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Hyatt Regency Waikiki Resort & Spa
Ranked #23 of 84 Hotels in Honolulu
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Reviewed 28 April 2012

this is a good hotel which is well located on the main strip, but it needs some work and feels a little tired. the staff are friendly and there is a lot to do in the surrounding area.

Room Tip: avoid the rooms near the elevators.
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  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled on business
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lvans, Public Relations Manager at Hyatt Regency Waikiki Resort & Spa, responded to this reviewResponded 30 April 2012

Aloha,

Thank you for the review. The hotel was built in 1976 and has undergone a recent third floor refurbishment which included the addition of two new restaurants and a poolside bar as well as a new Regency Club Lounge and jacuzzi. We hope to do more in the future and we do hope that you were able to spend some time in these new outlets. We hope you will visit again in the future.

Mahalo

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Reviewed 28 April 2012

We stayed 3 nights in a deluxe ocean front room on the 30th floor. The view was fantastic. The room was spacious and quiet, though the bathroom (ADA) was a bit dated. The Regnency Club served great food and the staff, especially Mark, was superb. I enjoyed my stay at the Hyatt Place down the block several months ago, but I would stay here for the view and the Regency Club.

PROS:

--central Waikiki location, across the street from the beach.

--as close to a "resort" atmosphere as one can get in Waikiki, more than any other hotels I've stayed in for this area.

--Regency Club access: great breakfast, early evening canapes, and dessert. This is very high quaily food with excellent presentation. While the spread can't match Asian hotels (JW Marriott HK), it is probably the best you can get for a domestic lounge.

--nice gym with plenty of cardio and weight machines

--small safe and fridge in room.

--wireless only HSIA (ok speed); free as part of resort fee

--Gold passport points post 24 hrs after checkout--that's fast!

--the elevator "problem" must be fixed--never had to wait more than a few minutes for one.

CONS:

--crowded; seems to be the hotel of choice for Japanese tour groups. Usual occupancy rate is in 90's (told by staff)

--very small check-in area on 2nd floor for a 1000+ room hotel (2 towers). There is always a wait.

--dated bathroom (ADA): there was no mention on my reservation about getting an ADA room. The tub was very slow-draining; the showerhead did not tilt. I did enjoy the extra width.

--resort fee: it should be waived for Diamond members, not simply reduced by 50%. The Marriott down the street does not charge a resort fee. Neither does the Hilton Waikiki.

--very warm gym; there were additional fans but it was still too warm.

Room Tip: "deluxe" ocean front means directly facing (head on) the ocean.
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  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled as a couple
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lvans, Public Relations Manager at Hyatt Regency Waikiki Resort & Spa, responded to this reviewResponded 30 April 2012

Aloha,

Thank you for the feedback and for your loyalty to Hyatt.

We are glad that you enjoyed the new Regency Club and the services at the Lounge. We will be certain to forward your review to our management team. We also appreciate your comments about the Resort Fees these will also be shared. We have found that the fees actually reduce many costs previously incurred by guests when we were also a non-resort fee property. We certainly understand some of the frustration for a Diamond Member which is why we also provide incredible savings opportunities in addition to the 1/2 off discount.

Mahalo

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Reviewed 28 April 2012

It was our first time in Hawaii and it took me a while to choose which hotel to stay in. The hotel is conveniently located near the shopping centres as well as the restaurants. If you can afford it choose an ocean view room. The view that you wake up to as well as the sunset view is all worth it. The ocean view rooms are also far from the elevators which can be quite noisy. Choose a high floor as there is less noise up. We stayed on the 25th floor.

When you book this hotel, make sure to ask if you need to pay a resort fee, which is more than $18 per person per day of your stay. This is quite a big amount if you are not prepared for it. We were lucky because our travel agent was able to get a deal where the resort fee was waived. Wireless internet is almost $10 a day so might as well go the lobby or other parts of the hotel that will be free.

Room Tip: Higher floors are more quiet.
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  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled with family
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lvans, Public Relations Manager at Hyatt Regency Waikiki Resort & Spa, responded to this reviewResponded 30 April 2012

Aloha,

Thank you for the review.

We just want to clarify, the wireless internet is included in the resort fee as well as two free bottles of water each day, all cultural activities and more. We are glad that you were able to customize your stay through your agent but we do want to make certain that when people read the review they understand that the wireless feature is a part of the resort fees, it is not additional.

We hope you will stay with us again in the future.

Mahalo

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Reviewed 26 April 2012

Sweeping ocean views assured if you can get them. The Hyatt Regency Waikiki has more opportunities to get a great view as you are not up against another hotel which is the usual case for hotels in Waikiki. I purchased a good package for a deluxe ocean view so if you can get a reasonable rate (not the rack rate) than it is a good deal as the views are assured versus the partial ocean/ocean view in other hotels that are not always a guarantee. Check out the pictures from others posted, they are pretty accurate. Try to get above the 15th floor especially if you are in the EWA Tower (the tower next to Sheraton Princess) as you may get a blocked view from the older tower wing of the Moana Surfrider across the street. Also, rooms above 15th floor would assure no palm trees would block your view and will get you away from the street noise; the main strip is outside the door and the avenue can be at times like Las Vegas Boulevard. If at all possible, request the Diamond Tower as there are no hotels/buildings blocking that tower's the ocean view.

