Historical Traveller Reviews of Waikiki Shore Hotel
from A TripAdvisor Member
When reserving our room, we selected the 'Deluxe Ocean View,' which turned our to be a view of the palm trees and a tiny patch of ocean that you could see only if your were standing on the lanai turned sideways! We complained and they did move us to a better location the next morning, but the front desk first tried to convince us that it was a Deluxe Ocean View and we were put in a position of needing to insist on a better view (this process meant stress and additional time out of our vacation to move the next day). I believe this is false advertising... there is no way anyone could honestly claim that this particular room had a 'Deluxe Ocean View,' even a Partial Ocean View would be a stretch.
View of trees only
from A TripAdvisor Member
We spent 5 nights at this property. the third floor has only view of trees.
book it advertised ocean view front. After several phone calls and
great disappointment shared with front desk they moved us the next day.
I think they give this room to who yells the least. Who was truly wrong in all this was book it because their web site shows pictures of what your view should be. The front desk staff were great.
Loved the views from the Waikiki Shore
from A TripAdvisor Member
My husband and I stayed 5 nights at the Waikiki Shore - room 1405 - on the 14th floor - studio oceanview room. The accommodations were great - exactly what we had expected. Glad to learn prior to our trip from previous reviews that the bed was actually two twins pushed together. Didn't bother us at all. The bathroom was good sized and even though we didn't use the washer/dryer during our short stay - I was glad to know we had it available. The view was absolutely amazing! From both the west side on our balcony facing the ocean/beach and city, and from the east side (out our door) the view of the ocean and Diamond Head were perfect.
We had no problem finding the place because we used Ilama Transfers from the airport - they greeted us with leis and walked us through the airport to retrieve our luggage, then delivered us directly to Waikiki Shore's front door. Would definitely use them again - a lot less stress compared to renting a car and driving.
Recommendations for nearby places - the Shorebird restaurant in the Outrigger next door (excellent breakfast buffet overlooking the ocean), the Sand Bar (their delicious Sand Blaster drinks) located at the Sheraton, the Hilton Hawaiian Village (penguins and pink flamingos), and Cruisin' Hawaii (for incredible Harley Davidson daily rentals).
Thanks to everyone for all the advice.
loved the castle but oh so hard to find
studying this board really helped.....after a tortured search, the very nice desk clerk talked us in on our cell phone... The problem being a sudden one way street virtually at the entrance...there is a big, I say, BIG construction project close by which has changed the traffic patterns. But no sweat. This place is a little dated, not luxury, but we had a western facing 14th floor room with absolutely magnificent views, unobstructed by any other high rise...of the ocean and the skyline. It was just absolutely wonderful. The room was small but adequate...we really like to have a kitchen for breakfast and there are some great little snacks at various ethnic markets that we just had to try at cocktail hour. It was quiet, located very conveniently. the Outrigger next door, a stones throw away, was available for any services, shops, beach chairs etc that your heart desired. I would absolutely go back but would maybe get a larger place..ours was a studio with kitchen, ocean view. thanks everyone for all your help.
A Very Nice Place to Stay as a Family
from A TripAdvisor Member
Our family started our Hawaiian Vacation at the Waikiki Shores Condominium Resort. It was perfect for our family of six. The unit we were given had a glorious view of the beach even though it was listed only as partial ocean view. It was clean, tastefully decorated, and provided the perfect homebase for exploring Oahu.
A couple of notes to anyone thinking of booking at this condo. First of all, do not count on two bedrooms, even if that is what you book. There was one bedroom and a larger living area. The King bed was in the larger living area with an accordion wall to seperate it from the living room and kitchen. However, our accordion wall was only wide enough to cover half the space and it left about 8 inches open at the bottom. We didn't even bother because it provided absolutely no privacy. Also, the condo indicates that it has full maid service. It does not. We were lucky to get our towels changed daily (they took towels one day without replacing them and the front desk refused to deliver towels later). They emptied the garbage cans every other day and sometimes made the beds. They did not sweep, vacuum, wipe counters or table. You have to pay for your parking and the stalls are extremely small.
That said, it still was an economical place to stay, it was clean, safe, and we loved it. It was a bit noisy due to traffic, but no more so than any other city-center hotel we've ever used. The location on the beach was ideal and the location made finding restaurants and shopping a quick walk away from home. We would definitely stay there on our next trip to Hawaii.
WOW! We spent 10 nights in March in a one bedroom deluxe ocean view. If anyone claims the rooms were small, then they had a studio. The one bedrooms were so spacious and comfortable...a huge kitchen, great bathroom, large living room, lots of closet space and a spectacular lanai. We had no problem with noise like someone else had posted...they must've been on lower floor. We could hear the ocean, and we awoke to a great view every morning. We can't wait to go back!! The water at the beach right outside was rocky and if you didnt have water shoes, then it was almost impossible to walk out in. However, just down to the right, the beach in front of the Hilton had no rocks and was sandy smooth, and the beach down to the left towards diamond head was sandy soft and smooth as well. The other option, which alot of people used, was floats! That way the rocks were not a problem. With so many beaches to explore and enjoy, the one right outside the door should not be the only place to experience. The maid service was excellent. They came everyday (which surprised me after reading some previous posts, and because their website read weekly maid service). They brought us new bath towels, kitchen towels, soaps, dishwasher detergent, laundry detergent, coffee, ect. They would vacuum, make the beds, sweep the lanais...Everything was emaculate. We enjoyed the Waikiki Shore 100% and are looking forward to a return trip soon!!
