Miramar at Waikiki Hotel

, Honolulu, United States
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Miramar at Waikiki Hotel

, Honolulu
4 star

Rooms: 357

2345 Kuhio Avenue - Honolulu - Hawaii - 96815 - United States Hotel Website | | 808 922-2077
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from Fortier2024
After alot of research, my husband and I chose the Miramar hotel thinking that it was a safe bet after reading many of the reviews of other hotels in Waikiki but we were dissapointed once we arrived. It was an "ok" place to stay but I wouldn't go back. There is alot of constuction right now on Kuhio and the lobby of the Miramar is an open concept so you feel as if you are on the street when in the hotel. It's quite noisy so if you are looking for relaxation pick a hotel farther away. We were on the 17th floor and still heard some traffic, although the room was nice there were quite a few high school partiers on our floor. The hotel staff in the restaurant are nice but not the front desk ladies. They weren't friendly at all and didn't seem to want to help. We had requested a king size bed but received two doubles and when we called down to tell them this mistake, they said we would have to pay an upgrade and didn't try to make us satisfied at all. The sheets on the bed are strange as well, they don't use a fitted sheet on the bottom, they use a flat sheet. So every morning the sheets were completely off the bed and we were on the mattress. For the price of this hotel you should at least have a proper sleep in your room. We were also surprised to see that there wasn't anyone to assist in travel information, a big hotel like this should. They do have a huge section devoted to helping the Japanese tourists but aren't concerned with North Americans. The good thing about the Miramar is that it is close to everything but if you don't mind walking, stay somewhere else. A warning to any families thinking of staying here, Ka'iulani which is a block away is full of prostitutes at night, from Kuhio to Kalakaua avenue. It's where they all hang out so just take another route if you are walking around at night. The trolleys are fun and fast to take, two dollars per person which is the same for the bus.
A tip: go early to Pearl Harbor, most of Oahu is there so you might not get to see the memorial if you go late. We had friends and family staying there as well therefore we had the chance to compare prices and rooms. The Royal Garden and the Parkshore are much better in terms of service and price, they are farther but it's worth it if you want a nice place to stay. The reviews really helped us in planning our trip so I hope this helps someone else, enjoy Oahu it's a fun place and go to Duke's Canie Club in the Outrigger hotel. Order the Tropical Itch!!! It rocks!!!! It's a fun and friendly place with the Aloha spirit, Mahalo to them!!!!

Pleasant Surprise!

from A TripAdvisor Member
When we made plans to spend a week in Waikiki I was especially wary about lodging. Our other trips (about 20 of them) had been sponsored by clients and included top-notch on-the-beach lodging arrangements. The Miramar's moderate lodging rates, location, Trip Advisor reviews and the promise of a complimentary buffet breakfast influenced our decision to stay at the hotel. Upon our arrival we were greeted friendly and helpful staff, a nice bright and airy room that was spotless, nice furnishings, large furnished lanai, and an unbelievably generous breakfast buffet (I gained two pounds). Two people might well consider their room to cost twenty dollars less because of the savings on the morning meal alone! We now have a new favorite place in Waikiki: The Mirimar!

The Mirimar was just right...

from A TripAdvisor Member
My wife recently won a trip to Honolulu from a local radio station. The trip included airfare to and from Honolulu and accommodations at the Mirimar. I've been to Honolulu many times and have stayed at various hotels - mostly higher dollar as all trips are for business - and found that the Mirimar was just right for a leisurely trip. After all, why would you stay in your room all day anyway???

Our arrival at the Mirimar was uneventful. As I was familiar with Honolulu, the trek from the airport in a rental car was easy as pie.

The hotel is located on Kuhio Avenue and the parking garage, if needed, may be accessed from Kuhio as well by way of a small alley that is between the Oahu East and Mirimar hotels. If driving from the airport, it is best to make a left turn on to Seaside off of Kalakauna Avenue and then a right on to Kuhio. The alley way is on the right, just past the Mirimar and directly across Kuhio from Chili's restaurant. Parking is $8.00 a day with unlimited in-and-out privileges payable to the parking lot attendant either as a lump sum payment or on a daily basis.

The hotel room was really not too bad and was comfortable and clean. Amenities included a mini-refrigerator, in-room safe, ironing board/iron, coffee maker and the almighty television. There was no charge for the use of these items with the exception of the in-room safe and television pay movies. I really disliked the fact that there was a charge for the safe (about 2.50 a day of use) as it should be a standard amenity for the guests protection. If you don't use it on a particular day, you don't get charged for that day though. That was they way it was explained to me.... And I never had the need to use it as all my valuable always stay with me at all times.

