The winter in New Zealand seemed rather long so another visit to the Waikiki Sand Villa seemed like a good idea. I landed at Honolulu Airport at 10pm and the free prearranged (by the hotel) Minivan collected me and after a 30 minute trip was at the hotel.
The reception staff were friendly and helpful and updated me on the changes to the Air Conditioning System and Lighting since I last stayed one year previously. Breakfast vouchers were supplied and a code given for the free wireless internet. A key for the free room safe was also supplied along with two room swipe cards.
To receive these benefits it pays to book directly with the hotel through their website rather than a third party provider. If you have any issues with the online booking (in my instance booking for over two weeks at a special rate was not possible online) send reservations an email as they are very helpful and you will receive friendly personalised service.
The room was a nice corner unit with two opening sliding doors onto a corner Lanai with a table and two chairs. The view was of the Golf Course, Ala Wai Canal and Diamond Head.
The room was clean and tidy and came with a double and single bed. The bathroom was supplied with a washlet on the toilet and the bath was supplied with overhead removable hand shower. Soap and shampoo were via dispensers adjacent to the hand basin and in the shower/bath area.
The rooms Central Air-Conditioning worked well and had a digital display showing desired temperature and current room temperature. The noise from this unit when running was not obtrusive. A coffee machine was supplied along with two porcelain cups and a starter pack or coffee with utensils. The fridge was of a good size and accommodated half gallon size milk container and had an icemaker. An Insulated ice bucket is provided and ice machines are available on alternate floors.
The breakfast is basic but free with your vouchers. Expect Toast (1 to 4 slices as requested), Butter, Jam (Jelly) Pineapple pieces, Pineapple juice, Croissant and Coffee and Tea. Milk is of the powder variety so I suggest you purchase this and bring your own to breakfast. You can eat your breakfast poolside which is a great environment or in the bar area if this is your preference.
Pool and Spa:
The Pool and Spa area is large for a Waikiki Hotel and is one of the nicest ones I have seen in Waikiki in the under $300 a night hotel range. The pool is 70ft long with a good shallow end suitable for children with wide steps. An island on one side provides a jet stream to swim against for some variety. Loungers are provided and tables with shade umbrellas surround the pool. The Spa is very hot and appears well maintained. The pool is open late which is great for a refreshing swim post tour or shopping. Toilets and showers are adjacent to the pool and a gymnasium is also present. (see reception for access key).
Bar service is available poolside if requested and prices are very reasonable.
You are welcome to consume your own drinks poolside but sensibly no glass is allowed. The pool area is checked by security every 30 minutes or so though things tend to be calm and safe at The Sand Villa.
In regard to security it seems well monitored as I left my door propped open on its lock for 10 minutes one evening and a security person was soon on hand advising me to secure my door. Safes are provided in the rooms and the locks and doors are well constructed. There are security cameras poolside, in elevators (lifts) and other key areas around the hotel.
Waikiki is generally a safe destination and the area accessing the hotel and nearby streets are well lit and seem safe. Of course don’t go wandering down backstreets at night or into parks. Stick to the main streets and the beach area and shops.
There are numerous food outlets nearby including a small supermarket called Food Pantry with 150ft (50 Metres). Here you will pay tourist prices. A much more economical choice(with great variety) for the reasonably fit is the Safeway Supermarket on Kapahula Ave . Just walk along the canal toward Diamond Head till it ends at Kapahula Ave and turn left walking along past the Golf Course till you reach the Supermarket on you left (you can’t miss it, just stay on Kapahula) 1.3miles (26 minutes’ walk).
Ask for a Safeway card and they will sign you up straight away for discounted products.
Macys Department Stores also offer a discount of 15% off most items. Show them your hotel room key/card and they will give you a 2 week discount card.
Checkout Ross Dress for Less stores for general clothing, Forever 21 for the younger set is very reasonable. Sports Authority near Ward Warehouse (Ward Avenue) is the place for Sports Shoes and clothing. Famous Footwear (on the Cnr of Kamakee adjacent to Ward Warehouse) has a good range of shoes at discounted prices including Timberland and Nike.
So many places, checkout “The Shorebird” for its great all you can eat salad bar and beachside location (use the voucher in “This Week Mag” available on any street). Cha Cha Cha Mexican on Seaside Ave for outdoor seating and good food at cheap prices.
The Waikiki Sand Villa keeps getting better and for an economical stay in a great location is unbeatable in my opinion. Enjoy your stay!
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- Also Known As:
- Waikiki Sand Hotel
- Hotel Waikiki Sand
- Waikiki Sand Villa Hotel Hawaii/Honolulu