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Waikiki Sand Villa Hotel
Ranked #53 of 84 Hotels in Honolulu
Reviewed 10 February 2014

The room had a good size, was clean and the staff was very (!) friendly and helpful. The bathroom is not fancy (exception: very high-tech toilets) but functional. The balcony gives enough space to sit a party of 2 and the fridge, A/C, WIFI etc. worked all the time. I booked a smoking room but due to a mix up got a smoke-free room the first night. The misunderstanding was handled very professionally.
The pool area is kept clean and offers a few spots to relax or sit but I would not spend the day there (and why should you with the beach so close).
The breakfast includes a few slices of toast and a Mini-Croissant with butter and jam, canned fruits and coffee/tea. Also, the breakfast area is quite crowded (and loud) but you are free to take your food up to the room. All in all not worth getting up.
I also used the laundry and the computer room. Both are ok if you need a quick solution.
Be aware, that you cannot use the stairs to reach or go from the lobby and the 2 elevators are sometimes quite busy (especially around breakfast time) so you'll have to wait a while.
The hotel is not directly at the beach, but you reach all important spots in a few minutes’ walk.

All in all: the Waikiki Sand Villa Hotel is not fancy / special but you get a good value for the price, very helpful staff members and you stay in a good location.

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  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 3 February 2014

Good location, nice view, nice staff and decent facilities. Free airport transfers is a definite plus. Don't expect too much from the complimentary breakfast, just fill up on toast and pineapple. Excellent value for money.

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled with friends
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2  Thank Laurie M
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Reviewed 1 February 2014

Our experience started with the free pick-up at the airport; it was right on time although our flight had been delayed 6 hours. The check-in staff were friendly. The hotel has a certain "60s" feel to it which is kind of charming. The property is tidy throughout. Our room was clean with a nice view. The pool was adequate (enjoyed the jacuzzi). The restaurant, bar, and concierge staff were consistently friendly and helpful. Our room was cleaned everyday to a high standard, and we enjoyed the novelty of the Japanese style toilet. There was a storm one night and the sliding glass doors onto the balcony rattled a lot. The location was superb; it was just a short walk to the centre of Waikiki Beach and bus stops. The hotel seemed to attract laid-back, loyal return customers which we enjoyed. The free wireless internet worked perfectly. Finally the free shuttle back to the airport was again spot on time. It is far from the fanciest property in Waikiki but if you are looking for a comfortable stay that offers great value for money I highly recommend this hotel.

Room Tip: We had a corner room on the top (12th) floor which had great views and was quiet.
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  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Oskar_Baxter
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Reviewed 29 January 2014

you want convenience good price and friendly staff this is it, minutes from beach a decent walk to ala Moana, quiet and we have stayed here before will stay again, no frills the beds are clean maids are good ok one complaint lol,,,the weather was kinda blah,,first time in january 75 degrees just crazy windy and some rain oh and free wi fi is a bonus too

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  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Dee T
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Reviewed 28 January 2014

They no longer have a free buffet breakfast of foot spa but it is nice. Good Bar and great food at a good price. I will be back. It is a few blocks from the beach but it is not a bad drive. Enjoyed the stay

  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 12 January 2014

The Waikiki Sand Villa offers good rates particularly if you book at their internet site. Based on the rate you can expect okay but not great and this is what you get. The hotel is a few blocks back from the beach but not so far that it is a chore to walk there and the main shopping area is equally close. I had anticipated that for the price the place would be a lot less accessible so the location was a pleasant surprise. There is a spacious open lobby and the reception staff were pleasant and helpful. My room was on the 6th floor and had 2 double beds which was overkill for 1 person. Fewer beds and more open space would have been welcome. With a very large unit that held the TV, fridge and storage space and a desk and chair, there was very little free floor space. The room had a fairly large balcony which helped a bit.

There was a coffee maker but only the first filter pack is free. Any additional packs cost $1 each at the front desk which seemed reasonable. The bathroom was small but clean and the towels were replaced each day. The toilet had one of those weird multi-function Japanese seats with a control panel and far too many options. A heated toilet seat seemed a little too much in tropical Hawaii and I opted to turn it off. There was free in-room wifi that worked well until a power cut one night which did enough damage to the system to have it down overnight and part of the next morning. These things happen and it was clearly not the hotel's fault. They had a service person there most of the night and again the next morning trying to sort it out - and eventually he did.

The lobby restaurant has a buffet breakfast which costs about $12. It is similar to the free breakfasts that you get in many US 2nd tier chain hotels and you are better off eating elsewhere. A couple of times I walked to Cheeseburger Waikiki which is a fair hike away (maybe 30 minutes) but worth it for the good breakfast food and the lovely, motherly waitresses. I had dinner at the bar in the lobby restaurant one night and it was significantly better than the breakfast.

Overall, the Waikiki Sand Villa provides a level of service and facilities that is probably a bit above what you should expect for the very reasonable tariff. If you go there with suitable expectations you won't be disappointed.

  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled solo
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5  Thank Jane E
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Reviewed 9 January 2014

Not a bad place still having a number of apparent drawbacks:

1. Our room was very basic and pretty tired. In particular, one of the balcony doors didn't operate properly sticking all the time.

2. Due to the location, it's permanently windy on the balcony, and you feel very uncomfortable there.

3. Worst included breakfast I've ever seen. Bread, butter, jam - nothing more.

Long story short: it's OK for one-two-three night stay, but, should you decide to spend in Honolulu a significant period of time, I would definitely recommend to opt for something different.

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank Drunia
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Additional Information about Waikiki Sand Villa Hotel

Address: 2375 Ala Wai Blvd, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96815-3499
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 Restaurant Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#8 Best Value Hotel in Honolulu
#20 Spa Hotel in Honolulu
#43 Family Hotel in Honolulu
Price Range: £95 - £197 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Waikiki Sand Villa Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 214
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