Our room was on the 19th floor with a partial view of the ocean. It was not the greatest view as you had to lean out over the lanai (or balcony as we Texan's call it) just to get a good view of the water which, by the way, was also partially blocked by the Hyatt Regency Towers as well. But, I am not one to complain as the most time we spent in the room was at night and was at a time when we couldn't see the water anyway. My suggestion is not to spend the money on a partial ocean view room. It is not worth the extra money in my opinion as this category only gave us small partial ocean views and full views of the rooms in the adjacent hotels. But then again, if you are a little voyeuristic and have binoculars (I did) you can get a real eyeful sometimes.

Friends of ours were a little discouraged upon arriving the hotel as there were several prostitutes on the sidewalks that surrounded the Oahu East, Sheraton and Mirimar hotels. This may give some travelers an idea that they are in a bad or unsafe location. This is not true. Kuhio Avenue, as does the rest of the surrounding area, gets a lot of foot traffic and there are always plenty of police officers around to keep you safe. Plus, the prostitutes were all friendly and did not make nuisances of themselves in anyway. I encourage you not to let their presence deter you from selecting this hotel.

Shopping is ample in the area surrounding the hotel. The International Market is right next door and there are many different shops and stores along the Kalakauna Avenue. Plus, you will never be more than a few hundred feet from an ABC store as they are everywhere. These ABC stores carry just about every little convenience that you could ever want or need. Items range from over the counter medicine, beach items and clothing, souvenirs, beverages, food and the like. Trust me if you need it, they probably have it.

Across from the Oahu East, which is right next door to the Mirimar, is a collection of shops called Kings Alley. It has several different unique shops including a local street artist's gallery on the top floor. Check out his show four nights a week in front of the shops right along the street. He does three shows a night which are at 7:30, 8:30 and 9:30. Basically, he is a spray paint artist that creates space-like scenes using layer upon layer of paint. The whole show culminates with his unmasking the painting and displaying a fantastic piece of work from what looked like only random paint strokes only minute before. Best of all... It's the show is free!!!

Fast food and normal sit-down style restaurants are all over the surrounding area. Most of them are within a casual walking distance. Examples are Burger King, Subway, KFC (all in Kings Alley area), McDonald's, Baskin-Robins, Cold Stone, Cheesecake Factory, Wolfgang Puck's Express and Tiki's. These are only a few examples of the surrounding type of food finds and I apologize to any of the businesses I missed. Believe me, if there is a certain type of food that you want, the surrounding area has it. This includes a lot of Japanese/Sushi places as there are a lot of Japanese Tourists that flock to Honolulu too!

Speaking of food. The hotel did offer a breakfast buffet. In comprised of salad, two types of scrambled eggs(plain and with ham), two types of hash browns, sausage or bacon, pancakes, rice or noodles, baked beans (at times ???), miso soup and various breakfast breads, fruits and juice. Believe me, if you want coffee here, you will get it in a flash!!!

Do you want the beach? Well, this is not a beach side property and is a block off the beach. This is not a problem and should not discourage you! It is a casual 5 minute walk from hotel to beach and everyone in the surrounding area does it.

The bottom line. I would not discourage anyone from stay at this hotel. As I said before, this was a prize from a local Dallas radio station. I therefore can not make any comparison price-wise to any other hotel. I do, however, rank the basics such as location and room cleanliness as average or above average. There is nothing that would discourage me from booking any future vacation stay in the Mirimar.

- lam!

from A TripAdvisor Member
My third stay (May 11th to 13th/04) at the Miramar although past stays well over 7 yrs ago. Booked over 2 rooms over Internet & got what I asked for except my lower floor preference. There's no point spending time on the tiny lanai up that high in my opinion.Our room smaller than I remembered (king bed) the other room much better with 2 double beds. Go for that configuration if a choice. Bathroom small with both sink & bath stoppers non functional.Here's my main beef though - the bedding was a disgrace.The sheets were old & worn which wouldn't have been so bad except the flat sheet on the mattress was too small & wouldn't stay tucked in. Under that was a "mattress protector" that had no attachments & was probably the size of a double bed. The material was slippery & so was the mattress so one slid all over the place & sheets were all over the place.If nothing else a hotel should be able to provide decent comfortable clean bedding. Get some fitted sheets for goodness sake & make sure they fit the bed!(Otherwise the hotel is OK - very convenient if you want to be in the thick of it)

Nice and Clean, great place to stay

from A TripAdvisor Member
We first stayed at the Miramar Waikiki in October 2001. We found it very clean and neat. The lobby area was very comfortable and breezy and we loved all the orchids. We enjoyed our stay so much that in October 2002 we returned, got married and honeymooned at the Miramar. We are ready for our next visit.

