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Trump International Hotel Waikiki
Ranked #4 of 84 Hotels in Honolulu
Certificate of Excellence
Honolulu
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
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“I kidnapped my husband!”
Reviewed 18 April 2012

It was my husbands birthday and since we were having dinner at one of his favorite restaurants, BLT steak, I decided to book a room and surprise him with a "Stay-cation" since we live in Honolulu. The Head Bellman Dean immediately asked how he could help and now knowing it was a surprise he took over and took me upstairs to the lobby to check in. Dasche was wonderful and excited about my intrique and upgraded our reservation seeing that it truly was the day of my husbands birth! I came back down and Dean took us up to our room. Already, a gift for my husband was awaiting us. We loved the hotel, the staff felt more like friends than people who worked there. Beyond kind, attentive and gracious. Even the housekeepers were wonderful. We will be back to enjoy the hotel, and restaurants. Great service and amenities. A true 5 star hotel. Wish we had stayed longer!

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Adelaide, Australia
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Reviewed 16 April 2012

My husband and I stayed here for 13 nights during March and April of 2012 and we were thoroughly impressed with the Trump Waikiki. We had originally planned to stay part of our trip at the Trump and part of our trip at the Moana Surfrider which is where we have stayed on previous trips but after spending our first 3 nights at the Trump we cancelled our Moana Surfrider reservation and booked extra time at the Trump. We were unable to fault it. We were welcomed to the Trump with shell lei's, refreshing fruit infused water and cool facewashers. All staff we encountered at the Trump were personable, polite and completely focussed on providing first rate customer service. In particular we had such fantastic help from Dashe at the front desk who assisted us in changing our reservations when we decided to stay. The Attache service is fabulous and willing to help with any request and the Concierge assisted us on several occasions to book tours and a rental car. The Trump is close to the shopping and restaurants on Kalakaua Avenue and we walked to Ala Moana shopping centre on several occasions. The rooms are spacious and comfortable and well appointed. Both of our rooms had lanai's (balcony's) and our first room had a small kitchen with a microwave and fridge and our second room had a full kitchen complete with a cooktop. Both rooms had a coffee maker with Honolulu Coffee Company coffee provided. Our second room also had a 'loungeroom' area. Housekeeping was faultless and we were given fresh towels several times a day and on one occasion when we requested extra towels we were given not just a set but a basket full of towels. We were given 'gifts' on arrival of coffee, a box of brownies and candies and some pineapple sugar and later in our stay we were given a tray of chocolates. The hotel is not beach front as reviews have previously stated but both of our rooms had beautiful ocean views and the beach is literally a 2 minute walk across the road. The Trump have considered all the things that make a customer feel important and valued and all things that make a stay comfortable for example the beach bags that are provided by the concierge desk containing water, towels, fruit and sunscreen and the ability to borrow Kindles and IPods from the pool deck. The pool is on the smaller side but it is impeccably kept and we never had trouble getting a lounge chair and we found if we went earlier in the day/lunchtime there were very few people there. We also loved the turndown service that included returning to the room with soft hawaiian music playing and bottled water provided. We had the opportunity to dine at BLT Steak and highly recommend it - delicious food (especially the popovers) and excellent service. Perhaps if there was one thing to fault it would be the buffet breakfast at In-Yo restaurant and by no means was it bad it just perhaps not worth the $32. We cannot recommend the Trump Waikiki highly enough and have already encouraged family and friends to stay there. I have no doubt it will be our new place to stay in Honolulu.

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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Reviewed 13 April 2012

I definitley rate this place as a Five Star

We stayed in Maui at Grand Wailea Waldorf prior to this hotel, and to say the least the Trump was twice as nice!

Rooms are excellent, clean, comfortable, and a lot of nice features/amentities
- very comfortable and roomy seating area
- kitchen is steller: microwave, fridge, and to boot excellent plates/wine glasses, silver ware. You can make dinner there and get a nice bottle of wine at the store across the street
- ipod stands, tub, free wifi internet

The staff is very helpful and will give you a beach bag to take to the beach with towels, waters, fruit, and sun block. Nice touch!!

Good Job Donald!!! We will be back for sure

Room Tip: Try to stay on the north side of the hotel and you can get views of the Fireworks on Friday and the...
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  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 12 April 2012

We recently stayed at the trump for 2 nights at the start of our honeymoon. The room was well appointed, the staff all friendly and accommodating, and the restaurant/bar on the lobby level had great food and drinks! Especially the Mai tai!!!

