Miramar at Waikiki Hotel, Honolulu
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Historical Traveller Reviews of Miramar at Waikiki Hotel
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
The Mirimar was just right...from A TripAdvisor Member
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
Nice and Clean, great place to stayfrom A TripAdvisor Member
Just back from the Miramarfrom ontherock3
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
10 days at Miramarfrom Racingvic
If you are enjoying Waikiki you're not in your room much anyway!!
Decent hotelfrom Advisortip
Good Hotel - Good Locationfrom A TripAdvisor Member
Hotel Nice - Hotel Lounge Sleazyfrom A TripAdvisor Member
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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