Hyatt Regency Waikiki Resort & Spa
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Today was a day for getting from A to B and getting over a couple of little 'holiday hurdles'. This morning we had ourselves breakfasted and packed and were waiting in the foyer for our shuttle to arrive at the agreed time, but found ourselves getting a little anxious as time ticked away. Mal rang, only to be told a different pick up time, which …
This morning the queue's don't seem to get any shorter at breakfast, our last day we spent at the beach. I can't believe how good this water is to swim in, you don't get smashed like at surfers and there are palm tree's for Helen to sit under, I just sit in the water rolling with the waves where it just goes over your head, watching fish and sea …
After such an arduous day yesterday it was our turn to get up late which we relished, headed out to get some souvenirs and ended up having a beer at the Hard Rock Waikiki. Took in DFS Galleria, some people have some money. Speaking of which I picked up a Ferrari and just have to figure out how to get it home. The more I travel around here at the …
An early start to the day up at 530 for breakfast in order to eat before catching the bus to Kualoa Ranch, which is on the other side of the island. The staff are at breakfast early, same faces we see everyday but they are more relaxed and refer to us by name as they have the time. Bus was ready early and at 700 off we went on our adventure a 50 …
well, we sort of slept in today and forgot to get to breakfast early and waited for ages again oops! Caught the pink (gay) trolley to Ala Moana shopping centre and spent the day there, must be some people with some serious money to spend to support this. There is an Apple store at Waikiki and Ala Moana, I'm in 7th heaven, had lunch at the Mai Tai …
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TravelPod Member ReviewsHyatt Regency Waikiki Resort & Spa Honolulu
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central to waikiki and surrounding attractions. unable to check in until 3pm which is a shame since we arrived on an international flight at 9am. great views, prompt service. breakfast is delicious!
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hyatt Regency Waikiki Resort & Spa Honolulu
After waiting 24+ years to get to "paradise" the only word I can find to describe our trip to Hawaii is dissapointment. We stayed at the Hyatt Regency which would be better named Tokyo East. Americans were outnumbered by Japanese tourists in this hotel 6 to 1 and it made for an extremely uncomfortable stay. The hotel was beautifull and you can't argue about the natural beauty that Oahu has to offer but if I wanted to spend my 2nd honeymoon in Tokyo I would have flown to Tokyo. When I say the hotel was beatifull I have to quantify that by saying the Public areas were beautiful. There were waterfalls and flowers in the lobby but the room was another story. Our bathroom had peeling wallpaper and rusty door frames as well as an area in the tub that resembled a small hill right under the shower head. The room was small and the furniture was situated in such a manner that you couldn't relax in bed and watch TV at night. The bed faced west and the TV was in an armoir facing North.Who could relax anyway? At night our window faced the neighboring hotel and their poolside entertainment area. We were 26 stories high and had to raise the TV to max in order to drown out the Garage Bands that performed hits from the 80's till 2AM. Our Hotel also had entertainment by the pool. One night it featured a Transvestite singer who was actually entertaining. But hey what can you expect for 250 a night? The worse part of the trip however was how the staff at the hotel treated us after my wife slipped by the poorly maintained tiny pool and broke her tail bone. You would think that the staff would bend over backwards to make sure we were comfortable but they never even offered to pay for the medical bills. They directed us to the nearest walk in medical center and sent us a fruit basket with a note that if we needed anything to call. When we finally figured out what we needed we called the front desk to inquire about getting a donut shaped cushion for the long ride home. Once again all we got was a map with directions to a nearby Pharmacy. Now thats what I call service. Maybe its because I am from NYC but the local shows and must see attractions were nothing more than bad Karioke and college productions. The Paradise Cove Luau was about the only show worth going to. Our tour guide Villi was awesome and the mai tais went down easily. After a few mai-tais I found myself onstage doing the hula just as I had envisioned my vacation would be like. Unfortunately we had to return to the Hyatt for the rest of the trip. Just about the only things the Hyatt has going for it are the restaurants and proximity to the beach. After my wife got hurt we spent a lot of time on the beach and although the beach was a bit crowded I had a ball taking surfing lessons and just soaking in the sun. Another must see was of course Pearl Harbor. Those 3 activities helped salvage part of the vacation but if asked about returning I'd have to say no thank you. I've inquired about other islands and hotels and it appears that the Japanese are everywhere. As for me I am friendly and joke around with everyone including strangers on vacations. To me being on vacation means relaxing with a few drinks and having fun. None of which you can do at the Hyatt. I think I will stick to where Hawaiins go when they go on vacation..Vegas.
