On a recent trip to Hawaii, we opted for the Hyatt Centric Waikiki Beach Hotel, largely for its very “centric” location, and for the good price we got from Expedia. Here is the review I posted to TripAdvisor, and I’m sharing an updated copy here to help future readers make better informed travel decisions.
Very Central Location With A Few Caveats
Our room was modestly sized, with large windows offering a good view of the city and the mountains. It had everything we needed for a relaxing base, as we explored the island. One minor issue is that our room was on the top floor next to the elevator, so the noise from the elevator can be irritating at times, especially in the early hours of the morning when we wanted to sleep and relax.
Location was amazing for shopping (wife loves it), and for travelling around the island as most of the bus lines pass by the area. It’s right next to the main shopping streets of Waikiki, including the historic but newly renovated International Market Place, which indeed makes the hotel very “centric”. In addition to that, it’s only around 5-10 minutes walking distance from Waikiki beach.
Amenities were as expected from a well known hotel brand, though I felt cheated by the “hidden” resort fees (my first experience with this uniquely American “resort fee” culture). In most other hotels I’ve stayed in Asia, Australia or Europe, they didn’t have this “hidden” cost, and the use of the facilities were included with the original price, as it should have been, so I never felt cheated. I guess this is something I needed to keep in mind the next time I visit the USA, and consider staying in these big name hotels.
Fortunately, the location was amazing, and the staff were very friendly and helpful. I had an amazing stay, but still… somebody needs to put a stop to those resort fees, before they become a global standard.