My boyfriend and I just returned from an 8 day stay at Waikiki Shore. When we first arrived we were a bit disapointed, with the room size. We were in a deluxe ocean view and were under the impression that the room would be bigger. Since there were only the two of us we didn't really worry about it to much. The only other problem we had was our king size bed ended up being two twin beds pushed toghther, which made the middle of the bed very uncomfortable. The room we found was very clean which impressed us a lot. Our view was absolutley fabulous!! I think every room in the hotel had a view, the staff was very friendly and helpful. One night thursday I think there was a fireworks show at some place down closer to the Hilton, and we had a perfect view of it, so we sat out on the balcony and watched that, it was pretty good. The beach was also nice but kind of crowded, but that was expected considering it was Waikiki Beach. There were not very many waves, and they were very small, so if you like big waves (Like we did) try North shore. Also once you get in the water there are a lot of rocks. (A bit of advice- the windward side of the island beaches are very pretty BUT it is so windy that we had to put all of our stuff away before we could even go in the water so it wouldn't blow away.) We also had a parking spot in the garage which was nice and was only $12 a day, which is probably the cheapest around. All in all this was a very nice hotel.
Very nice accommodations, rather noisy, though
from A TripAdvisor Member
We just returned from 5 nights at Castle Shores. We stayed in a studio unit (#305) and it was very pleasant. The unit was very clean, the room service was good. The location makes it a bit noisy however, and I don't think I was prepared for the noise. The building is right next door to an Outrigger, and one entire side of rooms in the Outrigger faces directly on the walkways of the Castle Shores building, so any noise from those rooms echoes in the walkways and into the rooms at Castle Shores. Also, some of the mechanical rooms of the Outrigger (boilers, A/C, etc) are in this space as well, so there was constant noise from all the machinery. Didn't mind too much the "people noise" - it's just part and parcel of being on the beach at Waikiki. Every morning, however (early - 5-ish) the sidwalk groomer machines would come around. I thought sometimes it was gardners doing lawn cutting and such, but being as it was every day, I knew it was something else. So, although we could see and hear the ocean from our room (that part was very very nice) all the other mechanical noise was a real annoyance and caused some sleep deprivation at times. We knew we were in for a lot of hustle and bustle being as it was Waikiki, and now I can say that I've stayed there. Next time, we'll opt for a nice quite place somewhere else on the island away from the populace.
The front desk personnel is helpful.
Also there is a $12 per night charge to park your car in their lot. You can try to park elsewhere, but free parking is just about non-existent in that Waikiki area.
I have just returned from a 16 night stay and loved the Waikiki Shore. We had a deluxe 1 bedroom ocean view apartment and it was fantastic. It contained a huge kitchen with all cooking facilities and a washing machine and dryer which is essential when travelling with a 3 year old. The staff were so friendly and helpful. The view from our 7th floor apartment was terrific. The only downside was that the screen that separated the bedroom from the main living room didn't really connect to the wall so made it difficult to reduce the noise from the television in the living area.
Accomodations very good, beach a letdown
We stayed at the Castle Waikiki Shore in August. The accomodations were very nice. Spacious and comfortable. The daily maid service was less than dependable, forgetting us on two days, and leaving us no soap or amenities most days. Waikiki Beach was very disappointing. Very narrow sand to walk/ relax on. The week we were there had Portugese Man Of War warnings, and I understand stings are very common. I was told the jellyfish show up one week a month at the time of the full moon. A Strong Current warning was also posted, which was understood to mean never put your back to the waves, and stay close to shore. The sand was very coarse, and very rocky to walk on. My kids spent one hour on that beach the entire week. We discovered every beach on Oahu is public, so we opted to drive to the more secluded resorts like Ko Olina. They have protected coves and much less people. The area is more lush and tropical. Even the adjacent Ala Moana Beach is better. More space, no rocks, lots of shade, it's just down the street.
If it's your first time to a tropical beach, you might be impressed with Waikiki. But after visiting other islands and other beaches, Waikiki is too commercial, and very small by comparison.
Top Local Tips for Honolulu
Pick your hotel location very carefully. There are nice areas but most of Honolulu is a slum. I have never seen so much graffiti or so many homeless people in my life. Honolulu is obviously not worried about either issue and the city is dirty and did not feel safe outside of the Waikiki beach area.
Getting around the island
We had a car to get around. It's a great freedom and convenience but at times the bus would have made more sense to go to places like Waimae where parking was somewhat difficult. We got lucky! Plan your road trips with buses in mind too!
Snorkling on Oahu
We really had a lot of fun there. It was free and we saw a multitude of fish and my dd's also saw a sea turtle which they were hoping to see. There isn't much of a beach, it's a lot of rocks and not much beach and it's not really sandy more of a rock type "sand" if you will. It was a little bit of a climb down there so if your not up to that you may want to go to Haunauma Bay instead which is also nice, but does cost a small fee of $5.00 per person over 13 I believe) and $1.00 to park. And it's a really place as well, you will have to watch a 8 minute video before they will let you go down but it's kind of interesting and has plenty of stuff you should know before you go down. There is a really nice beach there for the family to play on and have fun, my 2 year old ds loved it there and tried to body surf.