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“The best hidden "gem" in Waikiki”
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Hotel Renew
Ranked #16 of 84 Hotels in Honolulu
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 10 October 2011

My girlfriend and I stayed at Hotel Renew for a week for my birthday get away trip. This is truly an exceptional boutique hotel just a block away from the sand. It is walking distance to everything you will need in Waikiki. The hotel is very contemporary and kept up very nicely. The staff and customer service puts this place over the top! A special thanks to Daniel, Paul and Adam who made our entire week very special! We also hit a few amazing hikes while we were there. Once particular one was recommended by Daniel and it was the Kuliouou trail. Once you reach the top one of the best panoramic views in Oahu. The rooms were perfect with 50"LCD screens and nice and cold AC. They have happy hours daily and the bartender Colby makes the best drinks on the Island. He's also a big surfer and can give you the best places to hit the waves. Overall, this is the best bang for your buck on Waikiki.

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Reviewed 10 October 2011

Very happy from my recent stay.

The staff was excellent and was always very helpful.

The room was nice, clean, and gotta love the fact that you can control the lights from bedside.

The breakfast was good.

Also, if you have a late flight out of town you can leave your bags with them and enjoy the use of a complementary room to change/shower before you head to the airport.

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2  Thank Sean M
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Reviewed 9 October 2011

Hotel provided us with the best hotel service we have seen in a long time. The rooms were really nice and clean, a little on the small side but well worth the stay. I would recommend anyone going to Waikiki Beach to stay at this hotel. Very close to the beach and shopping centers.

Room Tip: Make sure to get a room with a ocean view
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  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Demetrius P
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Reviewed 7 October 2011

Hotel Renew provided the best customer service of any hotel we've ever visited. The staff accommodated our every request and always greeted us with enthusiastic smiles whenever we passed through their beautiful lobby. They offered a great complimentary breakfast, refreshing lemon water throughout the day, free boogie boards, towels and beach chairs for their guests. In addition, they provide a small suite for already checked-out guests to shower and freshen up in prior to a departing flight. Overall, a fantastic and beautiful boutique hotel! We'll stay there every time!!

  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Cheryl B
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Reviewed 5 October 2011

We were very happy with Hotel Renew. No issues with booking, a nice considerate email just prior to the "no refund" detail was appreciated. After a long day and longer flight we were warmly greeted at HR reception. I cringed with the thought of Gaugain-style images in the room, but the hotel stayed to a clean boutique-meets-Asia flair. We liked the proximity to the beach, convenience store, morning cuppa Joe around the corner (at 0530hrs) and ease with picking up a tour to Pearl Harbor. Breakfast was terrific (though go early due to limited seating and early risers...with appetites). Bed was comfy and I liked (oddly) the bathroom mirror lighting.
I agree the hotel is not entirely sound proof. One very young and really unhappy traveller on our floor howled between 0200hrs and 0240hrs one night and 1040-G*d knows when the next night. If children at a boutique hotel is not your thing (we found it odd frankly, as we found a boutique hotel is not a usual family haunt), perhaps ask during check-in if you are on an adult floor.
For me, the air conditioner in #802 was very loud and competed with our young guest in the loudness category. We decided to turn the AC on early in the evening while we were out so it would not run during the night.
Lastly, (no fault of the hotel), our tour left from another hotel at 0600hrs, but breakfast starts at 0700hrs. Because we were unable to order a breakfast (even fruit) in advance, maybe book a later tour if you can.

Room Tip: If you want quiet, ask if the there is a high floor, away from familes and the lift (maybe a corner...
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  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Notam
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Reviewed 5 October 2011

We had an end room, 606. It had views of the ocean. We found that because there were louvre windows in the bathroom it wasn't soundproof. Aston hotel next door have live music going a lot. Not sure if all rooms have the louvers or not but closing the bathroom door helped. The air conditioning unit was also quite noisy. Beds are comfy but the pillows are not supportive. Rooms are clean and staff are helpful. Breakfast can get crowded due to the small area, but it's decent. They are environmentally conscious which we like. Overall a good location and nice modern rooms.

  • Stayed: September 2011
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1  Thank MissFei
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Reviewed 4 October 2011

From the first moment we stepped foot into the Hotel Renew, we knew we had made the right choice of hotel for our 11 nights stay.The staff greeted us immediately with warm smiles and checked us in with no delay. The complimentary pineapple juice was nice and the cool lemongrass towel was amazing. Small touches like this set the Renew apart from other Waikiki hotels. I turned to grab my bags, but they had already been whisked away to the elevator. The rooms are modern in decor, comfortable with a cool edge. Very clean and quiet. I had read a lot of complaints about the air conditioning, and although it did hum a bit, I found it good for drowning out the garbage trucks in the morning. Nice bathroom, glass shower with rainshower head. The room was a peaceful oasis from the crowds and we always looked forward to getting back to relax in the late afternoon. Breakfast was great. Good coffee, fresh fruit and a good variety of pastries always got us through until lunch. The location of the hotel is ideal. Love that end of Waikiki. Right beside the park, steps from the beaches and walking distance to everything else. Besides the great rooms, fantastic location and peaceful atmosphere, the BEST thing about the Renew is definitely the staff. Always there to help, recommend and to help make your stay a memorable one. Big thanks to Angie,Grace, Paul, Kris and Daniel.When in Honolulu, we will never consider staying anywhere else and can't wait to come back.

Room Tip: Higher floor, ocean view, lanai if possible
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  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Address: 129 Paoakalani Avenue, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96815-3708
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Region: United States > Hawaii > Oahu > Honolulu > Waikiki
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#10 Business Hotel in Honolulu
#14 Romantic Hotel in Honolulu
#18 Family Hotel in Honolulu
Price Range: £151 - £262 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Renew 3*
Number of rooms: 72
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

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