The pool is postage stamp size but what can you expect with a roof top pool? I would recommend just going to the beach across the street and save the pool for lounging in the sun. The pool bar/cafe has some tasty, though limited choices, that you can charge to your room. The Hyatt also has a snack stand on Waikiki beach right next to the police station that you can also charge to your room. The Hyatt Regency also provides beach towels and beach chairs at no additional charge. : )

I wish I could give 3.5-4 stars as I have only one comment that I feel could improve on the experience. The Hyatt Regency could benefit from added security personnel patrolling the grounds in my opinion. Though I did not have any problems nor felt my safety was at risk (I live in a major city so I am used to urban living), I did not see any security staff present near the elevators to keep an eye on who was accessing the towers. I see security cameras in the elevators so I get a feeling these are monitored but it would be nice to see security walking around more often. I think I saw one security personnel in my 5 nights/6 days there. I guess because there is the Waikiki Police station across the street they don't have security visible but that police station is not open 24 hours that I recall. I add this comment because of the busy, crowded nature of the avenue (my comment on Las Vegas-boulevard feeling) and that I did see street folks and other questionable characters on the avenue so just be aware of your surroundings like in any city and you should be just fine.

In summary, if you can get a package deal that includes an ocean view with breakfast, you will enjoy the view and experience. Breakfast without the coupon, is really expensive (to be expected) as I recall is it was almost $30 per person.

Enjoy Waikiki and try to get out to tour the island if possible. North Shore and points in between will remind you that you are in Hawaii.

Room Tip: Hyatt Regency rooms tend to be larger than others in Waikiki. Choose a an ocean view above the15th...
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  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled with family
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lvans, Public Relations Manager at Hyatt Regency Waikiki Resort & Spa, responded to this reviewResponded 27 April 2012

Aloha,

Thank you for taking the time to provide us with this feedback and to inform others. We will definitely share your comments regarding security. You are correct, the hotel is very closely monitored by both cameras and walking patrols but we will forward your comments to our security director for further consideration.

We hope you will visit us again in the future. We have just changed the menu at SWIM and have a feeling that you will enjoy the options.

Mahalo

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Reviewed 26 April 2012

We recently stayed for 4 days on the 8th floor of the Diamond Tower. Beautiful views looking directly over Waikiki but since we were directly over the street, we had lots of noise. By day two we tuned out the "ding ding" of the trolly stop directly below but there we constant traffic noise and on two nights there were groups of loud drunks roaming the streets at 2am. We also had an issue with the room next to us having a loud gathering around midnight the first night we arrived (and were exhausted from a day of travel) but we called the front desk and security came up promptly and addressed the situation professionally. I think the walls a very thin and the configuration of the doors to enter rooms (clustered to maximize views in the towers) adds to the problem. Lots of banging and noise from people coming and going.

I had read other reviews that higher floor rooms were quieter and I did inquire at the desk but our only option were to lose our king bed or the view, so we stayed put. The balcony did get used quite a bit. The room was comfortable and big enough for two. The bathroom is a bit dated. My husband stays at a lot of Hyatt Regency's felt it was a bit shabby and not up to Regency standards. I thought it was okay. The location is convenient I would not be opposed to coming back but would want a room on a higher floor.

Room Tip: Higher floors are quieter.
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lvans, Public Relations Manager at Hyatt Regency Waikiki Resort & Spa, responded to this reviewResponded 27 April 2012

Aloha,

Thank you for your feedback. We do regret that you experienced any unpleasantness due to the noise from the street or from neighbors. While we are certainly pleased to read that staff did everything they could to assist you, we are sorry you were unable to relocate to a room that included a similar view and the same size bed.

We do hope that you will visit us again.

Mahalo

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Address: 2424 Kalakaua Avenue, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96815-3233
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Region: United States > Hawaii > Oahu > Honolulu > Waikiki
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#8 Spa Hotel in Honolulu
#8 Top resorts Hotel in Honolulu
#11 Romantic Hotel in Honolulu
#12 Luxury Hotel in Honolulu
#13 On the Beach Hotel in Honolulu
#14 Family Hotel in Honolulu
#25 Business Hotel in Honolulu
Price Range: ₹ 16,697 - ₹ 33,135 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Hyatt Regency Waikiki Resort & Spa 4*
Number of rooms: 1230
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Experience all the excitement of Waikiki from one incredible location. Steps from the azure blue waters and soft sands of Waikiki Beach, Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort and Spa offers magnificent personalized services and luxurious amenities including world-class dining, award-winning spa, interactive cultural activities, 24-hour fitness center, swimming pool overlooking the Pacific Ocean, and more than 60 on-site boutiques. The resort provides the perfect place for those who want to make the most of their island experience and connect with the heart of Hawaii. ... more   less 
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