The Ohana Waikiki East is perhaps the best value in Waikiki Beach (downtown Honolulu), but it doesn’t come without a number of problems. The hotel is dated, things don’t work properly, rooms are very noisy, and customer service is questionable. But with all the free perks, excellent location, and reasonable price, this place is catered to the frugal traveller.
We have never been to Hawaii before and learned a few things that can assist others like us. From the airport a shared shuttle was $15/per person. My wife and I were able to take a private taxi to the hotel for $35, but take caution during rush hour as traffic is terrible in Honolulu!
Upon arrival we were immediately excited by the location, centrally located in the middle of it all. Staying along the beach means paying premium prices for everything. The Ohana’s location 2 blocks from the water means you’ll have value; breakfast can be found for $4, seven T-shirts for $20, and day trips are discounted across the street (@Tours4Less). No need to worry about anything if you forgot to bring it!
Hotel customer service was hit and miss during our 10 day stay. Some of the staff was very friendly and patient, while others were rude and abrupt making it appear that we were an inconvenience. The hotel is clean and offers a small swimming pool, cafe, Laundromat, tourist desk, and two computers with printer (pay per use).
The hotel offers an impressive amount of free amenities; free 15 minute calls within US/Canada (great for booking activities), free trolley use, free WiFi internet, coffee/tea bags for room, and a small mini fridge. I would recommend management put a microwave in the lobby for guest to use; until then, you can ask staff at the cafe in the lobby if you can use their microwave.
When you get to the hotel, pickup the small coupon book “Best of O’ahu” in the lobby and go through the back pages for coupons. There are enough coupons to keep you busy for the week and helps you save a couple dollars during your trip. Our favorite coupon was $5 off lunch (Reg.$15) at the Akino Makittii (buffet) across the street which had a good variety. Groupon is also a great way to save money if can buy them in advance before coming (half price dinners, surf lessons, and spas).
Overall, the quality of your stay here will depend on the type of traveller that you are. If you’re at all picky and looking for luxury of some sort I would recommend going to an upgraded hotel like the Holiday Inn Waikiki Beachcomber ($200/night), or one of the high end hotels along the water ($300/night). But if you’re looking for an affordable safe alternative in an expensive area, this place may be exactly what you need.
Safe travel, friends.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- OHANA(R) Hotels by Outrigger is our mid-tier, off-beach leisure brand where guests will find local hospitality and convenience in paradise. Located in central Waikiki, this Waikiki hotel is just a 7-minute stroll to Waikiki Beach, next door to The International Marketplace and one block from Kalakaua Avenue's shopping and entertainment. OHANA Waikiki East provides safe, clean and well maintained mid-tier accommodation proudly supported by long serving hosts, many who have been with the Outrigger family for over thirty years. OHANA Waikiki East is unlike beachfront resorts where you may choose to spend your time indoors. Rather, it is an enjoyable home base for your Island adventures. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ohana East Hotel Honolulu
- Ohana East Honolulu
- OHANA Waikiki East Hotel Hawaii/Honolulu