff, a good deal for the $
Although an older, small hotel, the front desk staff more than made up for any shortcomings. I was very pleased with their help and advice; they are to be commended.
Thank you for making our vacation so enjoyable!!
Do not stay at this resort if you are looking for an "Hawaiian paradise", because this is a small, older resort in the middle of a busy neighborhood and does not offer a resort atmosphere. The room was clean and pleasant and the grounds were well maintained. Shopping and Waikiki beach are within a short walking distance, as are a variety of restaurants. The staff were very pleasant and helpful also. Our only complaint was the small parking area.
The time of our lives.
I was so happy with the staff at this resort. We exchanged our timeshare from Orlando to this resort. I was disappointed at the first glance of the place. I am so glad we stayed there. Our teenage sons met a lot of great people,and they got to learn to hula dance,snorkel and have pool partys, which were all set up and covered through the resort. Our boys want to come back there this coming July, but I was told by RCI that the resort is booked for 2years. We will return. Thanks a lot to George, Greg, K.C.,Wilson, and Krissy for making us feel like family instead of like guests, Mahalo, and Aloha.
Celebrity Resorts Waikiki was more than what we expected it to be.
The staff, the atmosphere, the location were all great. That is a really quiet resort, it kind of brings you back to old Hawaii. This is the only Resort that has not invested in elevators but it is very relaxing and beautiful, with a swimming pool, a hot tub, flowers and shrubs all around, coconut trees, you couldn't ask for anything more quaint. If you are looking for something more loud and obnoxious Celebrity Resorts Waikiki is not where you want to be. Some of people that you meet there have been staying at that Resort for more than 20yrs. So naturally all the people there are friendly. You will really have a great time if your looking for a more family oriented place. Now, if you are looking for something a little more upper calss, where you get checked in and checked out and none of the staff/guests know you or even want to know you then you should definately not stay at Celebrity Resorts Waikiki.
We enjoyed our stay
We just returned from a one week December vacation and found the Celebrity Resorts to be very convenient, clean and quiet. The resort manager, George, and his staff were very friendly, knowledgeable and caring. We enjoyed our stay in Honolulu and would consider returning to the Celebrity Resorts again.
Avoid at all costs!
We traded our timeshare into this "resort" and were so disgusted with the condition of the property and our room, that we checked out after only one night. We paid for a hotel in Waikiki (at $100+ per night) rather than stay here.
Only redeeming qualities are it's location in downtown Waikiki and that it is close to Waikiki beach and shopping.
Property is similar to an old motel: three stories, no elevator, outside stairways with nice views of trash. Rooms small, worn, overall poor condition. Whole property in need of major renovation. Even "free", this property was not a good value! After flying from the east coast and arriving to this, my wife cried. Do yourself a favor, go somewhere else!
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