The only downfall was the pool, which is reasonably small and filled with kiddies! My husband was at one point climbed all over!!! But at the end of the day did this really bother us? Not particularly.

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
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san francisco
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Reviewed 12 April 2012

this is a great place. we stayed in a 2 br suite for 2 nights. even though it's not on the beach (quick one block walk), it's out of the general waikiki fray, which is good for us, and service is the absolute tops. room service was super fast, good quality, staff were absolutely great on every level. lobby "bar" is surprisingly ok, overlooking the urban landscape. not that i would hang there, but it was fine for a cocktail & lunch waiting for check-in.

the room was a very nice condo-style place, beautiful view of the ocean, serene decor, well-appointed kitchen. excellent combination of condo accommodations and serious hotel services.

the pool was only so-so, but for an urban environ, it was fine, and the kids had a good time. order a mai tai - they're great - chill in the hot tub, chat with tourists from all over the world....pretty nice.

can't wait to go back, this will be our new home away from home in honolulu. highest recommendation.

Room Tip: high floor, ocean view is what we had. totally worth it.
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  • Stayed April 2012, travelled with family
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Aspen, Colorado
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 April 2012

We were looking for a quality, luxury hotel and usually book through the AMEX Platinum card program. This Trump isn't affiliated with AMEX so we took a chance that the Trump would be better than the Halekalani where we stayed 2 years ago, and it was. Its newer, cleaner, more modern (technology), and the rooms are spacious and much better equipped with a kitchen, large bathrooms and washer/dryer. The personal touches are notable including the treats (cookies/chocolate and fresh juices) left for us upon entering the room, the gourmet coffee and user friendly coffee pot (with milk in the fridge), and a couple of DVD's left for my son to watch. The toiletries were great too. Oh, and lots of free bottled water.

We joined the Trump Program (free) which offers an upgrade if available -- granted to us when we checked in -- and free wi-fi -- a luxury I'm now expecting at hotels (I've stopped staying at the Four Seasons for that reason alone). We traveled with our 8 year old son and were pleasantly surprised that the pool and pool deck were lovely (from the reviews, we were concerned it would be too small and cramped.) Even though the beach is a minimal walk, its close and the concierge sends you off with towels, water, and a fruit snack. The restaurant serves a fabulous breakfast buffet (which costs $32 for adults and $16 for kids but our son was often comp'ed) and the location of the hotel is ideal with close proximity to great shopping, restaurants and major roads to get out of town.

I've been reading Trip Advisor reviews for 3 years now and it was this hotel that prompted me to finally write my first review. We were impressed.

Room Tip: partial ocean view is perfectly fine. Request a higher floor since the nearby hotels have outdoor r...
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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled with family
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HAWAII
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Reviewed 3 April 2012

If you are a first time visitor thinking this is an oceanfront property based on the pictures, you would be wrong. The Trump is a beautiful tall hotel, surrounded by very busy streets and over a block from the beach. That being said, the rooms and all the amenities are first class. However, the beachfront, resort like, laid back relaxing atmosphere is non existent. Luxury sterile is how I would put it. I tried to like this place a lot, but you still have to exit the hotel, cross a road and walk through a path (or through an alley.......shortcut) to get to the beach. The HALEKULANI across the street and on the beach is a fantastic resort.

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled solo
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Property: Trump International Hotel Waikiki
Address: 223 Saratoga Road, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96815-1942
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Region: United States > Hawaii > Oahu > Honolulu > Waikiki
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Romantic Hotel in Honolulu
#1 Family Hotel in Honolulu
#2 Spa Hotel in Honolulu
#3 Luxury Hotel in Honolulu
#8 Business Hotel in Honolulu
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££££
Hotel Class:5 star — Trump International Hotel Waikiki 5*
Number of rooms: 462
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Trump International Hotel Waikiki has been rated the #1 TripAdvisor Waikiki hotel since October 2010 and is the first and only Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star Hotel on the island of Oahu. As part of the Waikiki Beach Walk development offering vibrant entertainment, exclusive boutiques and world-class restaurants, it is one of the premier luxury hotels in Waikiki, Hawaii. Add the simple fact that Waikiki's famous white sand beaches are just steps away, it becomes the perfect respite for your next Hawaiian getaway. Trump Waikiki offers all of the exceptional amenities and superior services of the Trump Hotels to help guests live the life Hawaiian style. A 6th-floor infinity pool with an expansive lanai deck, world-class indoor and al fresco dining, The Spa at Trump® and signature services of Trump Attache - only the best will do at our luxury hotel. This is paradise, after all. ... more   less 
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