Nice Hotel near all the action in Waikiki
Hyatt Regency is a great Hotel for a visit to Waikiki. Great pool facilities. Great location across the street form beach and many nice bars and restaurants nearby. The staff were all very friendly and accomodating.
When can I go back????
Best balance of a vacation -- on the beach, lots of restaurants, outstanding buffet breakfast (American and Japanese), breathtaking views and accessible to everything. Wonderful spa. Other than it is rather large, I have nothing but good things to say about it.
Happy at the Hyatt
We just returned from a week at the Hyatt. The rooms are good sized. We had 2 double beds and a rollaway and still had plenty of room to move about. The staff was very friendly and had no problem moving us to a different and better room after we had to listen to a cying baby in the room next to us. The pool was extremely small but we never had the opportunity to use it. We were busy all day but it would hav been nice to use it in the evening but the hotel pools all close early in Hawaii, between 6pm and 7pm.The hotel restaurants are very pricey. We ate elsewhere. The Wailua Coffeehouse is down by the Hilton but worth the walk. They have really good food, large portions, good prices and the staff are all very friendly. We had a late night flight home so when we checked out of our room they held our luggage and we spent the day at the beach. Then they opened a hospitality room for us to shower and get cleaned up. All in all it was a great stay at the Hyatt.
Honeymoon Paradise in Waikiki
Stayed there in October 2002 for our honeymoon and loved it. Great view of the ocean (ocean view rooms cost a little more $$$ but are worth it).......Breakfast buffet was great and loved eating outside watching the beach and ocean.....Spa was beautiful but quite expensive.......
Clean, Classy, Perfection.
My girlfriend and I stayed here from April 7 to April 16, 2003. This was our first stay at a Hyatt. We booked our reservation online at Hyatt. We purchased a garden-view room at $195 a night. When we checked in, we were upgraded to a deluxe oceanfront room for free! Travelers Tip: When you stay at a hotel, be sure and sign up for their frequent traveler program. The hotel was fabulous. Great location right in the smack-center of Waikiki Beach. The statue of Duke was visible from our balcony to give those of you who have been to Waikiki a reference. The room was clean, not a bug in sight for the entire week. The only downside was the A/C, or the lack thereof! We didn't even have a temperature gauage, just a fan control. Interestingly though, the sleep I had here was some of the best I've had in a LONG time. This hotel has great restaurants, although we chose to dine at nearby restaurants instead. The pool is REALLY REALLY small. It has two jacuzzi's that are "open until 10pm" but you can stay longer if you're cool w/ the security.Another tip: Rather than pay $6.00 for a draft beer at the bar, instead walk 15 steps over to the ABC store and buy a 6-pack for $4.95!It is walking distance to Diamond Head if you're an adventurer. We walked all the way to Diamond Head, then hiked it, and then walked back! It took us about 4 hours in total, and was awesome.All in all, this is a very laid back hotel with class. I will most definitely stay here again. It made our trip what it was: absolutely amazing.
Great section of Waikiki, just across from Duke's statue. Hotel lay-out is open and breezy, lots of shops in lobby and the spa is Fantastic! Good blen of East and West. Would highly recommend.
Apprehensions subsided into perfect bliss!!!
