Waikiki Gateway Hotel

, Honolulu, United States
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Waikiki Gateway Hotel

, Honolulu
3 star

Rooms: 186

2070 Kalakaua Avenue - Honolulu - Hawaii - 96815 - United States Hotel Website | | 808 955-1313
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The hotel is great!!!

from Northernangel
I have stayed twice at Waikiki Gateway Hotel and I love it there so much that I am going for the third time on June 23, 2005. My friends read the reviews and have stayed there five times and recommended it to me.

The front desk were like family and so helpful to me. The room was clean and I love the use of the free internet in their lobby.

The continental breakfast is good too every morning.

You receive value for your money. I highly recommend it to anyone.

NorthernAngel from Toronto

An OK place, with Internet access

from A TripAdvisor Member
We stayed here for a week, and I attended an event at the Convention Center. It was a good central location, enabling me to walk to the Convention Center, and my family to walk to the beach and Waikiki. It's very basic accomodations and a little old, but I thought it was fine.

The "continental breakfast" was not impressive (donuts and toast), and we did not check out the pool (why bother when there's the beach).

The best feature was the Internet access right in the room. They also have a computer room if you don't bring your laptop.

I thought it was ok, and I would stay there again.

Great for the price

from A TripAdvisor Member
We stayed at the Gateway for 7 nights during March 2005. Great fast internet connection in the rooms..we were happy with this as we took our laptop!

Rooms are very basic, but the staff are very very friendly and helpful!

Really, all we needed was a place to sleep.. during the day we were so busy with the sights of Oahu, we werent in our rooms during the day anyway. Rooms are clean and tidy, furniture may be a bit dated, but the beds were comfy and the rooms were serviced daily!

Quick walk to the beach, and if you stay here, you got to try the restaurant across the road (TGIF)..!! Yummy... great food, and their mozarella cheesticks are to die for!

A bit worn but reasonable value for money

from Member From Shellharbour Australia
If you are fairly easy going, not too fussy and dont plan on staying in your room for any length of time then this hotel warrants consideration. Rather old and tired in most places but it is clean. Not too long a walk to the beach or main part of Waikiki. Tiny pool but it will cool you down.

If you are on a tight budget and want to be reasonably close to beach etc. then this could be the place for you. If you have a little more money to splurge with then another hotel might suit you better.

A great place

from A TripAdvisor Member
My wife and I have stayed there 6 times over the past 4 years. We found the staff very good and the rooms clean. We are going back again in March and we will stay ay the Gateway.It is close to everything you won't. It is only a place to sleep as we are always on the move. We both think it is a great place.

d stay here again.

from A TripAdvisor Member
I read reviews posted here before we booked. But despite the warnings, the $50/night Internet rate couldn't be beat...and my wife and I (I'm an American -- she's Japanese if it matters to you) decided that ultimately, we'd be sending the majority of our time NOT at a hotel anyway.

Parking? It's valet parking. They do the parking and retrieving. Zero problems for us.

Noise? We were on the 12th floor across from Nike Town. Zero noise. In the morning, we could hear the buses below and some sidewalk construction.

Breakfast? As with other cheap hotels, bought pastries, hot coffee, some juice and toast upon request.

The service? Everyone was friendly and helpful.

Location? Though it took about 20 minutes, we walked from the New Otani hotel on the Diamond Head side of Waikiki to the Waikiki Gateway...that's basically from one end of Waikiki to the other. It's not far from anything. The Bus to the Ala Moana shopping center is right outside the front door, and the Bus to Diamond Head is just across the street.

If we got the same rate or close to it, we'd stay there again. At a higher rate, perhaps we'd look for a hotel even more central with a better view and perhaps a fresher continental breakfast...but, hey, going budget is going budget.

Have a good trip.

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from A TripAdvisor Member
I recently returned from a week-long stay at the Waikiki Gateway hotel in Honolulu. I've never stayed in hotel that was as dirty and as unconcerned w/my needs as a customer as this one. I believed I booked this on-line, so one big detail that was left out was that there was road construction being done on two sides of the hotel. I still have the sound of jackhammers ringing in my ears. Even on a Saturday morning we were awakened by the sound of road construction. The only 'peaceful' morning/day we had was our last day there, a Sunday! While there was a laundry facility on site, which I always find helpful, the two times we needed to iron something the iron in the laundry area would not work and we had to call housekeeping to bring an iron and ironing board to our room. The first iron had scotch tape on it to keep the on button on! The carpets were filthy in the halls, in the rooms and in the elevators. Local calls were .78 per call. On the bright side, they did provide free unlimited internet/computer access in a nice, recently updated room; copies were .10 a piece. However, on the day I needed copies, I could not get the technology to work even though I was following the instructions of the technician. There were coffee pots and dorm-size fridges in the rooms we stayed in and complimentary continental breakfast each morning; some rooms have kitchenettes, but the kitchen utensils varied from room to room. We chose this hotel because as graduate students we are on limited budgets. However, our next conference is in New Orleans and I'm pretty sure I won't be as budget conscience. I guess that old adage proved true this time, "you get what you pay for". If I ever return to Hawaii, it won't be to Honolulu! Our best day there was the day spent driving around the island and stopping at out of the way places for fresh fruits and 'island' foods and seeing sites away from Waikiki. As the hotel personnel stated, the only thing free in Hawaii is the beach...and I'm surprised they haven't found a way to charge for that!

