Of the four hotels we stayed at during our honeymoon (3 in Hawaii), the Waikiki Parc was our least favourite. Knowing that the level of room we'd be likely to get in Honolulu as compared to Maui would be more costly, we decided to spend a little more on an Ocean View. Because it was our honeymoon, we were upgraded to an Ocean View Prime. This turned out to be a blessing because we were still able to hear the garbage collection and other traffic quite clearly even from the 19th floor. This, however, is not the fault of the hotel--I get the feeling that many hotels in Waikiki must suffer from the same sound pollution in the very early and late hours.
The room itself appeared to be clean but was dominated by a rather antiseptic smell. The only remedy was leaving the balcony door open to keep it aired out. Despite that requested no maid service for 2 of the 3 days we were there, the smell remained. The bed was comfortable and well-outfitted.
Two problems I had while staying there that irked me the most (if the room smell didn't do it) were the following:
1. I was told the hotel had free wifi but ONLY if you bring your computer down to the business centre. As we were staying on the 19th floor this seemed crazy to me. Why would I bring my laptop all the way down to the business centre to use the wifi? What's the point in saying you have wifi? Sounds like a few upgrades are in order to allow guests to use their own computers in-room as part of the room fee.
2. Milk for coffee: I've NEVER had a problem requesting real liquid milk for my in-room coffee before. At this hotel, I was unsuccessful finding anyone to demonstrate an understanding of what I was talking about. In the end, no milk. None. It would be a small detail that would have made the stay much more comfortable.
Otherwise, the staff was courteous and polite. Waikiki is such a massive area that some suggestions for where to head for a good beach spot would be nice but, then again, Waikiki is so crowded that such spots may simply not exist.
Bottom line: this hotel is OK. Nothing more. A decent place to stay if you're trying to save a few bucks and don't plan to spend a lot of time in your room but don't expect luxury.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- In the heart of an exotic and vibrant beachfront city is a chic boutique hotel infused with contemporary style, bold experiences and unpretentious hospitality. To be seen at the Waikiki Parc Hotel is to encounter a vibrant alternative to luxury while being immersed in an enticing and captivating world of culture, Nobu-style cuisine, entertainment, shopping, recreation and relaxation. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Waikiki Parc Honolulu
- Waikiki Park Hotel
- Hotel Waikiki Parc
- Waikiki Parc Hotel Hawaii/Honolulu