I stayed for a short three days (March 5,6,7, 2003) in a partial ocean view room on the 21st floor. After reading some pretty "average" reviews, I was a little apprehensive about the room. One of my co workers stayed here on his honeymoon a few years back, and he complained about the bathrooms condition, and the shower head actually falling off. Being a frequent Honolulu visitor, I found the hotel to be located in the prime location on Waikiki for just about everything. My encounters with hotel staff were absolutely exceptional experiences, and completely helpful and refreshing. The room itself is designed in the Hawaiin styles (wood, and cloth) versus more contemporary glass and metal, and my particular tub was showing some decay around the dreain, however all of that was quickly forgotten when I realized how close I was to the beautiful beach, and the excitement of the Waikiki area. I really only spent my sleeping hours in the room. I did however find the $3 charge for using the in-room safe to be unusual. If you are planning to spend the entire time in the room, I think either an upgrade, or a different hotel would be more "luxurious" feeling. I ate at two of hte restaurants: the Terrace Grill, and Ciao Mein. Both had sensational ambience and setting, with outstanding staff/service. I am a food and travel critic by trade, and I sampled several entries at both restaurants. Excellent taste, quality, and portions for almost any dietary preference is avaialble. Overall, this hotels main selling points in my mind are its location. It rained my second night, however I enjoyed the rain while sitting in the hot tub near the bar overlooking romantic Waikiki Beach with all of the Tiki Torches lit from the 3rd floor perch of the hotel. Absolutley a never forget memory! Shopping in the hotel is plentiful, and teh super conveinent ABC Stores (3 of them) are located throughout the hotel. I wholeheartedly recommend this hotel on what it has to offer as far as shopping, location, dinning, service, and ambience. If you are looking for a luxurious room, this may end up short. Although my next trip to Honolulu will put me at a different hotel by choice, 3 of the 4 in my party will try and stay at this hotel again.
Happy at the Hyatt in Waikiki!
After choosing to extend our time on Oahu after the horrors of September 11th we decided to leave the Sheraton Waikiki and stay somewhere else...
Our choice the HYATT REGENCY WAIKIKI
After 16 days in the Sheratons we packed our bags and moved across and down the street to the HYATT where wed stayed before and were thoroughly impressed by both the food in all of its restaurants and by the staff throughout. Because the Hyatt is a huge hotel (and so is the Sheraton) and its guest rooms are in two towers (the Diamond Head facing that mountain and the Ewa the one facing west) above three floors of shopping center it hasnt the feeling of old Hawaii Chris and I so love but absent a location right ON the beach but across the street from it this modern masterpiece of a resort hotel has it all over the competition and is now our first choice for a stay in Waikiki.
We LOVE the food in the Colony Restaurants Its a steak and seafood place In a simply elegant room perfectly cooked and lovingly served food is served at very fair prices One of the staff said to us I like asking a customer: How is your dinner, because I know that everything I serve tastes good! And she is right!
Standard rooms in the Hyatt Regency Waikiki are so much larger than those in the Sheraton properties (and you should see some of the closets in the historic wing of the MOANA sold as bedrooms!) that there is no need for a suite and the Hyatt rooms have lower rack rates than the Sheraton rooms except for the PRINCESS KAIULANI, Sheratons lower priced hotel. Located on the same side of Kalakaua Avenue as the Hyatt, in fact across the street from the entrance to the Hyatts Ewa Tower, the PK has never been on our list Its rooms are smaller than we like, its too group oriented and a bit too frenetic at times
Chris and I had spent several weeks at the Hyatt in 1999 and we HAD checked availability there before booking the MOANA but they were full on certain of the nights our original plans called for so the MOANA it was but in the end we went back to the Hyatt And believe it or not many of the staff who had been friendly to us two years earlier not only remembered us quite a few threw arms around us and planted kisses of welcome on our cheeks we thought wed find the aloha spirit of old Hawaii at the Moana or the Royal Hawaiian but we didnt that wonderful spirit is HERE, at the Hyatt Regency Waikiki! We felt cheated of our money at both the SHERATON MOANA SURFRIDER and the SHERATON WAIKIKI for we felt that we got very little value for our money but across the street at the HYATT REGENCY we feel we received good value for money paid, and thats very important to us!
Oahu and Maui
We were in Oahu and Maui August 2-13. In Oahu stayed at the Hyatt Regency. Get a non smoking room, they are cleaner. Otherwise hotel was fine, right in the center of all the action in Waikiki Beach.
In Maui we stayed at the Westin Maui Prince. Would not recommend it. It wasn't a bad hotel, it just wasn't special. For your money stay at the Kealani. Some of my relatives were staying there so we got a chance to spend our days on the property and all I can say is wow!! A true five star resort.