Hotel OK, parking BAD.

from meyww
I stayed at the Gateway for 5 nights in March. The hotel is in a good location with many shops nearby and an ABC store conveniently in the lobby. The beach is within walking distance and the business room has computers with ethernet hookup. The continental breakfast could be better since it was, as others said, just Hostess donuts, danishes, and toast with jam and butter. But free is free. Rooms are spacious with fridges and coffeemakers (complimentary coffee). I was fortunate enough to have stayed in a room with two lanai. One offered a spectacular view of Waikiki Beach while the other faced the Nike Town across the street. The elevators can be slow and after 10 p.m. they turn off the one that connects from the parking area. The parking situation definitely needs to be fixed. There were not enough spots to accommodate all the guests and cars had to be double-parked on busy nights. Staff were friendly.

Never again at the Waikiki Gateway Hotel

from A TripAdvisor Member
My family and I stayed at the Waikiki Gateway Hotel in April for 5 nights. Let’s just say you get what you pay for ($70 a night). We stayed in a “deluxe” room on the 11th floor. I felt as if I was in an old, somewhat worn down apartment. The A/C (which were the old portable models) in our room could not keep the room cool at all, so it was very uncomfortable and stuffy. The drain in the bathtub was slow; therefore, I was in a pool of water while showering. The parking was terrible. For the 186 guest room they advertise, they literally have only 20 parking slots for guests, so I don’t have a clue where the employees park. When we got in pass 9pm at night, we had to double park, leave our keys at the front desk, so a hotel employee could park our car in an open slot in the early morning. The employees were very friendly and helpful, but I would never recommend Waikiki Gateway Hotel to any family or friends.

its fine!

from spindle
I've just spent 5 nights at the Gateway, and found it to be exactley
what i needed. Sure, it may be one of the elder hotels in Waikiki, but
it serves the purpose well. The room was in good condition,
clean,everything worked well, and the Business Room, with its new
computers was a fantastic bonus, made it so easy to keep in touch with
family and friends. There are plenty of places to eat nearby, and it is
an easy walk to Waikiki Beach, or over to the shopping area downtown.
Also, its location means if doing a bus tour, you are generally one of
the first pickup spots, so you can pick the best seats in the coach,
and also usually one of the first drop off points. With the ABC store
in the lobby, as well as an Aloha V.I.P. tours desk, almost everything
i needed was in easy reach. I found the only negative thing was the
Continental Breakfast was not worth the lift ride to the top floor.
But, most important of all, all the staff were great, and were eager to help and please.

So, for value for money, i thought it was great. I will be staying at the Gateway again without hesitation on my next visit to Hawaii!

Top Local Tips for Honolulu

Early Bird Specials Almost all of the Waikiki restaurants have people standing outside offering coupons and early-bird specials around 4:30 to 5 p.m. before all of the tourists are out in the streets. We got a great deal at Atlantis Steak and Seafood. They were offering a $9.95 shrimp and steak dinner as their early-bird special. With drinks and tip it cost me under $40 for myself and 2 teenage sons to have a steak and shrimp dinner! We later went to the International Market Place where a man passed out 2 for 1 drink coupons and free appetizer coupons per family, so I was even able to enjoy 2 happy hour drinks while my sons had free appetizers for under $6 for the 3 of us! My tip is to go out and eat early and then look for the happy hour specials after eating.

Comfortable Stay Hotel room did have a musty smell when we entered but after the air was turned on we never smelled it again. Bathroom very clean, linen on beds very crisp and clean. AC worked good but could use some TLC or replacement. Carpet clean. Furniture needs to be updated. Overall it was a really comfortable stay.

Hire a car to see Ohau We hired a convertible for 7 days to see Ohau outrside of Honolulu. If you are interested in the beach outside of Waikik, this is a must. If you want to go to the Waimea Valley Audobon Centre you need a car. If you want to visit the Byodo-In Temple in the Valley of the Temples you need a car. If you are self catering, as we were, you need a car to get to the supermakets. They are cheap to hire and economical. Beware though the traffic on H1. If you want to get to somewhere on that highway allow plenty of time. The traffic jams a horrendous, regardless of the time of day.


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  • Address: 2070 Kalakaua Avenue - Honolulu - Hawaii - 96815 - United States
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