My friend and I stayed here during February 2nd - 5th. 2012.
We had just flown in from The Big Island and was very excited about going to Oahu. I had reserved a car with Budget and the lady upgraded me to a V8 Camaro Convertible, so I was ecstatic and had very high expectations to Waikiki Parc being the sister hotel to Halekulani across the street.
The drive to the hotel was easy, navigation took us straight there - From airport to hotel, took less than 15 mins.
The hotel is very modern decor, very European, kind of Byblos of St. Tropez in France mixed with Art Deco. The hotel also housed one of the famous Nobu restaurants. Check-in was easy breezy, staff a little robotic and cold; don't know if they were trying to keep it too "professional", being the laid back city Honolulu is.
We got a double queen room on the 16th floor with views of Honolulu skyline - Very nice, although would have preferred views of Waikiki beach. The rooms are small, no terrace. A very good television in High Definition. The bathroom was also small, but it worked, nice toiletries, good water pressure, ample towels and everything was clean!
The elevators worked so incredibly fast, like BING it was there, and BING you were on the ground floor. Magic.
Also Valet - I am huge fan of Valet, if you read all my previous reviews, you'd find me a Valet Connoisseur - I always rent expensive cars, I expect good and decent Valet, I expect it to be quick, efficient and well-priced. The Waikiki Parc did not disappoint AT ALL. First of, it was FREE and second FASTER than the elevators! So major bonus to the hotel for that!
We never cared for breakfast at the hotel, because in the vicinity of the hotel, you had a million restaurants, cafes and diners and a Starbucks across the street.
The hotel is an efficient property, wants to be Glam, but it isn't quite reaching that point. Don't know if it really is the laid back attitude of Honolulu. Miami is also very laid back, but South Beach hotels just uphold that kind of swanky Glam attitude, Waikiki Parc couldn't really reach that high - Might be because the hotel felt a little deserted or just because it wasn't the right season. Nobu was packed every single night, the scent of food being prepared was soooo good, although we never dined there, I can warmly recommend Nobu, as I've dined at other Nobus around the World.
This is a good hotel for sexy singles and couples, isn't really family oriented. Goto the Halekulani across the street.
it is within walking distance of virtually anything in downtown Honolulu, it's placement is in the more up scale part of downtown, the Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Chanel and Prada stores along with every conceivable high end brand was right behind the hotel on Kalakaua Avenue - At night you would be swamped with hordes of money spending tourists - It was kind of exhausting to look at. Honolulu is typical American vacation city; Denny's, Chili's, Cheesecake Factory, Malls as far as the eye could see. It is kind of depressing, considering this is a Native American state - Where are the Natives? If you want local culture and like being around those who originally inhabited the Islands - Goto Kane'ohe and drive up along the shoreline to Pupukea and Haleiwa and you'll visit quaint native towns, where time seem to have stopped. Stop at one of the local grocery stores or gas stations and have a chat with some of the locals that hang out there - You'll quickly discover, they never really wanted this to be an American state - I can't agree or disagree, but certainly Honolulu takes away some of the Island charm, you naturally would expect. Don't get me wrong, Honolulu is nice, but it isn't unique.
All in all a very decent stay; nice and clean hotel. Effcient staff, slightly too professional in the sense they seemed stiff and cold; RELAX. Efficient and FREE Valet. Nice, but small rooms, had the basics. Again, what's with the no minibar at 4 star hotels!? I'd recommend this hotel to anyone who doesn't have children in a heart beat. It's a sexy, up scale hotel, but tries a little too hard, relax more and the Glam will come automatically, cause the scene is set already.
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