My wife and I enjoyed 7 nights hospitality at the Hotel Renew in June. We'd visited Honolulu with our youngest child a few years before (although we stayed at another hotel) so were aware how beautiful the island is. The hotel has less than 100 rooms so you have the advantage of the receiption staff getting to know you. The ground floor receiption is welcoming, as were the doormen and receiption staff throughout our stay. Booking in was hassle free, and whilst the various forms etc were completed, we were offered complimentary soft drinks and towels to refresh hands and face. Most welcomed after the flight and taxi ride (which took about 30 minutes and wasn't overly expensive - although I can't remember how much it cost - sorry). We had booked a Premier Ocean View room (which turned out to a a corner room, so we overlooked the sea and from the room balcony, also had views of the rear of the hotel and a neighbouring hotel car park). The room was of a reasonable size and comfortable for two people. Everything worked - lights, hairdryer, small fridge, wifi, tv. The bed was very large - almost California size at a guess, and fairly soft. Being used to sleeping on a memory foam bed, I was concerned about how well I'd sleep, but had no problems at all. The room air conditioning wasn't particularly quiet, but didn't interefere with sleeping. Plenty of fresh towels were provided daily and the room was kept clean and tidy by the maid. Blinds at the patio door and across the room windows were excellent at cutting out the light - almost to blackout standard. One complaint - small, but as everything else was so good, it became a bit of a bugbear to me - there was no blind across the bathroom window. There is no danger of anyone 'peeping' as the glass is frosted, but as the rest of the room was so dark because of the blinds, when the sun came up in the morning the room became illuminated from the light shining through the bathroom window. A blind would have solved this and allowed for a few more minutes sleep each morning.
Other reviewers have commented on the breakfast arrangements, and there isn't a great deal more about that to be said. It was plentiful with a good selection of fruits and cereals. Unfortunately some of the guests could have done with some courtesy lessons. There are a limited number of tables and chairs available at breakfast time and some guests, once finished breakfast, sat at the tables and read the complimentary newspapers, even though others were standing around waiting to be seated. Be warned, it can be a frustrating start to the day!!
Located only a couple of hundred yards away from the beach and sea and a few minutes stroll to the main area of Waikiki the Renew is a good hotel. Whilst unlikely to visit Oahu again, if I did, then I'd have no hesitation in returning. For the money (and the hotel's website does appear to offer the best deals) it would be very hard to beat.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- At the center of it all, yet a world away from ordinary, Hotel Renew is an oasis of calm for savvy travelers seeking a more intimate Waikiki experience. This designer boutique hotel is a one-of-a-kind property offering sophisticated serenity throughout its 72 freshly designed rooms. Situated at the center of Waikiki's vibrant shopping and dining area, the hotel is a retreat that promotes wellness and rejuvenation with natural elements reflecting the beauty of Hawaii. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Renew Hotel Honolulu
- Ocean Tower Hotel
- Hotel Renew Hawaii/Honolulu