Just back from the Miramar

from ontherock3
We just got back and we had a good time...the hotel is about a $30 cab ride from the airport..tip included. Check-in was quick. The room was an Ocean-View on the 17th Floor and it was a nice room...beds were neat and the view was great. We left a few dollars everyday for the housekeeping person and you could tell the housekepper appreciated it by the cleaniness our of room when we returned. The buffett was included and it was an good breakfast...especially built into the price. The morning breakfast is busy, the restaurant is well air-conditioned so ladies cover up, my wife found it cold in there some mornings during breakfast. The beach is about a 4-5 minute walk away and yes the beach is very nice. Just outside the hotel are many stores...7-11 and ABC stores are everywhere....yes everywhere. There is a small mini-refrigerator in the room so bring some water and pop back to the room....saves money. Chili's restaurant is just across the street...go eat there, their prices are bascially the same as Denny's but the Food is so much better. Chili's burgers are excellent and huge.
Also eat at the Cheesecake Factory restaurant, usually a 30-50 minute wait...put your name in and then browse around...food is good, pasta excellent..free pop refills...but yes a lillte pricey. Also just one block away from the hotel is a little court that has a Subway, Burger King , and KFC. KFC gives free pop refills, you have to ask though. A good place to eat close to the hotel...when you checked in, the alley that the cab driver stopped, just follow that alley-way and it'll take you right to the KFC. The zoo is very nice...well worth the cost..kids 12 and under are free. This is geeting long so any questions email me ontherock3@hotmail.com

10 days at Miramar

from Racingvic
Given a choice of 2 or 3 hotels from my travel agent. On the map Miramar seemed the correct selection. It is very centrally located - all the tour buses stop outside or opposite - which makes it easy to take the many tours on offer. We were on the 21st. floor with a partial ocean view. Room not that big - but the bed was very comfortable and to our liking. Shower over the bath which is old fashioned (but cheaper) We could hear an electric motor constantly running somewhere in the roof of the bathroom - maintenace just shrugged and said he had 'no idea' and left it at that. Drove me mad when using the bathroom, but could not hear it any other time. Thought about changing rooms - but we'd unpacked so just left it. My only complaint was the charge for the in room safe. $2.30 or so a day. Never had to pay for this at any other hotel I have stayed at. If they had to make a charge it would be better if they incorporated it in the room rate - seems very miserly of them to me. Good deal in that the breakfast was included in the tariff. Was not bad (but not great either) Couple of restaurants incorporated in the hotel building, but not run by the management of the hotel. We were not interested in eating there - did not look too good. Overall - I think we would stay there again - but mainly for it's central location.
If you are enjoying Waikiki you're not in your room much anyway!!

Decent hotel

from Advisortip
Location is excellent, there is a supermarket, ABC stores, bus station, everything you need just across the street, and downstairs. The rooms are clean, but a bit small; I find the room cleaning is doing an average job, which our bathroom is not cleaned very well as wished, maybe it is because of age too. Overall, we are very satisfy of the hotel for the price we pay, and we do no get an upgrade as everybody did. It is a good 3*.

Good Hotel - Good Location

from A TripAdvisor Member
This was my wife's and my first trip to Hawaii. We lucked out on a great deal through internet browsing. We booked a king size bed room at the lowest price offered. We were exceptionally surprised to find we were located in a 16 th floor room with a good, partial, ocean view room at the standard rate. Shopping, booking tours and resturants were easily accessable walking or by bus. The staff was very prompt and courteous, the free buffet breakfast also offered exceptional value to our stay. Not only would I stay here again, but would recommend all travellers looking for value to try this hotel. Stay away from Perry's Buffet across the street...very poor food!

Hotel Nice - Hotel Lounge Sleazy

from A TripAdvisor Member
The hotel is nice .... The Banana Patch Lounge is very sleezy, the host is usually high and will hit on most women even your wife.

The hotel is otherwise nice and the hotel desk personel are very nice.
The buffet is good.

The rooms are nice and are equipped with Internet.

Would be perfect if they could do away with that shady lounge on the main floor which is usally loud.....at 1 am onward.... Terry .

Top Local Tips for Honolulu

The Smorgy Restaurant across the street. Stay away, even though the price is cheap, a night with the toilet will be in your future. Some throw up, others it affects the other end. Go to Chili's instead!

One Drink Max FYI, Hawaii has a one drink max for adults. You can only purchase one drink at a time. This means beer, fufu drink, mixed drink, glass of wine, anything. You can't go up to the bar and order say 3 beers and 2 glasses of wine for your party back at the table. One drink at a time. Just to let you know.

MACY'S If you are from Australia show macy's your passport or drivers licence and they will give you a 11% discount card u can use in store on practically everything, they won't tell you about this you need to request it, I use it all the time when I travel across the US its great, you save mega bucks.


Other names for Miramar at Waikiki Hotel

  • miramar waikiki
  • miramar hotel honolulu
  • Address: 2345 Kuhio Avenue - Honolulu - Hawaii - 96815 - United States
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