Hotel Review: Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort & Spa grand hyatt hawaii

Bedroom in Hyatt Regency, Waikiki

If you want to be right in the middle of all the excitement Honolulu, Hawaii has to offer then Waikiki is the place for you.  And if you want the un-ashamedly tourist-y yet fun experience, you simply must stay within walking distance of world-famous Waikiki Beach.  As Waikiki is so popular, there are loads of hotels in the area to choose from so picking one can be quite confusing.  After much research and following an enjoyable stay at the Hyatt Regency, Dubai , I decided on the Hyatt Regency, Waikiki.

The Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort and Spa is right across the road from Waikiki Beach.  You literally just walk across a road and your feet are in the sand, a perfect location.  The hotel is about 25 minutes’ drive from Honolulu International airport and is a 10-minute walk from the hottest restaurants, bars and shops in Waikiki.  Hyatt Regency Waikiki has over 1200 rooms, some of which have a direct view of the ocean and the famous Diamond Head crater.  By the way, those are the best rooms so if you ever stay at the Hyatt Regency, Waikiki, those are the ones you should book.  Also, remember that the higher the floor your room is on, the better the view.  Hyatt Regency Waikiki has got about 40 floors! grand hyatt hawaii (2)

Another view of a bedroom at the Hyatt Regency, Waikiki

With 3 restaurants, a swimming pool, a gym, almost daily live entertainment based on Hawaiian culture and a mini-mall with 60 shops, the Hyatt Regency is designed so you would struggle to leave and see the sights of Oahu, the island where Waikiki, Honolulu is.  Although the hotel in general is awesome, the rooms themselves aren’t so wonderful – they’re a bit basic.  There’s the standard fridge, TV, hair dryer and so on but nothing to make you say ‘Wow’!  The hotel requires you to pay a daily resort charge of about $30 which covers 2 bottles of water in the room daily, free Wi-Fi and many other amenities and features including free international phone calls from your room for up to 1 hour per day.  That was a feature I had never heard of before and it was particularly useful for me as I was unable to make international calls using the mobile phone SIM I bought.

Of the 3 restaurants in the hotel, the SHOR restaurant which offered only breakfast was my favourite.  It had the widest range of buffet food I have ever seen with many items being varied daily.  Although the staff I come across were all very polite, trying to make a booking from my room for dinner at the hotel’s Japengo restaurant was a nightmare.  First the restaurant’s phone rang without anyone picking it up then when I called room service, I was transferred several times until the line broke after 10 minutes of being on hold.  In the end, I had to send an email to the hotel from my hotel room.  Strange but true.  Oddly enough, my email was replied quickly and an hour later, the restaurant phoned me to confirm my reservation.  Quite a lot of trouble just to book a restaurant in the hotel where I was staying.

Overall, I liked staying at the Hyatt Regency, Waikiki.  Its location was fantastic, the staff was polite, breakfast at the SHOR restaurant was amazing and the free-international phone call feature was unique and greatly-appreciated.  I would definitely recommend the Hyatt Regency, Waikiki to everyone.


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